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Giants Now: History of the 5th & 7th picks

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History of the 5th and 7th picks

With Wild Card Weekend in the rearview mirror, the first 24 selections of the 2022 NFL Draft are now set.

In last year's draft, the Giants conducted a trade with the Chicago Bears, moving down from No. 11 to the No. 20 overall pick. After the conclusion of last year's draft weekend, the Giants emerged with Chicago's first and fourth-round picks in this year's draft.

The Giants' own pick lands at No. 5, while Chicago's comes in at No. 7, making the Giants one of just two teams with two selections in the top 10 of this year's draft (Jets have No. 4 and No. 10).

Over the years, there have been some incredibly talented players selected at both No. 5 and No. 7. Starting with the Giants alone, both quarterback Phil Simms (1979) and wide receiver Ike Hilliard (1997) were selected with the 7th overall picks in their respective drafts. Simms played his entire 15-year career with the Giants, winning MVP of Super Bowl XXI, while Hilliard played eight years with the Giants and currently ranks 10th in franchise history with 4,630 receiving yards. While not a selection of the Giants, quarterback Kerry Collins was taken with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 draft by the Carolina Panthers. Collins then joined the Giants in 1999 and spent five years with the team, helping lead them to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV.

There have been 11 players taken with the 5th overall picked who have gone on to have Hall of Fame careers, with the most recent inductee being running back LaDainian Tomlinson. A few other notable Hall of Famers include quarterback Len Dawson, running back Gale Sayers, defensive back Deion Sanders and linebacker Junior Seau.

Notable No. 5 picks throughout history:

  • 1944: HB Steve Van Buren (HOF)
  • 1945: HB/E Elroy Hirsch (HOF)
  • 1946: T George Connor (HOF)
  • 1957: QB Len Dawson (HOF)
  • 1961: TE Mike Ditka (HOF)
  • 1964: DE Carl Eller (HOF)
  • 1965: RB Gale Sayers (HOF)
  • 1976: DB Mike Haynes (HOF)
  • 1989: DB Deion Sanders (HOF)
  • 1990: LB Junior Seau (HOF)
  • 1995: QB Kerry Collins
  • 2001: RB LaDainian Tomlinson (HOF)
  • 2004: DB Sean Taylor
  • 2011: DB Patrick Peterson
  • 2014: LB Khalil Mack
  • 2015: T Brandon Scherff
  • 2016: CB Jalen Ramsey
  • 2021: WR Ja'Marr Chase

As for the No. 7 overall pick, two players selected there have gone on to be inducted into Canton: center/linebacker Clyde "Bulldog" Turner (1940) and defensive back Champ Bailey (1999). Running back Adrian Peterson was the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher all-time, the 15-year veteran will most likely see his bust in the Hall of Fame down the road. Other notable No. 7 picks include wide receiver Mike Evans, who just extended his NFL record of most consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start his career to eight, and quarterback Josh Allen, one of the league's most talented up-and-coming quarterbacks.

Notable No. 7 picks throughout history:

  • 1940: C/LB Clyde "Bulldog" Turner (HOF)
  • 1958: LB Chuck Howley
  • 1979: QB Phil Simms
  • 1988: WR Sterling Sharpe
  • 1992: DB Troy Vincent
  • 1994: DT Bryant Young
  • 1996: WR Terry Glenn
  • 1997: WR Ike Hilliard
  • 1999: DB Champ Bailey (HOF)
  • 2007: RB Adrian Peterson
  • 2014: WR Mike Evans
  • 2018: QB Josh Allen

View photos of the best players ever to be selected with the Nos. 5 and 7 picks in NFL draft history.

In addition to some of the notable all-time selections at No. 5 and No. 7, the two draft slots have seen some very talented players break out over the last 10 years.

Linebacker Khalil Mack was selected with the 5th overall pick in 2014 by the Las Vegas Raiders. Between his time with the Raiders and Bears, Mack has been selected as an All-Pro four times while being named the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (2015) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (2016), both selected at No. 5, are two of the best at their respective positions, while linebacker Devin White (2019) was named Second-Team All-Pro in just his second NFL season. Last year's 5th overall pick Ja'Marr Chase set numerous rookie receiving records this season, including most yards in a game (266) and in a season (1,455), and is in the running for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Past 10 selections at No. 5:

  • 2021: WR Ja'Marr Chase (Bengals)
  • 2020: QB Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins)
  • 2019: LB Devin White (Buccaneers)
  • 2018: DE Bradley Chubb (Broncos)
  • 2017: WR Corey Davis (Titans)
  • 2016: CB Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars)
  • 2015: T Brandon Scherff (Washington)
  • 2014: LB Khalil Mack (Raiders)
  • 2013: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Lions)
  • 2012: WR Justin Blackmon (Jaguars)

The No. 7 overall pick has also produced some of the league's most talented players over the last decade. We touched on Evans and Allen above, but they are far from the only ones. Defensive end DeForest Buckner (2016) is a two-time All-Pro and one of the NFL's top interior defensive linemen, while linebacker Josh Allen (2019) has racked up 20.5 sacks in just 2.5 seasons. Last year's 7th overall pick offensive tackle Penei Sewell stepped into Detroit's starting lineup and immediately became one of the best run blocking tackles in the league.

Past 10 selections at No. 7:

  • 2021: OL Penei Sewell (Lions)
  • 2020: DT Derrick Brown (Panthers)
  • 2019: LB Josh Allen (Jaguars)
  • 2018: QB Josh Allen (Bills)
  • 2017: WR Mike Williams (Chargers)
  • 2016: DE DeForest Buckner (49ers)
  • 2015: WR Kevin White (Bears)
  • 2014: WR Mike Evans (Buccaneers)
  • 2013: G Jonathan Cooper (Cardinals)
  • 2012: DB Mark Barron (Buccaneers)

View photos of the previous 10 players selected with the No. 5 and No. 7 picks in the NFL Draft.

Mock Draft Tracker 1.0: Early picks for Giants

As one season ends, another begins. That's right – it's mock draft time.

The 2022 NFL Draft order is starting to take shape with the conclusion of the 2021 regular season. The Giants, who picked up an additional first-round pick in a trade with the Chicago Bears last April, are locked into the fifth and seventh overall selections.

Below is a look at picks made by experts in their latest mock drafts:

Pick for No. 5: George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue

Analysis: "Karlaftis wins with power and has proven disruptive even though he often sees double-teams for Purdue -- and like Leonard Williams, he is versatile enough to rush from inside when needed."

Pick for No. 7: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Analysis: "Dean has sideline-to-sideline range and is an artist at slipping blocks, hunting down ball carriers and blowing up plays. Just look at this 13-game stat line for the season: 62 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a touchdown."

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

Analysis: "At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Ekwonu has guard-tackle versatility but earned a legitimate shot to start his NFL career at offensive tackle after his spectacular 2021 campaign at left tackle with the Wolfpack. He earned a 91.6 overall grade and 93.8 run-blocking grade across more than 800 offensive snaps this season, the latter of which ranks sixth among all single-season marks for Power Five tackles since 2014. He's a true road grader in the run game with improved polish and footwork in pass protection. A player with his kind of skill set shouldn't fall past the first 10 picks in the draft."

Pick for No. 7: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Analysis: "Karlaftis will get tagged as just a lunchpail type with a high motor in a lot of lazy analysis this draft season, but he's so much more than that. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was extremely productive for Purdue this season and should surprise with his athletic testing at the combine. Karlaftis, another Feldman Freaks List member, reportedly recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, 37.5-inch vertical and 4.69-second 40-yard dash at just over 270 pounds this offseason. Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm also raved about Karlaftis' efforts on and off the field in a Tailgate interview before the season."

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