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New York Giants Mock Draft Roundup 6.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our New York Giants Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Giants from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Giants:

SI - Kevin Hanson (4/1)

5. Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

Left tackle Andrew Thomas played better in 2021 than he did as a rookie in '20, but the Giants still had one of the league's worst offensive lines last season. A mauler in the run game, Ekwonu has high-end traits to continue developing as a pass blocker, as well as the experience and versatility to play either tackle or guard.

7. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Brian Daboll recently described James Bradberry's status (and a potential trade to the Chiefs) as a "fluid situation," but it's a reasonable assumption that Bradberry won't be on the Giants' roster in 2022. New York is fortunate to have the opportunity to select the CB1 of this draft class to fill the void.

Gardner is a lanky corner with elite length (33½" arms), toughness and confidence. He checked the box by showing his long speed (4.41 40-yard dash) at the combine and his change of direction and agility are good for a corner with his height. "Sauce" has ended each of his three seasons in Cincinnati with three interceptions.

CBS Sports - Kyle Stackpole (4/1)

7. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

This is a win-win scenario for New York, who swaps a fourth-rounder for a second with Seattle and still gets its guy. The Giants badly need a tackle with Andrew Thomas occupying the left side. Neal, perhaps the best one in this class, started 12 games on the right side and 15 games on the left side during his career at Alabama. It's a perfect match.

TRADE - 9. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Hamilton's low 4.7s 40-yard dash at his Pro Day is notable, but it shouldn't scare teams off from drafting him in the top 10. The Giants, while capable in the secondary, add a explosive weapon who will elevate the entire unit.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (3/31)

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

This really would be an ideal four-pick development for the Giants and first-year GM Joe Schoen. They could get some trade calls here from QB-needy teams, and the Giants would listen. But pairing Neal with the emerging Andrew Thomas could give them bookend tackles for years to come. Neal also can play guard.

7. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

The dream would be to draft Gardner here (or at five), but with him off the board, Hamilton would be a nice "consolation prize" for Don Martindale's defense. Would there be reluctance to draft Hamilton based on his slow 40 times (some had him in the low 4.7s) at his pro day? We certainly hope not, and it will be an interesting litmus test for Schoen in his first year making the final call. Is he a stopwatch guy? We don't believe so.

ESPN - Mike Tannenbaum (3/30)

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

An offensive tackle pairing of Neal and Andrew Thomas gives quarterback Daniel Jones the protection he needs. Neal gave up just one sack last season, and he has 40 career starts under his belt. I considered NC State's Ikem Ekwonu here, too, but I just believe there's more certainty with Neal considering the level of competition he faced at Alabama. Being that dominant against SEC pass-rushers is something.

7. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The Giants managed just 34 sacks last season and have been looking for a game-changing pass-rusher for several years. No way they can pass on Thibodeaux's ceiling, which is extremely high despite some concerns about his motor. He has the size, speed and power, and he posted 19 sacks over three seasons at Oregon. I'm pretty happy with the haul here for New York, landing Neal and Thibodeaux to address holes in a massive way.

NFL.com - Bucky Brooks (3/29)

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

New general manager Joe Schoen believes in adding prototypes at the marquee positions. Neal is an XXXL edge blocker with outstanding technique and tools.

7. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

The Giants are at their best when they are able to harass quarterbacks while bringing just four defenders. Johnson is a dynamic pass rusher with the combination of speed, quickness and hand skills to whip opponents on the edge.

The Draft Network - Brentley Weissman (3/28)

5. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

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.

7. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

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.

The Athletic - Beat Writer Mock (3/28)

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Dan Duggan: The first three picks were the dream scenario for the Giants. With three edge rushers off the board, the Giants were assured of getting one of the top two tackles. The Jets made the decision easy by taking Ekwonu at No. 4. That left Neal for the Giants. I tried to shop the fifth pick to QB-needy teams looking to jump the Panthers, but there were no takers. Still, the 6-foot-7, 337-pound Neal is no consolation prize. He was a three-year starter at Alabama, playing both tackle spots and left guard. He'll slide into the Giants' huge void at right tackle from Day 1 with the hope of bookending the line opposite left tackle Andrew Thomas for the next decade.

Brugler: The Giants are sitting at No. 5 unsure if Ekwonu or Neal will be available for them. But like Dan said, this might be the dream scenario for them with how the first three picks played out. Neal would be the no-brainer selection and would step in immediately as a starter.

7. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Duggan: If new general manager Joe Schoen can turn his two top-10 picks into Day 1 starters at tackle and cornerback, his tenure will be off to a strong start. Gardner will fill a major hole since the Giants are poised to move on from top corner James Bradberry for cap reasons. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Gardner has the length and man-coverage skills that will be a perfect fit in new defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale's system.

Brugler: The way this draft played out might be the perfect scenario for the Giants. When you have multiple top-10 picks, you better come away with impact starters at key positions. New York has done that with a versatile offensive lineman and now a toolsy corner with length and speed. Home runs.

PFF - Austin Gayle (3/28)

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

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.

7. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

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.

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