Initial thoughts on the Giants’ selection of Justin Pugh

With the Giants selecting Justin Pugh, their OL will now presumably look like this:

Pugh

I want to be careful not to pretend that I’m some sort of scout, but there was a series in the Senior Bowl game where Pugh absolutely had his lunch eaten on (I believe) 3 consecutive plays. Just an ugly series through and through. It’s something that I haven’t been able to get past any time his name came up during the pre-draft process. Fortunately for Giants fans, my amateur evaluations don’t mean squat.

All-Star games are tricky. There are any number of reasons why a player may not look good. They could playing a different technique on the orders of their temporary coaches, or any number of other reasons that might lead to a false negative performance. I’ve discussed Pugh with my buddy Tommy Lawlor of Scouts Notebook, and he likes to note Andrew Whitworth, who had a horrid Shrine Game, but has turned out to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL for the Bengals.

I haven’t watched enough real game tape of Pugh to offer any kind of legitimate analysis otherwise. The Giants needed to get younger along their OL, and they did. So I’ll give them a temporary golf clap. If Pugh can start from Day 1 at RT, David Diehl should actually serve as nice depth at multiple positions. Pugh could also potentially play guard, because he has T-Rex arms, which are not ideal for a tackle. If that’s the case, then I would assume that would put Kevin Boothe out of a starting job, who would also serve as quality depth.

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  4. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    At least they didn’t reach for Travis Frederick.

  5. NYG_Slater says:

    bpa my ass reese…..considering the cowboys got trash for compensation. Sorta wish they traded a 3rd rounder to get fluker or warmack.

    1. Yeah, a move up obviously would have been cheap.

      1. What the fuck do you know of it?! says:

        Fucking Jimmy!

        1. Yeah Jimmy! says:

          You ugly motherfucker!!

          1. NYG_Slater says:

            aww jimmy, you have admirers.

    2. mjoedgaard says:

      There is no way this was a BPA. Pugh might become a good guard, but he most likely would have been there with the Giants 2nd rounder

      1. I don’t buy that. Pugh more well thought of than Kyle Long and Long went with the next pick.

        1. Sb2bowl says:

          Linemen went quickly tonight. He probably would have been taken before their next pick

        2. mjoedgaard says:

          You might be right. It really seems Giants, Bears and Cowboys panicked abit. I think they thought (and so did many many many draftnicks) that there would have been better options at 19th

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