Giants Strengthen Their O-Line With Joshua Ezeudu, A Versatile Guard With A ‘Rising Start’ | NFL.com scouting reports, more
If the Giants can’t find a quality starting left guard in 2022, it won’t be for lack of trying. General manager Joe Schoen signed two veterans in Max Garcia and Jamil Douglas. Shane Lemieux will return from injury – and Nick Gates is also recovering. Ben Bredeson is still there.
And now add Joshua Ezeudu from North Carolina into the mix. The Giants picked Ezeudu in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft (67th overall) to add more competition inside the offensive line — and even some depth at tackle.
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The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Ezeudu started 20 games at left guard for UNC, plus two at right tackle and six at left tackle.
Ezeudu joins a draft class that already includes Oregon point carrier Kayvon Thibodeaux, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal and Kentucky wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson.
Here are various scouting reports for the Giants’ new offensive lineman:
Athletics (Dane Brugler): “Thanks to his initial speed, Ezeudu is able to reach his benchmarks and move from playing angles to off-effect defenders. He has greedy hands and a clear desire to finish, but he needs to be more disciplined, especially after contact. Overall, Ezeudu is still developing the tricks of the trade to be a more consistent support blocker, but he gives defenders a battle with his athleticism and hand strength to wear down his opponent. He started in reverse as an NFL guard who can also replace the tackle in an emergency.
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein): “A guard prospect with technical issues to address, Ezeudu has the traits and athleticism to find a home in the NFL. Despite his impressive frame, he doesn’t play with cohesive hands and hips, which limits his power zone and could prevent him from neutralizing the power of the NFL. He’s a more talented blocker on the move and could see an increase in his consistency if an offensive line coach can get him to play with more disciplined hands. His length and tackling experience are assets, but he’s going to allow the occasional leak due to soft edges. He has low-end starting potential with emergency tackling versatility.
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Launderer’s report: “Ezeudu wins with good initial explosiveness thanks to his position and lateral quickness that allows him to quickly reach his pass protection points while staying square with upside-down positioning on the rushers. He shows impressive refinement in his passing sets, mixing flat, angled and vertical sets with independent use of the hand and very good length to make meaningful first contact…
Ezeudu has the athletic ability, length, hand-fighting skills and competitive toughness to carve out a guard role in the NFL, as well as the outside-kick ability to tackle rigor. If he can learn to play with better leverage and hold blocks more consistently in the running game, he has the physical traits and demeanor to become a starter in his first contract.
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