New York Giants Draft Grades: Grading the Selection of Matt McCants

Louis Musto@LouisMustoContributor IIIApril 28, 2012

The 2012 NFL draft is winding to a close, but the New York Giants are not done yet. With the 201st overall selection in the sixth round, the defending Super Bowl champions added UAB tackle Matt McCants.

The addition comes in the wake of a 2011 season that saw the Giants aging, veteran offensive line stricken with injuries and down years across the board. With an obvious need for depth heading into the 2012 season, the Giants have chosen to use two picks to address the offensive tackle position.

UAB’s Matt McCants is a prospect full of potential and could prove to be a late-round steal in the near future for the Giants.

The seventh-ranked player on Wes Bunting’s offensive tackle big board, McCants is a big, imposing specimen with the ability to still add size. At 6’7” and 295 pounds, the former Blazers stud is an impressive, athletic kid with all the tools to be a left tackle in the NFL.

McCants is a strong kid with good quickness, able to be a solid swing tackle for the Giants. He moves his feet with the best of them and will prove to be a serviceable reserve during his rookie season.

He will require time to develop, as his technique tends to get sloppy at times. Luckily, the Giants have coached up some of the most underrated offensive linemen in the past.

If McCants is able to add some mass to his big frame, which he desperately needs to do, then he and the Giants coaching staff should have no issue turning him into a quality tackle along their offensive line with the versatility to play both tackle positions.

If nothing more, McCants brings vital depth to an offensive line that faced some detrimental depletion during their Super Bowl run. The UAB product satisfies those concerns while giving the Giants a potential starting-quality prospect at a rather cheap price.

McCants shows a lot of talent already and boasts a ton of upside. Should he be able to add the mass his 295-pound frame needs, he could be a brutal, physical force against rushing defenders. This is a value pick which adds quality depth where it is greatly needed. There were other positions to address, but McCants was too good to pass up in the sixth round.

Grade: A