5 OL the NY Giants should monitor prior to the 2023 NFL Draft
4. Michigan C Olusegun Oluwatimi
Considering that both Jon Feliciano and Nick Gates are set to hit the free agent market this offseason, the Giants are going to be in need of a center if they opt not to bring either of these two back. If New York goes down this route, Olusegun Oluwatimi might be their best option in the middle rounds of the draft.
Oluwatimi is a 6-3, 307-pound center with a chance to be a very solid player in this league. During his time at Virgina and Michigan, Oluwatimi showed off some interesting potential as both a pass protector and run blocker.
While his smaller frame and lack of impressive strength may limit his draft stock, watching his tape shows that he has all of the tools to be potentially be a very good player in the NFL. Through 410 pass blocking snaps, Oluwatimi allowed four QB hurries and five QB hits.
Most of Oluwatimi’s issues as a pass blocker comes because his footwork tends to become too stagnant at times, which leads to him getting pushed back. This is something that he has improved over the years and will likely continue to as he gains more experience.
Putting a center like Oluwatimi at the forefront of this Giants offensive line could drastically improve the team’s success while running the ball. It may take time for Oluwatimi to progress as a pass blocker, but what he does in the run is already tempting enough and could make him worth drafting.