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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Giants sign Kyvan Thibodaux, Evan Neal; RB Jashon Corbin stands out

Kyvan Thibodaux and Evan Neal both signed their rookie contracts on Saturday after rookie minicamp practice in the Giants’ first round. Their deals are determined by their draft slots.

Thibodaux gets a full guarantee of four years and $31.3 million as the No. 5 overall pick. Neil receives four years and $24.5 million overall as the number 7 overall pick. Both contracts come with a fifth-year team option for 2026.

This is much earlier than the Giants who usually sign their first round picks.

Daniel Jones, Saxon Barkley and Andrew Thomas all signed in their respective draft years in July, and Kadarius Toni signed last June after a holdout.

Thibodaux and Neil are represented by the same agency, Clutch Sports Group. First-year GM Joe Schoen and the Giants front office, along with clutch agents Kelton Crenshaw and Demerius Bilbo, ensured that the Giants’ blue-chip draft pick was closed early.

This timeline may represent a new normal for the Giants under Shoen.

“It feels great,” Neil said of being on the field for the Giants on Saturday. “To go out there and get back in the right tackle stance, I haven’t played perfect tackle since my sophomore year. So it brought back some really good nostalgia. Those are really cool. On the NFL team Practicing? It doesn’t get better than this.”

News of their agreements was reported by the NFL Network, while both Thibodaux and Neal were still on the field taking photos of the team, ready to sign when they moved in.

Dabol: Corbin stands out

Giants coach Brian Dabol called undraft free agent RB Jashon Corbin (pronounced JA-shun) “a bit of a standout” during Friday’s first rookie minicamp practice.

“Athletic, quick twitch, good in individuals,” Dabol said. “Individual exercises, a lot of them, you’re almost going out on pro days or individual workouts. Some of the exercises that we do here too, there are some exercises that we do when we take people out, so you Get a good feel for them. You can compare apples to apples.”

The football gameplan’s Emory Hunt, a draft guru who also works for CBS Sports headquarters, told the Daily News he thinks Corbyn “will be RB2 behind Saxon” at Barkley this fall.

“He has the vision, the elusiveness, the footwork,” Hunt said. “He could be Dabol’s jet sweep man.”

The Giants showed how much they valued Corbin when they guaranteed him $110,000 upon signing, a significant amount for an adrift free agent.

The 5-10, 203-pound back suffered a bad hamstring injury at Texas A&M in 2019. He recovered, transferred to Florida State, and led the Seminoles in his second and final season with them last fall: 887 rush yards (6.2 per carry), seven rushing TDs, 25 catches, 144 receiving yards and a score obtained.

Corbin also demonstrated his ability to make a comeback on Saturday. The Giants may have found another playmaker.

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The Giants had 84 players in this weekend’s rookie minicamp: 53 tryouts, 13 undraft free agent signings, 11 draft picks, three 2022 free agent signings, two 2021 free agent signings and two International Player Pathway Program players.

News caught up with Hunt of Soccer Gameplan and Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network to keep an eye on a few more names:

CB Darren Evans, LSU, UDFA: long. 6-2, 179. “Practices will make the squad,” Pauline says. Nichols transferred from state to LSU. Hunt: “If he lived in Nichols and was a big fish in a small pond, he would be drafted.” An outside corner that played with Giants third-round CB Cor’Dale Flott at LSU, which is more than a slot. So they have some chemistry/familiarity. He lined up some 7-on-7s like this in Saturday’s practice as well.

FB Jeremiah Hall, Oklahoma, UDFA: 6-2, 239. Hunt’s No. 1 fullback in the class. Think of a Sooner’s tight end more in Dabol’s offense as an H-back who can block and carry the ball. $30,000 guaranteed.

FB Isaiah Johnson-Mac, Saginaw Valley State, tryout: The super athletic, 6-3, 227, played WR, LB, and TE while moving from Washington State to Bowling Green to Southern Miss to SVSU in college. In Hunt’s words, with offense/defense flex, “a chess piece on game day” can be accompanied by a “core special teamer”.

S. Joseph Corker, Kentucky, UDFA: 6-0, 199. Julian Love Projects as the Giants’ Beginning Strong Security. But fourth-round picks Dane Belton (Iowa) and Corker gave the Giants some young, sub-package options and challengers in their young, thin, developing secondary. Corker has blitz ability and “plays fast all the time,” Hunt says.

TE Austin Allen, Nebraska: 6-8, 253. “UDFA can be stolen,” says Pauline. Set Nebraska’s single-season receiving record as a senior (38 catches, 602 yards, two TDs) to a tight end. The year was named the tight end of the big 10. Good at competitive catches.

Other UDFA Signatures: DT Chris Hinton, Michigan ($115K guaranteed); CB Zion Gilbert, Florida Atlantic; S. Trenton Thompson, San Diego State; TE Andre Miller, Maine; OLB Tomman Fox, North Carolina; DT Antonio Valentino, DT, Florida; ol Josh Rivas, Kansas State; DL Jabari Ellis, South Carolina.

“Rivas was better in 2020 than in 2021,” Pauline says, but “is definitely a Bills-type O-lineman.” It also says that OL TJ Storment (6-6, 322) is a one at Texas Tech. Decent OT” which “projects to OG.”


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