The New York Giants did not select an offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft until the seventh round, when they snared Bronx-born George Asafo-Adjei, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle out of the University of Kentucky.The Giants are searching for a starting right tackle at the moment and “GAA” could be the answer. The talk however, is that team may be seeking to move him to guard at the pro level.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said on Saturday that was not the plan.Asafo-Adjei told reporters on Saturday that he played guard in college and wasn’t averse to moving around the line.
“It’s going be a good thing for me. It’s going to get my football IQ up and be good for me, help me overall and in the long run,” he said. “It helps getting reps at different positions because you learn all the assignments for all the lineman and why yo have to do certain things.”
At Kentucky, “Big George,” as he’s being called around the Giants’ facility, practiced against all-world edge rusher Josh Allen, the player many Giants fans are miffed the tam didn’t select with the 6th overall selection in last week’s NFL Draft.
The scouting of Allen likely turned the Giants onto Asafo-Adjei, who himself twice earned SEC Lineman of the Week during his career at UK.
“I think so. Going against someone like him definitely helps you,” said Asafo-Adjei. “It was good for me and we helped prepare each other for the next level.”
Shurmur was asked what the team saw in Asafo-Adjei. He said they liked him for all the reasons they saw on his college tape.
“We liked him,” he said. “He’s got really good length. You can tell he’s a very physical-style player and I think that’s important at the position.”
When asked if it was possible that Big George could be moved inside to guard, Shurmur didn’t discount the notion.
“For sure,” he said. “But first we’re going play him at right tackle.”
Asafo-Adjei will have plenty of competition for the right tackle position. First, there is the incumbent, Chad Wheeler and undrafted free agent Paul Adams out of Missouri. Veteran Mike Remmers, who played for Shurmur in Minnesota, could also join the fray soon.