ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Here come the Hog Mollies?
After all the talk about winning with big men, strengthening the lines, and rebuilding the Giants from the inside out, it's almost impossible to believe that Giants GM Dave Gettleman will go in any other direction on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. He got himself a dynamic playmaker in running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick on Thursday night.
Now it's time for what former Giants GM George Young used to call "the dance of the elephants."
So with the second pick in the second round (34th overall) on Friday night, and maybe even with the second and fifth picks in the third round (66th and 69th), keep your eye on the big men. The biggest need, of course, is on the offensive line, where the Giants are in desperate need of help at guard. They also could use a right tackle, especially since Ereck Flowers' place on the roster may be in jeopardy as he continues to anger the Giants by skipping the voluntary offseason workout program.
There are plenty of good offensive line prospects still available. Here are a few names to watch:
G Will Hernandez, Texas-El Paso (6-2, 327)
G/T Connor Williams, Texas (6-5, 296)
G Braden Smith, Auburn (6-6, 315)
G Tony Adams, N.C. State (6-2, 322)
G Austin Corbett, Nevada (6-4, 306)
T Orlando Brown, Oklahoma (6-8, 345)
T Jamarco Jones, Ohio State (6-4, 299)
T Will Richardson, N.C. State (6-6, 306)
And if the Giants decide to work on the other side of the ball, keep these names in mind:
DE/LB Harold Landry, Boston College (6-2, 252)
DE/LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (6-5, 250)
DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan (6-1, 292)
DT Tim Settle, Virginia Tech (6-3, 329)
If he gets past the first pick on Friday night, the Giants should select UTEP guard Will Hernandez at 34. He seems to be everything Gettleman likes in a "Hog Molly." He's a big, powerful, durable interior road-grader who could immediately step in and compete for a job, possibly replacing John Jerry. He's apparently a good character kid, too, and a hard worker. Some thought he might sneak into the bottom of the first round. Now he's generally considered the best offensive lineman left on the board.