Five top offensive linemen on the Giants' draft board

Zack Martin played offensive tackle for Notre Dame. Zack Martin played offensive tackle for Notre Dame. Photo Credit: AP

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Five offensive linemen the Giants are eyeing early in the draft:

Taylor Lewan, Michigan

6-7, 309

Projected: First round

Assuming Gabe Jackson and Jake Matthews are off the board, Lewan could very well be the best player available when the Giants pick. Plus he fills a position of need. The four-year starter's blemishes aren't on the field, but his three pending misdemeanor assault charges raise some red flags.

Zack Martin, Notre Dame

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6-4, 308

Projected: First round

Smart, clean and versatile, just the way the Giants like their offensive linemen. Probably the only lineman projected in the first round who could play any of the five positions. And when was the last time an O-lineman was named MVP of a bowl game like Martin was when the Irish won this year's Pinstripe Bowl?

Marcus Martin, USC

6-3, 320

Projected: Second round

The top pure center in the draft, but some believe he lacks overall strength and tenacity. His size gives him an advantage when anchoring in pass protection and he does have the athleticism to get to the second level on blocks. He dislocated his kneecap late last season, which caused him to miss the drills at the Combine, but he participated in USC's pro day.

Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

6-3, 336

Projected: Second round

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Jackson didn't give up a sack in his last two seasons in college, which Eli Manning will certainly be glad to hear. But he's more of a stationary player than one who can operate in space, having run the slowest 40-yard dash at the Combine (5.63 seconds).

Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee

6-6, 311

Projected: Third round

A second-day pick who scouts say is not the most talented lineman in the draft but certainly one of the hardest-working. That doesn't mean he's not ready for the NFL though; he was a four-year starter in the SEC. Can play tackle on either side, which could eventually free up Justin Pugh to move to guard if the Giants need him to.

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