Getty The New York Giants are scheduled to meet with running back Aidan Hutchinson on April 13, according to ESPN.
The New York Giants have two premium picks at No. 5 and No. 7 overall in the 2022 NFL draft.
Unless a decision is made to trade back, the Giants are expected to get two of the top prospects in the draft given their multiple top-10 picks.
Among these names, the one the team could select is University of Michigan running back Aidan Hutchinson. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Hutchinson is scheduled to rejoin the Giants on April 13.
Potential No. 1 pick Aiden Hutchinson is scheduled to visit the Giants today, according to the source. Michigan’s running back had 14 sacks last season. If the Giants have any real hope of getting Hutchinson, they probably will have to trade. #NFLDraft
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) April 13, 2022
But Raanan cautioned that the Giants likely will have to trade for Hutchinson, who is expected to be off the board before the fifth pick.
Hutchinson recorded 14 sacks in 2021 on defense for the Wolverines. The 21-year-old won several accolades last season, but none more impressive than the Ted Hendricks Award. This honor is given to the best defensive end in college football.
If general manager Joe Schoen finds a way to move up to nab Hutchinson, it could quickly make the Giants’ defensive line one of the best units in the NFL.
Why is it unlikely?
While it’s fun to imagine Hutchinson joining the Giants and evolving into an immediate impact player, here’s why you should put a stop to this dream.
NFL insider Peter King predicts that Schoen will return in his first draft as Giants general manager.
“I think Schoen of the Giants, for example, wants to come out of this draft with an extra first-round pick next year, even if it costs him the seventh overall pick this year. So maybe he’ll do a deal for a little less than market rate, just to be in prime position to take a quarterback if he needs one in 2023.”
Quarterback Daniel Jones is entering the final year of his rookie deal and the Giants must make a decision by May 2 on whether or not they intend to exercise their fifth-year option for 2023. If they go with the latter, Jones will play for his next contract in 2022. And if the fourth-year signal call fails, the Giants will likely be on the hunt for a new quarterback in next year’s draft.
So instead of trading to get Hutchinson, it seems more likely the Giants will backtrack to acquire another first-round pick in 2023.
As King predicted in his Football Morning in America column last week, the Giants will select North Carolina State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu at No. 5 and trade the No. 7 pick with the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 17, adding another first -rounder in 2023 too.
By adding Ekwonu, the Giants hope to address the right tackle position for the foreseeable future. Matt Peart, a third-round pick in 2020, started five games at right tackle a season ago but tore his ACL in December.
New York selected Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. And despite some turmoil in the first half of his rookie season, Thomas has emerged as a promising blindside protector at left tackle.
If King’s prediction comes to fruition, the Giants would still have several holes to fill at No. 17. Positions the team could improve on at No. 17 include center, guard, running back, tight end and linebacker.
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