In 2013 The New York Giants drafted a big body to secure the protection of quarterback Eli Manning. That big body is 6-foot-4, 301-pound tackle Justin Pugh.
While the Syracuse lineman ranks at the top for offensive lineman one might ask about impact? How much impact will Pugh have right away and how could Jerry Reese and the Giants brass let Florida Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd from Florida slip to the Minnesota Vikings.
This morning on WFAN, NY Giants GM, Jerry Reese clearly stated that while Justin Pugh does not have a huge wingspan the tackle does not miss his blocks, and executes his assignment play after play after play….short arms and all! Reese also said that new draft pick will be expected to come in and compete for the right tackle job, however, they have not given up on 3rd year pro James Brewer.
Pugh, a University of Syracuse finance major is a quality, coach-able player that will make this team better. Fans should know that he is a very intelligent kid that will grasp the pro system easily. The Giants need a young athlete on the right side willing to mix it up and blow open holes for speedster, David Wilson and basher, Andre Brown.
If you want to see someone genuinely happy to become a New York Giant…watch this video of Pugh on draft day!
So while it’s business as usual for the New York Giants, the theory of the “best player available” is a bit exposed and frankly subjective. While no one can say who will be a better pro Sharrif Floyd or Justin Pugh, however, it is very clear that the New York Giants need help up front on the defensive and offensive line.
Pugh will make a difference.
NFL franchises are built on the players that come from round 2 through round 4. Lets hope more help is on the way.
Craig J. Santucci | Senior Editor Giants Rush