NFL Network's Bucky Brooks releases first 2022 mock draft
We are now exactly three months out from the start of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Over the last couple of weeks, many of the top draft analysts have released mock drafts following the conclusion of the NFL regular season. ESPN's Mel Kiper, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Pro Football Focus have all thrown their hats into the mock draft ring, and now NFL Network's Bucky Brooks has released his first mock draft of 2022.
Similar to some of the other draft pundits, Brooks believes the Giants will address both sides of the ball with their first round picks at No. 5 and No. 7.
Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Analysis: "Rebuilding the Giants' offensive line has to be a top priority for new general manager Joe Schoen. As a Day 1 starter, Cross could immediately help Big Blue re-establish a blue-collar mentality on offense." -- Brooks
Cross started 12 games at left tackle in 2021 and earned numerous accolades for his strong play. Cross was named First-Team All-SEC and Sporting News First-Team All-American while also taking home the Kent Hull Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi, awarded by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He also started 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2020 and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team.
Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
Analysis: "The Giants have always been at their best when a dominant defensive front can take over the game. The ultra-twitchy pass rusher from Michigan would add significant juice." -- Brooks
Ojabo registered 11.0 sacks and five forced fumbles in 13 games for Michigan this past season. His dominant performance earned him First-Team Big Ten and Second-Team All-American honors during his redshirt sophomore campaign.
View photos of the best players ever to be selected with the Nos. 5 and 7 picks in NFL draft history.
PFF names Kadarius Toney 2022 breakout candidate
Taken with the 20th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, wide receiver Kadarius Toney showed flashes of his potential during his rookie campaign.
In his first career start back in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, Toney caught six passes for 78 yards. He followed that up the next week with a whopping 10 receptions for 189 yards, setting a new franchise rookie record for receiving yards in a single game.
Toney finished the season with 39 receptions for 420 yards in 10 games, but according to Pro Football Focus, he could be in for a big sophomore season.
PFF chose an early 2022 breakout candidate from each team this week, and the young wide receiver was the selection for the Giants.
"Toney flashed his joystick elusiveness in the open field when he was healthy enough to play, breaking 12 tackles on 39 receptions in his rookie campaign," wrote PFF's Anthony Treash. "The 20th overall pick also had one of the best performances by a rookie this season with his 10-reception, 189-yard performance in Week 5 against Dallas, which netted him a 92.4 PFF grade. Toney can become one of the best YAC receivers in the league with his balance, agility and explosiveness."
Giants interview Brian Flores for head coach
Brian Flores, a four-time Super Bowl winner as an assistant in New England and the Miami Dolphins' head coach the previous three seasons, interviewed for the Giants' head coach position on Thursday.
Flores, a 40-year-old Brooklyn native, met at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch, senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara and Joe Schoen, who was formally introduced yesterday as the Giants' new general manager. He also met with other members of the front office and toured the team's facility.
He is the sixth candidate to interview with the Giants' front office, joining Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Lou Anarumo of Cincinnati, Dan Quinn of the Cowboys and the Giants' Patrick Graham. Daboll initially interviewed via teleconference and had a second in-person discussion at team headquarters Tuesday. The meetings with Frazier and Anarumo were done remotely. Frazier is scheduled for a face-to-face follow-up tomorrow. Quinn and Graham were interviewed in the Giants' facility.
Flores was 24-25 with the Dolphins. In his 2019 debut season, Miami lost its first seven games but finished 5-11, including a Week 17 victory against the Patriots that dropped New England to the third playoff seed and cost them a first-round bye. The following year, the Dolphins won nine of their last 12 games to finish 10-6 but did not qualify for the postseason. In 2021, Miami became the first team in NFL history to follow a seven-game losing streak with a seven-game winning streak. The Dolphins ended the season with a 9-8 record and out of the playoffs.
Despite two consecutive winning seasons, Flores was dismissed after the Dolphins again defeated New England in their final game.
Flores has coached all three phases of football – offense, defense and special teams – and began his professional career as a scout. During his 18 years in the NFL, Flores has contributed to victories in Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIX, LI and LIII and seven AFC championships, all with New England.
View photos of the career of Giants head coaching candidate Brian Flores.
The Eli Manning Show | Henrik Lundqvist
In this episode of The Eli Manning Show, presented by Dunkin', New York sports icon Henrik Lundqvist discusses his storied career with the Rangers, the magic of Madison Square Garden, and what it means to have his jersey retired. Eli also challenges Henrik to a game of hockey…air hockey, that is.
Check out the video and gallery below to view Manning's conversation with Lundqvist.
Eli Manning sits down with New York Rangers legendary goalie Henrik Lundqvist on The Eli Manning Show.