3. New York Giants
Having two Top 10 picks is an excellent way to kick off a rebuild and new GM Joe Schoen certainly has his hands full trying to fix the New York Giants. While there was speculation that Schoen would look to move one of his picks to add a first-round pick for the 2023 draft, the Giants did just fine by staying put.
A run of defensive players at the top of the draft left New York with its pick of offensive tackles but the Giants wisely realized they could still have a very good tackle at No. 7. Schoen used the No. 5 pick to add arguably the draft’s most talented pass rusher in Kayvon Thibodeaux, who will team with Azeez Ojulari to give the Giants a pair of bookend pass rushers who can help anchor their defense for years to come.
Picking Thibodeaux did cost the Giants a shot at Ikem Ekwonu, who was taken with the next pick by Carolina, but they still landed a starting right tackle in Alabama’s Evan Neal. While most speculation pre-draft had the Giants falling in love with Mississippi State’s Charles Cross, Neal was a much safer pick due to his size and versatility to play all over the line.
There is never a bad time to build in the trenches in the NFL and the Giants added two key building blocks on their lines with Top 10 picks. The pick of Neal, who will team with Andrew Thomas to give New York a pair of bookend tackles, is music to the ears of Giants fans who have seen their offensive line be neglected for years.