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It is a busy time in the NFL.

Shortly after the league finalized the full draft order by announcing compensatory picks, the new year began and thus free agency got underway. Between all the trades, signings and re-signings, there has been a lot of player movement heading into the home stretch of draft season.

Here is a look at the latest projections as general managers continue to construct their rosters:

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."

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."

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

Analysis: "The Giants, the other team with two top-10 picks, haven't been as active in free agency as new general manager Joe Schoen gets the team back into decent salary-cap shape. That doesn't mean they don't have needs, though, particularly at edge rusher and offensive tackle. With the way the board has fallen in this projection, they can get Day 1 starters at both spots. Neal is a massive tackle who can overpower defenders in the run game and move his feet as a pass-protector. Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 pick in the 2020 draft, looked much better in Year 2 and could stay at left tackle, pushing Neal to the right side. Neal also played some guard at Alabama, and he could be great there too. This is a big season for quarterback Daniel Jones, so the Giants have to keep him upright."

Pick for No. 7: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

Analysis: "This pick is logical for the team and for the prospect. The Giants' top pass-rusher last season was rookie Azeez Ojulari, who led the team with eight sacks, and they have to improve on the edge. This is their best chance to add a young, talented defensive end. They can afford to use this pick on Thibodeaux, who has a high ceiling but was inconsistent in 2021. If Thibodeaux puts it all together, you're talking about All-Pro-level talent. But if he doesn't build out secondary moves and can't improve his all-around game, he could struggle. He has the type of physical traits NFL teams love, but taking that guy in the top 10 is risky. If New York passes on Thibodeaux, keep an eye on cornerback or linebacker with this pick."

Pick for No. 5: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Analysis: "The Giants generated just 34 sacks (tied for 22nd) last season, and while Walker didn't pile on the QB hits at Georgia (six sacks and 29 pressures last season), he was asked to do a lot of different things in a Bulldogs' front seven that presents three other likely first-rounders. The 272-pound Walker had a terrific workout in Indy, running a 4.51-second 40 and 6.89-second three-cone drill. Few players I've ever evaluated can generate the power he does from the ground up, and that was on display with a 35½-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Teamed up with Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari, Walker will only continue to develop while giving the Giants a dynamic edge rusher to spark the defense."

Pick for No. 7: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Analysis: "With the top three linemen in the class off the board already, new GM Joe Schoen and new coach Brian Daboll can get quarterback Daniel Jones help in another fashion. Wilson has elite body control, 4.38 speed and a big catch radius. New York can walk away happy on Day 1 with exciting new players on defense (Travon Walker) and offense (Wilson)."

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Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

Analysis: "One of the best run-blockers in the draft, Ekwonu can make any block and has recorded back-to-back elite run-blocking grades over the last two years. He's an improved pass-blocker, but there's still room to grow in that department. He'll move to the right side opposite 2020 first-rounder Andrew Thomas to start New York's offensive line overhaul."

Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

Analysis: "This is a forward-looking move that has home run potential for the Giants. Stingley has an incredible skill set to go with a freshman season in 2019 that is one of the best PFF has seen from any college corner since 2014. He's battled injuries and a drop in performance since then, but if he gets back on track, he has top-five cornerback potential."

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

Analysis: "Rebuilding the Giants' offensive line has to be a top priority for new general manager Joe Schoen. As a Day 1 starter, Cross could immediately help Big Blue re-establish a blue-collar mentality on offense."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "The Giants have always been at their best when a dominant defensive front can take over the game. The ultra-twitchy pass rusher from Michigan would add significant juice."

Pick for No. 5: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "In Joe Schoen's first season as the assistant general manager in Buffalo, the Bills drafted cornerback Tre'Davious White in the first round. Now the general manager with the Giants, Schoen could follow a similar path with Gardner, who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash with his impressive size (6-3, 190 pounds, 33 1/2-arms)."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "With a pair of top-seven draft picks in his first year running the front office, Schoen will be looking to draft players that help establish the new culture. Cross lacks brute power, but his athletic movement patterns and outstanding hand exchange skills are why he is one of the best pass-blockers in the draft."

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

Analysis: "Given how free agency has gone with the team selection before New York at No. 5, there seems to be a growing possibility the Giants will have one of Ikem Ekwonu or Evan Neal on the board for them. If that's the case, I think they jump at one of those two."

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

Analysis: "After a stellar combine, Sauce seems destined for the top 10 in April's draft."

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

Analysis: "Evan Neal will draw comparisons to Tristan Wirfs throughout the pre-draft process because of his rare size-athleticism combination. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound behemoth landed at No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's College Football Freaks List and drew insanely high praise for his explosiveness."

Pick for No. 7: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Analysis: "Karlaftis will get tagged as just a lunchpail type with a high motor in a lot of lazy analysis this draft season, but he's so much more than that. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was extremely productive for Purdue this season and should surprise with his athletic testing at the combine. Karlaftis, another Feldman Freaks List member, reportedly recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, 37.5-inch vertical and 4.69-second 40-yard dash at just over 270 pounds this offseason. Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm also raved about Karlaftis' efforts on and off the field in a Tailgate interview before the season."

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

Analysis: "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

Analysis: "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."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

Analysis: "Pro Football Focus loves what Ekwonu did in N.C. State's run-blocking game, counting 18 big-time blocks this past season -- seven more than the next closest guy. He also has experience playing both left tackle and left guard. Not only would Daniel Jones appreciate this pick, but so would Saquon Barkley (which also helps Jones)."

Pick for No. 7: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Analysis: "Karlaftis' résumé includes reps aligned over and outside the tackle, which means at his size (he will likely measure around 6-foot-4 at the NFL Scouting Combine) teams will consider how he might be valuable in hybrid fronts and rushing from the inside as well as the outside. His ability to both win after making contact (response win rate) and ability to pressure opposing QBs when they get outside of the pocket rank in the top 88th percentile of the 10-season sample."

Pick for No. 5: Ickey Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

Analysis: "Ekwonu is a wide-bodied stud who has lighter feet than you'd expect for someone with his girth. The Giants could play him at guard or tackle."

Pick for No. 7: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Analysis: "Lloyd steps into the middle of the Giants' defense, providing run-stopping ability but also the athleticism to work in coverage and attack the passer. He showed some potential to affect games as a pass rusher like Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons did last fall when given the chance."

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

Analysis: "Neal started 13 games at left guard in 2019 and 12 at right tackle in 2020 at Alabama, so he has proven positional flexibility. Neal weighed in at 337 pounds at the NFL combine and doesn't appear to have an ounce of body fat on his massive frame. He allowed just 15 quarterback pressures over a 15-game season."

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

Analysis: "Gardner likely solidified his status as the No. 1 cornerback in this year's draft class with his NFL combine performance, running a 4.41 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3. In addition, his 33 1.2-inch arms will surely entice a lot of teams as well. Throughout his time in Cincinnati, Gardner never allowed a touchdown pass even while garnering tough matchups and playing a heavy dose of man-to-man coverage. He's the exact type of cornerback that new Giants defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale is looking for in New York.

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

Analysis: "The talk that Thibodeaux doesn't love football is just that. He proved it during his Oregon career, plus, as one team put it to us: "Maybe we're overthinking this one." Bottom line: Thibodeaux has game-changing talents and should be among the first players drafted. The Giants would love OL help here but fixing the DL isn't a bad backup plan."

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

Analysis: "Walker is something of a tweener, which is odd to say about someone who stands 6-foot-5, and weighs 275 pounds. But he can line up as a 3, 4 or 5-tech and that versatility, coupled with his non-stop motor and consistent playmaking ability, makes him an attractive option for several teams in this range looking to bolster their defensive line. He's just scratching the surface on how could he can be and his combine performance -- a 4.51 40, a vertical of 35.5 inches and a mind-boggling 3-cone of 6.89 seconds -- certainly doesn't hurt."

Pick for No. 5: Travon Walker, DL, Georgia

Analysis: "If New York wants to add an edge rusher, their choice comes down to Kayvon Thibodeaux and Walker. Walker's size is reminiscent of Myles Garrett but he does not have the pass rush plan that Garrett had coming out of Texas A&M. The idea is that any team who selects the Bulldog would be comfortable with his run stopping ability and give him time to develop as a pass rusher."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OL, Mississippi State

Analysis: "Cross is great in pass protection but may need some time if asked to transition to right tackle."

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

Analysis: "Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 pick in the 2020 draft, has turned into the left tackle the Giants envisioned, but they still need help across multiple spots along the offensive line. Newly hired general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll seem to be on the same page with wanting to set up quarterback Daniel Jones for success. That could mean adding a right tackle opposite Thomas in order to keep Jones clean in the pocket."

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

Analysis: "Hamilton is my top-ranked prospect in this draft, and although safety isn't a premium position or an immediate need for the Giants (though Jabrill Peppers is set to become a free agent), taking the best available prospect is the way to go here. The Giants already have some talent in the secondary with James Bradberry and Xavier McKinney, but Hamilton is an X factor who could unlock everyone on the back end because of his versatility. This could be seen as a luxury pick for Schoen, but Hamilton is that good."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State

Analysis: "Ikem Ekwonu is a dynamic run blocker that took a major step forward in pass protection in 2021. He has the size, length, power, and movement skills to pair with Andrew Thomas to provide the Giants with a gifted pair of tackles for Jones to operate behind."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "After landing a top offensive tackle at No. 5, the Giants can turn their attention to the defensive side of the football, a unit that regressed in 2021 after a promising 2020 campaign. If newly-hired general manager Joe Schoen has been influenced by Brandon Beane then Giants' fans can expect investments on the defensive line early and often—and the team needs more options off the edge. David Ojabo is a toolsy pass rusher with great length and burst. I'm impressed by his ability to string together moves and apply heat off the edge. He can pair with Azeez Ojulari to provide New York with an exciting young pair of pass rushers."

Pick for No. 5: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Analysis: "The Giants would be smart to target the offensive line in the first round, perhaps multiple times to boost both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley."

Pick for No. 7: Ikem Ekwonu, G/OT, N.C. State (6-4, 320 pounds)

Analysis: "The Giants get another strong blocker with their two top-10 picks. Ekwonu is a strong, powerful run blocker with the nasty streak needed to dominate at times. He can play either inside or outside in the NFL, but with Linderbaum bolstering the middle, it would be nice to have Ekwonu flank left tackle Andrew Thomas on the right side."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Play him at guard, play him at tackle — just play him. He's a 6'4", 320-pound savage who will carve open lanes for Saquon Barkley and protect Daniel Jones."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "Having added a game-changing offensive line piece with their first pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Giants turn to the defensive side of the ball and do the same. Michigan's David Ojabo has all the pass-rush tools and athletic upside to be a monster in New York. While I believe his Michigan teammate is the better overall prospect, I prefer the schematic fit of Ojabo in the Giants defense."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

Analysis: "After proving himself this season to be a skillful pass protector in addition to a bully in the run game, Ekwonu looks like just the kind of blocker Big Blue needs."

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

Analysis: "At 6-4 and 220 pounds with massive range both in coverage and as a tackler, the two-time All-American can be utilized in an array of different manners. Pairing him with emerging standout Xavier McKinney would give the Giants a formidable tandem on the back end of their defense."

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

Analysis: "Thibodeaux reminded us what he's all about in Indianapolis, showing out with a STRONG weekend of athletic testing. We all knew that was going to be the case, but it was great to see a healthy Thibodeaux competing at full capacity. The Giants enjoyed a good rookie season from pass rusher Azeez Ojulari this past year but they certainly need more on the outside. Thibodeaux playing in Wink Martindale's defense offers a TON of appeal and a chance for a double-digit rookie sack season."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "I certainly hope you weren't hoping to see any of these top-four tackles get outside the top 10 picks. Penning's offseason circuit is a clean sweep—he knocked his opportunity to compete at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine out of the park. He's sufficiently put to bed the questions about his level of competition by showcasing that his physicality translates against better players and he's still a top-tier athlete (at least from a raw athleticism standpoint)."

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

Analysis: "Neal, the safer of the top two offensive tackles, doesn't wait long to hear his name called. And he'll play his home games in the same stadium as Ekwonu! I have Neal a smidge ahead of Ekwonu on my personal rankings and there's no doubt he's going to be a top-five pick."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "The Giants' second top-10 pick flips to the defensive side of the ball where New York lands Hutchinson's running mate in Ojabo, who had 11 sacks despite still learning the nuances of playing football. He's new to the sport (he began playing football as a junior in high school) and his upside is arguably just as high as Hutchinson's. Combined with Neal, the Giants land two potential cornerstone players as they kick off a new front office and head coaching regime."

Pick for No. 5: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Analysis: "Hamilton is pound-for-pound the best player in this draft. He immediately becomes a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball and can quickly mask some of the talent deficiencies that the Giants have at other defensive positions."

Pick for No. 7: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Analysis: "The last time the Giants were consistent NFC contenders, they had a tough, physically-imposing defense with guys like Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OL, N.C. State

Analysis: "Ekwonu is a plug-and-play tackle who could play guard if needed for the Giants."

Pick for No. 7: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Analysis: "Thibodeaux falls into the Giants' lap, and they can't pass on him a second time."

Pick for No. 5: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Analysis: "I'm higher on Johnson than many others I talk to, but I'm comfortable being out on this ledge. He's not an incredible athlete, but while he's not "twitchy," he's got great bend and can get under blockers without sacrificing his speed or strength. He's also a three-down player who reminds me of a young Khalil Mack."

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

Analysis: "Hamilton is one of the best players in this draft, and if not for teams having bigger needs, he wouldn't fall this far. Kyle's loss is the Giants' gain because Hamilton can do so many different things for you defensively. He's the player a defensive coordinator would design in a lab if they could."

Pick for No. 5: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Analysis: "It's going to be hard for the Giants to pass on a player that some believe is the best all-around prospect in the draft. Hamilton's combination of height-weight-speed is difficult to ignore, and his ability to play both down in the box and deep in the middle of the field will be great for the Giants defense."

Pick for No. 7: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Analysis: "The Giants' interior offensive line needs help and although this isn't a sexy pick, there hasn't been a better center prospect in years. Linderbaum has everything the Giants could want from a center."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OL, N.C. State

Analysis: "Ekwonu made a strong case for being the No. 1 offensive lineman in this class with his performance at the NFL combine. He can step in and play tackle right away for a unit that must do a better job of keeping Daniel Jones out of harm's way."

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

Analysis: "Want proof that Walker could wind up being the best all-around edge rusher in this class? Just check out what he did at the combine. He has the athleticism and the skillset to disrupt offenses from multiple positions along the defensive front."

Pick for No. 5: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Analysis: "Hamilton's ability to align in multiple roles and alignments gives him a realistic chance to compete and to be an impactful player right out the gate."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "In the NFL, Cross' best position will be as a left tackle who can athletically match up with some of the best edge rushers in the NFL. Cross lacks the true strength at the point of attack to be a dominant run defender, but in the right offense, he will be a great pass protector."

Pick for No. 5: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Analysis: "Jermaine Johnson was effective and efficient during his limited snaps at Georgia. His lone season as a Seminole showcased his game-changing abilities. Pair that production with his dominance at the Senior Bowl earlier this month and his stock has risen—rightfully so. He pairs a great motor with length, physicality, and pass-rushing savvy to be a menace off the edges."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "New head coach Brian Daboll spent time with another big, physical, and athletic OT from Northern Iowa in Spencer Brown. He more than likely loved what he saw and decided to dip back into that well for Brown's former teammate Trevor Penning. Penning showed up to the Senior Bowl with one goal in mind, to prove he belonged. His quest was successful. He had moments where he struggled and moments of dominance. His utter nasty demeanor from snap to snap is infectious, but irritating for defenders. Penning can slide at RT across from Andrew Thomas to give Daniel Jones bookend tackles."

Pick for No. 5: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "With the new hire of Wink Martindale as the team's defensive coordinator, it's highly likely that the team is in the market for pass rushers who are both explosive but also versatile, as Martindale likes to move his edges around to create favorable matchups. Ojabo is highly versatile and has the pass-rushing upside that warrants a top-five selection."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "This could be a bit of a reach, but the draft is always a supply and demand exercise and the demand for offensive tackles in the draft exceeds the supply. Trevor Penning is coming off a tremendous week at the Senior Bowl where by all accounts he was one of the best overall players at the event. He offers prototypical size and is a very good athlete overall. He plays with power in both phases of the game and has the versatility to play either left or right tackle."


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