We really don’t think the Giants will go into the 2017 draft looking to select an offensive linemen with one of their early picks. (To make a long story short, the Giants obviously have some issues up front, especially on the right side of the line; however, the more likely scenario is that they once again try and address those particular issues in free agency. What we do expect the Giants to do with those early picks is address the pass rush, which really hasn’t been all that close to being anywhere near at a championship level, as well as look to add another receiver – either a TE or WR or both. But more on that as we get closer to the draft).
All that said, if the Giants do end up drafting somewhere in the 20s – if the draft were held this week they would select 26th – we certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility that the Giants take an offensive lineman simply because the value was too good to pass on. To that end, Giants’ fans might want to check out a couple of really good OG candidates who could be in the discussion at that point whose teams don’t get a lot of national air time, but will be on prime TV this weekend. In fact, a pretty good case can be made that Indiana OG Dan Feeney (#67, 6-5, 310) is the best offensive lineman in the country this year. Feeney and the Hoosiers will be in Michigan to play the 4th ranked Wolverines at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday. Feeney will actually make his third start of the year at RT against Michigan after making 41 starts at OG. And in those 43 career starts covering over 3,300 snaps, Feeney, who is also a rugged run blocker, allowed just one sack.
While Feeney has been on NFL scouts’ radar for several years now, almost nobody has heard of Washington State junior OG Cody O’Connell (#76, 6-7, 355) until very recently. He’ll be featured when the resurgent Cougars, who lead the Pac-12 North division play at resurgent Colorado, which leads the South, on Saturday, also at 3:30 PM ET on Fox. O’Connell is a massive guy who literally does block out the sun – his teammates refer to him affectionately as ‘The Continent’ and he has been rocketing up draft boards around the league. But he also moves well for a big guy and gets lots of reps pass blocking in the wide-open WSU offense.