EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few quick thoughts on the New York Giants' first-round draft pick.
The pick: Ereck Flowers, offensive lineman, Miami
My take: I like the pick. In spite of the high picks of Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg the past two years, the Giants still need to build the offensive line. In Flowers, they get a huge (6-foot-6, 330-pound) offensive lineman who can start right away at guard or right tackle and help upgrade the run-blocking, which was one of their offseason priorities. But the Giants also believe that the 21-year-old Flowers has a high enough ceiling that he can eventually be a top left tackle. That makes it worth spending a top-10 pick on the guy. His footwork in pass protection will need some work before he can move over there and replace Will Beatty, but the Giants believe they can work with him on that and develop him into a cornerstone.
"Mean streak": One thing I heard from several people about Flowers in the past couple of weeks was that the Giants and other teams liked Flowers' on-field nastiness. He might not have Brandon Scherff's tape as a run-game finisher, but he's a dominant physical presence in the run game who seems to generate a significant amount of on-field disdain for his opponent. The Giants like guys like that and believe they need an infusion of attitude on their lines and even in their locker room.
What's next? The offensive line addressed, I'd expect the Giants to focus strongly on defense in the next couple of rounds Friday night. They will look to add a safety and possibly a defensive lineman, as that side of the ball remains the one with more holes and a brand new coordinator who's looking to fix things in a hurry.