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Giants Now: ESPN's 7-round Giants mock draft


ESPN's 7-round Giants-only mock draft

By now, we have seen all of the names being projected to the Giants in mock drafts with their two first-round picks at Nos. 5 and 7.

ESPN's Jordan Reid did something a little different this week, as he put together a full seven-round Giants-only mock draft.

For his first two picks, Reid projected two players we have seen going to the Giants in many mock drafts- Alabama OT Evan Neal (No. 5) and Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (No. 7).

However, the ESPN NFL Draft analyst did predict some intriguing prospects to Big Blue after Day 1 of the draft.

View all of Reid's picks for the Giants on Days 2 and 3 below.

Pick for No. 36: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Analysis: "Elam is a physical press-man corner who has the skill set to thrive in a scheme that operates with man coverage principles. At 6-foot-2, 191 pounds, Elam ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine and looked smooth in positional drills during Florida's pro day last Monday. He is one of the most underrated corners in this class. Elam is still only 20 years old, and his ability to develop with a roster undergoing a rebuild and fit in the scheme makes him an easy selection at this spot."

Pick for No. 67: Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia

Analysis: "The Giants have lacked speed on the second level. Tindall brings that and much more. He's an ideal fit in a 3-4 scheme because of his ability to attack downhill and fill against the run with lots of enthusiasm. On tape, his explosiveness is among the best in this year's class, and his performance at the combine firmly backed that up. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, he ran a 4.47 40 at the combine, jumped 42 inches in the vertical and recorded a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He has the range to track down ball carriers and make plays, but he can also consistently wreak havoc as a blitzer when rushing from either the inside or the outside."

Pick for No. 81: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

Analysis: "At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Likely is the best option in Round 3 and provides versatility in the passing game. His 12 receiving touchdowns in 2021 led all FBS tight ends and gives an idea of how dangerous he can be across all formations. He also isn't shy when competing as a run blocker."

Pick for No. 112: Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "Ford is a well-built, hard-nose runner who is at his best when asked to run downhill concepts. Because of his frame and extra layers of body armor, he is great at breaking tackles and has the speed to generate explosive plays. At 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, he makes subtle movements at the first level and in space when creating pass opportunities. Ford is not a target who will revolutionize a passing game with concepts built around him, but he can be an outlet or last option of a quarterback's progression."

Pick for No. 147: Luke Fortner, IOL, Kentucky

Analysis: "It's likely that the Giants will double up at offensive line and make two draft selections there. After already drafting Neal with their first selection, Schoen should select an interior blocker who has starter traits. And Fortner can play guard or center. With Thomas and Neal penciled in as the two starters on the outside, adding Fortner into the mix provides New York with competition along the interior. And Fortner could battle for playing time early on."

Pick for No. 173: Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor

Analysis: "At 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, Thornton is a slender but explosive pass-catcher on the perimeter and thrives in the deep portions of the field. He averaged 15.3 yards per catch during final breakout college season, and his 4.28 40 time at the combine proved the speed that is littered throughout his game film. Even though wide receiver isn't near the top of the needs list for the Giants, Thornton brings a different dynamic than what's currently on the roster. He would serve as a developmental option who can stress defenses vertically. And he could gain experience as a kickoff return specialist."

Pick for No. 182: Jeremiah Moon, OLB, Florida

Analysis: "At 6-foot-5, 249 pounds, he ran a 4.76 40, jumped 40.5 inches in the vertical jump and wowed with an impressive 11-foot-1 broad jump at the combine. His agility pops up frequently on tape, but Moon has failed to supplement it with any type of consistent pass-rush or run-defender prowess. The Giants could take this opportunity to develop depth at outside linebacker -- the team already has Azeez Ojulari, Elerson Smith and Quincy Roche -- by using Moon strictly as a designated pass-rusher on late downs or in obvious pass situations."

Eli Manning visits USC with Willie McGinest; jokes about Grammys

Giants legendary quarterback Eli Manning has had some memorable moments on social media since retiring from his playing days.

Manning recently visited Los Angeles, California where he met with three-time Super Bowl champion and all-time Patriots great Willie McGinest, who was also one of USC's greatest linebackers ever.

Manning also took a moment on Monday to congratulate Olivia Rodrigo for winning a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year while jokingly referring to his epic commercial with Victor Cruz from earlier this year.

Giants Huddle | Former NFL Scout Matt Manocherian

Former NFL Scout and Vice President of Football and Research Matt Manocherian from Sports Info Solutions joins John Schmeelk to discuss the 2022 NFL Draft class.

2:22 Top of the draft class

8:48 Ekwonu vs. Cross

12:29 Cornerback Class

18:58 Edge Rushers

29:29 Linebackers

34:06 Wide Receiver

41:46 Tight End

43:03 Day two offensive linemen

48:36 Malik Willis

52:47 Ideal situation for the Giants


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