New York Giants’ ideal 7-round mock draft to jumpstart Joe Schoen’s rebuild
By David Solow
Round 5 (No. 147 Overall): Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
Why would he be a good value for the New York Giants?
Lucas is an athletic corner with good size for the position (nearly 6 feet with long arms). The Sun Devil from Arizona State is known for having excellent football instincts and excels in man-to-man or zone. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands as well, which would make him a solid kick/punt return option.
How would he fit on the 2022 Giants’ roster?
Lucas would compete for playing time with guys like Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes, and Rodarius Williams. With Wink Martindale’s man-to-man/blitz-heavy scheme, the New York Giants’ defense should be built around a solid and deep stable of cornerbacks that can hold their own when left out on an island. Joe Schoen has reiterated his stance on the importance of positional value, so it would be a shock if the GMEN did not draft at least one cornerback.
NFL Comparison: Chidobe Awuzie
Corners like Auzie and Lucas that are quicker than they are fast can excel in man-to-man heavy schemes in the NFL. Awuzie, the top corner on a Super Bowl defense, has gone under the radar (just like Lucas) up until this season.