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Giants Now: Daniel Jeremiah releases 1st mock draft


NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah releases first mock draft

Mock draft season is in full swing.

Last week, it was ESPN's Mel Kiper who released his first mock draft of the offseason. Now, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has published his first prediction for the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

With just over three months to go before the start of the draft, Jeremiah believes the Giants will address both sides of the ball with their picks at No. 5 and No. 7.

Here is the NFL Network analyst's first prediction for the top 10 of this year's draft.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Evan Neal, Alabama

2. Detroit Lions - EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

3. Houston Texans - S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

4. New York Jets - EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

5. New York Giants - OT Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State

"This would be a home-run pick for a team in need of upgrades along the offensive line. Andrew Thomas has emerged as a legit starter, but the Giants need more help for Daniel Jones. Ekwonu is strong, powerful and nasty." -- Jeremiah

6. Carolina Panthers - CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

7. New York Giants (via CHI) - LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

"Lloyd is a fun player to study. He flies around the field and makes a bunch of plays on the ball. His intangibles are off the charts. I could see the 2021 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year emerge as a key leader for the Giants defense." -- Jeremiah

8. Atlanta Falcons - WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas

9. Denver Broncos - QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

10. New York Jets (via SEA) - CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

View photos of the best players ever to be selected with the Nos. 5 and 7 picks in NFL draft history.

Giants hire Joe Schoen as general manager

Joe Schoen was the first of nine candidates to interview for the Giants' general manager position and this week is the last man standing.

The Giants announced on Friday that Schoen will head their football operations. He has spent the last five seasons as the Buffalo Bills' assistant general manager.

"We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager," said Giants president John Mara. "Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team. His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager."

Schoen, 42, is just the Giants' fifth general manager since 1979 when Pro Football Hall of Famer George Young was hired. He was succeeded in 1998 by his assistant, Ernie Accorsi, who is in the franchise's Ring of Honor. Jerry Reese took over in 2007, the year he presided over the first of two Super Bowl victories. Dave Gettleman was the G.M. for four seasons before announcing his retirement on Jan. 10.

Kevin Abrams, the team's assistant general manager for 20 years, was the interim G.M. for the final four games of the 2017 season.

"Joe is the kind of exceptional leader we sought to oversee our football operations," said chairman Steve Tisch. "We will do whatever it takes to support Joe's vision and strategic plan for success. We are excited to begin this next chapter with Joe as our general manager."

Giants interview Bills OC Brian Daboll for head coach

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll became the first candidate to interview for the Giants' head coaching position.

Daboll, 46, spoke Friday evening via videoconferencing with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and Joe Schoen, who was hired as the Giants' new general manager.

Schoen and Daboll have worked together with the Bills for the last four seasons.

In 2021, Daboll's offense excelled as Buffalo won its second straight AFC East title with an 11-6 record. The Bills finished third in the NFL with 28.4 points a game and fifth with 381.9 yards a game. Quarterback Josh Allen finished sixth in the league with a franchise-record 409 completions, seventh with 36 touchdown passes and eighth with 4,407 yards. Allen's favorite target, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, caught 103 passes for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Bills routed New England last week in a wild card playoff game and will face the defending AFC champion Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City in a divisional round game.

In 2020, Daboll was voted the AP's NFL Assistant Coach of the Year after the Bills finished 13-3 and unseated longtime powerhouse New England atop the division. Allen finished second in the NFL most valuable player voting after setting Buffalo single season franchise records with 4,544 yards, 37 touchdown passes, a 69.2 completion percentage and a 107.2 passer rating.

View photos from the coaching career of Brian Daboll.

Giants interview Bills DC Leslie Frazier for head coach

Leslie Frazier, who coordinated the NFL's top-ranked defense in 2021 and whose 23-year NFL coaching career includes a stint as a head coach, became the second candidate to interview for the Giants head coaching position on Saturday.

Frazier, 62, spoke via video conferencing with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and Joe Schoen, who was hired Friday as the Giants' new general manager.

Schoen and Frazier joined the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and spent the last five seasons working together, the former as the team's assistant general manager and the latter as defensive coordinator (and assistant head coach since 2020).

The Giants interviewed Brian Daboll on Friday, who has been Buffalo's offensive coordinator since 2018.

Frazier earned a Super Bowl ring as both a player and an assistant coach.

This season, Frazier's defense was a driving force as the Bills finished 11-6 and won their second consecutive AFC East title. Buffalo defeated New England in a wild card game last week and will visit the defending conference champion Kansas City Chiefs in a divisional playoff game tomorrow.

The Bills' defense finished first in the NFL in several statistical categories. The unit allowed the fewest points-per-game (17.0), fewest total yards (272.8) and passing yards (163.0) a game, fewest yards-per-play (4.6) and first downs a game (16.8) and the lowest opposing third-down conversion percentage (30.8 on 66 successes in 214 attempts). Buffalo also tied for third with 30 takeaways and has finished in the top 10 in that category in each of Frazier's five seasons as coordinator.

The defense compiled those numbers without a single player getting elected to the Pro Bowl.

View photos of the career of Giants head coaching candidate and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier.

Giants interview Bengals DC Lou Anarumo for head coach

Less than 24 hours after his defense helped the Cincinnati Bengals advance to the AFC Championship Game, Lou Anarumo interviewed for the Giants' head coaching position on Saturday.

Anarumo, who has been the Bengals' defensive coordinator for three seasons, was the Giants' defensive backs coach in 2018.

Anarumo, 55, spoke Sunday afternoon via video conferencing with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and Joe Schoen, who was hired last week as the Giants' new general manager. Anarumo is the third candidate to interview for the job, joining Buffalo Bills coordinators Brian Daboll (offense) and Leslie Frazier (defense). Schoen was the Bills' assistant general manager the previous five seasons.

Cincinnati's defense intercepted three Ryan Tannehill passes in a 19-16 victory against the top-seeded Tennessee Titans in a divisional playoff game in Nashville on Saturday. The last pick, by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson on a pass that was batted into the air by former Giants cornerback Eli Apple, gave the ball to the Bengals at their 47-yard line with 20 seconds remaining. Four plays later, rookie Evan McPherson kicked the game-winning 52-yard field goal as time expired.

In the regular season, Anarumo's defense finished fifth in the NFL against the run, allowing 102.5 yards a game. The Bengals were 17th in scoring defense (allowing 22.1 points a game) and 18th in total yardage (350.9 per game). Cincinnati allowed just two touchdowns the last two weeks in playoff triumphs against Las Vegas and Tennessee.

The Bengals' most disruptive defensive player, Pro Bowl end Trey Hendrickson, finished fifth in the league with 14.0 sacks.

Anarumo has coached football for more than 30 years, including the last 10 in the NFL.

View photos of the career of Giants head coaching candidate and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.

🎥 10th Anniversary Flashback: Giants vs. 49ers NFC Championship

Saturday marked exactly 10 years since the Giants traveled to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in the NFC Championship at Candlestick Park.

Eli Manning was sacked six times in this contest, yet still stood in the pocket to attempt 58 passes, completing 32 of them for 316 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Victor Cruz led the way with 10 receptions for 142 yards, while Mario Manningham and Bear Pascoe each scored on their lone receptions.

On defense, Justin Tuck registered 1.5 sacks of 49ers QB Alex Smith, while Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul chipped in 0.5 sacks apiece.

The play of the game was made on special teams when linebacker Jacquian Williams forced Kyle Williams to fumble a punt deep in San Francisco territory, which Devin Thomas was able to recover. This led to Lawrence Tynes' game-winning 31-yard field goal, punching Big Blue's ticket to Super Bowl XLVI.

Re-live the Giants' big win against the 49ers in the video and gallery below.

Take a look back at the team's win over the 49ers at Candlestick Park in the 2011 NFC Championship Game.