This late in the NFL Draft process I hardly believed it was possible to be surprised by any name that was associated with the New York Giants at No. 19 in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Then NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock came out with his final mock draft.
Mayock's shocking selection for the Giants? Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh. Mayock writes:
I think this is a great fit for what the Giants need. The right side of their offensive line is getting older, and this kid is a technician. I don't care about his 32-inch arms. I care about his footwork, his angles, his understanding of the game. His versatility will make the Giants a better football team.
Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider has the versatile Pugh, who scouts think can play anywhere along the offensive line, ranked 77th on his Big Board. In his analysis of Pugh it is obvious Pauline is not as enamored with Pugh as Mayock is. Pauline writes:
Pugh has drawn mixed reviews from NFL scouts. At the top of his game, he can be a very good zone-blocking guard or tackle, but Pugh must improve his playing strength to earn a starting job in the NFL.
Thoughts on this laatest name to be tossed into the mix for the Giants at No. 19?