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2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets fix defense, Jaguars make surprise No. 1 pick

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5. New York Giants: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Evan Neal slips a little in this mock, and no team is happier about that than the New York Giants. The Giants desperately need to overhaul their offensive line, and pairing Neal with an ascending Andrew Thomas would do wonder for their offense.

The Giants are in rebuild mode looking to add long-term building blocks wherever they can. They're fortunate to land one here at a major position of need.

6. Carolina Panthers: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

I mocked a quarterback to the Carolina Panthers last time, but this time I sought to make Panthers fans a little happier slotting them Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross.

Cross might be the best pure pass-blocking left tackle in this class, and given how awful the Panthers' line was in pass protection last season, this should be a no-brainer. A home-run pick for Carolina.

7. New York Giants: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Rumors continue to swirl that LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. could fall in the draft due to medical concerns, but I'm not sure I buy that entirely. Teams need to swing for the fences when it comes to cornerbacks, and drafting Stingley would be doing just that.

There are undoubtedly red flags when it comes to Stingley, but his 2020 tape showed that he can play at an extremely high level. The Giants take a chance with their second first-round in the form of a player who can replace a potentially departing James Bradberry.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

The Falcons need to address the trenches this offseason, and they do so here adding a former Georgia prospect in Jermaine Johnson. Johnson is another fast-rising talent who has a very good chance to be selected in the top-10 next month.

He's a long, explosive, scheme-versatile prospect who can provide a major boost to Dean Pees' defense. Johnson has Pro Bowl upside and should contribute early in his career.

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