The Giants were one of several teams to have multiple first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
However, no other team had two selections in the top seven. The Giants selected arguably the best pass rusher in the class and the best (and most versatile) offensive lineman in the draft.
Their two first-round picks were Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) and Evan Neal (Alabama) at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. At different points throughout the draft process, both players were considered potential selections at No. 1. Grabbing them at No. 5 and 7 is a fantastic way for the Giants to rebuild their trenches and win at the line of scrimmage.
Giants fans and sports betting New York players expect Thibodeaux and Neal to start from Day 1.
We also looked at the Giants and free agency a while back.
But how much did this draft class change their futures odds for the 2022 NFL season? First, let's take a look at the draft history for the New York Giants and then their odds for the upcoming season:
Giants History with Defensive Ends in First Round
The Giants have been really good at drafting pass rushers in their history. That has been the case in Round 1 and throughout the entire draft. Their most recent first-round defensive end selection was Jason Pierre-Paul (2010), who helped them win a Super Bowl following the 2011 season. Thibodeaux is the seventh defensive end to be selected in Round 1 by the Giants and he ties Cedric Jones (1996) and Gary Jester (1997) as the highest selection at defensive end in franchise history.
Giants History with Offensive Tackles in First Round
As good as the Giants have been at selecting defensive ends in Round 1, they've been just as bad picking offensive tackles early. The Giants selected Evan Neal (Alabama) at No. 7, just two years after picking Andrew Thomas at No. 4 during the 2020 NFL Draft. The Giants have selected eight offensive tackles in Round 1 during their franchise's history, but only one of those players has even been named to a Pro Bowl (George Connor). Neal is now the third-highest drafted offensive lineman ever by the New York Giants.
Who the Giants Took in the Draft
The Giants crushed their first two picks in the draft, but they weren't done after that. They made nine other picks on Day 2 and Day 3, filling needs at wide receiver, cornerback and linebacker. Here are all 11 of their draft selections from the 2022 NFL Draft:
New York Giants Not Among Super Bowl Favorites After Draft
Despite adding two of the best players in the NFL Draft, the Giants aren't considered contenders in the NFC this year. Their current odds to win the upcoming Super Bowl are at just +10000 on DraftKings Sportsbook New York. And their odds to win the NFC sit at +5000.
Even in their division, they are +650 behind the Dallas Cowboys (-110) and the Philadelphia Eagles (+275) in NFL betting. The Giants are building their team the right way, but they are still a few years away from being viewed as a serious Super Bowl contender.
Here is a look at the top 10 teams in odds to win the Super Bowl and the Giants: