Dave Gettleman didn't have to look too far to find his latest Hog Molly for the Giants' offensive line.
With the 99th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants selected UConn tackle Matt Peart, who stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 318 pounds.
A four-year starter for the Huskies, Peart grew up in the Bronx and the Giants were his favorite team growing up.
"I came from Jamaica at a young age and growing up in New York, I kind of fell in love with the Knicks and then also the Giants soon after that," Peart said in a video conference with the media. "Just watching them on the TV, just the culture and everything the Giants stand for was something that was appealing for me as a young kid. Especially growing up, especially that moment in high school when they had that Super Bowl win my freshman year. That was a very, very fun time for me."
And of course, growing up a Giants fan, Peart looked up Eli Manning.
"My favorite player, my favorite Giant always would be Eli Manning, for sure," Peart said. "The man is just tough, tough as nails. I respect his game and I just respect everything he does for the game. You know, he's definitely my favorite Giant, 100 percent."
Peart's connection to the Giants also extends to one of his new teammates as well, as he trained with Giants' fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas this offseason.
The Giants' hope is that their line will one day be anchored by Thomas on the left side and Peart on the right.
"Andrew and I were training at the same facility, EXOS down in Pensacola, Fla., before the combine. He's an amazing tackle, he's a real true talent when it comes to offensive line play," said Peart. "I definitely picked up some things from him with my time down there. Staying down there with the small time we had, I definitely consider him to be a brother and now he's definitely a brother right now. He can't get rid of me now. I'm looking forward to it and I'm happy he's coming to the city."