The Giants take Justin Pugh 19th

The Giants select the versatile Justin Pugh 19th overall

4/25/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Nov 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange offensive tackle Justin Pugh (67) along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Syracuse defeated Temple 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsJust 19 picks in the draft, the fifth offensive tackle, and seventh offensive lineman is off the board. The New York Giants snatched up Justin Pugh, a tackle from Syracuse, 19th overall.

What teams like about Pugh is that he is able to play both inside and outside. Analysts says Pugh can play either guard or tackle position -- an important skill in a day and age in which NFL teams often carry just seven offensive linemen. 

Some teams red-flagged Pugh for his "short" arms (32"), but the Giants apparently think his technique can make up for the "short" arms.

The Giants allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL last season (20), but keeping Eli Manning upright is always a top priority in New York, as he is the centerpiece of the New York franchise.

New York consistently drafts well, so despite Pugh being a relative unknown, don't be surprised if he is a productive pro. 
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