New York Giants’ 7-round mock draft: Joe Schoen’s Super Bowl foundation?

Tyler Linderbaum #65 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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New York Giants, Kayvon Thibodeau
Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux (Image via The Register Guard) /

The New York Giants’ overdue rebuild under new general manager Joe Schoen will likely be built around the 2022 NFL Draft 

Joe Schoen arrives in East Rutherford as the New York Giants’ new general manager with a track record of building dominance along both lines of scrimmage during his time with the Buffalo Bills, and an uphill battle to replicate that success in East Rutherford.

Fortunately for Schoen and the Giants, New York owns a pair of top-10 picks and nine total selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, which could prove the foundation of a new era of success.

Because the New York Giants begin this offseason upwards of $10 million over the salary cap, hitting on as many picks as possible during the draft will be critical in turning the fortunes of a franchise that has suffered through double-digit losing seasons each of the past five years.

Here’s our latest New York Giants’ seven-round mock draft projection, which could set a Super Bowl foundation while following Joe Schoen’s playbook:

Scouting Report. EDGE. KayvonThibodeaux. player. Pick Analysis. Oregon. 5. 820

Thibodeaux is viewed by many as the premier prospect in this year’s class, and potentially the No. 1 overall pick.

However, the Oregon star slips to the New York Giants with the No. 5 overall pick in this projection, and Schoen sprints the team’s card with Thibodeaux’s name on it to commissioner Roger Goodell.

Thibodeaux has the skill-set and potential to be the New York Giants’ answer to a longstanding lack of pressure off the edge.

This past season, Thibodeaux produced seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and a career-high 49 total tackles as one of the most dominant defenders in the nation. Despite battling through various injuries, Pro Football Focus credits Thibodeaux with one of the highest pass-rush win rates in the nation in 2021. Thibodeaux would be a welcomed addition to Wink Martindale’s defense, and the kind of player the veteran coordinator has built his schemes around over the past decade.