TGI Draft Info: OL's right side needs help

Big Blue's front five fared very well last season, and was a major reason why both Kerry Collins and Amani Toomer had record-breaking campaigns.

Last off-season, OL guru Jim McNally was faced with piecing together a starting OL that had new starters in four of the five positions. Big Blue's front five fared very well last season, and was a major reason why both Kerry Collins and Amani Toomer had record-breaking campaigns. (Jeremy Shockey's presence didn't hurt either.)

Now, after the Giants allowed RG Jason Whittle and RT Mike Rosenthal to walk in free agency, it remains to be seen if McNally will be up to the task again. Sure, the Giants have the players on hand to plug in if need be, but most around the club believe help – free agent, draft or June 1 – is required. See when Chris Bober, Rosenthal and Rich Seubert were thrust into the starting lineup, they had worked with McNally for at least one season. Now, the possible replacements don't even have that level of experience.

Translation: the Giants would love to add front-line help the weekend of April 26-27, and they might do so higher than most would think. LT Luke Petitgout, LG Seubert and C Bober are set, and most around the club think guards are easier to come by than tackles. Second translation: Big Blue's going to be looking OT as early as the first round. This year's crop of linemen is above average, and just might have exactly what New York is looking for.

After the Giants take an offensive lineman on day one, expect at least another during the final four rounds. With Ernie Accorsi as GM, Penn State players like OT Gus Felder and C/G Joe Iorio are always options.

Last OL selected: Jeff Hatch, Penn, Round 3, 2002

Overall position strength (on a scale of 1-10): 7

Number likely to be taken in first round: 5

Giants need (on a scale of 1 to 10): 8

When Giants might select: Round 2/3

Player to watch: Wayne Hunter, Hawaii


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