The first NY Giants draft class of the Joe Schoen era has finally been revealed, and with it, 11 new Giants make their way to East Rutherford. The reactions have been largely mixed from the public, with high praise on Day 1 and somewhat negative feedback on a weird Day 2.
In terms of draft grades from NFL analysts, the consensus is seemingly higher than many fans’ reactions would suggest for Schoen’s first class. Of course, “steals” and “busts” are not decided in the days or even months after the NFL draft. It will take years for proper evaluations to be made on each individual draft pick.
With that being said, one thing is for certain – the Giants are going to be a new-look team in 2022. Let’s take a look at the draft as a whole and provide three key reasons the Giants should consider themselves winners after the 2022 NFL draft, at least at these early stages.
NY Giants 2022 NFL Draft: 3 – Value Added
In this year’s draft, the Giants were the team who added the most value, according to Over The Cap founder Jason Fitzgerald. The Giants added slightly under their expected value based on the positions they were drafting but nevertheless added the most overall value in the draft.
There is of course the argument people will make, particularly with the round two selection of Wan’Dale Robinson, that the team’s picks did not represent great value for the place they were taken. The chart proves that overall the draft was more valuable than many fans are giving Schoen credit for.
It is certainly something this roster was lacking during the Dave Gettleman era. In the past five seasons, the Giants have had the equal-worst record in the entire league. Somehow, they have also been left with such little cap room that they have had to restructure a number of key players as well as let the likes of Jabrill Peppers and potentially James Bradberry leave for little-to-no return. Obviously, that means the investments they have made are returning a historically bad value.
The franchise’s biggest needs in an edge rusher and offensive tackle lined up perfectly with a year the Giants held two top ten picks. It allowed Schoen and the front office to use their most valuable picks on the most valuable positions, and look at less valuable positions such as nose tackle and tight end on Day 3 of this year’s draft.
Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case in New York, with the likes of Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram certainly not returning round one value for the franchise.