Daniel Jeremiah reveals new picks for Giants in latest mock draft
With the 2022 offseason heating up across the league, many draft pundits have released updated predictions for the first round of this year's NFL Draft.
The latest expert to throw his hat in the ring is NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.
In his last mock draft, Jeremiah projected Georgia EDGE Travon Walker at No. 5 and USC WR Drake London at No. 7. One month later, the NFL Network analyst has updated his picks for Big Blue and now believes the team will address both the offensive and defensive lines with their two top picks.
Here are Jeremiah's latest predictions for the Giants with their picks at Nos. 5 and 7.
Pick for No. 5: Ickey Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State
Analysis: "This would be an ideal situation for new Giants GM Joe Schoen. Ekwonu is the best offensive lineman in the class." -- Jeremiah
Ekwonu allowed just three sacks and 10 hurries on 500 pass block snaps last season. Pro Football Focus awarded him a 91.6 overall grade this past season, which included 93.8 run block and 78.3 pass block grades. In his first two seasons at N.C. State, the young tackle had overall grades of 80.6 (2020) and 80.5 (2019). Ekwonu earned numerous awards and honors this past year, and surrendered just eight QB hits on 1,332 pass block snaps over the last three seasons at N.C. State.
Accolades: Unanimous All-American (2021), ACC Jacobs Blocking Award (2021), First-Team All-ACC (2021), Third-Team All-ACC (2020)
Lance Zierlein player comp: Kelechi Osemele
Pick for No. 7: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
Analysis: "Johnson is an explosive edge rusher with outstanding production. Pairing him with Azeez Ojulari, who just posted eight sacks in his rookie campaign, could do wonders for New York's pass rush." -- Jeremiah
Johnson started all 12 games for Florida State last season and recorded 70 total tackles, 12 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 12 QB hurries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He led the ACC in tackles for loss and sacks, and his total tackles were the most among all Power 5 defensive linemen. Johnson also ranked sixth in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss nationally. Johnson earned an 81.1 overall grade from PFF in 2021, including 75.9 pass rush and 79.2 run defense grade.
Accolades: Walter Camp Football Foundation First-Team All-American (2021), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2021), First-Team All-ACC (2021)
Lance Zierlein player comp: Maxx Crosby
Giants sign former Ravens DT Justin Ellis
The New York Giants signed veteran defensive tackle Justin Ellis, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.
Here are five things you need to know about the veteran defensive lineman:
1. Ellis, 6-2 and 350 pounds, has played in 100 regular-season games with 50 starts for the Raiders (2014-18) and Ravens (2019-21). His career numbers include 148 tackles, four quarterback hits, and six tackles for loss.
2. He has also appeared in three postseason games, including two in Baltimore under defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale, who now runs the Giants' defense.
3. Ellis also reunites with outside linebacker Jihad Ward, a former teammate in Baltimore. Ward played 21 games for Martindale, who is known for his frequent and creative blitzes.
"Basically, just coming in with that aggression," Ward said of Martindale in his introductory press conference earlier this week. "Just strong and really the aggression is just some blitzes and stuff. You don't know when we're going to come. That's his type of style. That's his type of deal. We're going to come at you. With Wink and him coaching me, he's a great coach.
"I want to go somewhere where they're going to make me feel loose and Wink is one of those coaches where basically he's going to make me extend my career being the best that I can be. Wink is one of the coaches that did a hell of a job with me when I was a Raven, so I'm here now and ready to win some games."
4. The Raiders originally selected Ellis in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America and Sports Illustrated All-Rookie teams after playing in all 16 games that season with 14 starts.
5. Ellis played in 37 games (25 starts) at Louisiana Tech from 2010-13, with 14 starts coming at defensive tackle and 11 at nose guard. He totaled 102 tackles (37 solo) was named All-Conference USA honorable mention as a senior.
View photos of new defensive tackle Justin Ellis.
Get to know new Giants OL Jamil Douglas
Earlier this week, the Giants announced that they signed offensive lineman Jamil Douglas.
Douglas, 6-4 and 310 pounds, was originally a fourth-round selection by the Dolphins in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has played in 50 regular-season games with 11 starts for Miami, Tennessee, Buffalo, and Washington.
He has made eight starts at right guard and three at center in his career. He reunites with coach Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who coached him on the Bills last season.
Douglas played collegiately at Arizona State, where he switched from guard to left tackle during his senior season.
Check out the video below to find out more about the Giants' newest offensive lineman.