We wrote about this in the paper earlier this week, but even now, two days before the draft, it remains a possibility. Even though offensive line is, in my thinking, a greater need than any position but linebacker, the one thing that could thwart a first-round pick of a tackle would be that there are so many of them. By the time the Giants pick at 15, they could be looking at the sixth-best tackle on the board.
Last year the Giants used one of their second-round picks to grab Will Beatty, a left tackle. Will they continue to bring in higher draft picks to start to replace the five guys who were at the heart of the championship run in 2007 and who, for a time at the end of the 2008 season, were being considered the MVPs of the NFL? We take a look at:
We’ve gotten so used to seeing them next to each other. David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie. But all good things must come to an end, and whether it happens in this training camp or somewhere down the line, changes will be made on the offensive line. They already have Beatty ready to compete for a job. If he wins the position at left tackle, it would mean finding a new spot for the versatile Diehl. Would he replace Seubert? McKenzie? It probably depends on who the Giants draft at the position this year and which of the warriors becomes expendable.
Some names to look at:
Mike Iupati (Idaho), Anthony Davis (Rutgers), Bruce Campbell (Maryland), Vladimir Ducasse (Massachusetts), Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale (Div. II)).
Tomorrow in our position-by-position breakdowns: LINEBACKERS.