When potential draft picks for the Giants are discussed, offensive tackles find their way into the mix.
Part of that is because of the quality of tackles expected to be available when the Giants pick in the first round, part of it is because Will Beatty has yet to prove he’s the long-term answer at left tackle and still more is because the uncertainty around Beatty includes concern about his recovery from last year’s broken leg. Beatty has started running in a straight line, but his status for OTAs and the rest of the offseason program remain vague even though Beatty has declared himself ahead of schedule in his recovery.
“Who knows the future? I know today I’m doing good,” Beatty said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I know today I am past expectations of the doctor and I want to make sure tomorrow I’m the same way. I want to make sure I keep improving so when it is time for opening day, I’m there. When it is time to put on pads for the first time, I can put on pads. Those are my goals, to hit those, I guess, mile markers.”
If the Giants are concerned about Beatty’s health and/or ability to handle the job, drafting a new left tackle isn’t the only option on the table. They could also have him compete with last year’s top pick Justin Pugh and they have signed Charles Brown away from the Saints to give them more depth. Whichever route they take, the Giants will be well served to have options in case Beatty has a setback or continues to fall short of expectations during the season.