The NY Giants invested many resources into their offensive line in 2020; here’s what the best version of that line should look like.
I’m not exactly breaking any news to NY Giants fans when I say the offensive line has been mediocre – at best – on this team for quite some time now.
Wisely, GM Dave Gettleman made numerous quality additions to the group in the 2020 offseason which should pay dividends for Daniel Jones and the NY Giants offense. Namely, Gettleman took to the draft to fortify the line by taking three offensive lineman total, including two in the first three rounds.
It may be too little, too late to save Gettleman’s job in the long term, but it was an earnest effort to inject young talent into a vulnerable position of the team instead of taking the short-team free agency approach which could have been more beneficial to his personal interests.
The big gun entering the scene is fourth-overall left tackle Andrew Thomas. Thomas was my guy all along from the beginning of the draft process and I was thrilled to see Gettleman ignore the media ‘draft experts’ and trust the tape rather than the media’s big board.
Other than the guard positions, the other three spots on the O-line are pretty much up for grabs (well, for Thomas it’s just a matter of which side he’ll be playing on).
The most intriguing – and important – competition will be at the center position, as the battle includes two players attempting to transition the pivot for the first time in their careers, a veteran who has shown mostly below-average results, and a promising UDFA that also has little experience at the pivot position.
Here’s a look at what I believe would be the strongest version of the 2020 NY Giants offensive line.