Giants 2022 Mock Draft Roundup: Big Blue adds to both sides of the ball in Top 10

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Ikem Ekwonu and Kayvon Thibodeaux-TREATED ART
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The Giants have new leadership with first-year head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen in charge of improving the roster.

New York owns two top 10 picks and could go a number of directions with who they draft, plus the team could even look to trade down for more picks.

Which area of need will the team prioritize? Here are the latest mock drafts...

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

No. 5: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)

The Giants need more pass rush, and they'll hope to find just that with this two-way defender who boasts untapped rush potential.

No. 7: OT Ickey Ekwonu (N.C. State)

Ekwonu is a guard/tackle prospect with a healthy mean streak and exciting upside, if he can learn to play with more consistency in pass protection.

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 5: T/G Evan Neal (Alabama)

Andrew Thomas struggled to begin his career. He has improved, but right tackle is a big problem because Nate Solder is a shell of his former self.

Evan Neal is a 360-pound lineman who can move very well, which almost seems impossible.

No. 7: CB Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)

The Giants have an excellent secondary, but that won't be the case once they trade James Bradberry, which seems inevitable right now. Once Bradberry is gone, the Giants will sorely need a No. 1 cornerback.

Derek Stingley had a freshman campaign for the ages, completely erasing one side of the field despite having no experience entering the year. He has great size (6-1, 190) and athleticism, but could fall in the 2022 NFL Draft because of some major injury concerns.

Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports

No. 5: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)

Thibodeaux falls in the Giants' lap and is a no-brainer selection. New York is in desperate need of improving its pass rush and Thibodeaux has all the talent in the world to be a foundation piece for this defense.

No. 7: OT Charles Cross (Mississippi State)

The Giants would love to have the likes of Neal or Ekwonu falling to them with one of their first-rounders, but they still address that big need at the tackle position by taking Cross. He should be able to start a right tackle out of the gate and form a young pairing with left tackle Andrew Thomas.

Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross (OL06) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross (OL06) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Rank, NFL.com

No. 5: OT Ickey Ekwonu (North Carolina State)

You’re taking a lineman. I’m not going to be upset if you go with Evan Neal in this spot. You do your own scouting and pick your guy. I'm siding with the dude who is No. 2 on Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 prospects list. But, again, you do you. Just please take a lineman.

No. 7: EDGE Travon Walker (Georgia)

If this was up to me, I would have you take Evan Neal here. I think it would be kind of cool to take bookend linemen to start the draft. But with Ickey already on board, let’s take a look at the defensive side of the football. And it’s not like you can’t address offensive line depth later on. Walker is the pick. The Giants desperately need an athletic lineman who can really get after the quarterback.