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Giants mock draft tracker: Which offensive tackle should land with New York?

Ikem Ekwonu, Evan Neal, Charles Cross all drawing support

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This week’s mock draft tracker provides the closest overall race thus far for the New York Giants’ first selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, No. 5 overall.

Ikem Ekwonu, the North Carolina State offensive tackle, is again the player most often chosen for the Giants in our mock draft, with 12 of 45 mock drafts (26.7 percent) selecting him. Eleven mock drafters (24.4 percent), though, chose Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. Eight (17.8 percent) selected Misssissippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross.

Including two mock drafts that saw Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning be the selection at No. 5, that made offensive tackle the choice in that spot for 33 of 45 mock drafters (73.3 percent). There is simply a wide variety of opinion on who the choice will be.

At No. 7, the clear preference is edge defender. Georgia’s Travon Walker was selected in nine mock drafts (20 percent) and Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux was selected in eight. Cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner of Cincinnati and edge defender Jermaine Johnson of Florida State were each chosen five times.

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