As the Giants approached their pick in the third round of the recent NFL Draft, there was a lot of excitement and a little surprise that Owa Odighizuwa was still available. The Giants didn't hesitate to pick the fifth year senior out of UCLA, a true 4-3
defensive end that should help the team in a number of different areas in 2015. With the versatility to not only play end but also move inside to rush on third down, Odighizuwa has the potential to give the Giants the same type of versatility Justin Tuck once did. He has the strength to defend against the run and the quickness and speed to turn the edge and get to the quarterback.
He will have stiff competition to earn time at defensive end. Jason Pierre-Paul is an entrenched starter and the team has high hopes for Robert Ayers, who played well last season before suffering a pectoral injury. Behind those two veterans are DaMontre Moore and Kerry Wynn, two youngsters with a ton of potential.
Inside at tackle, it is similarly jammed with Johnathan Hankins, Kenrick Ellis, Cullen Jenkins, Markus Kuhn and Jay Bromley, last year's third round pick. There will be plenty of competition in camp for playing time everywhere on the defensive line, and Steve Spanguolo should have plenty of weapons to rotate to keep the pass rush fresh throughout the game.
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