New York Giants: Top 30 OL draft prospects for Big Blue
By Henry Buggy
#10 – UCLA OT Kolton Miller
UCLA’s 6-foot-8, 310-pound left tackle is quickly climbing draft analysts’ big boards since the end of the regular season. He is Miller’s “biggest riser” among tackle prospects.
Both Pro Football Focus and Kiper have Miller going to the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of the first-round in their recent mock drafts. ESPN’s lead draft analyst writes that Miller is a “developmental prospect” with “a high ceiling.”
#9 – Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn
Wynn was named offensive lineman practice player of the week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and was playing with a torn labrum.
The Bulldogs 6-foot-2, 308-pound left tackle will transition to guard at the next level and has the talent to be an immediate starter for an NFL franchise in 2018. Wynn has drawn comparisons with Broncos guard Ronald Leary and Jets tackle Kelvin Beachum.
He was New York’s fourth-round selection in GMEN HQ’s Mock Draft 1.0, but the Georgia prospect seems unlikely to make it out of the top three rounds following his week Mobile.
#8 – Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor
Miller lists the Broncos 6-foot-8, 330-pound prospect as the “biggest sleeper” at the tackle position, but Okorafor is garnering plenty of praise ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Zierlein compares Western Michigan’s left tackle with Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting left tackle Donovan Smith and projects him to be a second-round selection.
Gettleman selected Okorafor’s former teammate Taylor Moton with the 64th overall pick in the 2017 draft
#7 – Iowa C James Daniels
There are quite a few centers in this year’s class that have the potential to start right away at the next level, and the Hawkeyes 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect is one of them.
Daniels elected to enter the 2018 draft after an impressive junior year and is expected to be a second to third-round draft selection. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah lists Daniels as the 25th best prospect in this year’s draft class.
#6 – UTEP OG Will Hernandez
Hernandez and Wynn may have boosted their draft stocks the most in Mobile last week. UTEP’s 6-foot-2, 340-pound guard will be an immediate starter for an NFL franchise in 2018.
He’s arguably the second best guard prospect in this year’s draft class. Zierlein compares Hernandez with Buffalo Bills four-time Pro Bowler Richie Incognito and projects him to be a first to second-round draft selection.
The Miners two-time second-team All-American should be considered a steal in the second-round. If Big Blue is unable to retain Pugh in free agency, Hernandez could immediately fill the void at left guard. He could also replace Jerry at right guard if New York elects not to pick up the next two years on his contract.