The New York Giants would love to get back to the days when they had the toughest and most consistent offensive line in the NFL with guys like Chris Snee, Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert, Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl.
General manager Dave Gettleman’s affinity for “hog mollies” was supposed to get them back there, but thus far the transition has been a slow one. Yes, he did draft left guard Will Hernandez in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft and has been tooling around with free agents and veteran pickups, but it wasn’t until this April that Gettleman decided to add some more young talent to his weakest unit.
Gettleman used the fourth overall pick to select Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas and then grabbed UConn tackle Matthew Peart in Round 3. To top things off, the Giants took Oregon guard Shane Lemieux, a throwback to those lineman of yesteryear, in Round 5.
But that doesn’t mean the Giants were totally devoid of talent on the line. They have Hernandez and veterans Nate Solder and Kevin Zeitler, but there is one other valuable man in the group that has gone unsung.
Nick Gates, an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska the Giants inked back in 2018, is entering his third season with Big Blue and intends to be