Ok, so maybe the Giants did not draft an offensive tackle as early as some of you may have liked, but they got a very talented player when they waited for Indiana's James Brewer.
Although he played right tackle in college, that was mainly due to them having Roger Saffold at left tackle prior to the 2010 season. Saffold was drafted in the second round last year by the Rams.
Brewer is a dominant pass blocker; he allowed only two sacks as a senior and has the athleticism to handle all the speed pass-rushers. He played very well against Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan, who just so happened to be a first-round pick this year.
He can make the transition to left tackle or play right tackle, depending on where the Giants feel most comfortable with Will Beatty moving forward.
This year, he will add depth at a key position, if he impresses in camp, the Giants could slide David Diehl inside and start Brewer, though I really don't see that happening.
However, if the Giants suffer injuries to their offensive line again they definitely have a nice back up plan.
"There are some guys who are not even really great athletes but can still play on the left side," GM Jerry Reese said. "Guys just know how to make their set and know who their opponents are, and you can get away without a great athlete on the left side. You'd like for the guy to be a dynamic athlete on the left, but that's not always the case. You see some very good players out there playing left tackle that are not dynamic athletes. But this guy's a dynamic athlete."
"The thing about these guys who we call late bloomers, if they're not competitive you tend to shy away from them a little bit. But this guy is very competitive; he really wants to do it. We did all the interview stuff with him—'Do you want to play football?' He convinced us that he did."
Remember, David Diehl was a fifth-round pick, and he's been a terrific left tackle; you don't always have to invest first and second-round picks to build your offensive line.