Most observers assumed the New York Giants would select an offensive lineman before the sixth round of this year’s draft, but the franchise focused on bolstering other areas and left Philadelphia with just one new blocker in tow. They agreed to terms with said lineman, Adam Bisnowaty, on Friday.
The Pittsburgh product could become a swing player for a team that’s thin on offensive line depth and one that also has questions regarding its starting lineup. New York only added D.J. Fluker and Bisnowaty as outside help for a team that ranked 29th in rushing last season, putting pressure on its incumbent linemen to deliver after investments were made in the passing game via additions of Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram.
Bisnowaty, for his part, did block in a pro-style offense last year and won’t face the same kind of systemic transition many of his rookie peers will because of their schools’ spread-attack preferences. Pitt lined up the 300-pound player at left tackle and saw him earn first-team All-ACC acclaim in each of the past two seasons. So, the Giants are getting a player who isn’t reliant on potential.
Bisnowaty started for four seasons at left tackle, helping Steelers third-round pick James Conner to dominant showings in 2014 and ’16. Conner rushed for 1,765 yards as a sophomore and totaled 42 rushing TDs in those seasons. During the year Conner tore his MCL, Pitt blockers helped backup Quadree Ollison run for 1,121 yards.
Big Blue’s sixth-round pick will at worst bring competition to tackle spots tentatively expected to be manned by Fluker and Ereck Flowers. Neither former first-rounder has distinguished himself at tackle. It remains to be seen if the Giants will use the Pitt talent at guard as well. The Giants don’t boast much depth there either.