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3 Most Likely Giants Draft Targets With Their First-Round Picks

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely draft targets for the New York Giants with their first-round picks.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the New York Giants with their first-round picks. / Elsa/GettyImages

The New York Giants fanbase cannot help but be disappointed after watching their favorite team stumble to a 4-13 record. It is obvious that something needed to change, so general manager Dave Gettleman decided to retire. That may not be the only thing different about the Giants in 2022.

Head coach Joe Judge's team has a shot to bounce back next year with the help of a couple of impactful first-round rookies. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely draft targets for the Giants.

New York Giants NFL Draft

1. Charles Cross, OL (Mississippi State)

Charles Cross
Drafting Charles Cross would immediately improve the Giants' offensive line. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

Fixing the offensive line issues should be a top priority for this front office. The Giants ranked in the bottom half of the NFL with 38 sacks allowed and couldn't get anything going in the rushing attack (99.3 yards per game). Using at least one first-round pick on a lineman seems like a guarantee and Charles Cross could be the best prospect at the position this year. The big bruiser from Mississippi State allowed only 16 pressures in 716 pass blocking snaps this past season. He also has the size necessary to match up against NFL defensive lineman (6-foot-5, 310 pounds) and shows great footwork. Cross can start from day one on this team.

2. Kyle Hamilton, S (Notre Dame)

Kyle Hamilton
Kyle Hamilton's aggressive style of play would fit in well in New York. / Joe Robbins/GettyImages

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants are in need of a playmaker. They need someone that can get the crowd pumped up with big hit or grab an interception at the most crucial of times. Safety Kyle Hamilton has been that kind of player for Notre Dame. The 20-year-old can play about any position in the secondary and has elite speed standing at 6-foot-4. New York was not poor in pass coverage by any means and finished with the 14th-best pass defense DVOA rating. However, keep in mind what that number could look like with a ballhawk like Hamilton added to the mix.

3. Tyler Linderbaum, C (Iowa)

Tyler Linderbaum
Tyler Linderbaum is a plug-and-play center capable of starting right away. / G Fiume/GettyImages

The Giants have obvious offensive lines issues and drafting an unanimous All-American center may be the easiest choice to make. Tyler Linderbaum has showcased his uncanny ability to keep pushing defensive line back after the snap during his time with the Iowa Hawkeyes. His freak athleticism allows him to cover ground on pitch plays or get down the field on screens. The two-time All-Big Ten lineman is being heralded as a once-in-a-decade type of player and could be the leader of this offensive line for years to come.

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