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Giants first-round picks Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal both signed their rookie contracts Saturday after rookie minicamp practice. Their deals are determined by their draft slots.

Thibodeaux gets four years and $31.3 million fully guaranteed as the No. 5 overall pick. Neal receives four years and $24.5 million fully guaranteed as the No. 7 overall pick. Both contracts come with a fifth-year squad option for 2026.

That’s much earlier than the Giants typically sign their first-round picks.

Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Andrew Thomas all signed in July of their respective draft years, and Kadarius Toney signed last June after resistance.

Thibodeaux and Neal are represented by the same agency, Klutch Sports Group. First-year general manager Joe Schoen and the Giants front office, along with Klutch agents Kelton Crenshaw and Damarius Bilbo, made sure the Giants’ top draft picks were locked in early.

This timeline may represent a new normal for the Giants under Schoen.

“Feels good,” Neal said Saturday of being on the court for the Giants. “To go out there and get back in the right tackle position, I haven’t played with the right tackle since my second year. So that brought back some pretty good nostalgia. It’s really good. Do you play for an NFL team? It doesn’t get any better than that.

News of their deals was reported by NFL Network as Thibodeaux and Neal were still on the field taking team photos, ready to sign once they entered.

DABOLL: CORBIN STANDS OUT

Giants coach Brian Daboll said undrafted free agent RB Jashaun Corbin (pronounced JAY-shawn) “stood out a bit” during the first practice of Friday’s rookie minicamp.

“Athletic, fast twitch, good in individuals,” Daboll said. “The individual drills, a lot of them, you almost go there on pro days or individual workouts. Some of the exercises that we even do here are some of the exercises that we do when we work out guys, so you get a good idea of ​​them. You can compare kinds of apples with apples.

Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt, a draft guru who also works for CBS Sports HQ, told the Daily News he thinks Corbin “will be RB2 behind Saquon” Barkley this fall.

“He’s got vision, elusiveness, footwork,” Hunt said. “He may be Daboll’s jet sweep type.”

The Giants showed how much they appreciate Corbin when they gave him $110,000 guaranteed upon signing, a significant amount for an undrafted free agent.

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound fullback suffered a serious hamstring injury in 2019 at Texas A&M. He recovered, transferred to Florida State, and led the Seminoles in rushing last fall in his second and final season with them: 887 rushing yards (6.2 per carry), seven rushing touchdowns, 25 catches, 144 receiving yards and one receiving score.

On Saturday, Corbin also demonstrated his ability to return punts. The Giants might have found another playmaker.

MORE NAMES TO WATCH

The Giants had 84 players at rookie minicamp this weekend: 53 tries, 13 undrafted free agent signings, 11 draft picks, three 2022 free agent signings, two 2021 free agent signings and two international players from the Player Pathway Program.

The News caught up with Tony Pauline of Football Gameplan’s Hunt and Pro Football Network to highlight some more names to watch:

CB Darren Evans, LSU, UDFA: Long. 6-2, 179. “Will be part of the practice squad,” Pauline said. Transferred from Nicholls State to LSU. Hunt: “If he had stayed at Nicholls and been a big fish in a small pond, he would have been drafted.” An outside corner that played at LSU with third-round Giants CB Cor’Dale Flott, which is more of a slot. So they have a certain chemistry/familiarity. They also lined up that way in some 7-on-7s in practice on Saturday.

FB Jeremiah Hall, Oklahoma, UDFA: 6-2, 239. Hunt’s No. 1 full-back in the class. Think of the Sooners tight end more like an H-back in Daboll’s offense who could also block and carry the ball. Received $30,000 guaranteed.

FB Isaiah Johnson-Mack, Saginaw Valley State, Trial: super athletic, 6-3, 227, played WR, LB and TE while bouncing at Washington State University at Bowling Green at Southern Miss at SVSU. Could be a “core special team,” in Hunt’s words, with an offensive/defensive flex, “a game day chess piece.”

S Yusuf Corker, Kentucky, UDFA: 6-0, 199. Julian Love projects as the Giants starting safety. But fourth-round pick Dane Belton (Iowa) and Corker provide the Giants with youthful subset options and challengers in their young, thin, and developing secondary. Corker has blitz ability and “plays fast all the time,” Hunt says.

TE Austin Allen, Nebraska: 6-8, 253. “It could be an UDFA robbery,” Pauline said. Set Nebraska’s single-season reception record for a tight end as a senior (38 catches, 602 yards, two touchdowns). Was named Big 10’s tight end of the year. Good on contested takes.

Other UDFA signatures: DT Chris Hinton, Michigan ($115,000 guaranteed); CB Zyon Gilbert, Florida Atlantic; S Trenton Thompson, San Diego State; TE Andre Miller, Maine; OLB Tomon Fox, North Carolina; DT Antonio Valentino, DT, Florida; OL Josh Rivas, Kansas State; DL Jabari Ellis, South Carolina.

Pauline says “Rivas was better in 2020 than 2021 but is ‘definitely a Bills-type O lineman’. Also says OL try TJ Storment (6-6, 322) was a ‘decent OT’ at Texas Tech that “projects to OG”.

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