The New York Giants made offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Syracuse) they're selection in the first round of April's NFL Draft. Because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions, there are question marks regarding where on the offensive front he will wind up playing.
The Giants drafted Pugh with the belief that he could play tackle, guard or even center, but if the first couple days of rookie camp is any clue as to where he'll see time this season, then it will be at right tackle, where he spent both practices.
During his time at Syracuse he protected quarterback, and Giants' fourth-round pick, Ryan Nassib at the left tackle position. Pugh said once the season ended he began training as a right tackle to help his draft stock.
"I have been working on my right tackle stance ever since then so it feels a lot better now," Pugh said. "And just keep getting more and more reps, keep getting live reps against guys and as it gets better, it will get easier.
"I played some right [tackle] when I was in practice but never in a game," he added. "When I got to the Senior Bowl, played a little right guard, right tackle, so I got more and more comfortable. I played right guard in high school. But I am comfortable with the right side."
We will have a better idea of what kind of progress Pugh is making once teams are allowed practices with full contact.
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