4 first-round mistakes that continue to haunt the Giants

The Giants have been burned too many times in recent history by their former first-round picks
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1. OL Evan Neal

The most recent first-round disappointment for the New York Giants is offensive lineman Evan Neal, who had five penalties, allowed two sacks, and earned a 39.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in seven games this past season. His frustrating performance throughout the season resulted in fans targeting Neal and booing him on the field, especially in Week 4 in the Giants' loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where Jones was sacked 11 times.

After the game, Neal was asked about the crowd's reaction to his poor performance, and he responded, "Why would a lion concern himself with the opinion of a sheep? I genuinely don’t care. Why should I? I’m in the National Football League. The person that’s commenting on my performance, what does he do? Flip hot dogs and hamburgers somewhere?” Following an immense amount of backlash on social media, Neal posted an apology the next day and immediately regretted his comments.

While Neal's comments have blown over at this point, his underachieving performance does not go unnoticed. With the offensive line being the Giants' biggest priority this offseason, they will rely on Neal to take significant strides in the right direction. They hope he will eventually develop into one of the league's best tackles, with Jones returning to starting quarterback duties next season. However, the door is open for the Giants to find a replacement at RT too.