Giants face question from Kayvon Thibodeaux

As part of The Post’s preview of the 2022 NFL Draft, we examine what the Giants could do at each position. Today: Edge Rusher Next: Linebacker.

Protect the quarterback and attack the quarterback. The teams that do it best are almost always the best teams. The teams doing this worst, well, take a look at the Giants and judge for yourself. The only returning player with a pass rusher pedigree is Azeez Ojulari, an outside linebacker who had eight sacks as a rookie in 2021. It’s been an extremely promising NFL debut, but he can’t do it alone. Does this new defensive staff have a use for Oshane Ximines (third round pick, 2019)? The previous staff did not.

This is a solid draft for edge rushers, and the Giants should be able to find one with two picks (#5 and #7) that high in the first round. Most talented is undoubtedly Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, who has all the measurable attributes but isn’t a great performer in college, and the brand’s LA vibe he exudes resonates with many NFL teams — including the Giants.

This creates a risk in taking Thibodeaux, but the rewards could be sensational. Georgia’s Travon Walker isn’t a prototype pass rusher, but he could be one. Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) will not serve on the board for the Giants.

Jermaine Johnson is a fascinating prospect. He attended junior college and then Georgia before ending at Florida State, where he had 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2021 to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. At 23, he was just a year-old college freshman. Is he right for the Giants? Giants face question from Kayvon Thibodeaux


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