It was no secret that the Giants were in dire need of help along the offensive line by the end of 2013, leading New York to sign ex-Chief Geoff Schwartz, ex-Bronco/Redskin J.D. Walton and ex-Dolphin John Jerry. Reeling in a stud tackle in one of the later rounds would only boost the unit further.
Late-round O-line projects have failed New York in the past. James Brewer, a fourth-round selection in 2011, has largely been a disappointment in his three seasons with the team. Fellow fourth-rounder Brandon Mosley (2012) earned just one start last season, as the Giants floundered to keep an aching offensive line afloat.
Selected after Mosley in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, Matt McCants was cut and subsequently signed by the Oakland Raiders before he ever made an impact in New York. And there's also Eric Herman, a seventh-rounder in last year's draft who was too raw to ever be promoted from the practice squad in 2013.
If the Giants decide, once again, to experiment with a late-round O-lineman, they can do so with confidence if the selection is Billy Turner of North Dakota State.
Turner has turned many heads early this offseason. After anchoring the Bison through three consecutive FCS championships, Turner (6'6", 314 lbs) is ready to take his talent to the next level. The burly, bull-dozing blocker has the athletic tools to make the leap to the professional ranks.
Turner put forth a dominating performance in the 2013 FCS Championship, which earned him a trip to the Senior Bowl. Some scouts in attendance believe he has many Pro Bowls in his future, according to WDAY Fargo. Like many other small school prospects, however, Turner must improve his technique to thrive in the NFL.
With the assistance of the Giants' coaching staff, this sleeper could fine-tune the inadequacies in his game and eventually become a driving force in New York's offensive turnaround.