Robert Moreschi

Giant Expectations For 2013 Draft Picks

Created on Apr. 30, 2013 12:10 AM EST

Round 1: OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse

What to expect: Pugh was a surprise to most at No. 19 overall. Some analysts had expected him to drop into the second round, and a few thought that he was a bit of a reach at No. 19.

The big knock on Pugh is that he has short arms, but it doesn't seem to be an issue that worried the Giants as Jerry Reese claims he was the best available player on their board when their pick rolled around. Historically, great offensive line play has been something that has equaled success for the Giants, so bolstering that position and planning for the future will help.

Who they could have gotten instead: The Giants definitely had a need for an offensive lineman, and they filled that need early on. However, they passed up on a few players that perhaps would have filled a bigger need. For example, Alec Ogletree, one of the top linebackers that came out of this year's draft, went at No. 30 to the St. Louis Rams, 11 picks after the Giants took Justin Pugh. As it turns out, the Giants didn't draft a single linebacker.

Potential impact: The Giants offensive line is in fairly good shape at the moment, but no one can deny the fact that they're getting old pretty quickly. Drafting Pugh adds some much needed youth to the line, and it's possible that Pugh can win a starting job in training camp and start on the line from day one. He'll play at right tackle initially, but he can play multiple positions along the line, and the team will likely use him in multiple spots — at least early on.

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