New York Giants 7-round mock draft 4.0, post-free agency
By Henry Buggy
No. 66 – Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor
The Giants are moving Ereck Flowers to right tackle after signing Solder. There’s no guarantee he will earn the starting role in 2018.
Gettleman seems unlikely to pick up Flowers’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract this offseason, making it a priority to add an offensive tackle at some point of the draft.
Right now, Flowers’ competition for the starting right tackle position is Chad Wheeler and Adam Bisnowaty. Adding Chukwuma Okorafor to the competition should only make New York’s offensive line better.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle is far from a finished product. He has experience playing both left and right tackle at the collegiate level and earned first-team All-MAC honors in both 2016 and 2017.
Okorafor has drawn comparisons with Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting left tackle Donovan Smith, but one NFC executive is concerned with his development, via NFL Network.
"“He got started in football a little late but I still think he should have some of these issues cleaned up by now. He’s big and he has talent so he’s probably going to play early on.”"
Tyrell Crosby and Martinas Rankin are two other options that could be available at the start of the third-round. But Okorafor arguably has the highest ceiling among the second tier of offensive tackles.
This selection not only adds some much-needed competition, it also plans for life after Flowers.