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'Things I Think' after the first round of the Giants Draft: Zhou Shuen did this right, and much more

‘Things I Think’ after the first round of the Giants Draft: Zhou Shuen did this right, and much more

New York Giants General Manager Zhou Shuen worked in the first round of his first job NFL Project Like a chess master on Thursday night.

No one had to leak the giants’ intentions. Everyone who cares about such things knew that the Giants needed to get out of the first round, having the fifth and seventh options overall, with the right tackle. They also knew that the Giants, if they didn’t hold back, would want a key player in the corner or a defender on the edge.

Schoen came out with an impressive array of Kayvon Thibodeaux and saved Evan Neal, changing the Titans’ offensive streak in a matter of minutes.

“It worked wonderfully,” Schwinn said. “We are happy with both players we were able to get tonight.”

The way he did it was just as impressive as Schwinn got.

Giants fans are used to watching drafts break down.

  • In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Giants did not draft an offensive lineman before the fourth round despite pleas from offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to do so.
  • In 2012, they watched the Giants cast David Wilson. Robyn Rundle and Jayron Husley with the first three picks.
  • In 2015, they watched as the Giants reached offensive tackle Eric Flowers for ninth overall, a move that turned out to be a disaster.
  • In 2016, they watched the giants stand helpless like Tennessee Titans (Offensive tackle Jack Conklin) and Chicago Bears He traded quarterback Leonard Floyd before New York to take the players they were targeting. The Giants took cornerback Eli Apple, and that didn’t work out well.
  • In 2018, Dave Gettleman refused even phone calls to pick No. 2 overall, ignoring spot value and modern reasoning, and picked Saquon Barkley as his number one pick as GM.
  • In 2019, the Giants ignored red flags about his behavior and work ethic, and engineered a deal for corner back DeAndre Baker.

These are just some examples of how the Giants have mismanaged the draft in previous years. Right now, we have no idea if Thibodeaux and Neal will live up to expectations and live up to being selected in the top ten of the draft. What we do know is that he definitely feels like Schwinn and the Giants ran the first round as best they could. There is no unwanted business here.

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The way the draft board was revealed the Giants ended up in an interesting position at No. 5. All three top offensive tackles remained on the board, but both of the top corner players – Derek Stingley Jr and Seuss Gardner – were all but gone.

Knowing that he would still be able to choose between two of his three offensive tackles in seventh, Schwinn took the player he thought was the best pass on the board. She got Neil in seventh place.

“We’ve been through these scenarios a million times,” Schwinn said. “We had seven or eight cards, and we kept switching them back and forth depending on different scenarios, and that’s the scenario we went in. And if there were interferences on the boat and the pass rush, we’d go ahead knowing we could step in at 7. We were happy when This scenario appeared.”

Head coach Brian Dabul praised Schwinn’s preparations.

“I told you he was ready. There wasn’t much talking at all (when the Giants were on the clock). And I think you can be that way when you are ready, when you take the time and have the conversations before they happen,” Daboll said.

“Again, I can’t tell you how many different scenarios we’ve been through last week, so we felt like whatever was going to happen, you know, we’d be prepared for whatever decisions we had to make.”

The work pays off. Within a few moments, two movements made the Giants offensive line and the seventh defensive front suddenly look much better.

Oh, and the giants suddenly look like they’re being run by someone who knows what they’re doing.

I think that was really cool

These were the reactions of the Giants’ recruiting team at MetLife Stadium when the selections for Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal were announced. And yes, it’s been a while since we’ve seen that kind of jubilation from fans of the Giants.

Kevin Thibodeau, New York a perfect match?

I’ve been thinking about that for a while. Then, I saw the interview below and really started thinking about it. The way his face lit up and as excited as he looked at the possibility I can’t help but think Thibodeaux would be really inspired to play in the New York and New Jersey market.

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When asked Thursday night why New York was the place for him, Thibodeau said:

“Because I’m hungry. I’m really competitive and hungry and I feel like New York is the pinnacle of a dog-eating world.”

He also talked about how Michael Strahan, whom Thibodeau after his NFL success emulated, became someone to rely on.

“He is literally one of my guides and has been talking to me throughout the process. He actually came to visit me when I was on my visit with the team, so seeing him there was really numbing because he gave me wisdom and was able to speak on my behalf because we built a relationship throughout the year,” Thibodeaux said. He’s really dope because he literally walked in his footsteps and he can show me the ropes on and off the field.”

To me, Tebodo looks like a young man who wants to be a star – both in football and away from it. Being a star on the field could help him get away with it, and the combination of Strahan and the bright lights of New York could help him get there.


The closer we get to the draft, the more we hear about the love of giants Mississippi Offensive tackle Charles Cross. There was so much of it, in fact, that the idea that the Giants would choose Cross instead of Neal, even though Neal seems more logical is a more natural fit.

I guess this is just another lesson in remembering

Fifth year options

I think the Giants got it right with my fifth-year option decision, as they declined to pick quarterback Daniel Jones’s option while exercising the defensive tackle option Dexter Lawrence.

There was no good reason the Giants chose Jones for the fifth year. They appear committed to giving Jones the 2022 season, the final season on his rookie deal, to convince new general manager Joe Schoen and new coach Brian Dabol that he is the quarterback with whom the franchise should go.

Jones’ option for the fifth year was $22.384 million. Schoen was right not to commit to that kind of money when he wasn’t sure Jones would be the team’s quarterback next season. If they want to go ahead, that turns out to be a $23 million mistake.

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If the Giants want to keep Jones in 2023, they can either negotiate a long-term deal or use the franchise at an estimated one-year cost of $31.497 million per Over The Cap. Yes, that’s $9 million more than the option. The Giants were paying the player the amount they decided they wanted, though, rather than paying more than $22.384 million to a player they didn’t want.

For Lawrence, the Giants are spending $10.753 million to make sure the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft will be with them in 2023. That’s a good thing. Lawrence hasn’t become a star, but he’s a good player who still has a positive side on a team that needs more players who fit that description.

I told you so

I told you about the first round of the draft It will be unexpected And that you’ll end up wondering what just happened when it’s over. Well, I guess I was right.

  • I honestly lost count of how many trades there were in the first round. But, there was a group. After the Giants’ picks I was writing and when I looked for a whole bunch of teams they were picking, or picking, places they weren’t supposed to. My head hurts trying to figure it all out.

[Chris here: By my count there were 27 total trades dating back to the Giants’ trade with the Bears last year. I think I think the NFL went to Vegas and was really feeling the venue.]

  • Kenny Beckett (20, Pittsburgh Steelers) was the only player selected. Owner Willis, who some believe can go No. 6 to Carolina PanthersHe’ll wait until Friday night to hear his name called.
  • In a way, the Baltimore Ravens ended with Notre Dame Safety Kyle Hamilton at No. 14 and Iowa Center Tyler Linderbaum at No. 25.
  • Kwai Walker (22, Green Bay PackersThe first quarterback was off the board.
  • Edge Jermaine Johnson, who was thought by many to be a player who would never make it out of the top ten, went to 26th place in the New York Jets.
  • Tennessee Chattanooga Center Cole String, believed to be the mid-round value, was named No. 29 by New England Patriots.

Go and conclude.