New York Giants Draft: 5 more middle-round targets, including Derick Hall
OL Jamaree Salyer, Georgia:
If the New York Giants decide to go less heavy with offensive lineman during the earlier rounds, they are likely to look prospects within the middle rounds, a good prospect for the NY Giants to target is Jamaree Sayler out of Georgia.
Coming in at 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Jamaree Salyer made headlines during the college football playoffs, having a dominant performance against top edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson, holding him to only QB hurry and 2 tackles.
While Salyer played left tackle for the entirety of the season, his NFL game translates far better at guard, due to his build and playstyle.
Sayler is the definition of a mauler, using his elite strength to dominate opposing defenders, however, with this elite strength comes to some holes with his mobility and technique.
While Sayler is a great pass blocker, gaining a grade of 85.3 while only allowing 1 sack, 1 QB hit, and 2 QB hurries, per PFF, he somewhat struggles in the run game, lacking good lateral mobility and handgrip needed to be a successful blocker at the second level.
However, outside of those two issues Sayler possesses great hand usage, good technique, and good IQ, the only problem is, those two problems can hinder his chances at success in the NFL.
The good thing about the issues Sayler has, more specifically, his lack of elite handgrip, is that he has gotten better as the season has gone on so there is reason to believe he will work on it at a pro-level.
As previously mentioned, Salyer’s best trait is his strength, using the power he has to dominate pass and run blocking snaps, a great example of this strength comes in this clip here:
Salyer (No. 69) dominates his opposing defender by just tossing him to the side seemingly with one hand, creating a huge hole for his running back to run through.
If Salyer works to fix the couple of issues he has, there is good reason to believe he can have a solid career in the NFL.