With the fifth pick in the draft.....Evan Neal (OT)

GiantsFan75

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Can he play RT?
He has played both Tackle positions for Alabama. Here is a quick write-up from "The Draft Network"

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Evan Neal is a former 5-star recruit out of IMG academy. Neal possesses a large frame, measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds. Neal uses his massive frame and power to move defenders off the line of scrimmage when run blocking. Neal excels at playing in a phone booth and uses his weight to wear defenders down. In his pass sets, he uses his body mass and length to force defenders to run around him and out of the way of the quarterback. This year, Neal made the transition from RT to LT which seems to be a successful one and one that seems more natural for him. He uses his natural spatial awareness to take away the inside move for defenders and force them around him. Neal has the natural skill set of a right tackle but seems more comfortable at left tackle. This versatility will give more value throughout the draft process and make him a day-one starter in the NFL.
 
Then take Tyler Lunderbaum with #7,
Chuck: Totally agree with that philosophy. The Conventional Wisdom is that you draft best available in the first round. This is what gives us predictions like using the first 2 picks on Edge Rushers or Safeties. But the GIANTS offensive line is a burning building, so conventional solutions do not apply.

PLAN A: Draft as Chuck suggests. PLAN B: Trade down. Might not get us an Anthony Munoz or a John Hannah. But Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl worked just fine, plus we will get numbers that we really need.
 

GiantsFan75

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I'd be open to trading the second round pick for a pick in the 2023 draft which has a couple of string QB prospects.
 

Patricia Traina

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He has played both Tackle positions for Alabama. Here is a quick write-up from "The Draft Network"

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Evan Neal is a former 5-star recruit out of IMG academy. Neal possesses a large frame, measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds. Neal uses his massive frame and power to move defenders off the line of scrimmage when run blocking. Neal excels at playing in a phone booth and uses his weight to wear defenders down. In his pass sets, he uses his body mass and length to force defenders to run around him and out of the way of the quarterback. This year, Neal made the transition from RT to LT which seems to be a successful one and one that seems more natural for him. He uses his natural spatial awareness to take away the inside move for defenders and force them around him. Neal has the natural skill set of a right tackle but seems more comfortable at left tackle. This versatility will give more value throughout the draft process and make him a day-one starter in the NFL.
Yeah I saw Brugler has him mocked to the Giants so I did some more research. Forgive me. I'm just now starting my look into the prospects.

 

Chuck418

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Even if he is snatched up before the Giants are on the clock, the Ekwonu and Linderman lineman would be nice additions as well.
Agree 100%! As I said previously, I think Lunderbaum is the key to the 1st round. Neal, Ekwonu, Green, or any of the highly rated Olinemen, along with Lunderbaum, would be an ideal start to the draft. Also, the Eagles will be looking to replace Kelce at center, so taking Lunderbaum stops them from grabbing the highest rated center in the draft. The Giants will not be competitive until they seriously address the Oline.
 

Patricia Traina

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Agree 100%! As I said previously, I think Lunderbaum is the key to the 1st round. Neal, Ekwonu, Green, or any of the highly rated Olinemen, along with Lunderbaum, would be an ideal start to the draft. Also, the Eagles will be looking to replace Kelce at center, so taking Lunderbaum stops them from grabbing the highest rated center in the draft. The Giants will not be competitive until they seriously address the Oline.
I don't think the Giants use both first round picks on the OL. They should, but I don't see that as being the move they make.
 

Chuck418

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I don't think the Giants use both first round picks on the OL. They should, but I don't see that as being the move they make.
I seriously hope you're wrong! It boggles my mind that any knowledgeable football GM/Coach could look at the Giants Oline and think, "Let's see, there are several good linemen available, let's just draft one and then hope there might be something available in the later rounds". They are in position to drastically improve the biggest weakness on the team, I can't fathom them not picking up 2 starters in the first round. Not picking 2 Olinemen in the first round is akin to standing on the shore of the Atlantic and declaring, "Water? I don't see any water". The biggest Giants problem is staring them right in the face......FIX IT! But I understand where you're coming from, this is the team that bypassed Aaron Donald for OBJ. Here's hoping the new administration starts to fix this team from the inside out.
 
I seriously hope you're wrong! It boggles my mind that any knowledgeable football GM/Coach could look at the Giants Oline and think, "Let's see, there are several good linemen available, let's just draft one and then hope there might be something available in the later rounds". They are in position to drastically improve the biggest weakness on the team, I can't fathom them not picking up 2 starters in the first round. Not picking 2 Olinemen in the first round is akin to standing on the shore of the Atlantic and declaring, "Water? I don't see any water". The biggest Giants problem is staring them right in the face......FIX IT! But I understand where you're coming from, this is the team that bypassed Aaron Donald for OBJ. Here's hoping the new administration starts to fix this team from the inside out.
About being wrong anything is possible. Chuck 418 I agree with you!

I posted this in another thread. " In 1988 draft George Young GM (HOF) needed a left tackle. He drafted Eric Moore LT in the 1st rd to play left tackle. Moore was a top ten pick. In the second round of the same draft Young picked a LT from Michigan Jumbo Elliot who was going to pay RT. Parcells with the help of Lawrence Taylor decided to try Jumbo at LT. The experiment was a success. In the !990 Super Bowl Jumbo Elliot playing LT dominated (HOF} Bruce Smith helping the Giants win the Super Bowl. Eric Moore played guard for the Giants for a just a few yrs. Jumbo played in the NFL for 12 yrs. In my opinion he was the best LT the Giants have had since 1990".

Not everyone works out. Therefore, within reason the more you draft of what you need the better the odds success.
 
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Blue Redo

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As long as the two picks address the OL and/or DL I'm happy.

I don't want one of the CBs or Kyle Hamilton.
Kyle Hamilton is the consensus #1 rated player in the draft. Amazing size and talent with incredible position flexibility. If he is the BPA at 7 the Giants should jump on him. George Young and Ernie Accorsi would have in their days. Gettleman always drafted need and very often over talent and look where that got us.
 
Kyle Hamilton is the consensus #1 rated player in the draft. Amazing size and talent with incredible position flexibility. If he is the BPA at 7 the Giants should jump on him. George Young and Ernie Accorsi would have in their days. Gettleman always drafted need and very often over talent and look where that got us.
I am not sure what Gettleman was drafting for. His 4 drafts speak for themselves. Personally, I would like Shoen to draft Lunderbaum with the 5th pick. He's worth taking at 5 IMHO. Center Creed Humphrey as a rookie has really solidified the Chiefs offensive line which was a mess in last year's Super Bowl.

With the 7 pick I could see some options. Offensive Line. If Aiden Hutchinson by some divine intervention was available at 7 he would be hard to pass up. Even consider a trade as Denver and Washington need QBs. That would still leave the Giants with a top 10 pick plus additional assets.

If I am not mistaken wasn't Hamilton hurt and missed a good part of the season? There's no denying he's so talented! The good news is Giants are in good shape at safety with Xavier McKinney. Logan Ryan is getting up in age and has a sizable cap number. Giants could use an upgrade maybe in later rounds.

There seem to be good safeties who may be had in the middle rounds.

One draft isn't going to solve all the Giants problems though.
 
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