With the first and second day of the 2013 NFL draft now in our rearview mirror, let’s take a look at the New York Giants’ picks.
With the 19th overall pick, the Giants selected offensive tackle from Syracuse, Justin Pugh.
This pick was very NY Giants of them, meaning, it wasn’t a big deal, and may have been a bit of a reach. Pugh is a solid lineman, and the Giants did have a need with tackles, but Pugh in the 19th may have been more of a panic pick.
Pugh is an athletic lineman that also has speed so he does have some upside.
With the 49th overall pick, the Giants selected defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State.
The Giants wanted to work on their defensive line, so they picked up the big man. Hankins is 6’3″, 320 pounds, and for a guy his size, he has quickness and exceptional foot-work. Also with a player his size, he attracts double-teams which can leave room for others to make plays. But double-teamed or not, Hankins can make plays in the backfield and disrupt the offense. He has spent time as both a defensive end and nose tackle, so his versatility is something that will come in handy for Big Blue.
With the 81st overall pick, the Giants selected defensive end Damontre Moore from Texas A&M.
The Giants definitely needed help in the pass-rushing category, and they will get some with Damontre Moore. Moore can beat linemen off the edge with his speed or he can bull rush them, using his strength. He is capable of pressuring the quarterback, but he can also drop into coverage. He can beat linemen either by going inside or outside, either way, he can make plays.