New York Giants Draft: Looking back at 7 previous No. 7 NFL Draft picks
With the New York Giants set to have the No. 5 and No. 7 overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, it seems as if they are in prime position to select a potential superstar player, they should be, at least, if they draft correctly.
A good way to survey the New York Giants’ chances of drafting a superstar caliber player at No. 7 is to take a look at some of the previous No.7 picks of the NFL Draft.
Within the last seven years there has been a good combination of stars and solid players, making the odds of the Giants drafting a star-caliber player seem substantial.
There is a good chance that the New York Giants decide to draft an offensive lineman with their No. 7 overall pick, and with the most recent draft having a stud offensive lineman taken 7th overall, there’s a good chance that Joe Schoen is going to be able to take a giant step towards rebuilding the New York Giants’ offensive line with this pick.
Here are the 7 previous No. 7 overall picks in the NFL Draft to see what the NY Giants can expect:
2021 NFL Draft: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon/Detroit Lions
With the Detroit Lions in need of an offensive tackle to pair with veteran Taylor Decker, they decided to select Penei Sewell out of Oregon with the 7th overall pick, and so far, Sewell has not disappointed.
Sewell showcased his potential as a franchise tackle this season, only allowing 5 sacks in 16 games, gaining a grade of 77.5, per PFF, second among all rookie offensive tackles, only behind generational prospect Rashawn Slater.
While Sewell will likely never be the best offensive lineman in this class, due to Rashawn Slater and Creed Humphrey, the Detroit Lions definitely snagged themselves a top talent at offensive tackle for many years to come.
Sewell’s draft situation is very similar to that of NY Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, while he will likely never be the best offensive lineman in his class, he is without a doubt a franchise tackle for many years to come.