Today we're going to look at a player who is going to have a visit with the New York Giants according to @TonyPauline. The Giants have shown in their pre-draft visits a lot of attention to offensive linemen, both potential high draft picks (Chance Warmack) as well as day three prospects Vinston Painter and Patrick Omameh. Today we'll look at a mid-round guy in Reid Fragel who was a former tight end at Ohio State before playing on the offensive line and who could have played his way into late in the second day.
Tall athletic linemen (6'8 308 pounds) who tested well at the combine (33 bench press reps, 30 inch vertical, and a 5.14 forty yard dash). Fragel is an aggressive blocker who seeks contact and wants to drive his player into the ground. He has big hands and does a good job of keeping blockers at bay once he latches on. He has good athleticism and could eventually play left tackle. Has a very good kick slide and could develop into a plus pass protector in the NFL.
He's a little lean and should add a little more weight to his frame to consistently anchor at the NFL level. He needs to refine his technique after spending the majority of his career as a tight end. The biggest concern with Fragel is that he doesn't play with great strength, even though he tested out well at the combine on the bench press.
Player comparison: Eric Winston (NFL.com)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes to a T. This seems exactly like the type of prospect the Giants draft in the fourth round if he's available to try and develop into a perennial starter. Fragel has left tackle upside, but is better suited today as a right tackle. He is an aggressive blocker with the right demeanor, and has excellent height and length. The Giants have also shown a penchant to draft late round prospects with guys they bring in for a visit, though I'm not sure the Giants do that more often than any other team (the Giants don't always have their first couple of round prospects in for a visit).
Big Board Rankings
This is a guy that came out of nowhere his final season so before I look I'd expect the rankings to be lower than where he is likely to be drafted.
Mocking the Draft-Outside the top 200
Sports Illustrated-outside the top 40
Big Blue View Board-outside the top 100
I'd take a look at his tape, it's impossible to know what a team will do, but this he fits the prototype for what the Giants look for in a player and the draft philosophy the Giants tend to follow (diamond in the rough OL in the middle rounds)
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