The 2022 NFL draft is just a month away and the sham concepts are in full swing. In his latest mockery of the first round, Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar has the New York Giants addressing multiple needs as they prepare for the future.
The Giants hold the fifth and seventh selections in the first round of this year’s draft and are in the driver’s seat to select a top stud as well as to exchange for more and future draft capital. Farrar just let them do it.
Round 1, choice no. 5: TRADE (with Pittsburgh)
The Giants immediately apply by accepting an exchange with the Steelers, who use the option to select Liberty full-back Malik Willis.
In return, the Giants will likely receive a package of picks that includes the 20th and 52nd picks in this draft, the Steelers’ 2023 first round and maybe an early Day 3 pick in either this draft or the next.
The trade makes sense, as several of the Giants’ targets are off the board. Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, Michigan edge runner Aidan Hutchinson, Alabama tackle Evan Neal and Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner were gone by the time the Giants were on the clock.
Round 1, choice no. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
A ‘plug-and-play’ solution at the right tackle that Nance.com concept analyst Lance Zierlein sees as a combination of Tristan Wirfs and Taylor Moten. Cross has great size and agility and will be the perfect book support for another former first-round pick, left-back Andrew Thomas.
Round 1, choice no. 20: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
The Giants’ pass rush has been anemia for years now and they need a fringe presence that can play all three knockouts. Johnson could be that player. The Georgia transfer was lost in the fluctuation, but is now considered a top prospect.
Johnson is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds with room to grow and has 4.58 speeds. The Giants have not had a player of this caliber since Justin Tuck, and Johnson may just be a more athletic version of the Giant major.
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