From Lou Musto of Giants Rush:
Matt McCants, the offensive lineman out of Alabama-Birmingham, was an intriguing pick for the New York Giants last April. While they knew they needed to get younger along the offensive line, McCants was a surefire project that may never come to be.
At 6-foot-7, the former Blazers tackle was easily one of the tallest linemen in the 2012 NFL draft class. Unfortunately, at 295 pounds, he was also one of the most disproportionate for a pro lineman.
McCants desperately needs to bulk up and add strength if he’s ever going to be a serviceable lineman in the NFL. On top of that, his technique was lacking coming from UAB, but he has the fortune of working with proclaimed offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.
The 23-year-old did not appear in a single regular-season game for the Giants, but that’s not atypical for Tom Coughlin and company. McCants—being an especially raw talent coming out of college—was expected to spend most of his time on the bench or on the practice squad, and that’s exactly how the 2012 season went down.
2013 Projection: As it stands, it does not appear McCants will be in the mix for a starting role or backup opportunity in 2013. There are a number of superior candidates on the depth chart in front of him and the addition of first-round pick Justin Pugh may not bode well for his future with Big Blue.
The Giants are known to love versatility in their players and, unfortunately for McCants, it doesn’t appear their 2012 sixth-rounder can do much else but play the tackle position.
Or, at least according to Inside Football’s Patricia Traina, he was struggling with the transition to center during mini-camp:
The Giants are also working him at both guard positions, which could indicate they’ve moved on from developing him into a NFL-quality tackle. If he could prove he can be versatile enough to handle all offensive line duties, he could provide enough reason for the G-Men to keep him around.
Louis Musto is a featured columnist for The Giants Rush. You can follow him on Twitter @LouisMusto.