INDIANAPOLIS - Ben McAdoo may have blamed Eli Manning for some of the Giants' offensive problems on Wednesday, but he knows his quarterback isn't the biggest problem. That honor belongs to the offensive line.
And the Giants seem intent on trying to fix it.
As part of their first steps towards reinforcing a line that kept Manning under constant pressure last season, the Giants have already met with three of the top offensive tackles in the draft. Alabama's Cam Robinson, Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk and Utah's Garrett Bolles all said on Thursday that they've met with the Giants at the NFL scouting combine.
And it's a good bet that at least one of them - and probably more of them - will be available when the Giants pick at No. 23.
That doesn't mean they'll draft one, of course, just that they're interested on some level. Teams are allowed to hold private, 15-minutes interviews with up to 60 players during the combine, and often talk informally with many others.
Here's a look at the three top offensive linemen who interviewed with the Giants
Garett Bolles, Utah (6-5, 300) - He certainly won the interview room by saying that on the field he wants to be a "nasty pr-k", and that "I want to put people in the dirt." The Giants have always preferred offensive linemen with a nasty streak - something they were sure left tackle Ereck Flowers had. At the moment, Bolles figures to last until the Giants' pick. He played only one year at Utah, which is a concern for some. But his athleticism and attitude stand out.
Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin (6-6, 314) - Like Bolles, he played only one season at an FBS school, but he's generally considered the best left tackle prospect - at least for now. But his stock will be hurt by the surgery he underwent after Wisconsin's bowl game to repair a torn labrum in his hip. He will not workout at the combine and will likely miss his Pro Day, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Cam Robinson, Alabama (6-6, 326) - He was once one of the top high school recruits in the country and was a dominant left tackle for the Tide, where he started every game from the moment he stepped on campus. There are some concerns among scouts about his footwork and instincts, especially against speed rushers. He was also arrested a year ago for possession of marijuana and firearms, which could be a red flag for some teams (though charges were dropped). A bigger red flag: NFL.com lists his "NFL comparison" player as "Ereck Flowers."