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Make the Case: Which OT/DE pair could Giants draft?


"Make the Case" has once again returned on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

Next up is a debate between the selections from one of NFL Network's top draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Pro Football Focus' lead draft analyst Michael Renner.

Pick for No. 5: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 337

2021 stats: 15 games, 650 pass block snaps, allowed two sacks, five hits and eight hurries; 85.8 overall PFF grade, 83.6 pass block grade, 80.4 run block grade

"New general manager Joe Schoen believes in adding prototypes at the marquee positions. Neal is an XXXL edge blocker with outstanding technique and tools."

Pick for No. 7: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 254

2021 stats: 12 games, 70 tackles, 12 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 12 QB hurries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery; 81.1 overall PFF grade, 75.9 pass rush grade, 79.2 run defense grade

"The Giants are at their best when they are able to harass quarterbacks while bringing just four defenders. Johnson is a dynamic pass rusher with the combination of speed, quickness and hand skills to whip opponents on the edge."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 307

2021 stats: 12 games, 719 pass block snaps, allowed two sacks, zero hits and 14 QB hurries; 86.7 overall PFF grade, 84.9 pass block grade, 87.2 run block grade

"The run on tackles continues. The Giants are almost assuredly going to take one with how the talent is stacking up in the class. Arguably the most NFL-ready pass-protector in the class, he took massive strides from 2020 to 2021 in that regard allowing only 16 pressures last season."

Pick for No. 7: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 272

2021 stats: 15 games, 37 tackles, six sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, 36 QB hurries, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery; 71.4 overall PFF grade, 65.8 pass rush grade, 73.7 run defense grade

"You won't find any advanced stats from Walker's on-field performance that suggest he should be drafted this high. But any analysis of his combine performance puts him as one of the best athletes on the edge of all time. That's a lot of developmental tools to work with."


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