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Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reported Tuesday that the Giants were keen observers at Boston College's pro day.

Only the Giants weren't checking out quarterback Matt Ryan, who will likely be one of the first players selected.

Interestingly, they were eyeballing 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle Gosden Cherilus, a likely first-round selection.

Garafolo describes Cherilus as an "athletic guy who showed some outstanding pop on the bags today. He's got a great frame with long arms and, having seen him work out in person, I now understand these multiple scouting reports that say when he locks on to a defender, it's all over for the other guy. I like his size and athleticism a lot."

Here is a full scouting report from NFL Draft Countdown.

Strengths: Has excellent size and a huge frame with long arms...Strong and powerful..Gets a great push as a run blocker...Decent athlete...Has nimble feet..Mobile and can get to the second level...Very smart with great awareness...Nice balance...He is stout at the point of attack...Once he locks on the battle's over...A hard worker with top intangibles...Has a ton of experience against top-notch competition...Offers some versatility..Hails from a program that's known for producing NFL offensive linemen.

Weaknesses: Has some trouble with speedy edge rushers...May lack a killer instinct..Has lapses with his leverage and will play too high at times...Most likely won't be a left tackle in the pros...Didn't have a great senior year..Had some minor off-the-field trouble.

Notes: Name is pronounced "GOZ-der SHARE-uh-luss"...Born in Haiti...A four-year starter in the ACC...Started 37 consecutive games at right tackle but he moved to the left side as a senior and had some struggles...Was arrested and charged with assault and battery in July of 2007 in connection with a bar fight, although Cherilus claims he was acting as a peacemaker...Not flashy but has the physical tools and should start almost immediately...Prototypical right tackle who should enjoy a long career.

Sounds like an interesting player, though you would have to wonder why the Giants would go for him unless they believed he could move to the left side.

Don't read too much into any of this, though. I will still be surprised if Jerry Reese doesn't take a defensive player with his first selection.