New York Giants draft wish list: Interior linemen


The New York Giants have some work to do in the offseason to bolster an offensive line that was among the NFL’s worst in 2013. Fortunately for them, the draft is stocked with talented interior linemen that could provide instant improvements.

cover32’s list of the top 10 interior linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft class is awfully impressive. The offensive line should be a top priority for New York come May and here are a few of those top prospects that should be at the top of their wish list:

David Yankey
cover32’s second-ranked guard, the Stanford standout would be a great addition to the Giants’ shoddy offensive line. At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, he boasts all the size they need, with the football IQ and technique to support it.

Yankey excels in the running game, using his natural athleticism to open up holes with ease. His technique could use some refining, but what rookie’s couldn’t?

He was a two-year All-American and three-year starter for a stout Stanford offensive line that produced one of the Pac-12’s best offensive attacks year after year.

Travis Swanson
The top-ranked center could be had in the middle rounds, allowing the Giants to address some other pivotal needs early on. Swanson is a guy who excels in pass protection thanks, in part, to his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage.

David Baas appears to be a lock for 2014 due to his cap hit if he were to be released, but the Giants would be wise to add his successor in the offseason.

Weston Richburg
Richburg would be a huge pickup for the G-Men as he is a much lesser-known athlete, but he ranks among the best in the class. Coming out of Colorado State, he was a durable, dependable player who suited up for all 49 contests during his collegiate career.

Everything you read about him says he’s an intelligent football player and hard worker. Who was asked off to pull from the center position, and he did so with surprising athleticism.

He’s not quite as physical as you’d like to see, and as a result, he performs better in pass protection than in rushing situations.

Dakota Dozier
Though he’s coming out of a small FCS school in Furman, Dozier is a very highly touted prospect. He’s got desirable size to play guard (6-foot-5, 316 pounds) and scored well in most of the drills at the NFL Combine (except for the 40-yard dash).

Of Dozier following the East-West Shrine Game, CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler said:

A college left tackle, Dozier arrived in St. Petersburg and was moved to guard, but the transition went smooth as if he’s been playing inside for years. He looked quick, balanced and controlled in his movements with the base strength and awareness to hold his ground and pick up extra blitzers. Dozier surfaced as the top offensive line prospect this week and is a darkhorse top-100 prospect.

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