NY Giants 2022 first-round pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux, A
It's too early to tell, but from what we've seen so far, it's hard to give the Kayvon Thibodeaux selection anything less than an A. Not only did he show flashes of superstar potential, but he meshed almost perfectly with the culture the Giants are trying to build.
Thibodeaux may not have been consistently great all season long, but he showed more than enough for us to believe he can be a superstar and the best edge-rusher in his draft class. Thibodeaux was arguably responsible for two of the Giants' wins this season. Whether it be his literal game-winning sack against the Ravens, or strip-sack touchdown against the Commanders that gave the Giants all the momentum they needed, Thibodeaux had no shortage of elite moments in his rookie season.
Entering 2023, Thibodeaux will be looking to contribute to a playoff-contending Giants squad while also potentially making the leap into stardom. We have all the faith in the world that Thibodeaux will prove anyone who doubted his potential wrong in the coming years.
NY Giants 2022 first round pick: Evan Neal, B
With the pick the Giants earned from trading back to land Toney, they selected who many thought was the best tackle in the 2022 draft class, Evan Neal. While he may not have been as great as Thibodeaux, Neal showed flashes at times throughout the season despite the rough rookie year he had.
Neal may have struggled this season, but it's worth noting that rookie offensive linemen notoriously have problems early on. However, he was also playing right tackle for the first time since 2020 and dealt with some injuries that hampered his play as well.
Entering 2023 with an offseason to heal and train with NFL legends at right tackle, we have few doubts that we will see a jump out of Neal in his sophomore year. He and Thibodeaux will continue to shine and show the difference between Joe Schoen and Gettleman as general managers.