CBS Sports releases new three-round mock draft
With free agency underway, mock drafts are likely to change over the next week or so.
However prior to the official start of free agency, CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson released an updated three-round mock draft.
Wilson predicted the Giants bolster their front seven with their two top picks (Nos. 5 and 7 overall) before spending their next three picks on the offensive side of the ball, including two linemen.
Here are Wilson's latest predictions for the Giants in his three-round mock draft.
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."
Thibodeaux put together three consecutive strong seasons for the Ducks, which began with an eye-opening freshman campaign in 2019. In 13 games that year, Thibodeaux registered nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss while earning a 77.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. This performance led to him being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
He followed that up with three sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in seven games in 2020, good for a 78.9 overall grade, and was named First-Team All-Pac-12 and the recipient of the Morris Trophy as the conference's best defensive lineman. Playing in 10 games as a junior this past season, Thibodeaux had seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. He received an 83.9 overall grade from PFF, including an elite 91.5 pass rush grade, and was once again named First-Team All-Pac-12 along with Unanimous All-American.
For his player comparison, PFF described Thibodeaux as a "rawer Myles Garrett," while Lance Zierlein compared him to Brian Orakpo.
Pick for No. 7: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Analysis: "The Giants still need OL help but Lloyd is a special talent. We were impressed by him during the '21 season and nothing changed at the combine. He's the prototypical off-ball linebacker in today's NFL (pay no attention to his 4.7-something 40 times -- he plays immeasurably faster), and it's like he was built in a lab. This may seem high but, well, it's not."
Lloyd enjoyed three consecutive strong seasons at Utah. After earning a 69.5 during his sophomore campaign in which he registered 6.5 sacks, Lloyd followed that up with an 82.2 in five games during the 2020 season where he totaled two sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He saved his best for his final collegiate season though, receiving an elite 90.2 overall grade. Lloyd got strong marks in all areas of his game, including 88.4 pass rush, 82.0 run defense and 81.8 coverage grade.
The do-it-all linebacker was named First-Team All-Pac-12 in 2020 and 2021. He also earned Consensus All-American honors this past season, along with being selected as the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year as the top defensive player in the Pac-12.
For his player comparison, PFF described Lloyd as having "shades of Fred Warner," while Lance Zierlein compared him to Willie Gay.
Pick for No. 36: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Penning is fresh off his strongest season at Northern Iowa in which he started all 12 games at tackle and allowed just one sack, four hits and six hurries on 435 pass block snaps. Penning earned an overall PFF grade of 97.3 in 2021, including an incredibly elite 99.9 run block and 87.0 pass block grade, and was named First-Team All-MVFC. Between 2019 and 2020, Penning surrendered five total sacks on 662 pass block snaps spanning 19 games.
For his player comparison, PFF described Penning as having "shades of Anthony Castonzo," while Lance Zierlein compared him to Jon Runyan Sr. (size/demeanor) / Riley Reiff (play style).
Pick for No. 67: Chris Paul, OL, Tulsa
Paul played in 10 games in 2021, allowing two sacks, one hit and 12 hurries on 331 pass block snaps. In 20 games between the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Paul surrendered a total of four sacks, eight hits and five hurries. He earned an 83.9 overall PFF grade in 10 games during the 2020 campaign. Paul has experience at left guard, right guard and right tackle while at Tulsa.
Pick for No. 81: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
Ruckert has caught a total of 54 passes for 615 yards and 12 touchdowns in 26 games at Ohio State. In five games during the 2020 season, Ruckert caught 13 passes for 151 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, earning a 72.0 overall grade from PFF. He also received a 68.3 run block grade in 2021.
For his player comparison, PFF described Ruckert as having "shades of Blake Bell."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his final edition of the top 50 prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Reports: Giants agree to terms with OL Jon Feliciano
Feliciano, 6-4 and 325 pounds, played the past three seasons in Buffalo under Brian Daboll. He started 31 games during his tenure with the Bills. Overall, the 2015 fourth-round draft pick by the Raiders has played in 82 career regular-season games with 39 starts: 26 at right guard, 11 at left guard, and two at center.
He has also appeared in in seven postseason games, making four starts at right guard.
Earlier, the Giants reportedly agreed to terms with Mark Glowinski, another veteran offensive lineman.
View photos from the career of veteran offensive lineman Jon Feliciano.
Reports: Giants agree to terms with OL Mark Glowinski
Glowinski, 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, was originally a fourth-round pick (No. 134 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. After nearly three seasons in Seattle, Glowinski was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts towards the end of the 2017 campaign. He went on to spend the next four seasons with the Colts and played in 48 games over the last three seasons, including 14 starts at right guard in 2021.
For his career, Glowinski has played in 95 games with 74 starts, in addition to five starts in the postseason.
View photos from the career of veteran offensive lineman Mark Glowinski.
Giants sign WR Robert Foster; C.J. Board back with team
The Giants today signed wide receiver Robert Foster, who played for Brian Daboll at both the University of Alabama and with the Buffalo Bills.
In addition, the Giants announced they have re-signed wideout C.J. Board, who was scheduled to become a free agent with the start of the league year on Wednesday.
Foster, 6-2 and 194 pounds, did not play a game in 2021, when he spent most of the season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.
Foster has played in 30 regular-season games with seven starts for Buffalo (2018-19) and Washington (2020). He had 32 receptions for 642 yards and three touchdowns, plus two rushing attempts for 29 yards. Foster did not have a catch in his only postseason game (with Washington).
Foster joined the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2018, Daboll's first season as the team's offensive coordinator and Joe Schoen's second as assistant general manager. He played in 13 games with three starts and posted career-high totals of 27 receptions for 541 yards (20.0-yard avg.) and all three of his scores. Foster had three 100-yard games – a career-best 108 vs. Detroit, 105 in MetLife Stadium vs. the Jets and 104 (on a career-high seven catches) against the Jets in Buffalo. Foster scored his first touchdown on a career-long 75-yard reception vs. Jacksonville and also scored against the Lions and Miami Dolphins.
The following season, Foster played in 13 games with two starts and finished with three catches for 64 yards.
View photos of the career of new Giants wide receiver Robert Foster.