The New York Giants are in desperate need of aid long the offensive line. Which 2017 NFL Draft prospects does Jerry Reese covet?
The New York Giants have addressed the voids along the interior of the offensive line. With Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg returning as borderline stars at left guard and center, the Giants explored the free agent market to find ideal complements.
Highlighted by the decisions to re-sign John Jerry and sign D.J. Fluker, general manager Jerry Reese appears to have solidified the right guard position.
Intriguing as that may be, New York still has a void to address at offensive tackle. Ereck Flowers has been largely ineffective in his two seasons with the Giants, and neither Fluker nor Jerry have been consistent when playing outside.
With the 2017 NFL Draft nearing, it appears as though general manager Jerry Reese has two offensive tackles near the top of his draft board: Garett Bolles and Cam Robinson.
That’s an intriguing development that could be a telling sign of what Reese would prefer from an offensive lineman: upside.
Bolles and Robinson are physically capable of dominance, but both have garnered skepticism pertaining to their NFL potential. They’re as intriguing as any prospects in this draft class, but question marks remain.
Nevertheless, Reese appears to prefer the ability to develop a player over time rather than getting a prospect who’s set in their ways.
With either Bolles or Robinson, Reese would build one of the most athletic combinations of offensive tackles in the NFL.
Bolles is an elite athlete with a 6’5″ and 297-pound frame and All-Pro potential, but he only played one year of FBS football. Robinson is a 6’6″ and 322-pound Goliath who has been compared to Ereck Flowers—for better and worse—most notably by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
There would be a balance of risk and reward in this scenario, but Reese is swinging for the fences with these targets.
The question is: who will the New York Giants select in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft?