After the Jacksonville Jaguars passed on the top tackles on the 2022 NFL Draft, new general manager Joe Schoen and the New York Giants decide to pounce in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. The Giants give up a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a fifth-rounder in 2023 to move up from pick five to pick two to land Alabama tackle Evan Neal.
Many believe that Neal will still be the first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Although I would not be surprised, if the Jags go elsewhere, I could see a team making a move to get Neal. Odds are that the Detroit Lions would not pull the trigger on a tackle at this point after taking Penei Sewell in the first round a year ago and still with Taylor Decker at left tackle. Also, in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the Lions believe that their target will still be available at pick five, so they are able to add some more valuable draft capital to help fill the many holes on their roster.
So in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the teams strike a deal and allow the Giants to fill a huge void on the other side of Andrew Thomas on their offensive line. Thomas had a very solid sophomore campaign at left tackle for New York last season, but adding another anchor to the end of the offensive line will be crucial to the success of Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and the entire Giants offense.
Both Thomas and Neal have experience at both left and right tackle at the collegiate level in the SEC, so the team could decide who would be best where in camp. But adding the best young tackle in the 2022 NFL Draft to a promising young tackle that was also the first selected in his draft in 2020 would go a long way to fixing the completely broken Giants offensive line that has been a seemingly unfixable problem for years.