Which NY Giants draft picks will turn out to be studs?

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The NY Giants made an impressive 11 selections in the 2022 NFL Draft. While no franchise will ever strike gold with every pick, if general manager Joe Schoen and his scouting department have effectively evaluated the 2022 class, they should see a few of their selections turn into starting level talents. More, they could turn out to be head-turning players. Let’s take a look at four selections made over the draft weekend which stand out for the G-Men.

3. NY Giants First-Round picks are ready to ball out

We have already prepared a more in-depth analysis of both the first-round picks, so we won’t spend too much time on them in this piece. Having said that, with both picks coming in the Top 10, you would expect they should star in the NFL.

Round 1, No. 5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

Kayvon Thibodeaux projects to be a star from his first season in the league, possessing both the explosiveness and pass-rush moves to compete at the professional level. We’re not going to predict anything drastic, but there is a reason he currently has the equal best odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. We do expect that Azeez Ojulari’s franchise rookie sack record of eight could be in danger with Thibodeaux now in New York.

Round 1, No. 7: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

While the Giants will likely suggest Alabama’s Evan Neal needs to earn the starting duties at right tackle, it’s very clear he should be the Week 1 starter barring any injuries. At 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, he was the most well-rounded of the tackles in the class. He has three years of starting experience in the SEC under his belt and looks ready to hit the ground running from Week 1 in New York. The impact he will have on important players such as Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley is more than any other signing or draft pick this offseason.