The biggest selling point for Dave Gettleman as GM of the New York Giants -- other than his familiarity with the franchise -- is the Carolina Panthers’ history of turning later-round (or undrafted) offensive linemen into productive players.
So while the Giants undoubtedly need to invest premium resources into their offensive line, there is also the hope that Gettleman will be able to uncover a diamond in the rough who can grow into a starter at some point early in his career.
He has also had a very definite “type” when it comes to linemen, and it usually errs towards “big and powerful.” Michigan featured the nation’s 30th ranked rushing offense, scoring 26 touchdowns, while averaging 4.83 yards per carry and 203.8 yards per game on the ground. Those numbers, in a pro-style offense, should intrigue for a team looking to build its offensive line and emphasize the running game. It would make sense then, to take a look at the big guys blocking up front. Particularly a big offensive lineman who is experienced at a position of need for the Giants.
The Giants need help at right tackle and Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Michigan’s right tackle, could be one of those later round prospects with some upside.
Weight: 333 pounds
- Big, thick, wide-bodied blocker
- Capable of weighing anchor and absorbing bull rushes.
- Flashes the ability to re-anchor against speed-to-power rushes.
- Capable blocker as long as he stays in front of his man.
- Generally moves well within his range.
- Delivers hits to second-level defenders.
- Played in a pro-style blocking scheme. Learning curve could be shorter.
- Somewhat slow-footed and shouldn’t be asked to block a big area.
- Occasionally drops his head or has lazy hands, “catching” defenders.
- Struggles against speed off the edge.
- Might be forced to move inside to guard at the next level.
(Bushell-Beatty is the right tackle, number 76)
Does He Fit The Giants?
If the Giants are unable to find an answer for their right tackle position in free agency, and can’t find a good value fit in the first two days of the draft, a player like Bushell-Beatty could intrigue. He is a massive, powerful blocker who still has some mobility, and that fits right in with what Gettleman likes in his offensive linemen.
The fact that he played for Jim Harbaugh in Michigan is a mark in his favor, as he will be used to playing in pro-style blocking concepts and out of a three-point stance.
He is not a terribly athletic blocker, but can move within his range. The problem is that his range isn’t very big, and athletic rushers will force him to cover more ground and more quickly than he is probably able. Much like D.J. Fluker, a move inside to guard might be in order at the next level, though he will need to work on his hand usage inside.
His size, power, and potential versatility are all marks in his favor, but as of now he looks more like a late-round developmental player.