NFL: NY Giants Draft Needs
This season, we may see a repeat in the first round of the draft. Last year, the Giants drafted lineman Justin Pugh. This year, Zack Martin is the best candidate for the first pick.
Martin played his past four years at Notre Dame in the tackle position, holding the record for most career games in Notre Dame history with 52. All 39 of his college starts were at tackle, but due to his size he is a very good candidate as a guard.
Another player on the offensive line is something that the Giants are in need of right now. The 2013 season was unsuccessful and there were too many injuries. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired, and Ben McAdoo will be taking over this season.
After Eli Manning threw a franchise-record 27 interceptions last season, it became clear that there needs to be more depth on the offensive line. Martin would be a good addition, adding more depth where it is needed.
Standing at six-foot-four and weighing 308 pounds, Martin could be considered as small for a lineman. While this could be a problem, he has shown well at Notre Dame and proves that his talents surpass the concerns about his stature.
Versatility is a big benefit that comes with drafting Martin. He has the capability of playing all five offensive line positions. As a two-time captain, Martin will bring leadership to the field. His quickness and strength allows him to effectively face defenders with more athleticism than him, and he’ll have the opportunity to build his stature in the NFL.
Martin has become a possible top ten selection, and the Giants better hope he makes it to the 12th pick.