We're six games into the season and the NY Giants are 1-5 on the year. No one saw this coming, but the G-Men just haven't been able to get the job done week in and week out in '23. Some of the veterans have disappointed, while plenty of second-year players, including Evan Neal, haven't lived up to the hype.
They may be short into their careers, but it's safe to say that guys from Joe Schoen's first draft haven't progressed the way we were hoping for. Some are playing well, but the '22 group as a whole has been head-turning in a negative way. With that said, here's our look back on the class, with updated grades:
Round 1, Pick 5: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, B+
He hasn't been perfect, but in his first 1.5 seasons with the Giants, Kayvon Thibodeaux has had no shortage of big-time plays with the team. Many fans questioned if Thibodeaux was the right pick after a slow start to his sophomore season but since then, Thibs has been racking up the sacks and posting consistent pressure on opposing QBs.
While Thibodeaux's lack of progression in terms of his pass-rush moves has been slightly concerning, he has still been somewhat effective at generating pressures and getting sacks. This, alongside his inspiring play that won the Giants two games last season, makes it hard to grade him any lower.
When taking a look at some of the other pass-rushers selected after Thibodeaux, it becomes even more clear that the Giants made the right pick. Out of all edge rushers taken in the first round, only one player has more tackles and sacks than Thibodeaux, that being Aidan Hutchinson. This is honestly very impressive once you remember that Thibs missed the first three games of his rookie season.