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Giants Now: Thibodeaux, Neal All-Rookie Team?


Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal named to All-Rookie Team

The Giants made two selections in the first seven picks of this year's NFL draft, taking OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5 and OT Evan Neal at No. 7.

Both players look poised to take on big roles in their rookie seasons, which could lead to some early success for the first-year players. draft analyst Chad Reuter released his early choices for the 2022 All-Rookie Team, where the Giants were represented on both sides of the ball.

"It will not be a shock if Thibodeaux racks up double-digit sacks as a rookie, like former top-10 picks Josh Allen, Joey Bosa and Von Miller did in Year 1," writes Reuter. "That's certainly his stated goal in 2022. The Giants will give him every opportunity to use his length and strength on the edge across from last year's second-round pick, Azeez Olujari."

Thibodeaux was one of Reuter's picks at EDGE, joining Detroit's Aidan Hutchinson and Kansas City's George Karlaftis.

Meanwhile, Neal was accompanied by Seattle's Charles Cross as the draft analyst's All-Rookie Team selections at offensive tackle.

"If the Giants are to take a step forward in 2022, the offensive line must improve," says Reuter. "Neal's power on the right side points them in the right direction. Saquon Barkley could be in for a rebound year running behind the massive Neal and new starting right guard Mark Glowinski."

View photos of the the Giants' 2022 draft class on the practice field during spring workouts.

Adoree' Jackson named one of PFF's top CBs in zone coverage

Adoree' Jackson now sits atop the Giants' depth chart at the cornerback position.

Jackson signed with the Giants last offseason and enjoyed a strong first year with the team. His 80.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus was the fourth-highest among all cornerbacks in 2021, while his 74.9 overall grade was 15th at the position.

According to PFF, Jackson was one of the NFL's top cornerbacks in zone coverage last season, earning an impressive 84.5 coverage grade while playing zone. This was the second-highest zone coverage grade among all corners, trailing only Cincinnati's Chidobe Awuzie and his 90.1 grade.

Jackson allowed just 57.6 percent of passes thrown in his direction to be completed while playing zone, earning a 68.2 passer rating allowed in those situations.

PFF's Anthony Treash recently ranked the top 32 outside cornerbacks in the NFL, in which Jackson landed at No. 12.

"Jackson has been a brick wall on his side of the field over the past few years," writes Treash. "Among qualifying corners since 2019, he boasts the fifth-lowest target rate (12.0%), sixth-most passing stops (29) and second-fewest yards per coverage snap (0.69). Quarterbacks are largely avoiding him in coverage, and he's blowing up anything underneath him when given the opportunity. While the Tennessee Titans did cut him in the middle of that stretch, the data speaks for itself. Jackson earned a top-five coverage grade in his first season with the Giants in 2021 and will eye elite-level play in 2022 and beyond at the Meadowlands."

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