With the calendar flipped to July, Giants.com asks 22 important questions leading up to the start of the 2022 training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
For 22 days, a member of the Giants.com crew will answer one question about the roster, coaching staff, schedule, and much more.
No. 9: What have you seen from rookie OT Evan Neal?
Dan Salomone: If Kayvon Thibodeaux is taking the Michael Strahan approach, then Evan Neal is following the Kareem McKenzie route. That makes the top picks a perfect match. These two have been going against each other since their high school showcase camps when they were the first and fourth overall recruits in the 2019 class, respectively. Now, they will do so as the fifth and seventh overall NFL draft picks and teammates to boot. While Thibodeaux has a larger-than-life personality, Neal, who lined up at right tackle throughout spring practices, is more reserved. "I'm going to talk with my shoulder pads," Neal joked on draft night when asked about how much Thibodeaux is going to talk in practice. Neal added, "I'm kind of more of an introverted extrovert by nature, more reserved, quiet, but just talk to me. I'm a people person."
He's also a large person. In the eighth grade, he weighed 378 pounds but always carried it well.
"To be honest with you, bro, I've always been just a really big guy," Neal said. "I can move, whenever we would run, I would always be in the front of the pack with the O-line. It was really important to me to not allow anyone else to outwork me."
He trimmed that "baby fat" off at Alabama, where he played at 340-345 pounds in his final season and was a consensus All-American. Veteran guard Mark Glowinski, who plays just inside him on the right side of the line, gave his first impression of the rookie in two words: "Just dominant." He added that as long as Neal gets his hands on guys, that's the "end of the story."
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