Justin Pugh Selected No. 19 by New York Giants
Justin Pugh, no matter where he was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, figured to draw a bit of a ho-hum reaction. He’s not a skill player; he doesn’t project to the all-important left tackle spot; and, without making too many assumptions, he’s a guy that likely not a lot of people were familiar with heading into this week.
But what the Giants landed in Pugh at No. 19 is a player that should be in their lineup as a guard for the next several seasons, with the ability to slide out and handle some duties at tackle when needed.
New York has Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee at its guard spots — both graded out favorable on Pro Football Focus last season. But Snee and center David Baas struggled with injuries, and right tackle David Diehl was far from a stalwart there. In other words, the Giants had to find some help up front to keep Eli Manning from enduring punishment all season long.
The only complaint I have on Pugh is that he might have been on the board for a while after this. Could the Giants have gone elsewhere here, then circled back later?
Grade: B. I figure a “B” grade is fitting for a player who probably will never really blow anyone away, mainly because he’ll be solid enough that fans will not notice him making mistakes.