Pugh and Hankins were the Giants' first and second-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, respectively. Pugh, the offensive tackle out of Syracuse, should start Week 1, filling an immediate need along the offensive line.
Giants.com writers believe Hankins could make an impact right away and eventually take over for Linval Joseph, while Schmeelk believes he'll be a Day 1 starter, alongside Pugh.
"I believe both Johnathan Hankins and Justin Pugh will be starting for the Giants in Week 1. Hankins will come off the field in passing situation for Cullen Jenkins, but he is a better space eater and should be more effective against the run."The website also indicates the team will carry three quarterbacks this season, including longtime backup David Carr, who signed on for another two years this off-season, as well as the recently drafted Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse.
It's a bit unconventional for coach Tom Coughlin, but in certain cases, it's necessary.
Writes Dan Salomone ...
"(Having three quarterbacks on the roster) is not ideal for Tom Coughlin because he likes to keep that extra spot for a special teams contributor, and we’ve seen the value in such players over the years. But, like anything, there are exceptions to any rule, and drafting a quarterback in the fourth round is one of them."The website differs on whether the Giants are completely set at each position entering the season.
Schmeelk argues the one potential starter is not currently listed on the roster, while Salomone believes the team is ready as it is.
Argues Schmeelk, the outside linebacker spot opposite of Jacquian Williams remains a mystery.
The team will no longer consider veteran Michael Boley, who was cut earlier in the off-season and is now the subject of a "secret arrest."
Whether Keith Rivers or Spencer Paysinger can fill the void is a mere uncertainty, writes Schmeelk.
"In my gut, I still believe the Giants add a veteran presence there and he’ll figure out a way to start. I just don’t believe Keith Rivers will be healthy enough to be a starter in that spot. Now there is the possibility a guy like Spencer Paysinger steps up, but I haven’t seen enough to believe quite yet."Follow Sam on Twitter @SamSpiegs