Chris Snee—29, Rich Seubert—32, Kareem McKenzie—32, David Diehl—31, Shaun O'Hara—34. These are the ages of the starting offensive linemen (when the season gets under way).
OK, so maybe we blew the whole need for an offensive lineman in the 2011 NFL draft out of proportion. Most NFL linemen can be effective until they are 34 or 35, and only one is at that age right now.
However, obviously in the next couple of years those linemen will be retiring and will have to be replaced. The Giants drafted Snee, Diehl and Seubert (free agent after 2001 draft) and found O'Hara and McKenzie on the free agent wire, so you'd like to think their assessment of offensive line talent is on par.
They seemingly have a full backup unit ready to take over at a moment's notice, if they retain all of them—Will Beatty and James Brewer at the tackle spots, Mitch Petrus at left guard and Adam Koets at center.
Snee has a good four to five years left at least, so I'm not real worried about the Giants having to replace him just yet.
Still, those backups could turn out to be busts, and it will be up to Jerry Reese and his crew to find replacements in the draft or free agency.
Building an offensive line is one of the most important aspects of a successful NFL franchise. Reese has shown he knows that, so we should trust him to be able to find the right guys, but you never know.