Dave Gettleman had the mindset going into the draft that he was going to fix the offensive line once and for all. The front office used three of their first five draft selections on offensive linemen. Following heavy investment in hog mollies, what would the ideal offensive line configuration for the NY Giants look like in 2020?
Andrew Thomas was the first lineman selected in a very strong draft class for offensive tackles. As a top-four selection, he will start right away and immediately make the front-five a better unit. Because of his experience playing right tackle, there are some with the opinion that Thomas could be better suited on the right side for the NY Giants.
Versatility is important for offensive linemen, especially when injuries occur. Big Blue’s biggest free-agent addition among the hog mollies was Cameron Fleming. Fleming was a solid swing-tackle for the Dallas Cowboys and has experience playing both right and left tackle.
Nate Solder is another player with experience at multiple positions along the line. As a rookie for the Patriots, Solder started at right tackle. He moved over to the left side during his second season and has been there ever since.
Gettleman’s third-round pick also has experience at right and left tackle. Matt Peart played on the left side during his first two seasons for the Huskies. In 2019, the athletic prospect from Uconn played well at right tackle.
5th round pick Shane Lemieux started all of his 52 consecutive games played at left guard for the Oregon Ducks, but he will get looks at center. The All-American showed a video of himself on his Instagram practicing snaps.
The two starting guards from last season would appear to be set in stone for 2020. There have been some NY Giants fans online that would like to see the team try out Will Hernandez or Kevin Zeitler at the center position, but that seems unlikely. Zeitler is one of the best in the NFL at right guard, and Hernandez has shown a lot of promise at left guard during his first two seasons.
Center is the position with the biggest question mark along the offensive line. Jon Halapio (coming off a serious injury), Spencer Pulley, and Nick Gates are some options for the critical position. Gates is someone the team thinks highly of, and Gettleman has admitted that he could be an option at right tackle or center.
After playing well in reserve duty last season, Gates is considered a wild-card in the offensive line plans.
How should the offensive line configuration look during their opening game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers? Throughout this article, I will analyze and provide my opinion on each of the five offensive line positions for the NY Giants/