Giants select Wan’Dale Robinson in second round of 2022 NFL Draft

The Giants finally made a pick Friday night in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but not before “Trader” Joe Schoen was relegated not once but twice before picking Wan’Dale Robinson, a tiny wide receiver from Kentucky.

The first-year Giants general manager traded down not once, but twice in the second round, winning an extra fourth-round pick (#114) and an extra fifth-round pick (#146).

Beginning Friday night, the Giants possessed the No. 36 overall pick in the second round. Schön didn’t stay there long. First, he pulled off a rare Giants trade with the Jets, moving from 36th place to go down two places to 38th and in turn winning the Jets fifth-round pick. That gave the Giants back-to-back picks in the fifth round, the Jets’ pick (146), and their own pick (147).

A moment later, Schoen did it again, trading with the Falcons from No. 38 to No. 43 in the second round. The compensatory return on that move was the Falcons’ fourth-round pick, No. 114 overall.

Wan'Dale Robinson
Wan’Dale Robinson
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After the maneuvers, Schoen and the Giants had eight picks between picks 43 and 146: One in the second round, two in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth. It gave the Giants a total of 11 picks in that draft. It’s an indication that Schoen is looking to overthrow the roster as much as possible with affordable rookie options.

Get the latest updates on every New York Giants pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, plus a hometown analysis from the New York Post.

When they finally made a pick, the Giants added a 5-foot-8, 178-pound hybrid offensive player. Robinson began his college career in Nebraska and thrived in 2021 in Kentucky, catching 104 passes for 1,348 yards and seven touchdowns. It has speed (4.38) and can be used in a variety of ways, from out of the backfield, in jet sweeps, and as a kick returner. There’s a downside to Robinson, however, as he’s dropped more passes than touchdown passes in college. What that means for wide receiver Kadarius Toney, last year’s first-round pick, remains to be seen.

This is a new era for the Giants. Dave Gettleman, the former general manager, only moved back once in his career, falling from 11th to 20th last year to take over Toney. Before that, Jerry Reese never acted in a draft in his 11 years as general manager. Before that, Ernie Accorsi joined defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka in 2006. Giants select Wan’Dale Robinson in second round of 2022 NFL Draft


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