EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants have taken offensive guard Eric Herman of Ohio University with the first of their two picks in the seventh round. They finished the draft by selecting University of Massachusetts running back Michael Cox.
Herman was the second lineman the Giants (9-7) took for their aging offensive line. They drafted tackle Justin Pugh of Syracuse in the first round.
The only line starter under 30-years-old for New York is left tackle Will Beatty.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder Herman started all 13 games last season, helping the Bobcats average 203.31 yards rushing.
New York closed out the NFL draft by taking Cox, a transfer from Michigan, Cox started 12 games for the Minutemen, gained 715 yards and scoring five touchdowns.
The pick is another need for New York, which released starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw after missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record. David Wilson, last year’s first-round draft pick, is the current starter on the depth chart backed by up by Andre Brown, who broke a non-weight-bearing bone in his leg.
The Giants finished the draft taking two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, a running back and a safety, all needs. The biggest surprise was their first pick on Saturday, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
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