Giants Select Evan Neal With No. 7 Pick

Giants wanted offensive line help from the 2022 NFL Draft and they got their guy at No. 7 overall taking Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal

At six-foot-seven, 360 pounds, Neal’s size and frame are certainly NFL-ready. He projects well as a powerful right tackle, though he started every game this season on the blindside, who could be dominant in the run game with his size and strength. He earned a PFF grade of 84.5 for the 2021 season, in which he was a consensus First-Team All American.

Neal’s status as the top blocker in this year’s class was challenged by NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu throughout the draft process. At one point, the Alabama product was the definitive top OT prospect in the draft, but his stock seemingly fell a bit leading up to the draft.

Despite falling below Ekwonu, Neal beat out speculation that Mississippi State’s Charles Cross could be taken over him, as well. The Giants also considered taking Neal at No. 5 overall, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but opted for defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was much less likely to be available at No. 7. Regardless, Neal is on his way to Broadway to start his pro career.

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