Projecting the Giants’ starting 2022 offensive line after the NFL Draft

The 2022 NFL Draft has officially wrapped up and the New York Giants came away as big winners. They upgraded multiple positions of significant need, including their offensive line. After drafting three offensive linemen and signing six in free agency, Joe Schoen’s revamping of the position group is seemingly complete. The Giants’ offensive line will look significantly different in 2022 from the way it looked in 2021. Here’s a look at what the New York Giants’ offensive line could potentially look like in 2022:

Projecting the Giants’ starting offensive line in 2022

Left Tackle: Andrew Thomas

No-brainer, Andrew Thomas will be the starting left tackle for the New York Giants in 2022. The 2020 fourth-overall draft pick has progressed nicely in his first two career seasons. His PFF pass-blocking grade rose from 54.7 in his rookie 2020 season to 82.1 in 2021. He allowed only 2 total sacks on the season. Andrew Thomas took a big leap in his second season and has a promising career ahead of him as one of the best young left tackles in the NFL.

Left Guard: Joshua Ezeudu

The Giants have some competition at the left guard position. Shane Lemieux could win back his spot once he recovers from his injury, however, that scenario seems unlikely considering the poor performances the Oregon product had turned in throughout his first two career seasons.

Max Garcia and Joshua Ezeudu are new additions that will compete for the starting position. The Giants signed Garcia last month and drafted Ezeudu this week. Ultimately, the Giants’ third-round pick out of North Carolina should win this position. Ezeudu “has the potential and traits to become a starting NFL offensive lineman,” according to PFF. He split time between left guard and left tackle and earned a 77.8 overall PFF grade in 2021. Joshua Ezeudu has quick feet and good size at his position which should help him develop into a starter for the New York Giants.

Center: Jon Feliciano

Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Jon Feliciano was signed by the New York Giants this offseason to play center. Feliciano primarily played guard with Buffalo but the Giants plan to move him over to the middle of the offensive line. There is not much competition for Jon Feliciano at center, considering Nick Gates’s injury. If Gates is able to get healthy for the 2022 season, he could potentially compete for the starting center spot. But for now, it seems like a safe bet to say that Jon Feliciano will be the starting center for the Giants this upcoming season.

Right Guard: Mark Glowinski

Arguably the biggest splash signing for the Giants in free agency this offseason was right guard Mark Glowinski. The Giants signed Glowinski to a three-year deal paying him a little over $6 million per year. Glowinski received starting money from the Giants after an impressive four-year run as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts. Glowinski posted a 70.1 PFF grade in 2021, starting 14 games and allowing 2 sacks. The New York Giants needed veteran stability on their offensive line which is exactly what Mark Glowinski will provide them with as their starting right guard.

Right Tackle: Evan Neal

With the seventh overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Alabama offensive tackle prospect Evan Neal. This was viewed as a home-run selection by the Giants with their second first-round pick. Evan Neal is a 6-foot-8, 350-pound monster that was once viewed as a potential first-overall draft pick. He only allowed 24 pressures over the past two years between left and right tackle (PFF). Evan Neal will step in as a day-one impact starter for the New York Giants at right tackle.

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