EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Instead of fixing one of the many holes on their defense in the first round of the NFL draft, the Giants took someone who could play any position on their aging offensive line.
The Giants started the process of rebuilding their offensive line Thursday night by taking Justin Pugh of Syracuse with the 19th pick in the draft.
Pugh is expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle against David Diehl, but his biggest attraction for the Giants was that he can also play guard and center, versatility not normally found in most young linemen.
“I think he is one of those guys in a game that you can plug him in anywhere and he is going to play good,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He is big. He is smart. He had a high test score, a team captain, all those things. He is our kind of guy.”