Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, the unit with the most talent and depth was the offensive line. In fact, eight offensive lineman were taken in the first round of April's draft including three in the first four picks. One of these eight offensive lineman that flew off the draft board in round one was Justin Pugh, an offensive tackle out of Syracuse University.
Pugh, who was a three year starter for the Orangemen, earned first team All Big East in his last two seasons playing for Syracuse and was instrumental in the school's win over old-time rival West Virgina in the Pinstripe Bowl. During his time at Syracuse, Pugh played multiple positions across the offensive line including both tackle position, right guard, and even center. Though placed as a tackle when entering the draft, Pugh can play any position across the offensive line and that versatility helped him get drafted in the first round. Pugh has the perfect makeup to be a successful offensive lineman. Standing in at 6-foot-4 and weighing a little over 300 pounds, Pugh has the size and leverage to beoome a dominant run blocker in the league. Add in his strength and Pugh will help improve any teams ground game. If there was one weakness you can point to, it's that sometimes Pugh is inconsistent at pass blocking, but most of that comes from playing different position on the offensive line at Syracuse every year.
Still though, Pugh is a very good overall offensive lineman and will help add depth and youth to an New York Giants offensive line that is aging and was banged up all of last year. Also being versatile at all positions, Pugh gives the giants a lot of possible areas to play him at. Pugh has the potential to be a very solid offensive lineman in the NFL for years to come. His strength, technique, and good footwork help make him a very good run blocker and will help improve his pass blocking. Pugh comes into a great situation with the Giants, who looked terrible as a whole at the end of the season.
Pugh can come in to help add depth and youth to Big Blue's struggling unit. The Syracuse alum will compete with David Diehl for a starting spot during training camp.
Overall, Justin Pugh is a solid offensive lineman and has the skill set to protect quarterback Eli Manning effectively for seasons to come.