New York Giants 2022 Draft
Brian Daboll is stepping into a situation that’s become routine for a new New York Giants‘ coach. A mess, put it mildly. The Giants, 4-13 last season, have had five coaches since the start of the 2016 season and have only made the postseason once during that time. How to remedy that situation depend upon what New York has in store at quarterback.
Daniel Jones is entering his fourth year having regressed significantly since his rookie season. Jones struggled with injuries (neck) last season, playing only 11 games. When he was on the field, Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes, but only threw 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Improving the offense overall will top the priority for the Giants, who had a solid defense.
New York ranked 31st (next-to-last) in the league in total offense last season, averaging less than 300 yards per game. The Giants passed for just 189.1 yards per game, 29th in the league. New York was 12th in the league in defense in terms of yards allowed (349.3 ypg). New general manager Joe Schoen was tasked with a difficult job this offseason of cutting nearly $40 million in cap space.
New York is currently $12 million over the cap.
Players Leaving the New York Giants
Cutting fat was a major focus for the Giants this offseason. New York allowed the contract of Nate Solder to be automatically voided, which will clear some necessary cap space. Solder signed a contract with the Giants in 2018 to be the highest-paid at his position. He appeared in 48 games during his tenure, opting out of the 2020 season. He allowed six sacks and 36 quarterback pressures last season.
Tight end Evan Engram will also likely be released due to salary concerns. Engram, who caught 46 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns last season, has not improved off a his rookie year while struggling with injury issues. Given the Giants’ current salary cap situation, it is unlikely to pay him what he could receive in free agency.
Safety Jabrill Peppers missed most of last season after tearing his ACL. During three seasons in New York, Peppers forced four fumbles and intercepted two passes. It will be difficult to retain him due to the cap, especially when other players in the secondary improved during his absence.
New York’s offensive line may see a total turnover. Guard Will Hernandez has struggled since coming into the league as a second-round pick, allowing four sacks and 25 pressures last season.
Positions Needed by the New York Giants
The Giants are in need of big, burly men willing to protect faster, smaller men. New York has a strong running back in Saquon Barkley, but he seldom had holes to run through. While Jones’ struggles were more than just with the offensive line, he could also benefit from having more time in the pocket.
Jones was sacked 45 times last season, while the offense averaged about 110 rushing yards per game last season, 19th in the league.
New York could also use help with its pass rush and secondary. While the Giants’ defense was solid overall, they could use some depth. Linebacker Azeez Ojulari led the team with eight sacks, while Leonard Williams and Lorenzo Carter also met the opposing quarterback with some regularity.
New York Giants Mock Draft
The Giants have a chance to reload through the draft, with 11 choices available, including two in the top 10. With money being limited by its salary cap mismanagement, New York won’t be able to afford pricey free agents.
The Giants could grab a protector for Jones with the No. 5 choice by taking 6-foot-7, 350-pound offensive lineman Evan Neal from Alabama. Neal was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.
Neal was a second-team All-American, helping Alabama become a top-10 offense in scoring average, scoring 39.9 points per game. With the No. 8 pick, New York perhaps goes after a new playmaker in the secondary. Six-foot-1 LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will make a good fit with the Giants’ secondary.
Stingley defended 21 passes, intercepting six passes as a freshman. Last season, he only played three games due to injury issues. Stingley, however, still projects as a player New York won’t want to pass on.
In the second round, the Giants can pursue Boston College’s Zion Johnson. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard, chose to return for his senior season to build his draft stock. That has paid off, as Johnson has developed into a strong lineman with the ability to get to the second level.
Wyoming linebacker Chad Muma may be a strong target for New York in the third round. Muma was a tackling machine as a senior, with 142. He had eight tackles for loss. He also showed a knack for coverage, grabbing three picks and returning them for 68 yards. Check New York Giants NFL Draft odds and NFL Odds.
2022 NFL Draft Event Information
- Date: Thursday, Apr, 28th (Round 1) | Friday, Apr. 29th (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, Apr. 30th (Rounds 4-7)
- Time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, NV
- TV Channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
- NFL Draft Live Streaming: NFL Game Pass
2022 NFL First-Round Draft Order (with 2021 records)
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Detroit Lions
- Houston Texans
- NY Jets
- NY Giants
- Carolina Panthers
- NY Giants (via Bears)
- Atlanta Falcons
- Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
- NY Jets (via Seahawks)
- Washington Commanders
- Minnesota Vikings
- Houston Texans (via Browns)
- Baltimore Ravens
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts)
- LA Chargers
- New Orleans Saints
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- New England Patriots
- Green Bay Packers (via Raiders)
- Arizona Cardinals
- Dallas Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills
- Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Green Bay Packers
- Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers)
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Detroit Lions (via Rams)
Teams with no First Round Pick
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Denver Broncos
- Cleveland Browns
- Indianapolis Colts
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Los Angeles Rams
- Miami Dolphins