The Giants are a better team today than they were Thursday afternoon. In a draft that featured few marquee names, the Giants took what was in front of them in the first three rounds and then decided to roll the dice a bit. This draft will naturally define their future one way or another.
Round 1, Pick 19: Justin Pugh, OL Syracuse - A safe, solid pick. Pugh can play all five positions on the line and is a natural leader. The Giants are not concerned that Pugh has shorter arms than most teams prefer in an OT. He can flat-out block no matter where he plays. Defenders aren't going stop to measure his arms when they line up against him. Pugh is an intelligent, high-character kid that fits the Giants' offensive line template. ?He was not the best OL in this draft, but he may be the right one for the Giants. He will be a stalwart like the men before him who helped the Giants win championships: O'Hara, Snee, Seubert, Diehl, but more. A natural leader who will be a huge part of the franchise's future core. Grade B+
Round 2, Pick 49: Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State - A big body with a reputation for a lack of quickness and a questionable motor. The Giants feel otherwise. Hankins was on the field every play and wore down during games because what 320 lb guy wouldn't? The Giants will fix that issue by increasing his stamina and placing him in the D-line rotation, where he'll still be fresh in the fourth quarter. ?He's a run-stuffer, plain and simple. They need as many of those as they can get. Grade: B