The New York Giants and General Manager Jerry Reese have a lot of decisions to make about their offensive line this offseason. Both Will Beatty and Kevin Boothe are free agents, Sean Locklear is also a free agent and trying to work back from a devastating injury, and a decision needs to be made on David Diehl, who will command a $4.1 million base salary in 2013. The common feeling is that the team will look to the NFL Draft to fill some of their holes, and one target may be Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
The 6'6'', 303 lbs. lineman has impressed most onlookers, and is considered by many to be one of, if not the best tackle available in the 2013 NFL Draft. If nothing else, he is projected to go in the first-round come April, and may be available when the Giants select at #19.
Matt Miller of NFL Draft Scout, who is in Mobile, Alabama covering the Senior Bowl, was among those impressed with Johnson. But he wasn't the only one. Miller had one of the Giants scouts in attendance remark "that's my left tackle" after watching Johnson practice.
That may or may not give an indication into what the Giants are focusing on as the draft approaches, but it speaks volumes about Johnson and how he's viewed by those who are paid to know. And with Beatty likely to receive some significant free agent offers, Johnson could potentially be the answer at either left tackle or, in the event Locklear isn't re-signed and Diehl is released/benched, right tackle.
Obviously, a lot will change as free agency begins and progresses, but it's clear that at least one Giants scout has his eye on Johnson.
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