Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants fans react as the team selects offensive tackle Justin Pugh (Syracuse, not pictured) as the nineteenth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants use 2013 draft to shore up both lines

Entering this year’s draft, the Giants were in dire need of depth at both the offensive and defensive line. With their first three selections (one in each of the first three rounds) and their first selection in the seventh round, the New York Giants filled that need.

Their first selection (19 overall) of Justin Pugh (Syracuse) should provide instant relief at either offensive guard or tackle positions. His arm length and inability to react at a NFL acceptable speed may limit him to only the guard positions, however.

The Giants then used their next two selections to address their defensive line.

At 49 overall, Johnathan Hankins (OSU) joined the team with hopes in providing the Giants with run-stopping support up the middle. He had a solid career of doing such in the Big Ten and was rated by some as a potential first round pick.

They also managed to steal value with their third round pick of Damontre Moore (81 overall, Texas A&M). Moore will give the Giants another asset in attacking the quarterback, as well as providing the team with a dependable off-the-line cover-man for opposing tight ends (Moore began his career as a linebacker).

Their fourth, and final, addition to either line came in the seventh round (225 overall) with Eric Herman (Ohio). Herman was the positions top performer at the combine in the bench press field test with 36 reps. He will provide the team with depth at the either guard position.

Fans of the Giants should feel satisfied as the team did a solid job of drafting to fill their certain need of blockers and rushers.


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