New general manager Joe Schoen is preparing for the future, while still looking to improve the roster at the same time. After a few underrated signings in free agency, the New York Giants are in a great position to attack the draft however they choose.
New York didn’t make any splash signings during the free agency period, but the players they did add are still a major improvement from 2021. Mark Glowinski and Jon Feliciano were brought in to sturdy up the interior of the offensive line, with both veterans giving the New York Giants starter experience. Along with Andrew Thomas, the line is already beginning to take shape.
The team lost one safety, Jabrill Peppers, to free agency and another safety, Logan Ryan, after the new regime opted to cut the veteran. The team still has Xavier McKinney and Julian Love, but there’s no doubt that they must add some reinforcements to the position. Elsewhere in the secondary, James Bradberry’s future in the Big Apple remains murky to say the least. A trade is said to be imminent, but when the report lingers for multiple weeks, it’s clear that the “imminent” part has always been a fabrication.
The tight end position is another that is undergoing a massive overhaul. Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph are both gone, and it creates a sizable void on the depth chart. They started to fill it by signing Ricky Seals-Jones, but he is not enough of a difference maker to carry the load himself. Another value option on the market is certainly possible, but with the depth at the position in the middle of the draft, I expect the Giants to go that way with it.
New York Giants Mock Draft: OL, LB Overhaul
Curiously, one position that is yet to be addressed this offseason is linebacker. Late-round pick Tae Crowder is growing into a solid player, but with Blake Martinez still recovering from injury, it is pretty thin overall. The rest of the front seven is pretty stout, but the addition of another high upside player on the edge can unlock a different level for the defense.
Now that we have an idea on what the New York Giants will be looking for in the 2022 NFL Draft, let’s kick this thing off with a pair of picks inside the top seven!