One thing that the New York Giants were missing was nastiness on the offensive line. You get the feeling that they need some big hogs to get the running game going. Let's take a look at one today with Oklahoma's left tackle Tyrus Thompson. A truly titanic 6-foot-5, 336 pounds, what is Thompson's game and does he fit our beloved New York Giants? Let's take a closer look.
- Monstrous length, as mentioned above.
- Good athleticism for his size.
- Shows flashes of good technique and kickslide
- Surprisingly good balance for his size; I don't see much waist bending
- Heavy, sticky punch
- Predictably slow foot speed
- Struggles against speed
- While punch is heavy, it is also slow
- Not elite at getting out in space and throwing blocks downfield
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Perhaps. The fact that he has been a successful left tackle for a program such as Oklahoma shows that he's got requisite athleticism to play in this league at his size. He's not going to be a left tackle at the next level though. He could certainly be a right guard. He also could be a powerful right tackle but he'll need to work on his footwork to handle some of the faster left defensive ends. If the Giants want to improve their run blocking, he's their guy.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 59
Mocking The Draft - 74
CBS Sports - 204
Draft Countdown - 54
Draft Tek - 119
I personally am much higher on Tyrus than my colleagues here at Big Blue View are (hence me doing this prospect profile). I see a lot of striking similarities between Tyrus and Cordy Glenn. I also think that he should be drafted right around the same range that Glenn was (somewhere between 30 and 40). Todd McShay recently ranked Thompson as his 22nd best player in the draft. Thompson handled Shawn Oakman with ease, but predictably struggled against speedy Vic Beasley. There's absolutely something there to work with, though.