Buccaneers: The Last Five Selections at Their Current Spot, Number 19
2013: Justin Pugh
Another offensive lineman chosen at number 19.
Though they finished 9-7 in 2012, the New York Giants understood that the key to a successful offense is a great offensive line. The team was 14th in the league in rushing in 2012, but they wanted more. They needed to better the offensive line to continue sustained success. An offense can have all of the skilled players in the world. Without an offensive line, they have nothing.
Therefore, Justin Pugh was selected with the 19th pick overall in the 2013 draft. His draft profile had this to say:
"Pugh is a seasoned starter at offensive tackle with very good movement skills. However, he lacks adequate arm length and size to stick at offensive tackle going forward. His best fit will likely be as an offensive guard in a zone-blocking scheme."
Pugh has been a starter from the moment he arrived in New York, starting all 55 games he has been active for. As we said on Erving, versatility is key. Pugh has played four out of five of the line positions, all of them but center. That cannot be discounted when discussing Pugh’s value.
In 2016, Pugh started all 11 games he played at left guard. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 16th overall guard with a grade of 83.2. That is an excellent year for Pugh. He is a talented player and a successful selection.