The New York Giants have a void to fill at offensive tackle. A recent report outlined that New York has a free agent target: Russell Okung.
The New York Giants are in dire need of an upgrade along the offensive line. Though there are a number of issues that must be addressed and improved upon, no need is more pressing than that of improving at offensive tackle.
Though the 2017 NFL Draft could be the platform utilized to improve at the position, Jerry Reese appears inclined to follow the free agency route.
New York has a promising young talent in Ereck Flowers, but his execution hasn’t been up to snuff. Thus, Reese is perusing the free agent scene in an attempt to improve upon a primary area of weakness.
According to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, the Giants are one of multiple teams displaying interest in free agent offensive tackle Russell Okung.
The Giants are in the market for improved pass and run protection, and Okung could help stabilize the offensive line.
Okung was drafted at No. 6 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012, was a member of the Seattle Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII, and started all 16 games for the Denver Broncos in 2016.
Okung will turn 30 years of age in October, but the belief is that he can still perform at a high enough level to justify a reasonable contract.
The question is: would Okung fit what the Giants are looking for at offensive tackle?
Pro Football Focus ranked Okung No. 38 amongst offensive tackles in 2016. He was one of the better run protectors at his position, but struggled mightily in pass protection—a concerning truth based on the need to better protect Eli Manning.
Nevertheless, Okung is a competitive veteran who appears to be on the radar for the Giants.
The New York Giants are well on their way to an offseason for the ages.