Offseason workout program kicks off today
The new league year is now a few weeks old, but today marks the first official day of the new era of Giants football.
Teams with new head coaches are allowed to begin offseason workout programs today, meaning many of the Giants' players will be in the building meeting their new teammates and coaches.
Here are some important dates to know over the next month, leading up to this year's NFL Draft festivities in Las Vegas.
April 4: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2021 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 19-21: Giants' voluntary minicamp
April 18: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs
April 20: Deadline to bring draft-eligible players to their facilities for a physical examination.
April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 27: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents.
-- Deadline to time, test, and interview draft-eligible players.
April 28-30: NFL Draft, Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3: Giants' OTAs
June 7-9: Giants' mandatory minicamp
View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2022 offseason.
PFF's "perfect first round" for Giants
Many draft analysts have different opinions on how each team should address their first-round picks.
Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson decided to take a different approach than your traditional mock draft. Instead, he looked at the seven teams with multiple first-round picks and selected the players that would give each of those teams their perfect first round.
The teams with multiple first-round picks in this year's draft are the Detroit Lions (Nos. 2 and 32), Houston Texans (Nos. 3 and 13), New York Jets (Nos. 4 and 10), New York Giants (Nos. 5 and 7), Philadelphia Eagles (Nos. 15, 16 and 19), Green Bay Packers (Nos. 22 and 28), and the Kansas City Chiefs (Nos. 29 and 30).
In total, these seven teams own 15 of the 32 first-round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft. It represents the highest number of teams with multiple first-round picks in NFL Draft history.
Here are Monson's perfect picks for the Giants at Nos. 5 and 7.
Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State
Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Analysis: "New York made tweaks around the edges, but it really needs to add major building blocks in the draft. The league has progressed beyond the point of installing the pass-protecting technician at left tackle and the physical run-blocking mauler at right tackle, but there's still a pleasing aspect to that dynamic that the Giants can lock in if they draft North Carolina State's Ikem Ekwonu. Andrew Thomas took huge strides last year at left tackle, and when he was out of the lineup the line was significantly worse.
Ekwonu is a run-blocking monster (93.8 PFF grade last season) who has a fallback position of being moved inside to guard, where the Giants also need help if he doesn't immediately flourish at tackle.
Derek Stingley Jr. would be unfortunate not to be the top cornerback taken in the draft, as he showed the best play of any of them back when he was a freshman in 2019. Stingley wasn't able to replicate that play since, with injuries playing a major role in that, but cornerback play is inherently volatile and showing that level of play at all is important. That season, Stingley earned a 91.7 PFF grade and allowed a 51.4 passer rating into his coverage. He was targeted 92 times and allowed 34 catches (37.0%)."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his final edition of the top 50 prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Giants Huddle | East-West Shrine Bowl's Eric Galko on top prospects
John Schmeelk is joined by The East-West Shrine Bowl's Director of Football Operations Eric Galko from Optimum Scouting to talk NFL Draft.
:40 Overall look at the top of the class
4:42 A potential trade
6:17 Kayvon Thibodeaux
10:29 Kyle Hamilton
16:19 Giants roster building
18:23 Interior OL
21:46 Giants option in round two
30:42 WR's further down the board
32:22 Running back
37:05 Draft superlatives
41:11 Giants predictions