2017 NFL Draft

Justin Pugh, OT

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Holland, PA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 307 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 42. Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse: Whether he winds up remaining at left tackle or moving inside to guard, Pugh has the athleticism to go along with his 6-5, 307-pound frame. Only the fact that he has shorter-than-preferred arms (31.5 inches) makes this a concern. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Syracuse's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Justin Pugh, OT (6-4 3/4, 304) - Pugh kept his numbers from the combine, with the exception of the bench press (22 strength lifts of 225 pounds). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/07/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: Offensive lineman Justin Pugh pumped up 22 reps of 225, significant headway toward proving he's recovered from shoulder surgery. Multiple outlets reported Thursday that Pugh worked out for the Eagles earlier in the week on campus. He's a potential top-50 prospect who could rise up draft boards in the coming weeks. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is an intriguing prospect, but thus far through two practices, it has become more evident that his best position is probably inside at guard. He has the mobility and body control to protect the edge, but he has suspect core strength and struggles to properly use his hands to control rushers at the point of attack. Pugh also lacks the length (31.5" arms) and growth potential to convince NFL teams he can stay at left tackle. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/19/2013 - Alabama's D.J. Fluker and Syracuse's Justin Pugh, with their degrees in hand, received clearance from the National Football League to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26, in Mobile. They two offensive linemen become the first non-seniors to come to the Senior Bowl in its 64-year history. Both have declared for the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining. However, because they earned their degrees and had been in school four years, the Senior Bowl approached the NFL about their eligibility, and they were cleared for this year's game.

Pugh started every game he played at Syracuse and was an All-Big East selection the past two seasons. He'll play with his former quarterback, Ryan Nassib, on the North squad.

"It is an honor to bring Justin to the Senior Bowl as a 4th year junior graduate," Savage said, "He has excelled on the field as well as in the classroom, so he is deserving of being here and will have an opportunity to really elevate his stock for the upcoming NFL Draft." Both Fluker and Pugh are potential first-round picks in April's NFL Draft. - SeniorBowl.com

01/03/2013 - Syracuse football offensive tackle Justin Pugh will forgo his final season of eligibility with the Orange and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, he announced today. A 2011 and 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Pugh started every game he played at Syracuse. The team co-captain was also honored as a 2012 ECAC Division I Football All-Star and 2012 ESPN.com All-BIG EAST Team selection. Pugh has completed his degree requirements in finance.

"Coach Marrone and Coach Adkins have been great throughout my career, including through this process," Pugh said. "I wanted to be honest with everyone as I made this decision and they were the same with me. My Syracuse career was the best four years of my life. My teammates, coaches, the staff and the fans have been great. I would not change anything about my decision to attend Syracuse or my career. I am so happy I came to Syracuse University. I will always be active in the Orange football program and the Syracuse community. I love the Orange. Go 'Cuse."

After missing the first four games of the 2012 season with an injury, Pugh returned to the Syracuse lineup to anchor an offensive line that as has paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Smith. In addition, the Orange averaged 187.0 yards per game on the ground, the program's most effective ground attack since 2004. Pugh and the rest of the SU front five allowed just 16 sacks this season. - Syracuse football

12/31/2012 - Whoever takes over for Nassib may not have one of the best left tackles in Syracuse history to protect their blind side. It seems inevitable that Pugh, an All-Big East left tackle, is going to at least throw his hat in the ring and see what happens. Most rankings I have seen for his position have him as a Top 20-25 prospect. Some even have him pegged as a potential second-round pick.

The buzz on Pugh from the Draft experts is that he has to get bigger, but is seen as a valuable developmental pick and could always move to guard if needed at the NFL level. The best move for him may be to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft but not hire an agent to see just what his stock is.

Pugh's impact on the offensive line was clear. When he returned from injury four games into the season, it allowed Marrone to put more of the burden on the offensive line and running game to carry the offense. The Syracuse offensive line was solid all season and Pugh was the biggest reason why. Ryan Nassib was sacked just 14 times this season. - Brent Axe, The Syracuse Post-Standard

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse, Sr., Holland, Pa./Council Rock South, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This is Pugh's third straight all-conference selection, and his second consecutive first-team nod. After missing the first four games of the year with an injury, he returned to the Syracuse lineup to anchor an offensive line that as has paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Smith.

In addition, the Orange is averaging 171.8 yards per game on the ground, the team's best rushing output since 2004. Pugh and the rest of the SU front five have allowed just 14 sacks this season or one every 32.1 pass attempts. - Syracuse football

11/24/2012 - Syracuse football player Justin Pugh played his final game of the 2012 regular season in front of approximately 200 members of the "Pugh Crew" on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, friends and family members who made the short drive from Pugh's hometown of Holland, Pa. Did they witness the last regular-season game of Pugh's SU career?

"I haven't really thought that much about it," Pugh, an All-Big East offensive tackle, said of his decision on whether to return for his fifth year of eligibility or enter the NFL Draft. "I'm going to send in my stuff to the NFL Draft Advisory Board on Monday and take it from there, see what they have to say."

Several draft analysts have projected Pugh (6-foot-6, 292 pounds) as a high draft choice. He can test the waters if he desires, but until he signs with an agent he will have the option of returning. Once he signs he is gone. Chances are Pugh will sit down soon and have a long talk with SU coach Doug Marrone, a former NFL tackle as a player and line coach afterward. - Dave Rahme, The Post-Standard

10/23/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: 2. LT Justin Pugh, 6-5, 298, Syracuse: Why he has the second spot: The quick-footed left tackle held explosive Connecticut DE Trevardo Williams without a sack in Friday's 40-10 win over the Huskies. UConn entered the game among the nation's leaders in sacks per game, but didn't record a single sack against Orange QB Ryan Nassib. Pugh has exceptional speed for a left tackle and races out to the second-level almost as fast as any lineman in FBS. The 2011 First Team All-Big East selection saw his ranking slide early in the season while he was sidelined by an upper-body injury. Pugh may steadily move up the charts, as he continues to recuperate from offseason shoulder surgery. The redshirt junior has only appeared in three games this season. Season stats (three games): The Orange have averaged 144.3 rushing yards per game since Pugh's return. During that span, Syracuse has allowed five sacks. Player ranking: Pugh is ranked No. 115 overall and is the 11th-highest offensive lineman in CBSSports.com latest player rankings. Up next: at South Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 3. LT Justin Pugh, 6-5, 298, Syracuse: Why he has the third spot: Few left tackles in FBS can match Pugh's combination of speed and athleticism. Pugh returned on Friday after missing Syracuse's first four games with an upper body injury. The time off could wind up benefiting Pugh in the long run. The redshirt junior had the opportunity to mentor several younger linemen and gain a different perspective on his team's blocking schemes from watching on the sidelines. Pugh's injury has caused him to drop from a potential second round pick to the third or fourth round. With one more year of eligibility, it might not be a bad idea for Pugh to return next season. Season stats (one game): The Orange offensive line allowed two sacks in the 14-13 win over Pittsburgh. As a team, Syracuse rushed for 120 yards on 33 carries. Player ranking: Pugh is ranked 104th overall and the 10th highest offensive tackle in CBSSports.com latest player rankings. Up next: at Rutgers, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network/ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

10/05/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LT Justin Pugh -- Pugh should be ready to make his season debut this week. He missed the season's first four games following offseason shoulder surgery, but will return to his left tackle spot against the Panthers, with Sean Hickey shifting over to right tackle. - The Sports Xchange

10/04/2012 - The Syracuse University football team unveiled an offensive line makeover during Tuesday afternoon's practice that features three new faces in the starting lineup. As expected, 2011 All-Big East tackle Justin Pugh, out since spring ball with a shoulder injury, returned to the lineup on the left side and will be there when Syracuse (1-3, 0-0) faces Pittsburgh (2-2, 0-1) in a Big East game at 7 p.m. Friday in the Carrier Dome. "I've been waiting six months for this," Pugh said. "I'm just ready to get out there and get playing." - Dave Rahme, The Post-Standard

09/07/2012 - LT Jason Pugh missed the opener with a left shoulder injury, as expected. He's now week-to-week, and will be out on the field as soon as the doctors clear him. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - BIG EAST: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: LT Justin Pugh, Syracuse: The league's top left tackle missed the opener, as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury. Concerns about Pugh's health could mount if he remains sidelined for an extended period. You can see him next: Pugh's status vs. USC is unknown. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

07/30/2012 - Who among the 14 players who missed time during spring ball with injuries will be still unable to practice when camp opens? Specifically, I am concerned about all-conference left tackle Justin Pugh, who will be one of five SU players in attendance Tuesday. Pugh dropped out of practice toward the end of spring ball and watched the annual spring game from the stands. He appeared to be fine - he wasn't on crutches or had an arm in a sling, so there was no obvious sign of injury - although after the scrimmage Marrone said none of the players who sat out would have been able to suit up had the Orange been preparing for a real game. Now I am hearing persistent rumors that Pugh, a junior, could miss a good chunk of camp and possibly even some of the 2012 season as he recovers from an upper-body injury. Considering Pugh is among the best offensive linemen I have covered at SU in my two decades following the team and is a future NFL prospect plus the fact that SU already has to replace the right side of its offensive line this season due to the graduation of Andrew Tiller and Michael Hay, Pugh's health is at the top of my curiosity list as I prepare to drive over to Rhode Island later today. - Dave Rahme, The Post-Standard

07/30/2012 - If Syracuse LT Justin Pugh is out for an extended period, as Syracuse.com has speculated, it could be a devastating blow for an Orange offense that ranked fourth in the Big East in sacks allowed in 2011. Pugh, a 2011 All-Big East First Team performer, could miss the entire preseason camp and some of the regular season with an apparent upper-body injury, a source told Dave Rahme of Syracuse.com. The senior was one of several Syracuse players to sit out the final days of Orange spring practice. Pugh (6-foot-6, 290) also missed the Syracuse spring game with an undisclosed injury. Pugh has earned a reputation for nearly matching the speed of the Orange running backs on the outside when they found space in the open field. He anchors an experienced offensive line that also returns senior guard Zack Chibane and senior center Macky MacPherson. The Orange face a challenging nonconference schedule with games against USC, Northwestern and Minnesota in the opening month. In 2011, the Trojans ranked 20th in FBS with 31.0 sacks, while the Golden Gophers and Wildcats ranked 86th and 106th respectively. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Pugh was recognized as an All- BIG EAST First team selection in 2011 and garnered second team accolades in 2010. The Holland, Pa. native has started every contest for the Orange the past two seasons and has had consecutive seasons blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher. He was also one of 11 Syracuse football players named Phil Steele's 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Teams, receiving first team honors. - Syracuse football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Pugh, Syracuse, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Pugh was recognized as an All- BIG EAST First team selection in 2011 and garnered second team accolades in 2010. The Holland, Pa. native has started every contest for the Orange the past two seasons and has had consecutive seasons blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher. He was also one of 11 Syracuse football players named Phil Steele's 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Teams, receiving first team honors. - Syracuse football

07/02/2012 - Top-five Syracuse prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OT Justin Pugh (6-6, 290)...For the dozens and dozens of players Syracuse has sent to the NFL, the Orange has had only one offensive lineman selected in the first round, and that came in 1960. Pugh still has work to do before he hears his name called in the first 32 picks in either 2013 or 2014, but he has enough talent to warrant at least a top-100 selection and make a case for the first round. He was a lightly-recruited player out of Pennsylvania and redshirted in 2009. Pugh earned the starting left tackle job as a freshman in 2010 and started all 13 games, earning All-Big East Second Team honors. He started every game at left tackle again last season as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Big East honors. Pugh enters his junior year in 2012 as the most experienced lineman on the Syracuse offensive line and has an extremely bright future with two more years of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career. He is an effortless mover for a 290-pound tackle with good body control and coordination to take on blocks and mirror rushers in space. Pugh needs to continue to fill out his frame and spend more time in the weight room, but the sky is the limit for the rising junior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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