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Giants mock draft tracker: It’s all about the offensive line

N.C. State’s Ikem Ekwonu remains top choice for New York

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Ikem Ekwonu and the offensive line continue to dominate our 2022 New York Giants mock draft tracker.

Ekwonu, the North Carolina State offensive tackle who is challenging Evan Neal of Alabama for status as OT1 in this draft class, was the choice for the Giants at No. 5 in 26 of this week’s 57 mock drafts (47.4 percent).

Overall, offensive line was the choice in 44 of the 57 mocks (77.2 percent). Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross was selected 10 times, Neal seven times and Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green one time.

The one player who makes mock drafters move off the offensive line for the Giants appears to be Oregon edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux. Whether he could fall as far as No.5 — or No. 7 — is an ongoing debate in the draft community. Seven mock drafters (12.3 percent) took advantage of Thibodeaux falling to No. 5 by selecting him for the Giants.

At No. 7, Michigan edge defender David Ojabo was chosen 10 times, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum eight times, and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Purdue edge defender George Karlaftis seven times.

In all, some combination of 16 different players were chosen for the Giants with their top two picks.

All the mocks are below.

2022 Mock Draft Tracker

Date Mock Round 1 (No. 5) Round 1 (No. 7) Round 2 (No. 36)
Date Mock Round 1 (No. 5) Round 1 (No. 7) Round 2 (No. 36)
4/28 ESPN (McShay) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/28 ESPN (Kiper) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/28 PFN (Mellor) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Drake London, WR, USC
4/28 Draft Countdown (Hallam) Derek Stingley, CB, LSU Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
4/28 USA Today (Middlehurst-Schwartz) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/28 Huddle Report (Drew Boylhart) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/28 Huddle Report (Johannes) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/28 DraftKings Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/28 Draft Countdown (Bosarge) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/28 SI (Hanson) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/28 NFL.com (Schrager) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/28 Underdog Fantasy (Norris) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
4/28 Philly Voice (Kempski) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
4/28 Draft Network (Marino) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/27 PFF (Sikkema) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/27 FOX (Rang) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/27 NFL.com (Jeremiah) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
4/27 Washington Post (Maske) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/27 CBS (Trapasso) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/27 USA Today (Davis) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama TRADE!!! NYG moves to No. 20 in trade w/PIT, selects Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
4/27 CBS (Prisco) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/27 Pewter Report (Ledyard) Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/27 NFL.com (Davis) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/27 DraftTek Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/27 CBS (Brinson) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/27 Walter Football (Campbell) Derek Stingley, CB, LSU Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
4/26 FOX (McIntyre) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 SNY (Vacchiano) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 Draftwire (Miller) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 Palm Beach Post (Schad) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/26 Tankathon Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 SI (Breer) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/26 NFL.com (Brooks) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/26 PFN (Beasley) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 Football Outsiders Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/26 NBC Sports (Florio) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Drake London, WR, USC
4/26 PFF (Meirov) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/26 NFL Trade Rumors Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/25 LA Times (Farmer) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/25 Draftwire (Easterling) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
4/25 NFL.com (Lewis) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/25 Touchdown Wire (Fitzpatrick) Derek Stingley, CB, LSU Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
4/25 CBS (Wilson) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
4/25 Sun-Sentinel (Kelly) Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
4/25 NBC (King) Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
4/25 PFF (Gayle) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/23 PFN (Cummings) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama TRADE!! Giants swap w/NO, take CB Derek Stingly at 16 and WR Chris Olave at 19
4/22 Sporting News (Iyer) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/22 Touchdown Wire (Schofield) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/22 CBS (Fornelli) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/22 PFN (Fragoza) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/22 NFL.com (Reuter) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
4/22 Draft Network (Eisner) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/21 CBS (Edwards) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/21 NFL.com (Jones-Drew) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
4/21 CBS (Jones) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/21 PFN (Kaye) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
4/21 Walter Football Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Derek Stingley, CB, LSU Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State
4/20 CBS (Hunt) Derek Stingley, CB, LSU Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
4/20 PFF (Spielberger) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/19 SI (Orr) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati TRADE w/NO for 16 (G. Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue) and 19 (Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia)
4/19 PFF (Eager) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/18 Sharp Football (McCrystal) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/18 PFF (Monson) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
4/18 College Football News Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
4/17 Draft Network (Crabbs) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/16 NY Post (Serby) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/16 Player Profiler Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/16 PFN (Miller) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Jermaine Johnson, Edge, Florida State
4/15 Sporting News (Staff) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/14 NFL.com (Rank) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
4/14 The Athletic (Brugler) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State
4/14 Establish The Run (Silva) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/12 NFL.com (Zierlein) Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
4/11 PFF (Linsey) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/8 SB Nation (Dator) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
4/6 PFN (Wilson) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
4/5 San Diego Union-Tribune (Brown) Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
4/4 PFF (Treash) Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
4/4 NFL Mocks Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
4/2 Touchdown Wire (Farrar) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
4/1 Bleacher Report (Knox) Evan Neal, OT, Alabama Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4/1 Bleacher Report (Staff) Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State