The NY Giants’ 2022 draft class as a whole has the potential to be one of the best – not just in recent history – of all time. Not only could all 11 players make the final roster, but they could all legitimately contribute in some way. While things have been headlined by their two first-round picks, Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, plus second-round Wan’Dale Robinson, the organization also added several other players at important positions. Many of these other rookies could find ways to contribute from Week 1.
After a 2021 season that was one of the worst ever, the Giants will hope to get back on track this season. With a rebuilt front office and coaching staff, plus significant changes to the roster, the Giants could be one of the surprise teams this fall.
Much of the team’s success will rely on how quickly many of the rookies will be able to transition to the NFL. Every campaign, some rookies can take the league by surprise in the early weeks. For others, it may take until the halfway point, if not later. The Giants added several rookies who could potentially make their presence felt early on. With that said, here are three Giants rookies who could make an immediate impact
3. TE Daniel Bellinger
The Giants added San Diego State tight end Daniel Bellinger in the fourth round of the draft. While Bellinger did not fill up the stat sheet while in college, he looks to be a major part of the Giants offense this season. He has been working with the first-team unit this offseason and could end up beating out both Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins for the starting spot.
During his four seasons at San Diego State, Bellinger played in a total of 31 games. He finished his collegiate career with 68 receptions, 771 receiving yards and five total touchdowns. His overall lack of productivity could easily be attributed to how the offense was run. He never had more than 43 targets in a single season.
Bellinger also proved to be a willing blocker while in college. This is something that the Giants offense has desperately needed in recent years. Given he can become even better in this area of his game, and continue to take steps as a pass-catcher, he could become a valuable piece of this offense.
While he isn’t the fastest player on the field, he can still be a threat underneath. With a Giants offense that has been plagued with poor offensive production, having a consistent safety blanket could be necessary. Bellinger averaged 11 yards per reception while in college. If he can come close to that in the NFL, he could stick around for the foreseeable future.