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NFL Draft rumors, buzz, mock draft tracker: Giants ‘love’ Charles Cross?

Mock draft consensus is Giants will pick at offensive tackle at No. 5.

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The 2022 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, so let’s go through some of the draft rumors and buzz that could impact the New York Giants.

Giants “love” Charles Cross?

ESPN’s Matt Miller says his sources say the Giants have shown more interest in Cross than any other NFL team. Miller says he has been told “the Giants “love” Cross at right tackle.”

My view is that I don’t believe the Giants would take Cross before Evan Neal or Ickey Ekwonu, but I wouldn’t be upset if they did.

Saints a team to watch

The Giants are thought to want to move down with one of their two top-10 picks in Round 1. Multiple reports recently indicate the New Orleans Saints, with picks 16 and 19, could be targeting No. 5 to get in front of the Carolina Panthers at No. 6.

Would that be enough to get GM Joe Schoen to move back? Personally, I would prefer a 2023 first-round pick, but ending up with three first-round picks this year is tempting.

Giants visits tracker

[via Walter Football]

  • Nik Bonitto, Outside Linebacker, Oklahoma (PRI)
  • Treylon Burks, Wide Receiver, Arkansas (COM)
  • Lewis Cine, Safety, Georgia (PRI)
  • James Cook, Running Back, Georgia (PRI)
  • Justin Covington, Running Back, Villanova (LOC)
  • Charles Cross, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State (COM)
  • Nakobe Dean, Outside Linebacker, Georgia (PRO)
  • Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, N.C. State (PRI)
  • Olakunle Fatukasi, Linebacker, Rutgers (LOC)
  • Ahmad Gardner^, Cornerback, Cincinnati (COM, PRO, PRI)
  • Jarrett Guarantano, Quarterback, Washington State (LOC)
  • Breece Hall, Running Back, Iowa State (PRI)
  • Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame (VIR)
  • Jovani Haskins, Tight End, Rutgers (LOC)
  • Sam Howell, Quarterback, North Carolina (PRI)
  • Aidan Hutchinson, Defensive End, Michigan (PRI)
  • Zion Johnson^, Offensive Guard, Boston College (COM, SR)
  • Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa (COM)
  • Abraham Lucas, Offensive Tackle, Washington State (PRI)
  • Jesse Luketa, Linebacker, Penn State (LOC)
  • Trey McBride, Tight End, Colorado State (COM)
  • Bo Melton, Wide Receiver, Rutgers (LOC)
  • Evan Neal, Offensive Tackle, Alabama (PRI)
  • Kenny Pickett, Quarterback, Pittsburgh (PRI)
  • Jalen Pitre, Safety, Baylor (VIR)
  • Brian Robinson Jr., Running Back, Alabama (PRI)
  • Tyler Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tulsa (PRI)
  • Derek Stingley^, Cornerback, LSU (COM, PRI)
  • Cole Strange, Offensive Guard, Chattanooga (WOR)
  • Pierre Strong Jr., Running Back, South Dakota State (WOR)
  • Ja’Sir Taylor, Safety, Wake Forest (LOC)
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux^, Defensive End, Oregon (COM, PRI)
  • Isaiah Thomas, Defensive End, Oklahoma (VIR)
  • Cole Turner, Tight End, Nevada (VIR)
  • Amir Tyler, Safety, Temple (LOC)
  • Travon Walker, Defensive End, Georgia (PRI)
  • Bryce Watts, Defensive Back, Massachusetts (LOC)
  • Malik Willis^, Quarterback, Liberty (COM, PRI)

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Mock Draft tracker

The absolute mock draft consensus is that the Giants will take an offensive lineman if they keep the fifth overall. We have 70 mock drafts in our tracker this week and 51 of 70 (72.9 percent) gave the Giants an offensive tackle at No. 5. Evan Neal of Alabama was chosen 23 times (32.9 percent), Ickey Ekwonu of NC State 18 times (25.7 percent), Charles Cross of Mississippi State nine times (12.9 percent) and Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa one time.

At No. 7, Cincinnati cornerback Sauce Gardner was selected 11 times (15.7 percent) and edge defender Jermaine Johnson II was selected eight times (11.4 percent)

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