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Scouting the NFL Draft: Antonio Garcia

The small school product could be an adequate replacement for the Giants current left tackles.

If the New York Giants are looking for their next left tackle to replace Ereck Flowers in the upcoming NFL Draft, they need look no further than Troy’s Antonio Garcia.

 

The first-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2016 has a lethal combination of size and athleticism. At 6 feet 6 inches and 302 pounds, Garcia had a 31-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine last month, which was good for the second-best height among all offensive linemen who attended.

 

Garcia has tremendous lateral movement and quickness, which will benefit him when dealing with athletic defensive ends in pass protection, and as a result is hardly ever beaten around the edge.

 

He has loose hips and quick feet enable him to recover faster than almost any other lineman in the draft, and he always finds a way to block his man. Garcia needs to work on lowering his pad level, timing his initial punches better and eliminate leaning and losing his balance at times.

 

His technique against bull-rushers leaves much to be desired as he often gets caught holding, and scouts would like him to bulk up and hit the weight room so he can get to a typical offensive tackle size.

 

Overall, Garcia still needs some work with his technique and in terms of adding some mass, but he has the heart and the athleticism to eventually become a full-fledged starter.

 

If he ends up putting on and additional 25 pounds or so, he’ll have no problem as a tackle. If he stays between 280 and 290 pounds, Garcia would be a better fit as a guard at that size in the NFL.

 

The Giants need to address both of these positions at the end of the month, and Garcia is definitely a viable option when the second or third round comes along. 


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