Evan Neal Drafted by Giants: New York's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 29, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 10: Alabama Crimson Tide OL Evan Neal (73) walks down the field during the Alabama Crimson Tide versus the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship, on January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The New York Giants selected Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday.

Here's a look at how New York's depth chart looks with Neal in the lineup.

QB: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor

RB: Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida

WR 1: Kenny Golladay

WR 2: Sterling Shepard

WR 3: Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, Jordan Akins

LT: Andrew Thomas, Devery Hamilton

LG: Max Garcia, Shane Lemieux

C: Jon Feliciano, Max Garcia

RG: Mark Glowinski, Jamil Douglas

RT: Evan Neal, Matt Gono

The B/R NFL Scouting Department ranked the 6'7½", 337-pound Neal as the second-best overall prospect in the draft class of 2022. He and Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux were the only two players to receive a score of 9.0 or above on the group's 10-point grading scale.

The scouting team also called Neal the most versatile and pro-ready offensive tackle in the class.

Neal's versatility was readily apparent in college. He started at left guard in 2019, right tackle in 2020 and left tackle in 2021. 

Thanks in part to his efforts, Alabama finished second in Division I-FBS scoring in 2019 and 2020 and sixth last year. The Crimson Tide went 37-4 during that stretch, including two national championship appearances and one win to cap an undefeated 2020 season.

Neal, who was named a permanent team captain for the 2021 campaign, earned consensus first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports, ESPN.com, USA Today, the AFCA, the FWAA and The Sporting News.

Now the 21-year-old, who played high school ball at IMG Academy, will head to the NFL. He has the potential to be a mainstay in this league for a decade-plus given his versatility, size and history of success at the pinnacle of college football.

The Giants entered this offseason sorely needing help on the offensive line. They added some reinforcements, namely interior linemen Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski.

Some more help is needed on the outside, though, and now Neal should slide into right tackle with Andrew Thomas protecting the blind side of fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones.