With the 34th overall pick the New York Giants select…Lucas Niang, offensive tackle, TCU.
I wish better value could have fallen to this spot at the tackle position because that is the most apparent need the Giants have on offense, but Niang is a solid prospect in his own respect. Niang did not allow a single sack in the 2018 season and earned an 81.3 overall grade, with an 86.3 pass-blocking grade and a 73.6 run-blocking grade.
A mammoth of a man at a listed 6’7″ 328 lbs, Niang has ideal size for the position along with good foot speed to keep up with pass rushers relative to his size. However, Niang did just have season-ending hip surgery and is projected to miss the Senior Bowl along with the scouting combine in his four-month recovery. He does not have the polish of a starting left tackle but the Giants present a good situation for him.
He will slot in at right tackle early with his size indicating his run-blocking prowess and should be given time for his athletic gifts to mature before being moved to the other side in place of Nate Solder. Niang would benefit from getting lighter to supplement his quickness and if he does that, he should have a good career in the NFL.