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The New York Giants are now officially in offseason mode and for many of us, that means several months of 2022 NFL draft talk, speculation and rumor.
It also means a steady flow of mock drafts, including from those over at Pro Football Focus.
In the latest PFF mock draft, the Giants own selections No. 5 and No. 6 overall. And in keeping with recent tradition, those picks are spent on two areas of need: offensive tackle and edge rusher.
With their first first-round pick, the Giants nab N.C. State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonnu.
Take one look at Ikem Ekwonnu, and you can safely assume it will be a long day at the office for anyone standing in his way. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, he not only has the size, but he also has the tape that evaluators will love. He’s a true eraser in the run game and has some of the most punishing blocks of the 2021 season for any offensive lineman.
Size and strength have always been Ekwonu’s game, but he really took his pass protection to the next level this year. He’s really started to hone in on the finesse part of his game, and that combo will likely spell a top-15 selection.
With their second first-round pick, the Giants select Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo.
If we’re talking about traits, Ojabo is one of the first players to come to mind. His rare combination of size, speed and power were put on display as a total package this year, and while his teammate Hutchinson got most of the publicity, it was Ojabo’s presence that forced teams not to run away from Hutchinson as much as they wanted to.
Ojabo’s 11 sacks were tied for the 10th in the country in 2021.
Ojabo is certainly an interesting choice and not one we recall seeing in any previous mock drafts. And that pick comes with George Karlaftis still on the board.
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