Why rookie Daniel Bellinger could be the Giants’ starting tight end in 2022

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The New York Giants addressed all of their major needs in the 2022 NFL Draft. With their first two picks, the Giants addressed their two biggest needs in offensive tackle and pass-rusher. But in the middle and late rounds of the draft, the Giants were strategic with their draft picks. One position that the Giants needed to gain talent at was tight end. The Giants might have found their starting tight end for the upcoming 2022 season in fourth-round pick Daniel Bellinger.

Why Daniel Bellinger could start for the Giants

The Giants drafted tight end Daniel Bellinger with the 112th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. This was the fourth-round pick that the Giants received in their 2021 trade-down with the Chicago Bears. The Giants selected the San Diego State tight end with this pick, potentially yielding a starter in the fourth round.

Daniel Bellinger could be the Giants’ starting tight end this season. The San Diego State product is as sure-handed as they come and appears to be a perfect fit in Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka’s offensive scheme. Bellinger was utilized a lot on screens and short passes during his collegiate career. Over in Kansas City, Mike Kafka and the Chiefs turned Travis Kelce into one of the NFL’s best tight ends using him in a similar fashion to the way San Diego State used Daniel Bellinger.

Bellinger averaged 14.5 yards after the catch per reception, which ranked first of the prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft class (PFF). Daniel Bellinger is also a willing blocker and a secure catcher. He had 0 dropped passes in the 2021 season to go along with a 4.2% drop rate for his entire collegiate career.

Daniel Bellinger is an athletic tight end with a well-rounded skillset. He is 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, and moves quickly with the ball in his hands. Bellinger racked up 31 receptions for 357 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2021. The Giants needed to find themselves a new tight end, and it seems like Joe Schoen delivered with the draft pick of Daniel Bellinger in round four.

New York Giants projected to receive two compensatory draft picks in 2023

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The New York Giants just wrapped up the 2022 NFL Draft. Their class is receiving high praise from fans and analysts alike. The Giants did a phenomenal job, starting the draft off with nine picks and expanding their total to eleven selections. The Giants gained these selections through trades and selected a high number of rookies despite having zero compensatory picks. According to reports, the Giants are projected to have two compensatory selections in next year’s 2023 NFL Draft.

The Giants barely spent any money in free agency this offseason. New York was strapped for cash and had to shop in the bargain bins. This was a huge change of pace considering the way that the Giants broke the bank in the 2021 offseason. Being big spenders in 2021, the Giants did not receive any 2022 compensatory picks. But after spending a minimal amount of money this offseason, the Giants are in line to receive two compensatory draft picks in next year’s draft.

The Giants are projected to receive two compensatory draft picks in 2023

Compensatory draft picks are determined through free agency gains and losses. This year, the Giants lost more than they gained. The Giants lost tight end Evan Engram, defensive tackle Austin Johnson, gunner Keion Crossen, and edge rusher Lorenzo Carter. They gained only two key additions in Mark Glowinski and Tyrod Taylor. Nearly every other free agent that the team signed was signed for the veteran minimum wage.

According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, the Giants’ signings of Glowinski and Taylor cross-cancel the departures of Johnson and Carter. This means that the loss of Evan Engram will be the one that yields a draft pick. Zierlein projects that the Giants will receive a fifth-round compensatory pick for the loss of their former starting tight end. Keion Crossen signing with the Miami Dolphins should also net the Giants a seventh-round compensatory pick, per NFL.com.

Essentially, the Giants are receiving two late-round compensatory draft picks next year. They did not gain much during this free agency period but they also did not lose much, either. These extra draft picks will be valuable, though, as it is known that Joe Schoen likes to have as many throws at the dartboard as possible.

What are the New York Giants getting in rookie CB Cordale Flott?

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The New York Giants used a couple of draft picks in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft to add depth to their secondary. One of the more intriguing players that they selected was Cordale Flott out of LSU. Cordale Flott is a speedy slot cornerback that could make a decent impact on the Giants’ defense.

What will Cordale Flott bring to the Giants?

With the 81st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected cornerback Cordale Flott out of LSU. With their second pick in the third round, the Giants identified Flott as an under-the-radar cornerback. Cordale is a tall cornerback coming in at 6-foot-1, but he is also a bit light, weighing in at only 175 pounds. This skinny, lanky coverage man tends to play above his weight class, though, posting 40 or more total tackles in each of his last two collegiate seasons while also forcing 2 fumbles.

“Flott had his best season in 2021, earning a PFF coverage grade of 84.8 and allowing 51.1% of passes thrown his way to be caught.” – Pro Football Focus on Cordale Flott

Cordale Flott primarily played as a nickel in college. But PFF feels that Flott “has the traits to be an outside corner and contribute to this defense if he can take on that sort of responsibility.” He aligned 394 times outside, 797 times in the slot, and 93 times in the box. The Giants have a couple of capable slot cornerbacks on the roster already in Aaron Robinson and Darnay Holmes. It might be tough to determine where Cordale Flott fits in, but given the uncertainty surrounding James Bradberry’s future with the team, it is not unreasonable to suspect that the Giants will be trying to convert Flott into a boundary cornerback.

The Giants will have a fun time developing an athletic young talent in Cordale Flott. He is an aggressive, lanky cornerback from a university that produces some of the best defensive backs in the NFL on a consistent basis. It might take some time for Cordale to earn his reps and develop into a starter, but the traits are there. The New York Giants are getting a versatile athlete to round out their secondary in rookie cornerback Cordale Flott.

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.

New York Giants: A look at the position battle brewing at left guard

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The New York Giants have a position battle brewing at left guard after spending one of their third-round picks on a new offensive lineman out of North Carolina. Acquiring Joshua Ezeudu should inject more talent into the position. Big Blue signed Pro Bowl alternate Max Garcia this off-season as well to compete with a Shane Lemieux, who is coming off a season on injured reserve after partially tearing his patellar tendon during training camp.

After selecting Evan Neal 7th overall to fill the right tackle spot, the Giants are confident they have plenty of talent to build a competent OL.

New York Giants have a position battle brewing at left guard:

Shane Lemieux:

Back in 2020, the Giants featured Shane Lemieux at left guard over 484 snaps. He posted one of the worst pass-blocking grades in football at 16.9, per PFF. He gave up five sacks, six quarterback hits, and 14 hurries to go with three penalties. Overall, Lemieux was arguably the worst guard in football, but he didn’t get an opportunity to take a step forward in 2021 due to injury.

The Giants will allow them to compete for the starting job this upcoming off-season, but they added plenty of talent to push him. The odds are stacked against him, but Shane will have a fair opportunity to earn reps.

Max Garcia:

Max Garcia spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals, playing in 864 snaps, most of which came at right guard and center. He spent 565 steps at RG and 297 at C, mostly playing at an average level. He allowed five sacks and 15 QB hurries, but his versatility is valuable for the Giants. In fact, Garcia started the season in tremendous form playing both RG and C, but he fell off gradually as the season continued, specifically in the pass-blocking department.

Despite being a Pro Bowl alternate, Garcia is a fringe starter moving forward, or at least that’s what he should be considered. Garcia‘s best season came at left guard back in 2016 with the Denver Broncos when he allowed four sacks and 22 hurries over 1,074 snaps. Given that LG is his best position, the Giants are hoping they can get maximum value out of him for a season.

Joshua Ezeudu:

The Giants drafted Joshua Ezeudu with the 67th overall pick on Friday night, injecting even more talent at left guard. Ezeudu has great size at 6’4″ and 308 pounds, but he has plenty of developmental needs. Mainly, he lacks explosiveness at contact and has sloppy hand placements at times, all of which are coachable. However, Ezeudu features plus athleticism and great footwork, containing the ability to reset and mirror any pass rush moves.

With the right coaching, Ezeudu can easily become a good starter for the Giants at left guard, which is likely what they’re hoping given the position battle that is brewing. In addition, the flexible lineman has experience at multiple positions, including tackle, giving him the versatility to move around if the Giants need him to supplement any injury concerns.

Ranking the top 5 players for the New York Giants in the 2nd round

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The New York Giants hit a grand slam in the first round selecting Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal with the 5th and 7th overall picks, but the job is not done piecing together a rather weak roster.

New general manager Joe Shoen has gotten off to a fantastic start, but it’s time to finish and hit on a few talented prospects on Day 2. There are plenty of available players who fit the bill nicely for the Giants, so let’s take a look at the top five remaining on the board.

Top 5 players for the New York Giants in the 2nd round:

1.) CB: Andrew Booth Jr.

If the Giants are preparing to trade or cut cornerback James Bradberry, they will need to find a replacement opposite Adoree’ Jackson.

Andrew Booth Jr. out of Clemson is a perfect fit, featuring in a versatile scheme with Clemson over the past few seasons. Booth has the physical skill set to project as a quality man coverage corner at 6-foot, 196 pounds. This past year, he allowed 329 yards and two touchdowns, picking up three interceptions and a 61.2% completion rate against.

Booth possesses great feet and short burst quickness, but he is a poor tackler, which could be problematic in a man coverage heavy defensive scheme like wink Martindale’s. If he can improve his tackling form, Booth could end up being a very serviceable corner for the Giants.

2.) LB: Nakobe Dean

There’s an argument to be made that filling the linebacker spot next to Blake Martinez should be a priority, which is where Georgia stand-out Nakobe Dean comes into play. Dean is an aggressive dog in the middle of the defense, featuring solid play speed at 5’11”, 231 pounds.

Dean might not be the most physically imposing linebacker, but he’s more than capable of rushing the passer from the weak-side linebacker position. This past year, he recorded 54 tackles and 6.0 sacks and also showed off his versatility in coverage, helping blanket the short portions of the field with his insiticnts.

3.) QB: Malik Willis

If Liberty quarterback Malik Willis is somehow on the board for the Giants at No. 36, there’s an argument to be made that he could serve as Daniel Jones’s insurance policy.

Willis surprisingly fell out of the first round, but he possesses all of the natural traits to become an elite quarterback at the next level. He needs plenty of refinement and time to grow. The Giants signed Tyrod Taylor as a pseudo-bridge quarterback, but if the Giants landed Willis, they wouldn’t have to make a significant move for a quarterback in next year’s draft. They could be sitting pretty for the future. They undoubtedly have the coaching staff to raise a star quarterback, it’s just a matter of if they see the value in Malik.

4.) S: Jalen Pitre

If the Giants want to address the secondary, a versatile safety like Jalin Pitre out of Baylor could be a perfect selection to start the second round. Pitre is an aggressive safety that hunts ball carriers and is terrific in space, often making blockers whiff. Featuring elite short area quickness, Pitre is a bit undersized at 5’11” and 198 pounds, but he plays much bigger.

Pitre played most of his snaps in the slot, featuring there 601 times last year. He enjoyed 122 stops in the box and 153 at the line of scrimmage. The Giants currently have Xavier McKinney manning the free safety position, so they wouldn’t necessarily need Pitre in the deeper portion of the fields.

The Giants may love his unstoppable motor and desire to get to the football, especially in Martindale’s system.

5.) OG: Sean Rhyan

There’s a reasonable argument that drafting an offensive guard to plug LG could be in the works for the Giants. Sean Rhyan out of UCLA could fit the bill, enjoying 862 snaps last year, including 409 in run-blocking and 451 in pass-blocking. Rhyan hosts a tremendous build at 6’5″ and 323 pounds, but he played predominantly tackle in college. He’s expected to kick inside the guard at the NFL level, where he can use his natural athleticism inside to his advantage.

Rhyan was improving almost weekly last season, which is an extremely enticing variable. If the Giants want to inject even more talent into the offensive line to help Daniel Jones, Rhyan could be a good player to target.

Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Draft: Best available players at WR and OL

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Las Vegas, Nevada— With no first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears watched as teams moved up, wheeling and dealing, as the Bears remained patient, watching the rest of the NFL in action. The Bears fun will begin on Friday night, with the 39th and 48th overall picks, as first-year general manager Ryan Poles will attempt to rebuild the roster.

Two key positions of need stick out for Chicago: Wide receiver and offensive line. Since Poles was hired in January, both were labeled as two positions the Bears were likely to target, and despite a run on both positions in round one, there still remains enough talent for Chicago to acquire two long-term building blocks and day one starters in round two.

Wide receivers still available: George Pickens, Christian Watson, Skyy Moore, Alec Pierce, John Metchie III, Jalen Tolbert, Khalil Shakir.

From the names listed above, Pickens and Watson would make sense for Chicago at 39th overall. Pierce, a local prospect has been labeled as a sleeper, while fans cite Moore’s speed as a major reason to watch him as a legitimate target for quarterback Justin Fields.

The Bears haven’t taken a wide receiver inside the top-50 since 2012 when the franchise selected Alshon Jeffery with the 45th overall pick. The franchise is clearly on the outside looking in when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers. Poles first thought should be to change that, especially in a pass-happy league.

Offensive lineman still available: Abraham Lucas, Nicholas Petit-Frere, Bernhard Raimann, Daniel Faalele, Max Mitchell, Sean Rhyan, Darian Kinnard.

The run on offensive lineman was expected but continued throughout the first round. While three tackles, Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Charles Cross were selected within the top-10, widely expected consensus, Kenyon Green, Zion Johnson, Trevor Penning, Tyler Smith, and Cole Strange were names that many thought could possibly fall to round two. Instead, all five names were selected in the first round, leaving the Bears with some slim pickings going into round two.

Lucas and Petit-Frere, Fields college teammate make sense as day one starters as both would end up playing left guard. While the Bears have experimented with Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom, both 2021 draft picks this offseason at various positions on the offensive line, adding a player like Lucas or Petit-Frere could go a long way towards stabilizing the offensive line.

When the Bears are on the clock come Friday night, Poles could have the opportunity to go best player available if the opportunity presents itself. However, WR and OL are two positions that Chicago needs to maximize first given the current state of the Bears roster.

Alabama OT Evan Neal listed as Giants’ most likely pick at five overall by ESPN

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The 2022 NFL Draft is only a day away. The New York Giants are in an exciting position with two top-ten draft picks in the first round. The Giants hold picks five and seven overall this year and are excited for the opportunity to land two of the best prospects in this year’s class. New York’s options are plentiful, but most analysts predict that the team will be drafting an offensive tackle with its first pick. The question is, which tackle are the Giants most likely to select? Based on things he is hearing around the league, Jordan Raanan of ESPN lists Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal as the most likely player to be drafted by the New York Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

There are many strong options in contention for the Giants’ fifth overall pick. Other offensive tackles like Charles Cross and Ikem Ekwonu are also strong possibilities. Defensive prospects like Ahmad Gardner could also be considered. But, as Jordan Raanan points out, “Neal makes a ton of sense for the Giants.” Evan Neal has experience playing both left and right tackle, giving him an edge over the other offensive tackles in this draft class.

Why Evan Neal makes the most sense for the Giants

The New York Giants need to upgrade their offensive line. Left tackle Andrew Thomas developed into a great player last season, but opposite of him, there is a huge hole at right tackle. The combination of Nate Solder and Matt Peart proved to be insufficient during the 2021 season. Thankfully for New York, there are a few offensive tackle prospects that make up the top talents in this year’s draft class.

The Giants have options at five overall if they are selecting an offensive tackle. Evan Neal (Alabama), Ikem Ekwonu (NC State), and Charle Cross (Mississippi State) are all strong contenders. Really, the Giants cannot go wrong. However, Evan Neal stands out as the best fit for Big Blue.

Evan Neal is the only one of these offensive tackle prospects that has spent a significant amount of time playing right tackle. Neal started at right tackle for Alabama in 2020, playing a total of 765 career snaps at the position. In comparison, Charles Cross played 4 career snaps at right tackle and Ikem Ekwonu played 1 career snap at right tackle.

Evan Neal is a mammoth of a human being with a well-rounded skill set as an offensive tackle. He is solid as both a run-blocker and a pass-protector. Neal competed against the best of the best at Alabama and should have little struggle while transitioning to the NFL game. The New York Giants would be wise to make Evan Neal the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

New York Giants could double down on the offensive line with a trade down in the first round

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The New York Giants are interested in trading down in the first round of the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. The Giants hold two top-ten picks in this year’s draft. The fifth and seventh overall picks are highly valuable and the Giants could greatly improve their team with this draft capital. New York has the ability to draft two top-ten prospects with these picks. But they could also trade down in the first round and gain even more capital. The Giants are almost inevitably drafting an offensive lineman in the first round of this year’s draft. Could they target two offensive linemen in a trade-down scenario?

The rumors indicate that the Giants will be drafting the top offensive tackle available with their first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Many believe the Giants will draft the best defender available with their second pick. But if they trade down, New York’s list of options extends quite far. They could still target a defender, but the Giants could even take an alternative route.

The New York Giants offensive line has been an atrocity for years. It is an issue that new general manager Joe Schoen plans on fixing immediately. Schoen will address this need in the draft, reportedly with more than one pick. He could place a heavy emphasis on rebuilding the offensive line and invest two first-round picks into the position group.

Offensive linemen the Giants could target in a first-round trade-down

The Giants are inevitably landing one of the top offensive tackles in this year’s draft class with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Either Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, or Charles Cross are likely to wear a Big Blue cap on Thursday night. But these prospects will not fall outside the top ten. The Giants could target other offensive linemen to pair with these tackles later on in the first round, though.

After drafting a tackle with their first pick, the Giants could target an interior offensive lineman with their second pick. There are a few prospects that make sense in a trade-down scenario. Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green, and Boston College guard Zion Johnson could be late first-round picks.

Walking out of the first round with two potential long-term starters on the offensive line would be a dream scenario for the Giants. New York could then focus its attention on other positions of need during the later rounds of the draft and look toward the future with comfortability regarding their front line. If the New York Giants trade down in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, they should consider targeting a second offensive lineman to create a foundation up front for years to come.

Giants showing interest in physical Alabama linebacker prospect

The New York Giants are showing interest in many of the 2022 NFL Draft class’s top linebacker prospects. New York has shown interest in mid-round prospects like Chad Muma and Leo Chenal. Adding to that list, the Giants are showing interest in mid-round Alabama linebacker Christian Harris.

According to Jordan Schultz, the Giants had a top-30 visit with Christian Harris out of Alabama. Christian Harris is a physical run-defending linebacker that the Giants could target in the middle rounds of this year’s draft.

What could Christian Harris bring to the Giants?

Christian Harris is an incredibly athletic linebacker prospect. Harris is undersized but makes up for it with athleticism. His relative athletic score (RAS) was 9.07. Harris’s score was boosted by his elite 40-yard dash time (4.44s). Christian Harris is fast, agile, and explosive, despite being undersized for the linebacker position. He stands in at only 6-foot-one, 226 pounds. But Harris is known for playing larger than he stands.

The Draft Network describes Christian Harris as “a physical presence that can deliver physical blows to ball-carriers.” Harris is a real thumper in the running game, but he also makes an impact as a pass-rusher. According to PFF, Christian Harris ranks third amongst SEC Linebackers with the most QB pressures since 2014 with 56 total.

Christian Harris started for Alabama since his true freshman year. As a three-year starter, Harris strung together three productive seasons in his college career. His tackle, sack, and tackle for loss totals increased every year. As a junior in 2021, Christian Harris recorded 80 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

TDN projects Harris’s ideal role as “a space linebacker that is responsible for making tackles in space and covering TEs and RBs out of the backfield.” If drafted by the Giants, Christian Harris would be a capable secondary linebacker to play alongside Blake Martinez.

Where Christian Harris needs to improve, however, is in coverage. According to PFF, Harris allowed nearly 1,000 yards in coverage over the past two seasons. In year one, the Giants would likely utilize Christian Harris as run-defender and rotational pass-rusher. His usage will likely be limited to two downs. Christian Harris has some incredible athletic ability that could make him an intriguing prospect for the New York Giants to draft and develop in their defense.