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Giants Now: Shaun O'Hara applauds Giants' draft


Shaun O'Hara applauds Giants' draft haul

The Giants have been garnering praise over the last few days for the team's entire 2022 draft haul.

Joe Schoen emerged from draft weekend with 11 total picks, including two of the highest-ranked players in the draft in Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal.

But Schoen and the Giants' front office were able to add contributors beyond the first day of the draft, which has helped lead to high marks from draft experts analyzing each team's draft class.

Former Giants center and NFL Network contributor Shaun O'Hara praised Schoen, Brian Daboll and the entire front office for what they were able to accomplish in the draft.

"If you look at what they did, the best pass rusher on the board, the best tackle on the board... You look at what the Giants did, [Schoen] crushed it. Absolutely crushed it. He and Brian Daboll are off to a great start," O'Hara said on 'Good Morning Football' Monday morning.

Here is what O'Hara had to say about a few of the Giants' draft picks

Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon:

"Kayvon Thibodeaux, his unbelievable ability at the snap, his get-off, it reminds me of Osi Umenyiora... Just really great long arms, uses his hands really well. The Giants haven't drafted an edge rusher in the first round since JPP back in 2010. That's 12 years. This guy is phenomenal. No doubt about it, him opposite Azeez Ojulari is going to be a great matchup, a great duo."

Evan Neal, OT, Alabama:

"Let's talk about Evan Neal. I thought he was the best tackle in the draft. The best thing is, he played right tackle his junior year in college two years ago. The Giants are going to move him to right tackle. Run-blocking, this guy is a road grader. Most teams run the football mostly to the right, so this is a great fit for him. I think obviously the Giants certainly needed a tackle, they needed some help up front."

Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky:

"Wan'Dale Robinson, for a lot of people they were like 'Who? Who is this guy from Kentucky?' He started at Nebraska, transferred to Kentucky because they weren't throwing the ball enough in Nebraska. He said, 'Look, put me in the slot and you can't guard me...' He's a physical, strong guy."

Cor'Dale Flott, CB, LSU:

"Cor'Dale Flott, a corner for LSU, some people are saying 'Who is this guy?' He was the starting slot corner for LSU. Think about the receivers he was going up against at practice. Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, he's been going up against them all... This guy has great length. He could play outside if he needs to. This guy is not scared to come up and tackle."

Football Outsiders' Preliminary Performance Assessments for 2022 draft

This week is a popular time for those in the media to assign grades to each team for their draft picks.

Football Outsiders senior analyst Mike Tanier did something different. Instead of handing out normal draft grades, Tanier gave out Preliminary Performance Assessments for each team in the draft.

As Tanier states in the intro, PPAs "are scientifically valid initial evaluative benchmarks designed to gauge whether teams met predetermined expectations and to guide further conversation on each team's overall progress and goals."

The PPAs were broken down into a few categories: Improved Roster, Used Resources, Met Needs, and Final PPA.

Tanier was impressed by the Giants' draft haul, as Big Blue received excellent grades in each category.

Here is what Football Outsiders had to say about the Giants' 11-man draft class.

  • Improved Roster: A
  • Used Resources: A+
  • Met Needs: A
  • Final PPA: A

"Kayvon Thibodeaux (the top-ranked player on the FO 40) and Evan Neal speak for themselves. I'm also a huge fan of Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson, who should develop quickly..."

View photos from the college careers of the Giants' entire 11-player draft class

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