New York Giants 2013 NFL Draft Review

Justin Pugh

Justin Pugh started for three years at left tackle for the Orangemen and on his first day of mini camp he was switched over to the right side. His left hand is now on the ground in a three point stance instead of his right. The steps and technique are different, but the Giants have confidence in the aggressive and competitive athlete. Smart, athletic tough guys generally find a way to get the job done. A five for one player, he could play on the right side at either guard, center, right tackle or an emergency left tackle. Johnathan Hankins started strong in the OTAs as a part of a front rotation at defensive tackle. The former Buckeye will be asked to absorb the center and guards on passing plays to free up the defensive ends to rush the quarterback. The big man has good athletic ability and instincts. He has good quickness from stance to blocker and good lateral quickness and change of direction. He can stop and stack at the point of attack and hits with an explosive force. Damontre Moore intrigued the G-Men because of his college production as a pass rusher where he collected 12.5 sacks during the season. He also added 85 tackles and 21 tackles for loss. He uses his long arms to ward off blockers and doesn’t stay blocked. A quick and disruptive penetrator, he can bend and play low. Once he clears his feet on a delayed rush he has a burst to the quarterback. The 20-year old junior has talent, but must answer inconsistency questions. Ryan Nassib was a good value for the Giants to draft in the fourth round to develop as a backup for Eli Manning. To insure the day three pick, New York traded up to select him with the 110th overall pick. Early reviews, after rookie mini camp, include a command of the huddle, a strong arm, and the ability to grasp the offensive concepts of the playbook. He landed in the right spot for a developmental project. Cooper Taylor stands out physically and athletically along with his play in rookie camp. Fluid in his movements for a big man, he is a wrap up tackler with good instincts. He began his career at Georgia Tech where he started 6 games as a safety before being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome during his sophomore year. After undergoing corrective surgery, he was cleared medically to play football. He is a strong safety candidate for the Giants. Eric Herman is getting work at left guard during OTAs. He started for four years at Ohio University. Herman has big hands and good upper body strength to control the down defender. He works to finish his blocks. A power player, he has experience blocking for an option game and zone read scheme. His arms are shorter than ideal to block in pass protection. He reminds Giants’ personnel of Rich Seubert. Michael Cox (5116, 222) played in a one back set offense at UMass after limited action at Michigan for four years. He rushed for 715 yards and 5 touchdowns, also gaining 63 yards on 13 receptions. His measurables at his pro day were: 4.59/40, 24/BP, 41/VJ, 10-11/BJ, 4.08/ SS, and 6.87/3 cone. Cox is a developmental running back/fullback with draftable measurables. He has gotten work in OTAs returning kickoffs. There has not been much wear and tear on his legs. GRADE: ABOVE AVERAGE.

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