New York Giants’ ideal 7-round mock draft to jumpstart Joe Schoen’s rebuild
By David Solow
Round 4 (No. 111 Overall): Ed Ingram, G, LSU
Why would he be a good value for the New York Giants?
Ingram is a polished and experienced guard that started for four seasons at LSU. He is a powerful run blocker that has experience at the right and left guard positions. The LSU offense struggled in 2021, but Ingram earned All-SEC honors and was a lone bright spot for the Tigers.
Ingram had some major off-the-field issues in 2018 that may cause him to drop into the mid-rounds. Not only is Ingram a dominating presence in the run game, but he is also a solid pass protector. He isn’t overly athletic, but he moves his feet laterally well enough to mirror pass rushers and is solid at picking up blitzes and stunts.
How would he fit on the 2022 Giants’ roster?
He would be a leading candidate to start right away. Guard is one of the thinnest positions on the NY Giants roster. Will Hernandez is likely going to leave in free agency and Shane Lemieux (who struggled mightily in pass protection in 2020) is recovering from knee surgery.
Ingram is a high floor prospect that wouldn’t be guaranteed to start right away, but he would go into training camp with the chance to beat out Lemieux, Ben Bredeson, and any other guards the GMEN sign in free agency. With little cap space, whichever free agent Joe Schoen decides to bring in on the interior offensive line will likely be a cheaper replacement-level player. It helps that Ingram has experience at both guard positions.
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