New York Giants trade for OL Ben Bredeson from Baltimore, what does he bring?

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The New York Giants understand they need more offensive line support, especially after cutting Kenny Wiggins, Jackson Barton, Jonotthan Harrison, and Brett Heggie before the deadline at 4 PM on Tuesday. Instead, they sought out a trade, connecting with the Baltimore Ravens for Michigan lineman Ben Bredeson.

Bredeson was drafted last year out of Michigan in the fourth round. He made five appearances, with three of them coming in the latter portion of the 2020 season. All of his snaps came as an in-line tight end, so he didn’t get any legitimate work as a traditional lineman. However, he is composed of solid tangible traits, with solid size and discipline. He stands at 6’5″ and 320-pounds.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com dropped this scouring overview back in 2020 before he was drafted by Baltimore in the 4th round:

Four-year starter who will get dinged for some athletic limitations, but possesses the body type, leadership and toughness necessary to play in the league. Bredeson is best-suited firing out in a power-based rushing attacking where his disadvantages in space can be mitigated. There are correctable elements in his game that should forge continued improvement, but there will be some bumpy roads against interior quickness. He should become an average starter.

While Bredeson has short arms and athletic limitations, he is a fundamentalist that will fit Jason Garrett’s mold. He can operate in the power gap scheme and offer depth behind Shane Lemieux and Will Hernandez to start the season, a position the Giants desperately needed support in. However, he’s also capable of playing outside of tackle, giving Big Blue even more versatility.
Overall, this was a good move for a Giants team that saw their depth in the trenches struggle during the preseason and training camp. Considering Baltimore has such a strong offensive line, Ben is a good pick-up. The Giants gave up a 2022 4th round pick for Bredeson, a 2022 5th-rounder and 2023 7th rounder pick.