3 prospects NY Giants could draft with Bears’ 2022 first round pick
Last month, Dave Gettleman had his most successful draft night since he became general manager of the NY Giants.
First, he drafted players who can make an instant impact – like Kadarius Toney and Azeez Ojulari. While doing that, he also did the unthinkable – trading back and setting the team up for the future.
Instead of panicking when the Philadelphia Eagles jumped the Giants for the coveted DeVonta Smith, Gettleman made the best move for the team’s future. It was genius, but also noble – considering the fact that if his team underachieves this year, that future won’t include him.
The crown jewel of Gettleman’s draft haul was the 2022 first round pick he acquired from the Chicago Bears. Many believe the pick could be as high as the top five – as quarterback controversy, a possible coaching change and the league’s third hardest strength of schedule all are working against the Bears.
The Giants could decide to keep the selection they ultimately wind up with, or package it in a deal to move up for a player the fall in love with. Either way, they’ll be getting a top prospect in the loaded 2022 draft class.
While Roger Goodell walking across the stage in Las Vegas is a little less than a year away, we still have an inkling of which players will hear their names called first. The Giants’ added some impact players in 2021, but they could add some truly great players using the Bears’ pick in 2022
Here are 3 prospects the NY Giants’ could select using the Bears’ first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft:
Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
Whether Ojulari plays to his potential or not, the Giants should be in the market for elite talent along their defensive line. That’s exactly what they would get if they can add USC’s Drake Jackson.
The 2022 NFL Draft features a multitude of players who can make instant impacts alongside Ojulari, Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence. If the Giants don’t go with Jackson, they could always hope for DeMarvin Leal, George Karalaftis or even the consensus number one player in the draft, Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Jackson is as versatile of a defensive prospect you can find – possessing the ability to play along the defensive line, as well as linebacker. If Patrick Graham gets a chance to mold him at the next level, his intangibles would help him become a force to be reckoned with.
Thibodeaux may be the first pass rusher taken at next year’s draft, but Jackson would be far from a consolation prize. Using the Bears’ 2022 selection on him would be something Gettleman and the Giants would certainly sign up for.