The New York Giants made Evan Neal the first Alabama player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected the offensive lineman with the seventh pick on April 28.
In the 2023 NFL Draft, quarterback Bryce Young could be the first player selected from the Crimson Tide.
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Neal guarded the quarterback’s blind side as Alabama’s left tackle in the 2021 season, when Young won the Heisman Trophy and both were consensus All-Americans. The offensive lineman expects the quarterback to enjoy continued success when the young man enters the NFL.
“Bryce will be as good as he wants to be,” Neil said, “Bryce has all the tools and talent to be any type of quarterback in this league, so I’m excited to watch him develop. I’m excited to see how he performs. I’m rooting for Bryce.” Excited.”
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Neal’s rookie season came to an end on Saturday night, when the Philadelphia Eagles eliminated the Giants from the NFL playoffs in a 38–7 decision.
Neal missed four games during the regular season due to a knee injury, but he started New York’s other 15 games at right tackle, including two playoff contests.
Young is one of 13 underclassmen eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft because he has completed his college degree requirements.
The QB capped off his time with the Tide by throwing for 321 yards and five touchdowns on New Year’s Eve in a 45–20 victory over Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl.
It is doubtful that Neal and Young will be teammates again in the NFL next season. Barring a trade, the Giants would take their first selection in the NFL Draft at No. 26 on April 27, and Young is expected to be gone by then.
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New York may not be in the market for a highly sought-after QB in the draft.
The Giants, entering the 2022 season, appeared not to have purchased Daniel Jones as their long-term solution under center, having declined the previous offseason’s option on his rookie contract for the 2023 season.
Jones responded by helping New York reach the postseason for the first time in six seasons, and he threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards in the Giants’ 31–24 upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC first round. put. playoffs.
Jones is headed for free agency if New York doesn’t re-sign him or use their franchise tag on him before March 15.
Giants general manager “We want Daniels to be here.” joe scone said on Monday. “Again, they said yesterday: There’s a business side to it. We feel like Daniel played well this season. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. Again, there’s a business side to it. We haven’t gone down that path yet. We still have meetings with our staff at the end of the week, and we’ll put together an off-season plan. We haven’t had those meetings yet, but we’ll get back to Daniel Jones. Want to…
“Again, it takes two. Both sides have had those conversations. We haven’t crossed that bridge yet. We have the tools at our disposal. Again, we’ll go through a number of scenarios. Sal mentioned it, maybe it was in conjunction with the ‘if, then’ scenarios. You have to go through all of those because you don’t know how things are going to fall because it’s negotiation. That’s why you like to draft are: You lay down the cards, and they’re yours. You know what the contract structure is; you know the years. This is where two parties are involved, and it’s going to take time. We’re an employee. We will talk through the various options and discuss them when appropriate.”
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Mark Inabinet is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @AMarkG1,