Super Bowl Champion Shaun O'Hara breaks down film of Evan Neal
At one point during the months leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, Evan Neal was considered the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick.
That is why many experts believe the Giants got one of the biggest steals of the draft by landing him at No. 7.
Bob Papa and Super Bowl Champion Shaun O'Hara recently broke down game film of Neal, where the two highlighted the young tackle's versatility.
"Versatile, also very powerful," O'Hara said. "I think coming into the combine, there were people talking about him being the No. 1 overall pick. So, for the Giants to get Evan Neal at seven, I think they feel like this was a steal."
Neal enjoyed a strong collegiate career at Alabama. As a freshman, he started 13 games and allowed just one sack and three hits on 423 pass block snaps, earning him a 71.2 overall grade from PFF. It only went up from there for Neal, who earned a dominant 83.7 in 2020 after starting 12 games and surrendering two sacks, one hit and six hurries.
The offensive lineman was at his best last season. Starting 15 games at left tackle, Neal gave up two sacks, five hits and eight hurries on 650 pass block snaps. He earned an elite 85.8 overall PFF grade, including 80.4 run block and 83.6 pass block grades, and was named both First-Team All-SEC and a Consensus All-American. Neal finished his Alabama career with significant time spent at left guard (723 snaps in 2019), right tackle (765 snaps in 2020) and left tackle (1,071 snaps in 2021).
"He's got a very strong lower body, he's got a lot of power upstairs, as well, with his punch..." said the former Giants lineman. "When you're 320 pounds, 330 pounds, the question is can you change direction, can you move, what's your lateral quickness like... The power is there. The athleticism is there, as is the change in direction."
The Athletic chooses Giants' top must-watch game
The 2022 NFL schedule was finally released last week.
The Giants have several notable matchups on the calendar, including Week 1 in Nashville, facing off against the Packers in London and much more.
The Athletic took a look at each team's schedule and chose one must-watch contest from each 17-game slate.
For the Giants, reporter Dan Duggan went with Week 12 in Dallas, which has the Giants taking on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
"Every game at Jerry World is an event," writes Duggan. "Playing the rival Cowboys in their annual Thanksgiving Day game bumps up the anticipation for this matchup. This starts a string of four straight division games, so the implications could be huge if the Giants are faring better than expected."
The Giants' other showdown against the Cowboys will also be notable, as it serves as Big Blue's only game on Monday Night Football this season (Week 3 at MetLife Stadium).
View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 regular season schedule.
📸 New York Giants 2022 roster in photos
Despite entering the offseason with limited cap space, the Giants were able to revamp their roster heading into the 2022 season.
The team signed numerous free agents, selected 11 players in the draft and then added more undrafted free agents over the last few weeks.
Check out the gallery below to view the Giants' entire 2022 roster as it currently stands.
View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.