A closer look at the areas the New York Giants could address in the draft. We'll look today at the offensive line, which is scheduled to work out Friday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: Offensive line. They made improvements here last offseason, and assuming Geoff Schwartz returns from his injuries, that will help again. But the Giants are determined to improve their run blocking, and they're looking at all options. They could find a big, mauling right tackle and move Justin Pugh inside to guard, or they could beef up in the interior of the line. The versatility of players like Schwartz, Pugh and Weston Richburg means the Giants don't have to limit themselves to specific positions in their search for line help. They can just look for the best possible player.
Three players the Giants could target in the draft:
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The only issue with Scherff is that, as was the case two years ago with Pugh, many believe he's better suited to play guard than tackle at the NFL level. And No. 9 overall may be too high to take a guard. So it comes down to the Giants' sense of Scherff's long-term value versus their needs. He'd immediately upgrade the run game at either position. But if they see him as a guard long-term, their first-round pick might come too early for them to pull the trigger.
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami: At 6-foot-6, 325, Flowers absolutely profiles as a tackle -- possibly even a high-end, pass-protecting left tackle down the road. He'd be more of a project than an immediate helper for the Giants, and they could look his way if they believe they've addressed their immediate needs in free agency. The Giants haven't done a great job developing their project linemen in recent years (a major source of their current woes), but Flowers has first-round talent and may not need that much time.
Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke: One of the stars of the Senior Bowl, Tomlinson would be more of a mid-round pick if the Giants were looking for a smart, experienced player who could shore up the interior of the offensive line (think Richburg last year). He's 6-foot-3, 323 pounds and started for four years at Duke, where he majored in psychology and evolutionary anthropology.