Giants 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: New GM will go after top QB prospect

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Kenny Pickett under center calling audibles in white Pitt jersey
Kenny Pickett under center calling audibles in white Pitt jersey

The Giants are in the midst of an extensive GM search at the moment, interviewing a few candidates already to narrow down who will be their next head of the front office.

When that person assumes that role, they will have a tough cap situation. But two Top 10 draft picks await as well, and Giants fans already know how important they will be.

Let's take a look at current 2022 NFL mock drafts to see what the Giants could be thinking at No. 5 and No. 7 overall.

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No. 5: Pitt QB Kenny Pickett

Had Joe Judge stayed, I think the Giants would have given Daniel Jones a final chance to prove he's capable of leading the franchise. Judge was fired Tuesday night, however, and with the move went Jones' perceived job security.

No. 7: Miss. State OT Charles Cross

Addressing the offensive line is a major priority for the Giants this offseason. It becomes even more important if they use one of their top-10 picks on a quarterback. That's the case in this mock draft, so New York immediately grabs Cross to protect Pickett.

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No. 5: Alabama T Evan Neal

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.

Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7: Michigan OLB David Ojabo

The Giants have an excellent secondary, but they're still not great against the pass because they don't have a quality pass rush. David Ojabo needs to get stronger for the NFL, but he's a terrific pass rusher.

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No. 5: Miss. State OT Charles Cross

A smooth mover, Cross shined as a pass blocker in 2021, but his run-blocking chops are not far behind.

No. 7: Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis

After addressing the offensive line with their first pick, the Giants turn their attention to the defensive front. Azeez Ojulari displayed his potential as a rookie, but he could use a partner in crime on the opposite side.

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No. 5: Alabama T Evan Neal

Andrew Thomas was much improved this season, but the Giants still need an upgrade at the other tackle spot. Right tackles have become just as valuable as their counterparts in recent years, and landing a blue-chip talent like Neal at this pick would be a huge bargain.

No. 7: Georgia LB Nakobe Dean

This defense has one of the league’s better fronts, but they need a three-down playmaker at the next level who can bring that same combination of physicality and athleticism they have in the trenches.