New York Giants: O-Line and Edge Rusher Addressed

The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone and the first round of the draft could not have gone any better for the Giants. The Giants entered the draft with the offensive line and edge rusher positions as 2 of their biggest needs. They didn’t just address both those positions, they got arguably the top 2 players in the draft at those positions. The first 4 selections went like this. Jacksonville Jaguars –  defensive end Travon Walker, Detroit Lions – defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Houston Texans, cornerback Derek Stingley jr, and New York Jets – cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. The Giants then proceeded to choose defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux at pick number 5. The Giants let the Carolina Panthers have their choice of the offensive linemen and they went with Ikem Ekwonu. The Giants then picked Evan Neal at number 7. 

The Giants could’ve gone with Neal at 5 instead of Thibodeux since the Panthers could have picked Neal at 6 but the Giants did a lot of work on Thibodeux and didn’t want to risk another team trading up with the Panthers and stealing him from the Giants. The Giants were considering trading back with their second first round pick to try to gain more draft capital but they wanted to stay true to their board and pick their top guys. Coming into the 2021-22 college season, Neal and Thibodeux were considered the top 2 players in the draft. For them to fall all the way to the Giants picks could end up being a dream come true scenario. 

Hopefully, Thibodeax and Neal will help solve the Giants edge rush and offensive line issues respectively. There’s no guarantee they will work out, but the new Giants management showed that they will believe in their board and will go for the best player available. There’s a lot of excitement among the Giants fan base with the additions of Thibodeax and Neal. It felt like a dream to be able to get one of them but the fact they got both? Yeah, Giants fans are elated. Thibodeax will be paired with Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari as the top 3 edge rushers. Neal will be the right tackle opposite Andrew Thomas. Hopefully the new coaching staff helps bring out their best potential. Here’s hoping they have great rookie seasons. Finally, here’s hoping they help bring the Giants back to success. 

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  • Evelyn Halpert

    Evelyn Halpert recently graduated from high school with a creative writing award and graduated from radio broadcasting school. She has a huge passion for all things sports. Her favorite teams are the New York Giants, Knicks, Yankees, Rangers, NYCFC, and the Liberty. She is a movie fanatic especially the Marvel movies and films with action, passion, and mystery.

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