The New York Giants own two picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft and these five players could be excellent picks to help new GM Joe Schoen rebuild.
It will be a long offseason for the New York Giants, who have blown up their front office and coaching staff to kick off a necessary rebuild. New GM Joe Schoen has a salary cap mess to clean up, which could lead to a few painful decisions for the Giants, but the good news is that he has plenty of draft capital to work with.
One of the best parting gifts that Dave Gettleman left New York with was an extra first-round pick from the Chicago Bears in last year’s Justin Fields trade, a selection that landed in the Top 10 and has given Schoen the second-most valuable collection of draft picks to utilize in the league. There isn’t a true franchise quarterback in this class, so upgrading over Daniel Jones isn’t an option, but here are five other players who could really help the Giants in the first round.
5. Players the New York Giants should draft in Round 1 – David Ojabo
Finding an edge rusher is a priority for the Giants, who have won Super Bowls on the strength of their pass rush as recently as 2011. New York took a step towards improving its edge rush by snagging Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari in the second round of the 2021 draft and can bolster its edge presence even more with Michigan’s David Ojabo.
While there is no question that Ojabo isn’t in the same class as his teammate Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, both of whom should be gone by the time New York picks at No. 5 and No. 7, he is still one of the most intriguing edge prospects in this class. Ojabo racked up 11 sacks for the Wolverines a year ago and his explosive speed will make him a matchup nightmare for opposing tackles in the NFL.
The Giants would likely consider Ojabo with the seventh pick if they view him as the best player on their board. There are more pressing needs for New York to consider here so there is a chance that they pass on Ojabo even if he falls to them at No. 7.