Thursday, June 20, 2019

Giants may have found a diamond in the rough: Late-round lineman impressing coaching staff

Giants draft pick George Asafo-Adjei survived hardships early in life and hopes he can now put his family in a better life.

Solidifying the interior of the offensive line and adding quality depth was a top priority for the Giants this offseason.

However, the organization didn’t take one of general manager Dave Gettleman’s “Hog Mollies” until Round 7.

The Giants chose George Asafo-Adjei in the seventh-round out of Kentucky with the hopes that he could provide depth at tackle or guard. Asafo-Adjei, 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds, is already impressing his position coach this spring.

“He picked up the offense much quicker than I thought he was going to,” Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter said last month. “When you compare our offense to their offense, we have a lot more volume to it with a lot of the things that we were doing.”
Expectations are obviously tempered for Asafo-Adjei’s role as a rookie, after he was chosen No. 232 overall back in April. But, Hunter believes that the former Wildcat, who had offers out of high school from Alabama and other top Power 5 schools, benefited tremendously from practice battles each day against No. 7 overall pick EDGE rusher Josh Allen.

“You watch him on tape and see that he has a lot of athleticism and power,” Hunter said. “He has a lot of toughness and played in the best football conference in the country.”
As much as the SEC can prepare any player for the NFL, there are still improvements that need to be made for any rookie. Asafo-Adjei is no different.
However, Hunter thinks there’s a strong foundation to build on and that Asafo-Adjei is a quick study, which is critical for any rookie to get on the field.
“We have some technical work to do,” Hunter admitted. “He is a rookie and you have to tell him to do something once and he goes on and does it right the next time. We need to continue to work with him technically to get him up to speed but you have to like everything about him.”

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