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Make the Case: Best pairing for Round 1?


"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 analyst Chad Reuter and CBS Sports' NFL analyst Ryan Wilson.

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

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 350

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

"The Giants did not re-sign veteran Nate Solder at right tackle, and Neal played that position his sophomore year at Alabama. Seems like a natural fit."

Pick for No. 7: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220

2021 stats: 7 games, 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, three interceptions, seven pass breakups; 76.1 overall PFF grade, 80.8 coverage grade, 68.9 run defense grade

"Hamilton's 40-yard dash time (4.59 official at combine; 4.56 unofficial at pro day) should be of no concern to NFL teams that value his range, football instincts and tackling ability. The Giants need a partner for Xavier McKinney in the defensive backfield, and Hamilton has the skill set to become a special player at the next level."

Pick for No. 5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 258

2021 stats: 10 games, 35 tackles, seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup; 83.2 overall PFF grade, 91.5 pass rush grade, 76.8 run defense grade

"Thibodeaux has game-changing talents and, frankly, he's been all over the board in our mock drafts, mostly because teams have differing opinions on him. They're no denying he's just about unstoppable when he's locked in."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200

2021 stats: 14 games, 482 coverage snaps, 18 receptions for 122 yards and zero touchdowns allowed, 22.6 passer rating when targeted, three interceptions, three sacks, four pass breakups, 87.1 overall PFF grade, 87.2 coverage grade, 77.8 run defense grade

"Gardner is a long, physical corner who can run with any WR he goes up against. He didn't give up a single TD during his career and in '21 he was as close to shutdown as you're going to see in this class."


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