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State of Giants' offensive line: What it looks like pre-draft


At this time last year, the Giants had four offensive linemen who started at least 14 games the previous season. They replaced all of them.

Although 2023 won't be as drastic, they parted ways with starting center Jon Feliciano and swingman Nick Gates, the former co-captain who battled back from a gruesome leg injury. Both became free agents last month. The former signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and the latter will be seen twice a year with the Washington Commanders.

"We knew Jon was on a one-year contract," general manager Joe Schoen said last month at the NFL Annual Meeting. "Last year at this time, we didn't know if Nick Gates was ever going to be able to play football again. Heck, we didn't know that until midway through the season. We had contingency plans in place. We claimed Jack Anderson; he was with us in Buffalo. He does good work at center. Ben Bredeson is a guy that we feel very comfortable with playing center. And then Shane Lemieux was playing it as well last year before the injury. So, we'll have some guys in there that will battle it out as well.

"We still have the draft. We still have some sufficient guys on the street that we can consider as well. We don't play until September. We're in camp until August. Guy may be cut post-camp. There could be cap casualties. So, we'll be patient. We'll continue to look. We have confidence in Jack Anderson, Ben Bredeson and Shane that they can snap the ball and play center for us."

The Giants have time to figure it out, but the clock is always ticking in the NFL.

Simultaneous to draft prep, the team will kick off the voluntary off-season workout program on April 18. Over those nine weeks, the Giants will hold their draft, rookie minicamp, and 10 organized team practice activities (OTAs) before wrapping up with a three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June.

The Giants will tinker with combinations, but coach Brian Daboll said recently that he's comfortable with "all the guys" currently on the roster. 

"I think [offensive line coach] Bobby [Johnson] has done a good job with them," Daboll said. "That's why you see so many of our players cross train. In training camp, that'll happen again this year with new people coming around, particularly on the inside. I think our tackles, there's not much movement for those guys. But we've got a long time before we've got to play."


Table inside Article
@TEN Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
CAR Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
DAL Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
CHI Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@GB Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
BAL Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@JAX Andrew Thomas Ben Bredeson Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@SEA Andrew Thomas Joshua Ezeudu Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Tyre Phillips
HOU Andrew Thomas Joshua Ezeudu Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Tyre Phillips
DET Andrew Thomas Shane Lemieux Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Tyre Phillips
@DAL Andrew Thomas Jack Anderson Nick Gates Mark Glowinski Tyre Phillips
WAS Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
PHI Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@WAS Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@MIN Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
IND Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@PHI Tyre Phillips Ben Bredeson Nick Gates Jack Anderson Evan Neal
@MIN (WC) Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal
@PHI (DIV) Andrew Thomas Nick Gates Jon Feliciano Mark Glowinski Evan Neal

View photos of every move made by the Giants during the 2023 cycle.

Below is a look at the state of the offensive line one month into free agency and just two weeks out from the draft.

The newcomer

J.C. Hassenauer

Previous Team: Steelers

Career: 45 G, 7 GS (5 at C, 2 at LG)

Hassenauer, 6-2 and 295 pounds, originally entered the league with the Falcons as an undrafted prospect out of Alabama in 2018. The following year, he joined Pittsburgh, where he played all 45 of his career games. He made seven starts with the Steelers – five at center and two at left guard. Hassenauer, who played in all 17 games last season, has also appeared in two postseason contests and made one start at center.

A top reserve on the Crimson Tide's offensive front, Hassenauer provided depth at both guard and center. He played in eight games in 2017 and started in the CFP National Championship Game.

The returning linemen

Mark Glowinski

Career: 111 G, 90 GS (74 at RG, 16 at LG)

A free-agent signing a year ago, Glowinski started at least 14 games for the fourth consecutive season and fifth overall in his career (one with Seattle, three with Indianapolis, and one with the Giants). He started every game at right guard in his first season with the Giants except for the regular-season finale, when the team rested its starters.

Andrew Thomas

Career: 45 G, 44 GS all at LT)

The highest-drafted offensive lineman by the Giants since 1974, Thomas blossomed into one of the best left tackles in his third season and was named to the All-Pro Second Team. According to STATS LLC, he allowed only two sacks on 1,050 offensive snaps and did not commit a holding or false start penalty.

Evan Neal

Career: 13 G, 13 GS (all at RT)

The seventh overall pick in last year's draft bookended the offensive line with Thomas, a former fourth overall pick. Neal started all 13 regular-season games in which he played as a rookie, missing four in the middle of the year due to a knee injury. The former Alabama All-American also got his first taste of NFL postseason experience and started in the Wild Card and Divisional Rounds.

Tyre Phillips

Career: 34 G, 18 GS (10 at RT, 6 at RG, 1 at LG, 1 at LT)

Claimed off waivers from Baltimore just before the start of last season, Phillips started four games in place of the injured Neal at right tackle and once again at left tackle in the regular-season finale. The Ravens originally selected him in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Matt Peart

Career: 35 G, 6 GS (5 at LT, 1 at RT)

Peart started his third season on the Reserve/PUP list while recovering from a torn ACL. He made his season debut after the Giants' bye week and played in each of the last nine regular-season games.

Ben Bredeson

Career: 29 G, 9 GS (all at LG)

Acquired in a trade with the Ravens shortly before the start of the 2021 season, Bredeson saw the most extensive action of his career in 2022, starting eight of 11 games he played.

Shane Lemieux

Career: 14 G, 11 GS (all at LG)

The former fifth-round draft choice has dealt with injuries the past two years. He suffered a toe injury in the 2022 preseason and began the season on injured reserve. In 2021, Lemieux started at left guard in the season opener but left the game with a season-ending knee injury. As a rookie in 2020, Lemieux played in 12 games with starts in each of the last nine games at left guard. He was a member of line that helped the Giants exceed 100 rushing yards in seven consecutive games, which at the time was their longest streak since 2010.

Joshua Ezeudu

Career: 10 G, 2 GS (both at LG)

As a rookie in 2022, the third-round pick played in 10 games with two starts at left guard in place of an injured Ben Bredeson. Ezeudu was then placed on injured reserve on Dec. 17 with a neck injury. Ezeudu is known for his versatility, having played every position on the offensive line in college except center.

Marcus McKethan

Career: 0 G

The fifth-round draft choice and fellow UNC teammate with Ezeudu spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in a preseason practice.

Korey Cunningham

Career: 31 G, 6 GS (all at LT)

Cunningham was originally a seventh-round draft choice by Arizona in 2018, the year he made all six of his career starts. He is entering his third season with the Giants after also spending time with the Patriots in 2019 and 2020.

Solomon Kindley

Career: 29 G, 15 GS (10 at RG, 4 at LG, 1 at OT)

The Giants signed Kindley to the practice squad last October after his release by the Dolphins. He did not appear in any games last season.

Jack Anderson

Career: 14 GP, 3 GS (2 at RG, 1 at LG)

Anderson had previous ties to Schoen and Daboll as a seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2021. He spent 2021 with the Eagles and then was claimed off waivers by the Giants just before the start of last season. He went on to play in 12 games with two starts, lining up for 147 snaps on offense and 50 on special teams. The Giants re-signed him in February as he was set to become an exclusive rights free agent.

Wyatt Davis

Career: 9 G

A late-season waiver claim, Davis was a two-time first-team All-American at Ohio State. He was also the program's first Big Ten Conference Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. The Vikings originally drafted him in the third round in 2021 but released him prior to the 2022 season.

Devery Hamilton

Career: 9 G

One of the smartest players on the team, Hamilton was a three-time academic all-conference selection, twice in the Pac-12 at Stanford and once as a senior in the ACC at Duke.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The prospects

The top five tackles in the 2023 draft class, according to's Bucky Brooks are:

  1. Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State)
  2. Peter Skoronski (Northwestern)
  3. Broderick Jones (Georgia)
  4. Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
  5. Anton Harrison (Oklahoma)

"This group offers a solid collection of edge blockers with the size, length and movement skills to challenge elite pass rushers in isolated matchups. Johnson is an exceptional athlete with the size, strength and power to maul defenders in the run game and pass protection. He finishes blocks violently, showcasing an edginess that sets the tone for the rest of the front. Skoronski is a polished all-around blocker with superb technique and outstanding movement skills. The Northwestern standout excels at latching on and finishing blocks in space. Jones is a power player with the knock-back power to mash and maul defenders in the ground attack. In addition, he displays balance, body control and lateral quickness to shadow shifty pass rushers off the edge. At 6-5 and 333 pounds, Wright is a big edge blocker with heavy hands and a nasty temperament. The Tennessee product mauls opponents at the point of attack while flashing enough balance and body control to be effective as a road grader or pass protector on the quarterback's front side. Harrison is a raw player with intriguing tools and talent. The extra-long bookend flashes impressive movement skills in action, but needs some skill refinement to become a solid pro starter."

The top five interior blockers in the 2023 draft class, according to's Bucky Brooks are:

  1. O'Cyrus Torrence (Florida)
  2. John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota)
  3. Steve Avila (TCU)
  4. Luke Wypler (Ohio State)
  5. Joe Tippmann (Wisconsin)

"The 2023 NFL Draft is loaded with talented interior blockers possessing the capacity to play guard or center. The versatility will enable teams to peg the majority of the top prospects as swing players with the potential to fill multiple spots in the lineup. Torrence is the crown jewel of the class as a massive (6-5, 330 pounds) interior blocker with heavy hands and explosive power. The Louisiana/Florida product flashes dominant ability as a people mover in the ground game, while displaying enough quickness and skill to handle top interior rushers in pass protection. Schmitz is an athletic center with the movement skills to pull, climb and reach defenders at the line of scrimmage or on the second level. In addition, the Minnesota pivot plays with the edginess that most offensive coaches covet in front-line players. Avila is a rock-solid pass protector with the strength, power, balance and body control to anchor against elite interior rushers. The TCU product plays with quick hands and active feet to stop defenders in their tracks. Though Avila could play with more aggression in the run game, the talented technician plays winning football at the point of attack. Wypler is a polished technician with the movement skills to excel on pulls or climb-blocks in space. The Ohio State standout is Day 1 ready, with a toolbox that could make him an immediate difference-maker as a rookie. Tippmann is an athletic pivot with outstanding instincts and awareness. The Wisconsin product is a high-IQ player with the tools and intangibles to develop into a solid starter early in his career." analyst Bucky Brooks revealed his initial position rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft.