Mailbag: Jake Matthews to the Giants?

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As we ease into the offseason, intrigue about what the New York Giants will do to revamp their roster and improve for next season is building. This week’s mailbag didn’t garner a ton of responses, but it did bring forth a question that provided a good look into how the Giants may be looking to draft in May.

With such a huge need along the offensive line, Jake Matthews would certainly be a nice addition at one of the tackle positions. However, I think the Giants are stuck with what they have at tackle because they can’t cut Will Beatty and Justin Pugh should be a mainstay at right tackle for years to come after what he showed this season. I don’t see Beatty moving inside unless he has another bad year.

At the same time, I don’t believe Matthews will last until the 12th pick anyway for the Giants to take him if they wanted to. As one of the draft’s top tackles, he could very well be the first offensive lineman off the board. There are a number of of teams within the top 10 that could use a tackle of Matthews’ caliber.

I wouldn’t count out the Giants drafting a few offensive lineman on draft day, though. They need to improve at all three interior positions and the need is a pressing one. Fortunately, like last year, this year’s class is heavy in offensive lineman that should be able to contribute from day one.

Let’s not forget that the Giants still have young prospects like Brandon Mosley, James Brewer and Dallas Reynolds on the roster. Brewer did well with very minimal playing time. Don’t be surprised if he gets a shot at guard in 2014.


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