With the NFL Draft and Free Agency seemingly over for the New York Giants, I think its time to look over what was arguably our biggest weakness heading into the draft the Offensive Line.
Left Tackle: Andrew Thomas
The #4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Andrew Thomas certainly will be our starting Left Tackle come week 1 of the NFL season whenever that may be. Starting his career at Georgia as a Right Tackle Thomas quickly made the move to Left Tackle in his sophomore season. During Thomas’s tenure as a Georgia Bulldog, he started 41 games only allowing 2 sacks during that stint. With that being said I truly believe the New York Giants have their Left Tackle of the future with Thomas.
Depth: Cam Fleming
Left Guard: Will Hernandez
During will Hernandez’s rookie year he was dominant many had him as the second-best rookie Guard in that draft class behind Indianapolis’s Quenton Nelson. However, Will Hernandez regressed tremendously in 2019 with his Pro Football Focus grade dropping 8.2 points. If Hernandez can return to 2018 and stay at that level consistently That will help our Offensive Line a lot.
Depth: Nick Gates
Center: Shane Lemieux
In my opinion, the biggest question mark on the Offensive Line heading into 2020 is the center position. During training camp, I fully expect a battle for the starting Center position to occur with 3 possible candidates; Shane Lemieux, Spencer Pulley, and Nick Gates. When its all said and done I believe Shane Lemieux will win that job. Lemieux is a 6’4 310 pounds Guard out of Oregon.
Depth: Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley
Right Guard: Kevin Zeitler
Since coming over in the Olivier Vernon trade-in February 2019 Zeitler has been nothing short of what we expected a Top 5-7 Guard in the NFL. Zeitler is currently the starting Right Guard and barring injury he will be the starter come week 1.
Depth: Nick Gates
Right Tackle: Matt Peart
With the New York Giants drafting Andrew Thomas with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft we all assumed Nate Solder would be the starting Right Tackle. However, that would soon be changed with the selection of Matt Peart out of Uconn late in the 3rd round. Matt Peart 6’7 318 pounds is a titan of a man who with development can become one of the top tackles in the league.
Depth: Nate Solder, Cam Fleming