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Rookie Progress Report: How the draft picks fit in


After several trades, the Giants ended up selecting 11 players in the 2022 NFL Draft, all of whom participated in some degree in training camp. Nine of those players are on the initial 53-man roster. The other two were placed on injured reserve. In addition to the draft class, one undrafted rookie made it through to the 53-man roster.

Here's a look at how each rookie performed this summer, with stats provided by Pro Football Focus.

OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (Round 1, No. 5 overall)

Thibodeaux suffered a sprained MCL during the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, an injury that head coach Brian Daboll labeled as "day-to-day." Prior to the injury, Thibodeaux had played 31 total snaps across the first two preseason games and earned a 70.4 overall grade, one of the highest on the defense. The No. 5 overall pick earned a 72.4 tackling grade.

T Evan Neal (Round 1, No. 7 overall)

Neal played in the first two preseason games before Daboll rested the No. 7 overall pick among the group of starters that sat the finale this past Sunday. The 6-foot-7 tackle allowed three total hurries on 37 pass block snaps, good for a pass block efficiency of 95.8.

"At the end of the day, I'm definitely not a finished product but I'm getting better and better every day," Neal told the media earlier this month. "I belong here, I belong in this league and like I say, I'm just going to take it day by day. I am going to get better day by day by going out there, going to practice. I'm going to win reps, I'm going to lose reps. That's all a part of it. The preseason games and everything and so forth are just extra experiences that I'm going to get under my belt and I'm going to learn from all those mistakes and learn from the things that I need to get better at."

WR Wan'Dale Robinson (Round 2, No. 43 overall)

Robinson saw limited snaps in all three preseason games. His most efficient game came in the finale against the Jets, when the rookie receiver caught one pass for four yards and added another 11 yards on one rush attempt. Robinson has looked strong in practice and is looking to make an impact on the offense this season.

"Dabs gives us a lot of freedom to get open and I think that suits a lot of the guys that we have well," Sterling Shepard told the media last week. "Wan'Dale does a great job. He's a quick twitch guy. (Kadarius Toney) KT, me. That type of player can really thrive in this offense."

OL Joshua Ezeudu (Round 3, No. 67 overall)

Ezeudu played one preseason game, where he was on the field for 39 total snaps against the Patriots in the opener. On 29 pass block snaps, Ezeudu earned a solid 66.5 pass rush grade after he allowed just one hurry. All 39 snaps were played at left guard. Ezeudu missed some time in the preseason due to an injury.

CB Cor'Dale Flott (Round 3, No. 81 overall)

Flott played in two preseason games and earned a 67.8 overall grade on 67 total snaps from PFF. The third-round cornerback was in coverage on 44 of those snaps and picked up a solid 65.9 grade after he surrendered just two receptions for 23 yards on four targets. Flott also earned a 72.2 run defense grade on 22 run plays, which ranked sixth on the Giants' defense.

View the best photos of the Giants' 2022 rookie class from training camp and the preseason.

TE Daniel Bellinger (Round 4, No. 112 overall)

Bellinger caught five passes for 52 yards across the three preseason games, although he did leave Sunday's game against the Jets after he was evaluated for a concussion. Prior to his early departure, the rookie tight end had put together his strongest performance of the preseason with his three receptions for 37 yards. Bellinger also received a 77.4 pass blocking grade, which was the highest among the team's non-offensive linemen.

S Dane Belton (Round 4, No. 114 overall)

Belton was off to a strong start at training camp and looked to be competing for significant playing time at safety. He had a couple of nice turnovers and pass breakups in the first week of practices. The rookie then suffered an injury that has held him out of the last month of camp. Despite the injury, Belton was still listed as the second strong safety behind Julian Love on last week's unofficial depth chart.

ILB Micah McFadden (Round 5, No. 146 overall)

McFadden played 101 total snaps across the three preseason games and finished second on the defense with his 81.9 overall grade. This tied for the 10th best mark among all NFL rookies. His 13 total tackles were also among the team leaders. McFadden received good marks in every area: 78.3 pass rush (10th among NFL rookies), 77.4 run defense, 82.8 tackling and 67.0 coverage. He picked up four total pressures on 22 pass rush snaps and added three run stops.

DL D.J. Davidson (Round 5, No. 147 overall)

Davidson played 82 total snaps in the three preseason games. He made his presence felt in the pass rush, where he earned a 74.6 grade on 47 pass rush snaps. The defensive lineman finished with three pressures.

OL Marcus McKethan (Round 5, No. 173 overall)

McKethan was placed on injured reserve in early August after suffering an ACL injury. He will miss the entire 2022 season.

ILB Darrian Beavers (Round 6, No. 182 overall)

Beavers was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ACL injury against the Bengals. He will miss the entire 2022 season. Prior to the injury, the inside linebacker had been playing well. Beavers earned a 71.3 pass rush grade, along with a 64.5 grade on 27 coverage snaps.

OLB Tomon Fox (Undrafted)

Fox was the only undrafted rookie to make the initial 53-man roster. He played in all three preseason games and picked up four total pressures (three hurries, one QB hit). His overall grade of 68.6 was aided by his strong 74.8 tackling grade. Fox made the game-sealing play against the Bengals in the second preseason contest when he forced a fumble in the final seconds of the game, which the Giants recovered to clinch the victory. Fox also received an elite 81.4 grade on 11 coverage snaps.

View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.

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