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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Hroniss Grasu, OC, Oregon

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The Giants already have a center prospect, but could they add another to play guard?

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Clearly the Giants probably aren't interested in Hroniss Grasu as a center prospect  when they just drafted Weston Richburg in the second round in 2014. Could he be an option at guard, though? What type of player is he and can he be a fit for what the Giants want to do along the offensive line? Read on and let's explore the former Oregon Duck.

Pros

- Superior athletic ability

- Tied with Cam Erving in terms of ability to pull and make blocks in space

- Good at locking on to targets at the second level

- Pass protection is good. Footwork is very good

- Reportedly lunch-pail type hard worker

Cons

- Functional strength leaves much to be desired

- Overextends at times and can get overpowered.

- Frame looks maxed out at 300 pounds

Does He Fit With The Giants?

If we were looking at a center, yes, he's a very good ZBS center. However, we're not. I don't think he can play guard. He has leverage concerns and he doesn't look powerful enough to man the left guard position. In fact, I think he'd have some of the same troubles that Weston Richburg did at the position last year.

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - 51

Mocking The Draft - 77

CBS Sports - 77

Draft Tek - 79

Final Thoughts

Grasu is very similar to Richburg. Teams that run a zone scheme looking for a center will probably value him higher. Richburg was a better prospect, cleaner in terms of technique, more powerful, and more athletic but Grasu is certainly a very good player in his own right. If the Eagles didn't have Jason Kelce, for obvious reasons, Grasu would be a stone cold lead pipe lock. I think a team like the Seattle Seahawks could be interested in him at the end of the second round since they just traded away Max Unger.