Offensive tackles made up four of the first 18 picks in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft and now its five of 19 with the New York Giants selection of Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh. It's marks the first time the Giants have taken a tackle in the first round since 1999.
After sitting out the first four games of the season with an upper body injury, Pugh returned to start the final nine games for a Syracuse offense that set several school records. With Pugh and line blocking for quarterback Ryan Nassib, the Orange offense set school records for yards per game (476), passing yards (3,757), most plays (1,028), completions (295), passing yards per game (289), touchdown passes (26) and total offense (6,188 yards).
Pugh was named first team All-Big East in both 2011 and 2012 after being named second team All-Big East after his sophomore year in 2010.
In his predraft analysis, NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler called Pugh an "Effortless mover with good body control." Pugh has the potential to make an immediate impact on the Giants offensive line.
Pugh is the first Syracuse offensive tackle to be drafted in the first round in school history and the first tackle to be drafted in any round since Quinn Ojinnaka went to the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 draft.
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