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Mailbag: RT fits, status of Shane Lemieux


Douglas in Virginia: Is prospect Charles Cross a good fit at right tackle? How about taking Sauce Gardner at #5 and Cross at #7 , since James Bradberry could be on the way out? What is the status of Shane Lemieux?

John Schmeelk: Lemieux should be in competition with the veterans the Giants acquired in the offseason for the left guard position. Cross played left tackle in college as part of the "Air Raid" offense that helped him excel in pass protection, but didn't give him much of an opportunity to run block. He is an excellent athlete and has been working on his pass sets at right tackle this off-season, but it remains to be seen how that will translate to the field if he has to move there. Gardner is considered by most to be the top cornerback in the class.

Clayton in New York: I keep hearing people say that Jordan Davis is "only" a two-down player, and thus, not worthy of a Top-10 pick. But he is the ONE player in this draft who is the unquestioned best player at his position (besides Punter Matt Araiza, who I also want (but not in the first round) and a spot where the Giants are thin. Pocket push is very underrated, and will significantly impact passes on early downs by setting up third-and-long. What about picking Davis at #7 or somewhere between Nos. 9-14?

John Schmeelk: Davis played in 15 games at Georgia last year and only eclipsed 30 snaps in a game five different times. Can he continue with his high level of play with the responsibility of more snaps or at his size are you just getting a player that will play 50% of the snaps? Or can he maintain his weight loss, improve his stamina and play more frequently? Of his 550 snaps during the season, he only played 44 on third down. While stopping the run is important, the NFL is a passing league. With so many close games in the NFL, games are often decided in the final two minutes of games, when teams pass the ball and are in no-huddle situations. Would Davis help a team in those situations? He didn't at Georgia. Unless he plays well above his profile from college in terms of pass rush production (sacks, QB hits, pressures) it would be hard to use a Top-10 pick on him when you could get players who will impact the game more on passing downs.


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