minutemancl Posted January 5, 2022 Share Posted January 5, 2022 There's this old saying when it comes to the draft: "You don't draft for need". The Giants will have to draft for need this year, and that need is OL. Here are the facts, no judgement required: The Giants are rostering 6 (but saying 7) OL in 2022 according to OverTheCap. Those rostered players are Andrew Thomas, Nick Gates, Matt Peart, Wes Martin, Shane Lemieux, and Ben Bredeson. We are paying Nate Solder 4 million to not play for us. Shane Lemieux suffered a partial patellar tendon tear in preseason and received surgery for it in late September. Nick Gates was injured week 2 with a 'gruesome' leg injury that Joe Judge mentioned could potentially be career ending. Matt Peart tore his ACL last week. The Giants are projected to have, according to OverTheCap, about $2 million in cap space in 2022. Here are the opinions: Andrew Thomas is a stud at LT. Wes Martin and Ben Bredeson are practice squad level players. Shane Lemieux run blocked well, but was, by some metrics, the worst pass blocking guard in football last year. There is no relying on him at any level after coming off surgery for currently the worst injury you can suffer in professional football. Nick Gates is solid at every position along the line, but we have no idea on the severity of his injury or how it will affect his play going forward. Matt Peart is a bust who is not cut out to play OL, and he wouldn't even be available until halfway through next season at the very earliest. He is done. Looking ahead right now, our OL before free agency and the draft week 1 is Andrew Thomas- Ben Bredeson- Nobody- Wes Martin- Nobody. We have $2 million in cap space, 3 starters, and 1 player of starting quality. There have been jokes about "draft 9 OL!" but seriously, that is not far from the truth of what we have to do. We need 4 starters along the offensive line. The good news is we have many and high quality draft picks. The problem is that rookies are still rookies, and there is no guarantee you hit on any of them. We do not have the ability to sign quality OL in free agency. So obviously, this a problem. The only solution is to sign who you can to get enough bodies on the roster and draft multiple OL you hope to hit on. There is a very, very low chance our OL is anything better than poor next year regardless of the choices made this year. The only hope is that it is better poised to improve in 2023. This is the single greatest indictment on Dave Gettleman as a GM. He has bungled the OL situation to the point where the OL as it was when he took over in 2017 and said "we've got to fix the O-line, let's be honest. Let's not kid each other. Big men allow you to compete, and that's what we've got to fix" is better than it is now, by a decent margin. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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