The New York Giants find themselves in a precarious situation.
Want a new right tackle? Then what does that say about 2020 third-round pick Matt Peart, the 99th overall pick out of Connecticut. Looking for an interior lineman to pair with RG Will Hernandez? Then what does the team do with 2020 fifth-rounder Shane Lemieux, who started nine games last season and was the starter at left guard before a season-ending injury suffered in Week 2. Need a playmaking wide receiver? Is the team ready to move on at quarterback? The team invested first-round picks at those positions in recent years on players who thus far haven’t performed up to their draft status.
And the list goes on. Looking for a playmaking cornerback? 2021 third-rounder Aaron Robinson has yet to take a single snap, 2020 fourth-rounder Darnay Holmes is a second stringer who played just 1 snap last week, and 2019 first-rounder Deandre Baker is now a backup with Kansas City.
The bottom line is this: Almost any move the Giants make in the 2022 NFL draft will be an admission of failure from recent drafts.
With that said, there are a few bright spots amidst New York’s 0-3 start.
Much-maligned left tackle Andrew Thomas has played at a Pro Bowl level so far, allowing just five pressures and no sacks in 134 passing plays. 2019 first-round defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been solid. And second-round pick Azeez Ojulari’s 3 sacks currently leads all rookie pass rushers.
But there have been too many non-contributors, particularly from high picks.
Is it coaching? Scouting? Bad luck? All of the above?
It’s hard to say this early in the season under a regime that might not be around for next season.
But if the Giants want to make it back to the playoffs, then the team could focus its attention on players with relatively “high floors.” Armed with nine picks in the 2022 NFL draft, here’s a sneak peak at what the Giants might do on the first two days of the draft, when they could have five of the top 75 picks.
Kyle Hamilton on 4th-and-1.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 21, 2021
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 29, 2021
Can we talk about this play from Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (@Charris_36) for a second? Gets caught up for a second contacting but HOLY SMOKES look at that closing speed on Anthony Schwartz… and a forced fumble to boot. That’s some big time athleticism. pic.twitter.com/PigbPIrI37
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) August 31, 2020
Alabama DB Josh Jobe hasn’t allowed a single 20+ yard reception in coverage this season.
Could Jobe be the ultimate sleeper pick in the NFL Draft whenever he enters?
— Sidelines – Bama (2020 National Champions!) (@SSN_Alabama) December 18, 2020
One of potentially fastest risers in ‘21 draft is @RazorbackFB LT Myron Cunningham. Didn’t play first 2 years at Western Illinois and then transferred to Iowa Central CC before earning a starting job in SEC. NFL starter talent if he adds mass & strength.#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/MB4yxWoIN7
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) June 23, 2020