2013 NFL Draft: Justin Pugh Will Be An Immediate Starter For New York Giants

By Jeff Nelson
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The New York Giants got younger on their offensive front on Thursday night in the 2013 NFL Draft. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh from Syracuse, a powerful offensive lineman, will be an immediate starter for the Giants.

There are concerns about Pugh’s stature, but his footwork and technique make him a solid pick on the offensive front. His footwork gives him the ability to be a tackle, and his raw strength will make him an effective interior lineman.

While there were issues that needed to be addressed defensively, Pugh has the potential to be one of the elite guards in the NFL. Moreover, he will help aging veteran David Diehl on the right side of the offensive line.

The offensive line was a glaring weakness for the Giants in 2012. Eli Manning, who was constantly being rushed in 2012, will benefit from having more time in the pocket.

The Giants also had serious issues in the red zone in 2012. There were several games that New York could have won in 2012 if they had turned their red zone trips into touchdowns instead of seeing those scoring opportunities resulting in field goals.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese are known for selecting for utilitarian purposes and this selection continues that trend.

In summation, the Giants selection isn’t going to break headlines, but they added a steady, low-risk draft pick that will be a solid piece on their offensive line for years to come.

Expect Pugh to see a good amount of playing time in 2013.


Jeff Nelson  is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JNelson53_12, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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