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Experts grade Giants' 2022 draft class


The 2022 NFL Draft is officially complete.

The Giants emerged from the weekend with 11 players. Big Blue went into Thursday night with nine selections, but following two trades in the second round which saw the Giants go from No. 36 to No. 43, the team added two extra picks (No. 114 and No. 146).

Here are all 11 of the Giants' picks:

View photos from the college careers of the Giants' entire 11-player draft class

Here are reactions from the experts on the Giants' draft picks, along with analysis on each prospect.

"New general manager Joe Schoen took a firm grip on the Giants' top-seven picks to get a talented pass rusher in Thibodeaux and a massive right tackle (who could play guard or left tackle as well) in Neal. Schoen also traded down twice before grabbing a tough, undersized receiver in Robinson. He then found an underappreciated guard/tackle combo in Ezeudu and a lean slot corner in Flott.

"The Giants got adequate value at a position of need in Bellinger and found a Jabrill Peppers-type and Day 3 value pick in hybrid safety Belton. McFadden and Beavers fill a big need at inside linebacker, as does Davidson at nose tackle and McKethan as a backup tackle."

"The Giants didn't do anything fancy. They were set up for success, with the fifth and seventh picks, and they delivered by taking pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and T Evan Neal."

"No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon's massively talented pass rusher, is on top of the marquee – which is exactly where he wants to be. If he turns out to be a Broadway success story, Big Blue could be back soon."

Favorite Giants value pick: Evan Neal

"Edge rushers have to take a $20 cab ride to get around Neal, and he refuses to give up ground to bull rushers. He is a dominant run-blocker who takes great angles and knocks back defenders. That will help running back Saquon Barkley."

Biggest steal of the draft: Evan Neal

"In much the same way that [Travon] Walker was a big reach from eight to one, Neal is a fantastic steal from two to seven. Neal was the near-universal second- or third-ranked player and was the top-ranked player on 10 percent of boards. Add in the positional bonus of offensive tackles and the fact that the Giants needed a tackle and they get a nice bonus on top of the overall value Neal provides."

Teams that changed the most following draft: Giants

"Hitting on a pair of top-10 picks can change the trajectory of a franchise, and new general manager Joe Schoen sure seems like he snagged cornerstone pieces in Thibodeaux and Neal. The Giants desperately needed big boys on both sides of the trenches, and these first-rounders could go a long way toward 1.) keeping Daniel Jones and/or future QBs upright, and 2.) finally getting after opposing QBs off the edge."

Favorite Giants pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux

"Kayvon Thibodeaux could be next in the Giants' lineage of great pass rushers and help restore the franchise to glory. That would be great. But selfishly, this is my favorite pick for the outgoing personality Thibodeaux is bringing to New York. Thibodeaux is going to restore the swagger that has been lacking from the Giants in recent years. He seems eager to embrace everything that comes with being a star in this market. That should be fun to witness, especially if his play matches his persona."

DAY 1: Kayvon Thibodeaux (No. 5), Evan Neal (No. 7)

Round 1 Winner: Giants

"When I went to write down the list of the Giants' biggest needs, the first two I wrote were "edge" and "right tackle." This is a huge win for New York, even if we thought general manager Joe Schoen might reverse it and take the tackle first. The Giants added an extra pick from the Bears' move up for Justin Fields last year, and they got two really great players here. Thibodeaux is extremely explosive, even if he wasn't at his best in 2021. If the Giants can coach him up, he could be a star. Neal started 40 games at Alabama, including his junior season at right tackle. That's where he'll play in New York, which now has a pair of young, talented bookends in Neal and Andrew Thomas."

Thibodeaux: Grade A+

"Thibodeaux brings an explosive first step and plenty of power as a rusher, giving the Giants a potential future star to build their defensive line around. He's my no. 2 overall player, so I love this value, and his versatility makes him a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's scheme. Pair him up with Azeez Ojulari and let him go to work."

Neal: Grade A+

"New Giants GM Joe Schoen just pulled off what I'd consider a dream scenario in his first draft with the team, grabbing Thibodeaux with his first of two first-rounders and following up with a top-tier offensive tackle here. Neal combines massive size with incredible versatility and a balanced skill set in both the run game and in pass protection. He's a big boost to New York's offensive line and is exactly what Daniel Jones needs if he's going to break through in 2022. Neal is my fourth-ranked player and should start from day one."

Thibodeaux: Grade A

"Thibodeaux (6-foot-4, 254) was a productive college player with 19 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in 32 games. He's a plus athlete and was a team captain last year. SIS tracks quick pressure rate (how often a pass rusher produces pressure in 2.5 seconds or less) and true pressure rate (how often a pass rusher produces pressure on straight dropbacks). Thibodeaux was top five in both categories last year and ranked higher than both Hutchinson and Walker."

Neal: Grade A

"Neal (6-foot-8, 337) started 40 games for Nick Saban — 15 at left tackle, 13 at left guard and 12 at right tackle. He was durable (missed just one game, and that was becausde of COVID-19) and reliable. Per The Athletic's Dane Brugler, Neal got called for just one penalty last year. And he allowed just two sacks on 650 pass-blocking snaps. The Giants can start Andrew Thomas at one tackle spot and Neal at the other. Neal has proven how versatile he can be and has the upside to be an All-Pro. With Thibodeaux and Neal, this couldn't have worked out much better for the Giants."

Round One: Grade A

"The third edge rusher drafted, Thibodeaux's power allowed him to control opposing linemen inside at Oregon, and he also won with power and speed on the outside. He played through injury in 2021 and still looked solid covering space; he's a versatile defender whom new defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale will want to play across from last year's second-round pick, Azeez Ojulari."

Thibodeaux: Grade A

"The Giants took the time to get to know the person and the prospect, and felt plenty comfortable that he was an edge player whose skill set is rare, and whose ceiling is incredibly high. Put Thibodeaux in Wink Martindale's defense opposite Azeez Ojulari, then let him roam the front and make things happen."

Neal: Grade A

"The fit is ideal, given that Neal was the prospect who had no issue sliding in at right tackle, whereas Ekwonu and Mississippi State's Charles Cross only played on the left side. The 6-foot-7, 337-pound Neal is confident, battle-tested, physically dominant and durable, having started 40 games at Alabama."

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