Monday, May 16, 2022

New York Giants Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Giants rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 26.8 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 25 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 29 (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Daniel Jones

The Giants got Jones two offensive linemen (Evan Neal, Joshua Ezeudu) and a wide receiver (Wan'Dale Robinson) with three of their first four picks in the draft. Even more telling was that they passed on some of the perceived top quarterbacks over and over. This only improves the chances that Jones has a future with the franchise, with or without that fifth-year option. The Giants are trying to make sure they get a real chance to see if Jones can be their long-term quarterback. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 25

The Giants desperately needed some good vibes, and they got them in a first round that ended with two potential star additions in defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive tackle Evan Neal at Nos. 5 and 7 overall, respectively. Thibodeaux's talent and overflowing charisma -- prominently on display in consecutive appearances on the Around The NFL Podcast last week -- could make him a Michael Strahan-like star in the Big Apple. New York also made news with the decision to decline the fifth-year option of quarterback Daniel Jones' rookie contract. It's an unorthodox move, but one rooted in welcome logic. If Jones finally balls out in Year 4, Big Blue will live with the financial fallout.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They are riding high after an impressive draft haul. But none of it will matter if Daniel Jones doesn't improve under new coach Brian Daboll.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Speaking of forward progress and excuses, the table also seems nicely set for QB Daniel Jones in Year 4 ... even if a fifth-year contract option isn't on the menu.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

The Giants are sending mixed messages: They didn't draft a quarterback this spring, but they also declined to pick up the fifth-year option for starter Daniel Jones. That means Jones is at a critical point this season. Either he proves to the Giants he's worthy of an extension, or they can easily move on. Will the team around Jones help his chances of earning a new contract? The addition of right tackle Evan Neal, especially, should help.

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