Following on the heels of an earlier post as to whether the New York Giants should select a Tight End with the twelfth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, here’s some interesting information to consider;
- For the past two decades the #1 Offensive Tackle taken off the board has gone (on average) at pick #5, Offensive Guard at #28.
- The total number of OT’s selected in that time period at or higher than the Giants’ #12 is 33. Offensive Guard is only two.
- Since 1993 Offensive Tackle is the first position to come off the board highest on average, followed by QB at #6 & DE at #7.
- Offensive Tackles on average are the 5th fastest position to contribute as rookies behind Running Back, Wide Receiver, Cornerback, and Tight End. Offensive Guard & Center, 13th & 14th respectively.
- The Giants Justin Pugh was the NFL’s 30th overall rated OT, William Beatty the 47th, with at least 50% of team’s offensive snaps (per ProFootballFocus.com).
- Offensive Tackle is thought by many draft pundits to be only behind Offensive Guard and tied with Tight End for the top draft need of the Giants in 2014.
- The Giants selected Justin Pugh – Syracuse with the #19 selection in 2013. Other OT’s in the history of the franchise selected w/ an initial 1st round pick; Luke Petitgout #19 ’99, Gordon King #10 ’78, Francis Peay #10 ’68, George Connor #5 ’46, Ed Widseth #4 ’37, and Art Lewis #9 in ’36.
The Football Educator
Where I Stand On The Giants 2014 Draft: Priority ONE Must NOT Have Any Cracks
By Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard of migh2.com
A few days ago, I had a very interesting conversation with someone close to the Giants organization who I respect a LOT, which helped me get really clear on this Giants Offensive Line as I think through what I would most like to see in the draft. Let me see if I can walk you through this. First I’ll repeat (from my last blog):
“(the) number one personnel priority going into the offseason, is we need to improve the offensive line.” ~ John Mara (following the 2013 season)
The Giants have a lot of options now on that line. But amongst them, who are the starters we absolutely know are starting? Who are the ones without a lot of question marks next to their name? Who are the ones that we know can be part of a “solid brick wall” to protect Eli?
We are pretty clear that these 3 are starting. Right now, it looks like this from right to left on the line:
Pugh ?TBD? ?TBD? Schwartz Beatty
We also know that one of those 3 has at least one question mark by his name because of his 2013 play (Beatty); but he is expected to be better, so I have him in there.
This leaves the Giants with:
- Snee – likely last year before retirement; injured
- Herman – TBD; also just had surgery
- Jerry – TBD; ‘laziness’, ‘out of shape’ are terms used, also allegedly part of the Incognito bullying crew
- Walton – TBD – we know very little
- Reynolds – TBD – we know very little
Can’t really have a big fat bunch of TBD at Center…
- Brewer – TBD
- Moseley – TBD
If they have a TBD next to their name, it means we haven’t seen or heard anything to think they are a starter caliber until they get on the field and show us.
Of these 7, maybe one of these guys can effectively start at one of the open slots (I don’t really care who it is – though I hope it’s Snee). Remember, the idea is to create a wall, so a half-baked OL, does not fulfill the priority for this offseason. Everyone will have to bring it, and compete for a starting spot.
Meanwhile, Pugh is versatile. He can play RT (we know he can play it well), he can play G, and he was even projected to play C as a possibility before his draft.
Another versatile player, Kevin Boothe (G and C), has moved onto the Raiders during free agency.