2022 NFL Mock Draft: Giants add top rusher


Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

If the Giants are going to make the leap from laughing stock to legitimate NFL team, things are going to have to change. And by change, we’re talking about more than just an increase in the free average sodas the team gave fans in 2021. Frankly, this team was putrid last season and underperformed in many areas, especially in attack. And we all deliciously know the stat that the Giants are tied with the Jets for the worst record (22-59) in the NFL in the past five years (courtesy statmuse.com). Let’s take a look at the 2021 numbers (courtesy of Football Outsiders):

2021 New York Giants Offensive DVOA:

30and in rush DVOA

31st in DVOA pass

32n/a in total DVOA

NY Giants 2021 DVOA Defensive:

32n/a in rush DVOA

14and in DVOA pass

18and in total DVOA

The G-men started their recovery project off on the right foot this offseason by putting GM Dave Gettleman on pasture. Head coach Joe Judge was also a total laughing stock; its departure is also addition by subtraction.

The Giants then smartly hired new general manager Joe Schoen, a former assistant general manager at Buffalo, and first head coach Brian Daboll, the Bills’ offensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021. The latter has been widely credited with making Josh Allen a stallion. . This new regime will have a lot of work to do, as it tries to rehabilitate a list with craters all over it.

It starts up front with the offensive line. It’s been a glaring weak spot for the Giants for what feels like a decade. The Giants’ leadership will no doubt be looking to establish a rock-solid foundation to both protect Daniel Jones and rejuvenate the dilapidated running game. But in this fictional scenario, the two top offensive line prospects, Alabama OT Evan Neal and NC State tackle Ikem Ekwonu, are off the board. The prediction here is that the NYG front office will consider Charles Cross there, but will eventually look elsewhere.

While we can’t rule out a QB at number 7 overall, that would signal a full restart. Word from the Meadowlands is that the Giants brass will try to build around current QB Daniel Jones and his supporting cast of Saquon Barkeley, Sterling Shephard, Kenny Galloday, Kadarius Toney and company before fully hitting the eject button on “Danny Dimes”.

Another option at No. 7 is Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, whom many see as a transcendent defender and leader for years to come. Despite posting a worrying 40 in the 4.7s, Hamilton is a great playmaker who has come through against stiff competition. However, in this simulation, the Giants will wring their hands and end up passing the former “Domer” who some believe is the best player in the draft.

Which brings us to the actual choice:

University of Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux

Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images


6′ 4″

254 pounds

4.58 40 yard dash

He’s big, he’s super fast and he’s got a swagger. Check out this quote:

“The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard is that I’m not the best player in this draft.”

-Kayvon Thibodeaux

Some highlights: be sure to watch the full four minutes.

Some have questioned Kayvon Thibodeaux’s commitment to football and the hustle and bustle with every run. He only did limited drills at the NFL Combine; this after skipping his team’s bowl game to prepare for the draft. Some say he’s knocking over drawing boards. Although this is a concern, just turn on the strip and these questions will be asked. This guy has the power, speed and attitude reminiscent of a cross between Jerome Brown and Micah Parsons. It’s certainly high praise, but Thibodeaux comes out like a hound and destroys people.

Thibodeaux has an impressive array of weapons in his arsenal to defeat the offensive lineman, including a very powerful bull rush. Like a lion, if that cat puts its paws on you, it’s over. It also has amazing line out, with a simply ridiculous first pitch. Thibodeaux’s short-zone quickness is so legit that there are repeats where he reaches the QB in two seconds or less. And imagine someone his size using a 4.58 at the combine!

Another skill that jumps on the tape is a nice sliding move that Thibodeaux uses to weave between guard and tackle and then build up pressure or blast run plays. On the edge, Thibodeaux has elite turning strokes to get around the corner of offensive tackles, then quickly locks his radar on the QB. And once he has that quarterback in his sights, the lights are out. Thibodeaux is hungry to sack quarterbacks and finishes his rushes with authority. He looks like an SEC defensive end trapped in the PAC-12!

This Giants pick is one that could hurt Eagles fans the same way JPP and Osi Umenyiora have created nightmares for years. The Giants know full well that a silver defensive line can win Super Bowls, which ultimately makes this choice quite logical for the new Big Blue regime.

Thanks to my dear friend and (unfortunately) member of Big Blue View danieldimes for his contribution.


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2022 BGN Mock Draft Ordinance

1) Jaguars (HellBentOnHurts): BY Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions (friendly neighborhood Philly fan): DE Travon Walker
3) Texans (herbalonius): OT Evan Neal
4) Jets (RideHighTide): OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants (Brendanekstrom): CB Ahmad Gardner
6) Panthers (Philliesandthebees): QB Kenny Pickett
7) Giants (Dr. MidnightGreen): DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
8) Falcons (Philly21)
9) Seahawks (mellow wellington)
10) Jets (tfrank9811)
11) Commanders (Negadelphia Norm)
12) Vikings (Kephas)
13) Texans (Bdawk20 rules)
14) Ravens (ablesser88)
15) Eagles (fly like an eagle)
16) Saints (20Safety_Hazard)
17) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!)
18) Eagles (Phoenix X Minimus)
19) Saints (Georgia_eagle)
20) Steelers (EagleDominion)
21) Patriots (Dominate)
22) Packers (Leo Bedio)
23) Cardinals (Big DUB)
24) Cowboys (joey2arms)
25) Invoices (ItownBallers22)
26) Titans (BrianMcE03)
27) Buccaneers (4133Dave)
28) Packers (the player formerly known as Mousecop)
29) Heads (Green Grampa)
30) Chefs (Caption by Nick Foles)
31) Bengals (Thedeuce9)
32) Lions (Dtechman44)

Now is the time for you to vote for who YOU ​​think should be selected next in the BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft 2022.


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    C. B. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner

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    CB Derek Stingley Jr.

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1) Jaguars: DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
3) Texans: OT Evan Neal
4) Jets: OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants: OT Charles Cross
6) Panthers: QB Malik Willis
7) Giants:


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