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These are the debates that will be waged in front offices across the NFL in the coming days and weeks, up until commissioner Roger Goodell steps in front of the podium at Radio City Music Hall.
In our new "Make the Case" web series, we look at the selections provided by two NFL Draft Experts and their reasons why. Then we ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select if available at No. 12.
Today's debate is on the offensive tackles. In recent mock drafts, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Giants to select Michigan's Taylor Lewan, while FOX Sports' Peter Schrager has Texas A&M's Jake Matthews.
By Todd McShay, ESPN (selected 3/6)*
This is another tricky one, because the two biggest need areas for the Giants, in my opinion, are offensive tackle and linebacker, and those are two positions they hardly ever use first-round picks on. They broke their tackle streak last year, selecting Justin Pugh, and I think with him on the right and Lewan on the left they'd have a significant upgrade and a pairing that can better protect Eli Manning. Lewan certainly justifies the pick from a talent standpoint, as he's long, has good experience and showcased his explosiveness at the combine.
By Peter Schrager, FOX Sports (selected 2/28)*
The Giants took Justin Pugh in the first round last year. They've got Will Beatty on a big contract, too. I still think they go offensive line with the 12th pick. If needed, Pugh can move inside to guard. Matthews was being discussed as a top-5 pick after the college football season. I still think he goes Top 15.