In my bones, I had a feeling Pugh would be wearing blue. He wasn’t going to be there for Jerry Reese in Round Two, so he grabbed him at 19. Was it a reach? We’ll see, but the Giants have been high on Pugh for some time and tonight validated that.
Here is what Walter Football had to say about Justin Pugh:
Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse
Height: 6-4 Weight: 301 Arm: 31 1/2 Hand: 10
Projected 40 Time: 5.05
Projected Round (2013): 1-2
Some media pundits and draft analysts are hire on Pugh, believing he could go late in the first round. Pugh did a good job of protecting quarterback Ryan Nassib in 2012. Pugh clearly needs to add weight and strength for the next level.
Similar to Nassib, Pugh’s Senior Bowl wasn’t a complete debacle, but it definitely didn’t help his stock. Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson stood out, but Pugh was very disappointing in comparison. It all started at the weigh-in when he checked in at 6-foot-4, 301-pounds. That is very undersized for an NFL offensive tackle. It was known that Pugh was on the lighter side entering Mobile, but he was a few inches shorter than expected and has very short arms (31 1/2). Pugh also struggled in the one-on-ones on the edge. He also had some issues at guard with bull rushes, too.
Pugh had a solid career protecting Nassib’s blind side, but for the NFL, he looks like he probably should be a guard in a zone-blocking system. That, along with him not looking like a starting tackle, hurts the number of teams that could consider Pugh. His disappointing weak and undersized status make him look more like a mid-round pick rather than the top-32 selection some have suggested.