Analyst Matt Miller’s 7-round draft Giants draft
We’re still weeks away from the start of this year’s NFL Combine, but that hasn’t stopped draft experts from releasing the first predictions for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The conclusion of the Senior Bowl led to updated projections from many top analysts.
ESPN draft analyst and NFL Draft founder Matt Miller decided to set up seven-round mock drafts for several teams in this year’s draft, including one for the Giants.
Here’s how Miller thinks the Giants could use their nine selections, along with each player’s 2021 stats, college honors and Pro Football Focus player comparison (where available).
First round (No. 5): Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
2021 stats: 12 games, three sacks and 10 QB rushes allowed out of 500 pass block snaps; 91.6 overall PFF score (93.8 run block, 78.3 pass block)
Honours: Unanimous All-American (2021), ACC Jacobs Blocking Award (2021), First-Team All-ACC (2021), Third-Team All-ACC (2020)
PFF Player Lineup: Kelechi Osemele
First round via CHI (No. 7): David Ojabo, DE, Michigan
2021 stats: 13 games, 35 total tackles (24 solo), 11 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups; 79.4 overall PFF rating (87.3 pass rush, 70.2 run defense)
Honours: Second Team All-American (2021), First Team All-Big Ten (2021)
Comp. PFF player: Dion Jordan
Second round (No. 36): Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
2021 stats: 15 games, 80 total tackles (45 solo), 5.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups
Distinctions: CFP National Champion (2020)
PFF Player Lineup: Christian Kirksey
Third round (n°67): Darian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky
2021 stats: 13 games, one sack, two QB hits, four QB rushes allowed on 414 passing block snaps; 91.9 overall PFF score (91.8 run block, 87.8 pass block)
Honours: Consensus First-Team All-American (2021), SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2021), 2x First-Team All-SEC (2020, 2021)
PFF Comp Player: Deonte Brown
Third round via MIA (#81): Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
2021 stats: 11 games, 26 receptions for 309 yards and three touchdowns
PFF Player Roster: Blake Bell