The New York Giants rebuilt their offensive line this offseason. After years of misery upfront, new general manager Joe Schoen made it a point of emphasis to acquire offensive line talent. Schoen added a number of backup linemen in free agency while also making a couple of big-moves to add starters. The Giants signed veteran Mark Glowinski in free agency to a three-year deal to be the team’s starting right guard. They also made a splash in the first round of the draft when they selected Alabama right tackle Evan Neal with the seventh overall pick. The two of these linemen will combine on the right side to form a dynamic run-blocking duo.
Evan Neal is a dominant run-blocker
The New York Giants drafted a mauler at right tackle this offseason. Evan Neal is a versatile offensive lineman that started games at left tackle, left guard, and right tackle in his collegiate career. The Giants drafted Neal to be their starting right guard immediately and he will provide them with a major upgrade in both the pass-blocking and run-blocking departments. But, particularly, Evan Neal should excel as a run-blocker.
Evan Neal is a beastly 6-foot-8, 340-pound tank on the offensive line. Neal is aggressive and knows how to use his strength and power as a run-blocker. His power at the point of attack is a top-strength according to The Draft Network and they describe his ideal role as a “dominant run-blocking RT.”
Neal possesses a large frame, measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds. Neal uses his massive frame and power to move defenders off the line of scrimmage when run blocking. – The Draft Network on Evan Neal
Look at those feet on Evan Neal to get out on this man and turn him completely inside. Neal makes this run happen. Outstanding. pic.twitter.com/2b1itU1Iz0
— Matt Alkire (@mattalkire) March 14, 2022
Mark Glowinski a quality run-blocking guard for the Giants
On the left shoulder of Evan Neal will be starting right guard Mark Glowinski. The Giants signed Mark Glowinski to a three-year, $20 million contract this offseason. Glowinksi comes to New York with seven years of experience. He spent the last four years starting 55 games with the Indianapolis Colts.
Mark Glowinski is also an exceptional run-blocker. Glowinski ranked 11th in run block win rate from the guard position in 2021 (PFF). PFF describes the Giants’ new right guard as “a plus athlete who has been an above-average zone blocker in his starting stint with Indianapolis the past several seasons.”
Where Mark Glowinski may falter in pass-protection he more than makes up for it in the running game. Mark Glowinski and Evan Neal will combine together to create a wrecking force on the right side of the Giants’ offensive line. Right guard and right tackle have been positions of weakness for the Giants over the last several years. Glowinski and Neal should turn those weaknesses into strengths as they dominate opposing defenders in the running game.