Giants 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: OT Ikem Ekwonu could give O-line major boost

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Ikem Ekwonu NC State solo pre game
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The Giants hired Joe Schoen as their new general manager this week, and have already begun conducting interviews to find their next head coach.

Schoen will have two Top 10 draft picks to help rebuild the team, 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: OT Ikem Ekwonu (NC State)

The Giants need to address the trenches with their picks. By a sheer numbers game, they should be able to get a quality combination of players. New York is guaranteed two of Charles Cross, Evan Neal, George Karlaftis, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Aidan Hutchinson, Tyler Linderbaum and Ekwonu.

No. 7: EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue)

After selecting Ikem Ekwonu, New York uses its second selection on another trench player -- Karlaftis. The Purdue product is a mature defender who knows how to use his hands to get off blocks.

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No. 5: OT/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: OLB/DE David Ojabo (Michigan)

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.

Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis (5) celebrates a stop during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.
Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis (5) celebrates a stop during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

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No. 5: OT Ikem Ekwonu (NC State)

At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Ekwonu has guard-tackle versatility but earned a legitimate shot to start his NFL career at offensive tackle after his spectacular 2021 campaign at left tackle with the Wolfpack. He earned a 91.6 overall grade and 93.8 run-blocking grade across more than 800 offensive snaps this season, the latter of which ranks sixth among all single-season marks for Power Five tackles since 2014. He’s a true road grader in the run game with improved polish and footwork in pass protection. A player with his kind of skill set shouldn't fall past the first 10 picks in the draft.

No. 7: EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue)

Karlaftis will get tagged as just a lunchpail type with a high motor in a lot of lazy analysis this draft season, but he’s so much more than that. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was extremely productive for Purdue this season and should surprise with his athletic testing at the combine.

Karlaftis, another Feldman Freaks List member, reportedly recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, 37.5-inch vertical and 4.69-second 40-yard dash at just over 270 pounds this offseason.

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No. 5: OT Ikem Ekwonu (NC State)

This would be a home-run pick for a team in need of upgrades along the offensive line. Andrew Thomas has emerged as a legit starter, but the Giants need more help for Daniel Jones. Ekwonu is strong, powerful and nasty.


No. 7: LB Devin Lloyd (Utah)

Lloyd is a fun player to study. He flies around the field and makes a bunch of plays on the ball. His intangibles are off the charts. I could see the 2021 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year emerge as a key leader for the Giants' defense.