Michael Stewart | NY Giants Rush Contributor
New York Giants 2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Line
The New York Giants will be entering the 2015 NFL draft with many needs for a team that finished 6-10. Based on many of the football experts, the Giants top 4 needs are OL (OT or OG), DL (Either DE or DT), LBer (either OLB or MLB) and secondary (either CB or S).
With this in mind, I have assembled the top 3 prospects at each position in each round that could be available when the Giants select. In this 4 part series, I will address the top Offensive linemen (OT/OG) who could very well be on the Giants radar:
1. OT-Brandon Scherff (Iowa) 6’5/315 Regarded as the best OT in this year’s draft
2. OT- Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) 6’6/315 Should impact an OL like Zack Martin did with Dallas
3. OT- Andrus Peat (Stanford) 6’6/310 May take a bit longer to become an impact OT in the NFL
1. OG-Tre Jackson (Florida State) 6’4/330 More of a project for the 1st 2 to 3 years in NFL
2. OT-Ty Sambrailo (Colorado State) 6’5/310 Has played both OT and OG, very versatile
3. OG-A.J Cann (South Carolina) 6’3/315 Athletic and powerful, very stocky frame
1. OT-Jeremiah Poutasi (Utah) 6’6/330 Excellent size, very raw with plenty of upside
2. OG-Josue Matias (Florida State) 6’5/325 At times outplayed fellow OG Tre Jackson
3. OT-Tyrus Thompson (Duke) 6’5/336 Thick lower body, surprising agility and balance
1. OG-Jarvis Harrison (Texas A&M) 6’4/325 Steady performer, reliable pass/run blocker
2. OT-Corey Robinson (South Carolina) 6’7/345 Massive size, nasty blocker. Pass Blocking weak
3. OT-Mickey Baucus (Arizona) 6’8/305 Long arms & initial quickness off the ball.
1. OT-Jack Rummells (Northern Iowa) 6’5/305 Above average in all areas, serviceable OL
2. OG-Ali Marpet (Hobart College) 6’3/310 Very similar to Rummells
3. OT-Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin) 6’7/330 Tremendous size and thickness. Nasty attitude
1. OT-Robert Myers (Tennessee State) 6’5/310 Good size and built. Powerful run blocker
2. OG-Adam Shead (Oklahoma) 6’4/335 Good quickness and long arms. Solid late rounder
3. OG-Tyler Moore (Florida) 6’4/320 Has played both OT/OG. Could slip into 7th round
1. OG-Shaquille Mason (Georgia Tech) 6’1/305 Agile and Athletic blocker, lacks NFL size
2. OT-Blaine Clausell (Mississippi State) 6’6/320 Good size, needs to be more nasty
3. OG-John Miller (Louisville) 6’23/320 underperformed against better competition.
The Giants GM Jerry Reese has already stated that the team will be less active in obtaining outside FA this off-season. If that is indeed the case, the 2015 draft will be vital to jump starting the Giants roster and building this team for many years to come. The absence of TE prospects from my list is no accident.
I believe the Giants view their TE position as one of interchangeable parts and would be content with Donnell, Fells and Robinson resuming these roles. Also, one must consider that the 2015 TE class is not as deep as year’s past and the FA candidates are either price too high or aren’t any better than the TE’s the Giants have in-house. The next article will feature the DL prospects in the draft.