2013 NFL Draft: New York Giants Add Needed Youth To Offensive Line With Justin Pugh

By jason evans

If there’s one thing we know about the New York Giants, it’s that they like to build in the trenches. Whether its offensive line or defensive line, depth is important. For the Giants, they added some much needed youth to their offensive line. With their first round pick, they added Justin Pugh, a tackle from Syracuse.

Pugh is a guy that can play inside or outside along the offensive front. He’s a guy who can come in and challenge David Diehl and James Brewer for the right tackle position. If that doesn’t work, he could be moved to guard next year if the team decided to let Kevin Boothe go, or if Chris Snee decided to retire. The Giants line has some age to it. Every starter but Will Beatty is over 30 years old. Some youth was much needed.

The Giants offensive line played pretty well early, but as the season went on, the performance deteriorated. They really did miss Sean Locklear after he blew out his knee. Pugh could be that guy that comes in and starts at tackle right away for the Giants in a division that has plenty of edge pass rushers.

Was this the sexiest pick the Giants could have made? No. Does it fill a need by giving the team some depth and youth at a position? Yes. Jerry Reese knows what he is doing with the draft. If he picked the right way, the Giants could have a starter along their offensive front for the next few years.


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