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Giants Now: ESPN draft analysts predict Giants picks


ESPN's Matt Miller, Jordan Reid release top 10 mini mock drafts

We are now officially one month out from the start of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Over the last few months, we have seen many draft pundits release their predictions for how the first round of this year's draft might play out.

ESPN's Matt Miller and Jordan Reid recently published something different than your ordinary mock draft. The two draft experts posted a notebook of various draft topics ahead of next month's festivities, and in it included a prediction from each analyst on how they see the top 10 picks going as of right now.

Here are Miller and Reid's latest predictions for the Giants' two top picks.

Matt Miller:

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

Analysis: "Andrew Thomas on one side and Ekwonu on the other should give the Giants' new brain trust a good look at what Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley can do this season."

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

Analysis: "Scouts are all over the map about Thibodeaux's stock, but he still has elite first-step quickness and awesome production when he's on the field. The Giants are desperate for pass-rush help, and after David Ojabo's torn Achilles at the Michigan pro day, Thibodeaux is the next man up."

Jordan Reid:

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

Analysis: "The Giants have a few directions they could go with two top-seven picks. The light turned on for left tackle Andrew Thomas last season, as he showed he was worthy of a top-five pick in 2020. Pairing him with Neal gives the team two promising bookends. Neal's experience at right tackle (13 starts in 2020) means he could transition there as a Day 1 starter."

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

Analysis: "After fortifying the trenches, general manager Joe Schoen makes a luxury pick in Hamilton. The top-ranked overall player on my board, the versatility of Hamilton unlocks everyone on the defense. With defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's scheme relying heavily on consistency on the back end, the former Irish standout makes a lot of sense here."

Osi Umenyiora jokingly preps son for NFL future

Giants legend Osi Umenyiora enjoyed a dominant 10-year career with Big Blue.

From 2003 to 2012, the two-time Super Bowl champion registered 75.0 sacks, good for the sixth-most in franchise history, along with 32 forced fumbles, the highest-recorded number for any Giant defender ever.

The all-time great Giants pass rusher took to Twitter recently to share a video of himself jokingly training his son for a future in the NFL, noting the contracts pass rushers have gotten from teams across the league this offseason.

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