We have reached the top 10 players in our ranking of the New York Giants‘ 90-man squad. Let’s discuss each of these players, all of whom should be crucial to the success or failure of the Giants in 2022.
No. 10, Azeez Ojulari — You can argue if you want that this might be too high for Ojulari. I’m looking for the 20-11 listand I don’t see anyone who had a better 2021 season or is more important to the Giants in 2022 and — perhaps more importantly — more important to the team’s future.
Ojulari is in the shadow of being drafted by Kayvon Thibodeaux, but he had an excellent rookie season and should continue to improve. Does that mean his sack total, 8.0 as a rookie, will go up? Maybe not, but its overall effect might.
No. 9, Blake Martinez – It’s impossible to measure exactly how much the Giants missed Martinez after his Week 3 cruciate ligament tear in 2021, but there’s no doubt they missed him. He’s the brains of center defense and the player the Giants have come to rely on when it comes to playing sevens down the center line of defense.
No. 8, Adoree’ Jackson — I’m suspicious of Jackson’s ability to handle No. 1 cornerback duties on a good defense. However, the Giants are asking him to be the No. 1 cornerback in a defense they hope will be good. For better or for worse, Jackson is important to this team. Really important.
No. 7, Evan Neal — The Giants have been trying to fix their offensive line for about a decade now. Neal, along with Andrew Thomas, represents their greatest hope in a long time. If he is what most people think he is, Joe Schoen has taken a big step towards achieving what Jerry Reese and Dave Gettleman failed to do.
No. 6, Kayvon Thibodeaux — Schoen took Thibodeaux, a talented prospect who divided NFL evaluators over his various passions off the field and a sometimes-questioned engine. There’s no doubt that Thibodeaux has the ability to be the best pass rusher the Giants have had since Jason Pierre-Paul in his early years. For Schoen and the Giants, a lot hinges on whether or not he becomes just that.
No. 5, Andrew Thomas – Whether or not you think Thomas should have been the 4th-ranked pick in 2020 isn’t really relevant to his importance to the Giants. He’s a highly skilled, rising left tackle, and his ranking here reflects both what a good player I think he’s going to be and how important he is to the Giants’ future.
No. 4, Xavier McKinney – Logan Ryan, James Bradberry and Jabrill Peppers are gone. This is now McKinney’s runner-up. After a rookie season derailed by a foot injury, McKinney showed last season that he’s a rising star. At the end of the year, it won’t surprise me at all if McKinney is named the Giants’ best defensive player.
No. 3, Leonard Williams — Williams IS the Giants’ best defensive player right now. He’s an effective player, perhaps better than his sack/tackle numbers sometimes suggest.
No. 2, Saquon Barkley — Sooo many questions about Barkley. Still, there isn’t another player on the squad who has demonstrated the ability to impact a football game the way Barkley can when he’s at his best.
Can he still reach this level? Is he still a superstar? Can he stay healthy? How difficult will it be for him to make the Giants’ long-term decision of whether or not to keep him long-term?
No. 1, Daniel Jones — Does that mean I see Jones as the best player in the squad? no That means I see him as the most important. Determining once and for all whether the Giants will continue with Jones as quarterback beyond his rookie deal is a top priority this season.
Fans are absolutely divided over whether Jones will show GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll enough to continue with him as a longtime quarterback.
Click the “Profile” link next to each player’s name to read their 90-man squad profiles if you haven’t already. Or if you just need a refresher.
Giants roster rankings
91. Jabari Ellis, DT [Profile]
90. Josh Rivas, OG [Profile]
89. Ryder Anderson, Edge [Profile]
88. Zyon Gilbert, CB [Profile]
87. Chris Hinton, DT [Profile]
86. Darren Evans, CB [Profile]
85. Tomon Fox, Edge [Profile]
84. André Miller, TE [Profile]
83. Trenton Thompson, p [Profile]
82. Yusuf Corker, p [Profile]
81. Austin Allen, TE [Profile]
80. Jeremiah Hall, TE [Profile]
79. Jashaun Corbin, RB [Profile]
78. Roy Mbaeteka, OT [Profile]
77. Sandro Platzgummer, RB [Profile]
76. Nick Gates, OL [Profile]
75. Matt Peart, OT [Profile]
74. Devery Hamilton, OL [Profile]
73. Alex Bachman, WR [Profile]
72.Travis Toivonen, WR [Profile]
71.Justin Hilliard, LB [Profile]
70.Keenan Doss, WR [Profile]
69. Austin Proehl, WR [Profile]
68. Niko Lalos, Edge [Profile]
67.Oshane Ximines, Edge
66. Khalil Dorsey, CB [Profile]
65.David Moa, DT [Profile]
64.Robert Foster, WR [Profile]
63. Rodarius Williams, CB
62. Chris Myarick, TE [Profile]
61.Antonio Williams, RB
60.David Sills, WR [Profile]
59.Jalyn Holmes, DE [Profile]
58. Henry Black, p [Profile]
57. Michael Jacquet, CB [Profile]
56. Marcus McKethan, G [Profile]
55. Carter Coughlin, LB [Profile]
54. Jarren Williams, p
53. Maurice Canaday, CB [Profile]
52. Korey Cunningham, OT [Profile]
51.Jamil Douglas, OL [Profile]
50.Collin Johnson,WR [Profile]
49. Darius Slayton, WR [Profile]
48. Davis Webb, QB [Profile]
47. Max Garcia, OL [Profile]
46. Ben Bredeson, OL [Profile]
45. Cam Brown, LB [Profile]
44. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE [Profile]
43. Jordan Akins, TE [Profile]
42. Matt Gono, OT [Profile]
41.Gary Brightwell, RB [Profile]
40. Elerson Smith, Rand [Profile]
39. Jamie Gillan, P [Profile]
38. Casey Kreuzer, LS [Profile]
37. Darrian Beaver, ILB [Profile]
36. DJ Davidson, DT [Profile]
35. Dane Belton, p [Profile]
34. Micah McFadden, ILB [Profile]
33. CJ Board, WR [Profile]
32. Richie James, WR [Profile]
31. Jihad Ward, Edge [Profile]
30. Justin Ellis, DL [Profile]
29. Joshua Ezeudu, OL [Profile]
28. Quincy Roche, Edge [Profile]
27. Cor’Dale Float, CB [Profile]
26. Matt Breida, RB [Profile]
25. TaeCrowder, LB [Profile]
24. Darnay Holmes, CB [Profile]
23. Tyrod Taylor, QB [Profile]
22. Daniel Bellinger, TE [Profile]
21. Shane Lemieux, G [Profile]
20.Jon Feliciano, C [Profile]
19. Mark Glowinski, G [Profile]
18. Julian Love, DB [Profile]
17. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR [Profile]
16. Aaron Robinson, CB [Profile]
15. Graham Gano, PK [Profile]
14.Sterling Shepard, WR [Profile]
13. Kenny Golladay, WR [Profile]
12. Dexter Lawrence, DT [Profile]
11. Kadarius Toney, WR [Profile]
10. Azeez Ojulari, Edge [Profile]
9. Blake Martinez, ILB [Profile]
8. Adoree’ Jackson, CB [Profile]
7. Evan Neal, RT [Profile]
6. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Rand [Profile]
5. Andrew Thomas, Lt [Profile]
4. Xavier McKinney, p [Profile]
3. Leonard Williams, DL [Profile]
2. Saquon Barkley, RB [Profile]
1. Daniel Jones, QB [Profile]