NFL Insider Peter King Reveals the New York Giants Secretly Worked out a Prospect at a New Position and Predicts They’ll Draft Him at No. 5

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The Giants have been sneaky good in the NFL Draft under GM Dave Gettleman, but this year could be different. King says there’s one prospect they may target at a new position that will make some people scratch their heads and force them to rethink how things work around here.

The NFL draft is shrouded in mystery in many ways. No team wants to reveal which players they want or why they want to choose them. Despite their best efforts, NFL source Peter King recently revealed that the New York Giants were testing a top prospect in a position other than his college position.

The New York Giants are looking to add an offensive lineman to their roster.

In 2021, the offensive line of the New York Giants was downright offensive. According to PFF, the unit finished 30th out of 32 teams, with four members scoring a 62.3 or worse out of 100 for the season. Andrew Thomas, the left tackle, was the lone bright light with a decent 78.4 grade.  

The Giants’ offensive line woes were at least part of the cause for their 4-13 record and the firing of head coach Joe Judge.

In the year 2022, New Jersey has a new administration. Joe Schoen, the general manager, and Brian Daboll, the head coach, have migrated six hours southeast from the Buffalo Bills and are now in charge of another Big Blue reconstruction.

The original goal seems to be to give quarterback Daniel Jones one more shot to become the franchise quarterback that the team anticipated when he was picked No. 6 overall in 2019. The first stage in this strategy must be to put together an offensive line that can protect Jones.

With two selections in the top ten in the 2022 NFL Draft (Nos. 5 and 7), a premium tackle makes the most sense to help build a stronger offensive line next season. The problem is that, with Thomas now firmly established on the left side, the aim is to obtain a right tackle.

Charles Cross of Mississippi State was tried out at right tackle by the Giants.

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At the top of the 2022 NFL Draft, three premium tackles are available. Ickey Ekwonu of NC State, Alabama’s Evan Neal, and Mississippi State’s Charles Cross are the three players.

In most New York Giants mock drafts, Neal is the team’s first choice. Scouts give the Alabama lineman somewhat better marks, and he’s played tackle and even guard in college. In most mocks, Ekwonu, who has a better rating than Neal, is generally off the board by No. 5.

However, one mock draft has the G-Men selecting Cross. That’s according to Peter King, a long-time NFL insider. Cross to the Giants at No. 5 is mocked by the NBC Sports commentator, who also reveals that the club surreptitiously worked Cross out on the right side, a position he never played in college:

There’s a lot of spy vs. spy action going on here. That is to say, it seems reasonable to assume that GM Joe Schoen would want the best available right tackle here, with Andrew Thomas slated for the left side. What many people don’t realize is that the Giants put Cross through some drills to see whether he’d make a strong right-tackle candidate, and they walked away confident that he would. 

The New York Giants’ Peter King

The fact that such a well-connected expert as King believes the Giants are interested in Cross at No. 5 should raise red flags among draft enthusiasts. And, if the Giants do surprise the league by selecting the Bulldogs lineman, who will be selected seventh?

If Cross is ranked No. 5, who will be ranked No. 7? 

New York Giants on the clock at the 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants on the clock at the 2019 NFL Draft At the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants are on the clock | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

When the New York Giants choose again at No. 7, five players (including Charles Cross if that is the team’s choice at No. 5) will be off the NFL draft board. Ickey Ekwon, cornerback Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner, and edge-rushers Aidan Hutchinson and Travon Walker are the other four.

If this is the case, and the Giants are fortunate enough to get a quarterback at No. 6 with the Carolina Panthers, the club will have first dibs on the remaining prospects in the seven-slot.

Brian Daboll and his team now have three key objectives to pursue.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, a high-profile but divisive pass-rusher from Oregon, might be drafted by the Giants. He has all of the physical tools he needs, but scouts seem to be skeptical of his dedication and work ethic. As the draft approaches, though, such fears have faded.

Kyle Hamilton of Notre Dame is the second option. Many scouts consider the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive back to be the embodiment of a contemporary NFL safety and the highest-graded prospect. The main issue here is that selecting top-ten safeties seldom works out.

Finally, at No. 7, Alabama’s Evan Neal might still be a factor. The Giants could use Neal’s flexibility to move the 6-foot-7, 337-pound blocker inside and build a solid wall in front of Daniel Jones.

Whatever the New York Giants do with these two selections, it will have a big impact on the rest of the league and the remainder of the NFL draft.

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