My fifth 2022 NFL draft for the New York Giants is different from any of the top four in several ways. This is a four-round layout, the first time I delved into the draft. It includes a different but realistic first round scenario. It also includes the election of some players, about which we have said little.
Remember, as much as I try to be realistic, I also try to draw scripts for discussion. I’m trying to start a conversation about players and opportunities. That means I can’t do the same thing over and over again.
Perhaps in the last week or two of layouts I’ll be giving you a sneer as I think the Giants would have made them. But so far we are talking about opportunities. I even admit that in this iket there is one choice that, looking back, I would like not to make. You guys will probably understand this when you see it.
Anyway, we go.
Round 1 (No. 5) – Trade!
I took election 20, 52 and the first round selection in 2023 from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for election 5 and 147.
The advantage of Georgia Trevon Walker, corner defender Sauce Gardner and the offensive selections of Iki Equon and Charles Cross are still on the board. I guess quarterbacks choose elections 5 and 6, and even if they don’t, I’ll have two of those four players in election number 7. No reason not to do that, in 2022 pick a pick and a set in the second round of 2022 year I got an extra 2023 first round.
Round 1 (№ 7) – Charles Cross, Mississippi
Because it’s a simulator, and the simulators are stupid, the Pittsburgh trade ended with the Steelers choosing Iquona in 5th place. In fact Pittsburgh can’t do that trade and do anything but choose Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett.
Anyway, I’m thrilled to have received the Cross. As much as I love Ekwonu, I think Evan Neal is OT1, and Ekwonu and Cross are OT2 and OT2A. The more I’ve thought about it, read and listened to people who know more about attacking on the line than I do, I think they may be tossing coins based on what you prefer to block mileage or smooth pass.
Other players reviewed: Trevon Walker, Sauce Gardner
Round 1 (No. 20) – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
This is a choice ЖОРКА !!! There are fans of Tyler Linderbaum who would probably like to kill me. I’m tempted by indigenous defenders, but I feel it’s a little early for any of them – especially given Andrew Booth’s injuries. I really like Drake London, but the wide receiver in the 1st round feels like a luxury choice for giants that don’t have luxury at the moment.
I take Lloyd. I’m also a big fan of Nakobe Dean, but I’m indulging here to most analysts who rate Lloyd a little higher.
Other players reviewed: Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa; Cairo Elam, CB, Florida; Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson; Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington; Drake London, WR, USC; Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Round 2 (№ 36) – Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
Green doesn’t have to be available, but it is and I enjoy it. Green is the value of the 1st round, and the left guard is plug and play, which is probably starting week 1 for the Giants.
A watchdog prospect with an NFL-prepared frame that plays with an impressive level of consistency as a running blocker. Green moves the defenders from point A to point B against their will, using hand technique and moving his feet along the road. He has enough foot speed to operate in a variety of running schemes, but he needs to eliminate his tendency to grab when his opponent slips off the block. He has a pop and an anchor in the pass defense, but he lacks the recognition and mirror technique needed in order to be at best against sports interiors. While Green has some areas for improvement, his running lock can be dominant, giving him a chance to become a good starting point very quickly.
Michigan edge defender David Ojab is here at the board. I have established in several previous posts that I would do well to pick him up at number 36 if he is available as he is in this situation.
Two reasons why I passed. First, I think Green is fast becoming the best guard on the Giants list. Second, I just don’t want to do the same thing week after week. I want to offer different opportunities.
Other players reviewed: Bryce Hall, RB, Iowa; Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan; David Ojaba, EDGE, Michigan; Fight Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
Round 2 (№ 52) – Kailer Gordon, CB, Washington
I really wanted Wink Martindale to become a defender of the press at some point. I know I changed the chance to get the best in the draft, Gardner Sauce. My attraction for the exchange is the combination of Devin Lloyd, Gordon and the selection in the first round of 2023. I am very happy with that.
With Gordon I bet on tools and up. NFL.com says:
Cornerback, which comes with an elite, high-performance engine, but GPS is still in the process of loading. Gordon’s dynamic athletic qualities will show up in testing, but more importantly, they’re all over his tape. Its combination of the power of the game and the explosive blast affects the game of passing from the press, out of the game and in the zone. He plays with alpha behavior, and punches are definitely part of his overall package. Gordon lacks grace and he needs to play with better route recognition and anticipation, but if those elements are clicked, his ball production could end up at the top of the league as one of the best playmakers in the game.
Other players reviewed: Hall; Walker; Trey McBride, Colorado, Colorado; Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota; Jalen Peter, C, Baylor
Round 3 (№ 67) – Isaiah Spiller, Belarus, Texas A&M
Like last week with Kairen Williams, I was hoping for a player who could support Sakuona Barkley. At the time, Spiller was a jewel on the PFN board. Honestly, if I had time to reconsider this option, I would probably have chosen edge defender Nick Banita.
Other players reviewed: Sean Ryan, G, UCLA; Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan; Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama; Logan Hall, DT, Houston; Nick Bonita, EDGE, Oklahoma
Round 3 (№ 81) – Jeremy Rockert, Ohio
I was crushed by some of you last week when I chose Greg Dulcic’s UCLA tight end at this location. This time I will go with Ruckert. Eventually he won’t be as dynamic as Dulcic, but at the moment he’s the best all-around and could become a good TE2 to complement Ricky Siles-Jones, who takes more passes than blocks.
Other players reviewed: Ryan; Moore; Banita; Greg Dulcic, TE, UCLA; Isaiah Lickley, Texas, Coastal Carolina; Kerby Joseph, Illinois
Round 4 (№ 112) – Nick Cross, Maryland
Added a fourth round this week as I think at this point I feel enough of the prospect of a call-up to make a reasonably sound decision. Security with such speed and athleticism is something that Giants can use.
I am also a Maryland graduate. I am sometimes allowed to choose patience.
Other players reviewed: Daryan Kinnard, Kentucky; Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise; Cole Strange, GC, Tennessee-Chattanooga