The New York Giants’ season is over. That is clear. What’s not clear is the direction they will go in for the 2022 NFL Draft. The Giants will likely have a new GM, and whether it is a guy from within the organization or not will be a huge deciding factor in the path the Giants take. This mainly stems from QB Daniel Jones. Is he the guy? Is his time done in New York? Does he get one more year? These are all questions that cannot be answered with certainty until the GM is confirmed. However, I believe one of the scenarios stands out the most, which I will outline below.
With this year’s QB class being pretty underwhelming, I think the Giants’ best course of action is to keep Daniel Jones for another year. While his play has not proven that he is “the guy,” I feel he’s done enough to the point where the Giants should not be reaching for a QB in the 1st round.
The Giants own two 1st round picks in the upcoming draft, thanks to a 2021 draft-night trade with the Chicago Bears. Both picks will likely be top-10 and both could even become top-5 picks with some help from around the league. In an ideal world, the Giants would land a top EDGE and a top OL. Unfortunately for the Giants, they may not have been bad enough to land any of the guys at the top of their draft board. Edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux, along with offensive lineman Evan Neal, are too good to fall past the 3rd overall pick.
However, crazier things have happened. While I don’t like the Giants’ chances at either edge rusher, I believe that they will be able to land Evan Neal. The Giants need to fix their offensive line. Every year this has been said, and every year the Giants fail to do it. Besides franchise LT Andrew Thomas, the entire line needs some work. Neal can be plugged in at RT immediately.
Now is where it gets tricky.
The Giants can do a lot with the other 1st round pick they have. They could double down on the offensive line and select either Tyler Linderbaum or Ikem Ekwonu, or they can reach for an edge rusher and select David Ojabo or George Karlaftis. This obviously depends on who’s available of the four.
In my opinion, though, the Giants should not select any of the four players. Instead, they should once again trade back for additional draft capital. The Giants should then take offensive lineman Kenyon Green. While they miss out on a stud edge rusher, they need to fix the offensive line once and for all. With the additions of Neal and Green, the Giants’ offensive line would look a lot better than it has in recent years.
While trading back, the Giants would hopefully acquire a 2023 1st round pick. If Daniel Jones doesn’t perform, this is where the Giants take a QB. The 2023 class will likely be a lot stronger. It gives the Giants time to make a decision on Daniel Jones, where he will be playing with an upgraded offensive line and the 2nd contract on his mind.
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