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Make the Case: Mel Kiper Jr. vs. Daniel Jeremiah

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"Make the Case" has once again returned on Giants.com.

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

First up is a debate between the selections from two of the top draft experts in the business - ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

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

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 337

2021 stats: 15 games, 1,073 total offensive snaps, 85.8 overall PFF grade, 650 pass block snaps, 2 sacks, five hits, eight hurries allowed, 83.6 pass block grade, 423 run block snaps, 80.4 run block grade

"The Giants, the other team with two top-10 picks, haven't been as active in free agency as new general manager Joe Schoen gets the team back into decent salary-cap shape," Kiper wrote. "That doesn't mean they don't have needs, though, particularly at edge rusher and offensive tackle. With the way the board has fallen in this projection, they can get Day 1 starters at both spots. Neal is a massive tackle who can overpower defenders in the run game and move his feet as a pass-protector. Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 pick in the 2020 draft, looked much better in Year 2 and could stay at left tackle, pushing Neal to the right side. Neal also played some guard at Alabama, and he could be great there too. This is a big season for quarterback Daniel Jones, so the Giants have to keep him upright."

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

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 254

2021 stats: 11 games, 560 total defensive snaps, 84.0 overall PFF grade, 289 pass rush snaps, seven sacks, 11 hits, 28 QB hurries, 91.5 pass rush grade, 233 run defense snaps, 76.8 run defense grade, two forced fumbles

"This pick is logical for the team and for the prospect," Kiper wrote. "The Giants' top pass-rusher last season was rookie Azeez Ojulari, who led the team with eight sacks, and they have to improve on the edge. This is their best chance to add a young, talented defensive end. They can afford to use this pick on Thibodeaux, who has a high ceiling but was inconsistent in 2021. If Thibodeaux puts it all together, you're talking about All-Pro-level talent. But if he doesn't build out secondary moves and can't improve his all-around game, he could struggle. He has the type of physical traits NFL teams love, but taking that guy in the top 10 is risky. If New York passes on Thibodeaux, keep an eye on cornerback or linebacker with this pick."

Pick for No. 5: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 272

2021 stats: 15 games, 596 total defensive snaps, 71.4 overall PFF grade, 381 pass rush snaps, six sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, nine hits, 36 QB hurries, 65.8 pass rush grade, 189 run defense snaps, 73.7 run defense grade, one fumble recovery

"Walker is a unique talent because of his size, athleticism and versatility," Jeremiah wrote. "The Giants need more playmakers on defense."

Pick for No. 7: Drake London, WR, USC

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 219

2021 stats: 8 games, 326 total passing snaps, 91.3 overall PFF grade, 88 receptions for 1,084 yards (12.3 yards per reception) and seven touchdowns, 91.8 receiving grade

"London has inside/outside versatility," Jeremiah wrote, "and he'll be a monster in the red zone."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his final edition of the top 50 prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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