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