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Mock Draft Tracker 16.0: Final picks are in

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After months of speculation, the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The New York Giants hold two picks in the first round, one in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and none in the seventh.

Below is a look at the final mock drafts from top analysts. Keep checking back as more come in.

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

Analysis: "The Giants could go with Kayvon Thibodeaux here, but pairing Neal with Andrew Thomas gives them a solid, young tackle duo to better protect Daniel Jones."

Pick for No. 7: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Analysis: "Wilson reminds me a lot of Stefon Diggs, a player general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll worked with in Buffalo."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "With two of the next three picks, the Giants have to come away with a starting right tackle. They should go ahead and take one here. Cross didn't get many chances to show off his run blocking because of the pass-heavy Mississippi State offense, but I love his potential. And he could play right tackle on the other side of Andrew Thomas."

Pick for No. 7: Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State

Analysis: "I have Kayvon Thibodeaux ranked higher than Johnson, but it's close. Johnson had 12 sacks last season, showing great bend off the edge. He'd be a great fit in Don Martindale's defense."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "I've heard the Giants and the Panthers both love Cross, who is the best pure pass-protector in the entire class. So New York will likely want to first address the line and land its guy ahead of Carolina before looking at other needs at No. 7."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "It's not often that a team gets good value this high on the board, but the chance to add a true shutdown cornerback might be enough for the Giants to skip out on the pass rush for the time being. And remember, it's possible that cornerback could become the bigger of the two needs if the team's salary-cap concerns forces it to move on from James Bradberry. The Giants can pop the champagne early and celebrate adding two high-level young starters before the sun even sets in Las Vegas."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "I've been hearing Cross to the Giants for weeks now. Nothing has happened that would change my tune."

Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Analysis: "Wink Martindale's defense values the cornerback position even more than pass rusher."

Pick for No. 5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

Analysis: "Despite all the discussion about Thibodeaux's motor and personality, he still gets to the quarterback exceptionally well. He is an ideal fit in coordinator Wink Martindale's system and is an immediate upgrade for a defensive front that couldn't get to the quarterback last season. Thibodeaux is one of the most polarizing players in the class; he could be a top-five pick or fall out of the top 10 altogether."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "The buzz surrounding the Giants and Cross has been building for weeks and is too strong to ignore. Should they draft Cross over Ikem Ekwonu? That's tough for me, but Cross' physical traits are appealing here. Teaming him up with Andrew Thomas gives the Giants awesome bookends with which to truly evaluate quarterback Daniel Jones."

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Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "Lots of spy versus spy here. By that I mean, at first blush, it's logical to think GM Joe Schoen would want the best available right tackle here, with Andrew Thomas set on the left side. And because Cross was consistently on the left side in college, and Evan Neal started a season each at left tackle and right tackle, Neal's a better fit here. And it may be Neal. Who wouldn't want a 40-game starter at a great program in the SEC? But what many don't know is the Giants put Cross through some work to judge whether he'd be a good right-tackle candidate and came away happy that he would be. Cross, one GM told me, is the best pass-protector of the three top tackles, a power-forward type (6-7 ½, 335) who will be competitive on day one against good edge rushers. If the Giants are comfortable enough with his ability to play the right side, this is a solid pick."

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

Analysis: "Just a warning: Don't be shocked if the Giants go Thibodeaux here. Lots of stuff out in the ether right now about the Giants being down on Thibodeaux, but I can tell you they're interested and have done a ton of work on him since his Pro Day. Also, the Giants would love to deal this pick and recoup a 2023 first-round pick and go down, say, 10 to 12 spots so they still could get a strong prospect plus be in prime position in the '23 first round. So the call here is Hamilton, despite the fact the Giants have a good young third-year safety in Xavier McKinney. New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale loves versatile safeties, which is precisely what Hamilton is. He's huge (6-4, 220) and instinctive, and can blitz, play sideline to sideline and play down in the box as an extra linebacker. This pick would make the Giants' secondary tough to gameplan against because of the versatility of McKinney and Hamilton."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "People love maulers on the offensive line, but the NFL is all about pass protection. Cross has great feet and is a better pass protector than Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "I love the way Gardner jams receivers off the ball. In a league where quarterbacks get 2.5 seconds to throw, Gardner could get a QB to look away from his receiver with a good jam. He also has the Richard Sherman length at 6-foot-3 to discourage deep throws. That doesn't leave many options for throwing at Gardner, which is why nobody did in college. He uses a lot of Darrelle Revis-type strategy with his play."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "New GM Joe Schoen will love that this youngster is the best pass protector of the OT prospects in this class -- and Schoen will also expect Cross to surprise people with his run-game blocking."

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

Analysis: "The Giants get better along both lines with their two top-10 picks. This former Oregon star, talented enough to be the first overall selection, takes to the New York Metropolitan area like a duck to ... Sorry, my bad. In any event, 10 or more sacks will be the expectation in Year 1."

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

Analysis: "One of the best run-blockers in the draft, Ekwonu can make any block and has recorded back-to-back elite run-blocking grades over the last two years. He's an improved pass-blocker, but there's still room to grow in that department. He'll move to the right side opposite 2020 first-rounder Andrew Thomas to start New York's offensive line overhaul."

Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

Analysis: "This is a forward-looking move that has home run potential for the Giants. Stingley has an incredible skill set to go with a freshman season in 2019 that is one of the best PFF has seen from any college corner since 2014. He's battled injuries and a drop in performance since then, but if he gets back on track, he has top-five cornerback potential."

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

Analysis: "With a first-year general manager and head coach, the Giants could go in multiple directions here. But offensive line makes the most sense, and Neal has the position flexibility to lock down the right tackle job as a rookie, keeping Andrew Thomas at left tackle."

Pick for No. 7: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "The Giants are another team eager to move back if the right trade offer comes in, but they will be just as comfortable staying put and drafting Gardner if the Cincinnati corner is still available. Not only is he an ideal fit for the Giants' expected scheme, but he is the type of foundational piece on defense they are hoping to land."

Pick for No. 5: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "Reports indicate the Giants like Cross a good bit — maybe even as their top offensive tackle overall. Giants scouts reportedly had Cross going through drills at right tackle at his pro day and came away impressed. This lines up with them already having Andrew Thomas at left tackle. They'll look to address the offensive line with one of their first-round picks."

Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Analysis: "The Giants surely would like to move back from one of their top-seven picks to acquire extra draft capital for 2023, too. But I'm not so sure they find that kind of value in a trade-back. If they stick here, I believe they'll go with one of Sauce Gardner (first) or Derek Stingley Jr. With Gardner gone, that makes this decision easy."

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

Analysis: "Neal should be a priority for the Giants if he's indeed available at No. 5 overall. He is one of the draft's top athletes regardless of position, with over 700 career snaps played at each of left tackle, left guard and right tackle. His single-season PFF grades also improved every year of his career at Alabama despite him playing different positions all throughout."

Pick for No. 7: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Analysis: "Buy into every bit of Walker's rapid ascent up draft boards. The former Georgia Bulldog is a 90-plus percentile athlete nearly across the board who can play anywhere along the defensive line. Production concerns are valid but also heavily correlated to inexperience and the role he was asked to play on defense. He played 500-plus fewer snaps than any of the top edge players in this class and has only ever lined up outside the tackles as a pure edge defender for 529 defensive snaps. Comparatively, Hutchinson, Thibodeaux and Purdue's George Karlaftis all cleared 1,300-plus snaps at such alignments in their respective college careers. Adding Neal at No. 5 and Walker at No. 7 would be an absolute home run of a draft for New York's brass. Walker can immediately play anywhere along the defensive line for the Giants and improve a pass-rush unit that ranked 27th in pressure rate (31%) in 2021."

Pick for No. 5: Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "Gardner's commitment to ball is unparalleled — he is all business on and off the football field, and business is good. Gardner allowed a grand total of 343 yards over the past two seasons."

Pick for No. 7: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Analysis: "Neal has a mini-tumble from the high billing he got during the season after opting out of all athletic testing. The Giants can't pass on the only tackle in the top-tier of this class with experience on the right side."

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

Analysis: "Adding a rock-solid edge blocker will help the Giants assess Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley as franchise players."

Pick for No. 7: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Analysis: "New defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale wants to play man-to-man coverage on the perimeter, and Stingley is a five-star talent with the tools to play at an All-Pro level on the island."

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

Analysis: "Another duplicate pick here from Mock 1.0, especially with the Giants front office telling us they aren't shopping Saquon Barkley. Ekwonu's 18 big-time blocks in the run game, per Pro Football Focus, were seven more than the next-closest Power Five offensive lineman."

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

Analysis: "After posting just 34 sacks last season (tied for 22nd), the Giants could pounce on the high-upside pass rusher out of Oregon."

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

Analysis: "Ekwonu will be Saquon Barkley's new best friend at right tackle, moving defenders out of the hole to aid the former Rookie of the Year's bid at a bounce-back campaign. Defenders will also have a rough go at trying to break through Ickey's wide frame and long arms to reach Daniel Jones in the pocket."

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

Analysis: "The Giants find themselves a powerful rusher to pair with last year's second-round selection, Azeez Ojulari. Thibodeaux can move in space and also kick inside in sub-packages, making him a valuable chess piece."

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

Analysis: "Neal started 13 games at left guard in 2019 and 12 at right tackle in 2020 at Alabama, so he has proven positional flexibility. Neal weighed in at 337 pounds at the NFL combine and doesn't appear to have an ounce of body fat on his massive frame. He allowed just 15 quarterback pressures over a 15-game season."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "Gardner likely solidified his status as the No. 1 cornerback in this year's draft class with his NFL combine performance, running a 4.41 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3. In addition, his 33 1.2-inch arms will surely entice a lot of teams as well. Throughout his time in Cincinnati, Gardner never allowed a touchdown pass even while garnering tough matchups and playing a heavy dose of man-to-man coverage. He's the exact type of cornerback that new Giants defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale is looking for in New York.

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Pick for No. 5: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "The Giants could go offensive line here -- all three of the top tackles are still on the board -- but with the understanding that they also have the No. 7 pick they instead get Sauce Gardner, our CB1."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OL, Mississippi State

Analysis: "The Giants have been linked to Cross in recent weeks and he's arguably the best pass blocker in this class. We'd lean Ekwonu here (he's the best run blocker), but Cross is the pick."

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

Analysis: "If New York wants to add an edge rusher, their choice comes down to Kayvon Thibodeaux and Walker. Walker's size is reminiscent of Myles Garrett but he does not have the pass rush plan that Garrett had coming out of Texas A&M. The idea is that any team who selects the Bulldog would be comfortable with his run stopping ability and give him time to develop as a pass rusher."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OL, Mississippi State

Analysis: "Cross is great in pass protection but may need some time if asked to transition to right tackle."

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

Analysis: "The Giants could have four new starters along the offensive line in 2022. Ekwonu could play right tackle and pair with Andrew Thomas as bookends to build around. He brings physicality and nastiness to a front that sorely lacks that type of attitude, and he's a consistent player."

Pick for No. 7: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Analysis: "Walker, a hot name in draft circles, is a massive end with unique physical traits. Teams in the top 10 could bank on his upside and potential and take him early, even if he had only 9.5 career sacks. General manager Joe Schoen, who came from Buffalo, was in a regime that wasn't afraid of taking risky, high-ceiling prospects, as he played a part in the selections of Josh Allen and Greg Rousseau."

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

Analysis: "With the first four picks falling like they did in this scenario, the Giants get their pick of offensive tackles and Ikem Ekwonu is the cream of the crop in my eyes. He fits well with the types of players we saw Brian Daboll and Bobby Johnson gravitate toward in Buffalo in terms of size, length, power, and play demeanor."

Pick for No. 7: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Analysis: "If the Giants' two top-10 picks turn out to be an impact offensive tackle like Ekwonu and an edge rusher like Jermaine Johnson, general manager Joe Schoen should be ecstatic about how the board fell to him and how he responded. Securing talents like Ekwonu and Johnson at premium positions is a great way to start the Schoen/Daboll Era of Giants football."

Pick for No. 5: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Analysis: "The Giants would be smart to target the offensive line in the first round, perhaps multiple times to boost both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley."

Pick for No. 7: Ikem Ekwonu, G/OT, N.C. State (6-4, 320 pounds)

Analysis: "The Giants get another strong blocker with their two top-10 picks. Ekwonu is a strong, powerful run blocker with the nasty streak needed to dominate at times. He can play either inside or outside in the NFL, but with Linderbaum bolstering the middle, it would be nice to have Ekwonu flank left tackle Andrew Thomas on the right side."

Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

Analysis: "Play him at guard, play him at tackle — just play him. He's a 6'4", 320-pound savage who will carve open lanes for Saquon Barkley and protect Daniel Jones."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "Having added a game-changing offensive line piece with their first pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Giants turn to the defensive side of the ball and do the same. Michigan's David Ojabo has all the pass-rush tools and athletic upside to be a monster in New York. While I believe his Michigan teammate is the better overall prospect, I prefer the schematic fit of Ojabo in the Giants defense."

Pick for No. 5: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Analysis: "With neither of the standout tackles falling to the Giants, they go for the surest player at a position of need in the vastly underrated Utes star, picking him over a glitzy Pac-12 option, Thibodeaux. The Giants need help at both positions, but I expect the buzz about Lloyd to really build. The 6-foot-3, 237-pounder with 33-inch arms made a ton of plays for Utah, posting 32 TFLs in the past 19 games."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "I imagine there will be a lot of hope Big Blue grabs Kyle Hamilton, but they won't be able to pass up a true lockdown corner in the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder. Almost no opposing offense in college wanted to mess with him. The Giants might also take a long look at Derek Stingley Jr., the other exceptionally talented corner in this draft, but the hunch here is that the former LSU Tiger's up-and-down past two seasons will steer them to Gardner."

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Pick for No. 5: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

Analysis: "After proving himself this season to be a skillful pass protector in addition to a bully in the run game, Ekwonu looks like just the kind of blocker Big Blue needs."

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

Analysis: "At 6-4 and 220 pounds with massive range both in coverage and as a tackler, the two-time All-American can be utilized in an array of different manners. Pairing him with emerging standout Xavier McKinney would give the Giants a formidable tandem on the back end of their defense."

Pick for No. 5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Analysis: "Thibodeaux reminded us what he's all about in Indianapolis, showing out with a STRONG weekend of athletic testing. We all knew that was going to be the case, but it was great to see a healthy Thibodeaux competing at full capacity. The Giants enjoyed a good rookie season from pass rusher Azeez Ojulari this past year but they certainly need more on the outside. Thibodeaux playing in Wink Martindale's defense offers a TON of appeal and a chance for a double-digit rookie sack season."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "I certainly hope you weren't hoping to see any of these top-four tackles get outside the top 10 picks. Penning's offseason circuit is a clean sweep—he knocked his opportunity to compete at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine out of the park. He's sufficiently put to bed the questions about his level of competition by showcasing that his physicality translates against better players and he's still a top-tier athlete (at least from a raw athleticism standpoint)."

Pick for No. 5: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "Gardner allowed just 131 yards across 14 games and 482 coverage snaps in 2021, a performance that will forever be known as one of the best ever seasons by a college defensive back. Impressively, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder did that while playing mainly on an island in press-man coverage. He closed out his three-year college career without allowing a single touchdown despite playing over 1,100 coverage snaps. New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale will be able to trust him to win on an island sooner rather than later."

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

Analysis: "With the Giants welcoming in Wink Martindale as the new DC, this Giants defense will be aggressive and could look to add more pressure. Creative pressure packages are key to Martindale's defensive success, and Dean comes from a system with the same philosophy. The Georgia off-ball linebacker was one of the best blitzers in college football last season. Not only was Dean the highest-graded off-ball linebacker of 2021, but he's the only linebacker in the PFF College era to earn a 90.0-plus PFF grade in coverage and as a pass-rusher. The Georgia product racked up 31 pressures and 15 passing stops in 2021, both of which ranked top-10 among Power Five linebackers. He also ranked sixth in the Power Five in pass-rush win rate (22.3%), allowed a first down at the lowest rate among linebackers (13.5%) and didn't surrender a single touchdown. Ignore the size concerns with the 5-foot-11, 231-pounder. Dean is the real deal."

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

Analysis: "Neal, the safer of the top two offensive tackles, doesn't wait long to hear his name called. And he'll play his home games in the same stadium as Ekwonu! I have Neal a smidge ahead of Ekwonu on my personal rankings and there's no doubt he's going to be a top-five pick."

Pick for No. 7: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "The Giants' second top-10 pick flips to the defensive side of the ball where New York lands Hutchinson's running mate in Ojabo, who had 11 sacks despite still learning the nuances of playing football. He's new to the sport (he began playing football as a junior in high school) and his upside is arguably just as high as Hutchinson's. Combined with Neal, the Giants land two potential cornerstone players as they kick off a new front office and head coaching regime."

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

Analysis: "Ikem Ekwonu's stock has been on the rise since the start of the 2021 season and peaked at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the combine, Ekwonu put on a show and showed that he has true athleticism as an offensive lineman."

Pick for No. 7: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Analysis: "The Giants took an offensive lineman with their first pick and now they address the defensive line by selecting Travon Walker. Walker is a versatile defensive lineman that can align in multiple positions along the defensive line. Selecting a defensive lineman with this type of versatility will be the beginning of a rebuild and hopefully get the Giants back to the NFC prominence they had with guys like Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul."

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

Analysis: "The Giants plug Neal in at right tackle and are starting to feel happy about their offensive line."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "The Giants will love the press-man ability of Gardner with Wink Martindale now calling the shots on defense."

Pick for No. 5: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

Analysis: "I'm higher on Johnson than many others I talk to, but I'm comfortable being out on this ledge. He's not an incredible athlete, but while he's not "twitchy," he's got great bend and can get under blockers without sacrificing his speed or strength. He's also a three-down player who reminds me of a young Khalil Mack."

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

Analysis: "Hamilton is one of the best players in this draft, and if not for teams having bigger needs, he wouldn't fall this far. Kyle's loss is the Giants' gain because Hamilton can do so many different things for you defensively. He's the player a defensive coordinator would design in a lab if they could."

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

Analysis: "Ekwonu made a strong case for being the No. 1 offensive lineman in this class with his performance at the NFL combine. He can step in and play tackle right away for a unit that must do a better job of keeping Daniel Jones out of harm's way."

Pick for No. 7: Travon Walker, DL, Georgia

Analysis: "Want proof that Walker could wind up being the best all-around edge rusher in this class? Just check out what he did at the combine. He has the athleticism and the skillset to disrupt offenses from multiple positions along the defensive front."

Pick for No. 5: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Analysis: "Hamilton's ability to align in multiple roles and alignments gives him a realistic chance to compete and to be an impactful player right out the gate."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Analysis: "In the NFL, Cross' best position will be as a left tackle who can athletically match up with some of the best edge rushers in the NFL. Cross lacks the true strength at the point of attack to be a dominant run defender, but in the right offense, he will be a great pass protector."

Pick for No. 5: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Analysis: "Jermaine Johnson was effective and efficient during his limited snaps at Georgia. His lone season as a Seminole showcased his game-changing abilities. Pair that production with his dominance at the Senior Bowl earlier this month and his stock has risen—rightfully so. He pairs a great motor with length, physicality, and pass-rushing savvy to be a menace off the edges."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "New head coach Brian Daboll spent time with another big, physical, and athletic OT from Northern Iowa in Spencer Brown. He more than likely loved what he saw and decided to dip back into that well for Brown's former teammate Trevor Penning. Penning showed up to the Senior Bowl with one goal in mind, to prove he belonged. His quest was successful. He had moments where he struggled and moments of dominance. His utter nasty demeanor from snap to snap is infectious, but irritating for defenders. Penning can slide at RT across from Andrew Thomas to give Daniel Jones bookend tackles."

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

Analysis: "No player has helped himself more in the months leading up to the draft than Travon Walker. Walker has skyrocketed up the boards with an outstanding combine in which he put on an absolute show. His blend of size, length, and athleticism are rare and you won't find many prospects that look the part like this guy. That being said, I am a bit lower on him than most as I do have questions about his ability to consistently win on the outside at edge but I do understand his upside and potential are too high to pass up. He would give the Giants a versatile and athletic player who can contribute both inside and outside."

Pick for No. 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: "The Giants have always placed a premium on the trenches and this continues with this draft. Trevor Penning is a high-upside player who offers outstanding size, strength, and a physical temperament that Giants fans will love. His ability to displace defenders in the run game while also having the athleticism to excel in pass protection makes him a plug-and-play player on the right side of this Giants offensive line."

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

Analysis: "Neal is arguably the most complete tackle prospect in this class with 80.0-plus PFF grades as a pass protector and run blocker in his final season at Alabama. He came in at No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's Freaks List entering last season, and it's not difficult to see why. Neal showed up to the Combine at 337 pounds, carrying it more like 287 pounds. There are certainly worse ways to bookend the offensive line than with Neal and Andrew Thomas."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "Coming out of the first round with Neal and Gardner would be the best-case scenario for the Giants. Gardner is the most experienced press-coverage cornerback in this class with 851 career snaps in his college career in that department. Opposing offenses just gave up on testing Gardner, who allowed just a 31.8 passer rating into his coverage in his three seasons at Cincinnati."

Pick for No. 5: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Analysis: "I'm sure the Giants will race this card up to the podium, as they take home one of the top players at a major position of need."

Pick for No. 7: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Analysis: "The Giants already grabbed a pass rusher at No. 5. Now they get the best cornerback in the draft."

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