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Justin Pugh | Tackle

Team: Syracuse Orange
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 292

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Giants selected Syracuse OL Justin Pugh with the No. 19 overall pick.
Pugh (6-5, 307) made 34 starts at Syracuse, mostly at left tackle. An athletic technician, Pugh is being projected to guard or even center by NFL teams due to stubby 32-inch arms. In March, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared Pugh to "a better version of Andy Levitre." Levitre played left tackle at Oregon State and has grown into one of the NFL's top left guards. In 2012, Pugh permitted just a half-sack of Ryan Nassib and otherwise didn't allow a single hurry. The Giants could slot Pugh in at left guard ahead of Kevin Boothe or right tackle over David Diehl. They'll likely figure it out in training camp. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:23:00 PM

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The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has mocked Syracuse OL Justin Pugh to the Giants at pick No. 19.

Jeremiah is a big fan of Pugh's, but perhaps the NFL is too. We know about the top three tackles, along with the possibility of D.J. Fluker and the two guards being selected early, but Pugh is a new name. Some project him to guard while others consider him a tackle.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Syracuse OL Justin Pugh could move into the end of the first-round due to the run on offensive linemen, per draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pugh has been called one of the smartest players, at any position, in this class. Some will get caught up in his arm length, but Pugh works very well in tight spaces and has the posture and frame teams like. He could be projected as a guard or tackle in the NFL.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 08:54:00 AM

The Chicago Bears privately worked out Syracuse OL Justin Pugh.

Pugh has been hailed as a very smart and versatile prospect that could very well go in the first round. It's been said that he's "like a coach on the field" but there's concerns whether he can play left tackle. Teams have worked him out at tackle, guard and center.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 06:43:00 PM

One NFL scout told Packers beat writer Bob McGinn that Syracuse OL Justin Pugh is one of the smartest players he has scouted in 12 years.

"Like a coach on the field," the scout added. "He came into our room at Indy and told us he was a left tackle, which I'm sure his agent told him to say because they make the most money," another scout said. "He doesn't have the feet to play out on an island. He is ornery. Good technician. He's high intangibles. He bends well enough. He's a second- or third-round guy that will be a solid player for a long time."
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 02:37:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Syracuse OL Justin Pugh No. 19 overall on his big board.

This makes Pugh Jeremiah's sixth best offensive lineman. "I'm higher on Pugh than most of the teams I've spoken with," the former NFL scout writes. "He doesn't have ideal length for the tackle position, but he has quick feet, a strong base and outstanding awareness. He is a better prospect coming out of college than current NFL starters Sam Baker and Andy Levitre were entering the draft. Some teams believe his best pro position might be center."
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 10:10:00 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports Syracuse T Justin Pugh worked out at the Philadelphia Eagles' local pro day.

Pugh recently visited with the division rival Dallas Cowboys and is considered an interior offensive lineman. He could be a guard or center, depending on how teams feel about his lack of arm length and agility. ESPN's Mel Kiper recently listed Pugh as his top center, which is interesting considering he played left tackle in college.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 06:55:00 PM

Syracuse OL Justin Pugh will visit the Dallas Cowboys.

Pugh joins a growing list of offensive linemen who will visit the Cowboys, all of them projecting along the interior. Pugh played left tackle at Syracuse but many have started to rank him inside, either at guard or center, possibly due to short arms and agile feet.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 10:44:00 AM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper lists Syracuse's Justin Pugh as his top C.

This is the first time we've seen Pugh, a left tackle at Syracuse, listed at C. Many question if he can stay at that spot due to short arms, but there have been plenty of blindside protectors who have had success despite that negative. He'd definitely be a tall anchor on the interior, standing 6'5".
Source: ESPN
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 11:33:00 AM

The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Syracuse OL Justin Pugh "should be a first-round pick."

"His name is buzzing in personnel circles," Jeremiah tweeted. "I think he's a better version of Andy Levitre." Due to the guard comparison, we suspect teams are projecting Pugh inside. We like the Syracuse product quite a bit since he works well in close quarters, something he will have to manage due to shorter arms. Jeremiah later tweeted he grades Pugh as a late first rounder.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Syracuse OL Justin Pugh completed 22 becnh press reps at the school's pro day.

Pugh did not complete the bench press at the NFL Combine and his 2012 season was delayed due to offseason shoulder surgery. 22 is not a great result for an offensive lineman with short arms, but we still like Pugh's talent as a second day prospect.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 12:35:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that teams are considering Syracuse T Justin Pugh at guard because of his lack of length.

"Unfortunately for Pugh, at the Senior Bowl his arms measured 31 ½ and at the Combine 32, which are shorter than the 33 most NFL teams view as necessary to play tackle effectively in the NFL," Lande writes. "This has led to a number of teams sliding him inside to guard on their draft boards. Pugh needs to excel athletically during the workout to convince teams that he has the talent to overcome his arm length to play tackle in the NFL."
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Syracuse T/G Justin Pugh's tape is first-round quality, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper added that at worst, Pugh will be an early second-rounder. Pugh's arm length will be a big question throughout the process, but he does his best work in close quarters, fighting with defenders with a punch and latch near his body. After playing left tackle at Syracuse, a guard conversion is a realistic possibility.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 03:53:00 PM

Syracuse T Justin Pugh's short arms will be a "major red flag" amongst NFL evaluators, according to the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah writes that Pugh "is a very good player on tape" but "will likely slide inside to play guard at the next level, making his lack of length less of an issue." This is the same conversation that took place before Riley Reiff was drafted last year, but Pugh lacks core strength and tends to bend at the waist due to his limited length.
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Syracuse junior T Justin Pugh checked in with 31 and 4/8ths inch arms during Senior Bowl weigh ins, but did measure in at 6'4 and 7/8ths and 301 pounds.

Pugh will suffer from the same pre-draft criticism Reilly Reiff did last year, but the Syracuse products tape is still pretty solid. He still sports a desirable frame and solid mobility, but if Pugh struggles to handle edge rushers' length this week, expect many to point to his shorter arms.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 11:58:00 AM