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Ranking The Giants: Offensive Line

We’ve been ranking the Giants all week. Today, we’re focusing on the offensive line. The offensive line had been the staple of the Giants success for the past couple of years. This year, however, line seemed to take a couple of steps backward. It may have been old age, nagging injuries, or just ineffectiveness. Let’s grade the Giants offensive line

DAVID DIEHL: 

Diehl is a Pro Bowler, but I’m not sure if he’s deserving. He’s a mauler, probably best suited for guard (and now that Will Beatty has proven himself as a tackle, Diehl may move to guard). I thought he did do a good job against the premier pass rushers (DeMarcus Ware comes to mind), but there were games where Eli was under too much pressure. I’d love to see him at guard next year.

GRADE: 83

CHRIS SNEE:

The best Giants offensive lineman, and one of the better ones in the league. He has All-Pro potential. He rarely makes mistakes, rarely takes stupid penalties. The run game is much better when they are running to his side. He’s a star, even if the league hasn’t really noticed yet. An anchor for years to come.

GRADE: 94

SHAUN O’HARA

Another Pro Bowler who may not be deserving. Good player, makes all the right line calls, but is lacking in run protecting. Smart as all heck, great leader. You could do worse at center.

GRADE: 87

RICH SEUBERT:

He’s getting older, and it’s showing. While a gamer, he’s not the same player he once was, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him riding the pine next year. He’s not as quick, and is pass protecting is really lacking.

GRADE: 76

KAREEM McKENZIE:

I’ve always been a fan of McKenzie, and I think this year was one of his better ones in Blue. A road grader perfectly suited for right tackle, he battled injuries, but, when healthy, was very effective. He’s getting older, and his back is a problem. But, he should be anchoring the right side for the next couple of years.

GRADE: 84

WILL BEATTY:

I was so impressed by the rookie’s play this season. Filling in mostly at right tackle when McKenzie was injured, Beatty showed poise beyond his year, and did a great job. He needs to put on some muscle, but he’s a natural left tackle, and could be starting there in 2010. A ton of potential.

GRADE: 83

KEVIN BOOTHE:

Jack of all trades, master of none. He won’t embarrass you in limited duty, but gets exposed after playing awhile. A nice backup. Nothing special.

GRADE: 70


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4 Responses to “Ranking The Giants: Offensive Line”

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  2. Jeremy says:

    I thought Kevin played well. He looked very comfortable pulling on run plays. And his fat ass more then got in the way of pass rushers. I’ve said before playing time improves technique. If diehl moves to guard siehburt will get cut. He isn’t playing for peanuts now.

  3. banks says:

    Boothe is a decent guard especially on run blocking. Exposed at tackle but higher ranked guard.

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