The New York Giants finally got around to selecting an offensive tackle in the 2019 NFL Draft and it isn’t one that was high on anyone’s radar. Kentucky’s George Asafo-Adjei, a 6-foot-5, 315 pound senior who played in 48 games (starting 23) over his Wildcats career.
There’s not much to say about Asafo-Adjei as he was projected by many to go undrafted. The Giants apparently didn’t want to chance it and secured him with the first of their two seventh round selections.
He started at right tackle in 12 games in 2018. He Did not play in the Louisville game due to injury. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice in his career, so he’s not totally obscure.
Here’s a quick scouting report from the folks at Draft Analyst:
Underrated offensive tackle who started the past two seasons for Kentucky on the right side. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and shows quickness in all aspects of his game. Displays outstanding strength as a blocker, keeps his feet moving and turns defenders off the line on running downs. Stays square, anchors in pass protection and effectively uses his hands. Solid position blocker who fires off the snap into blocks and seals defenders from the action. Patient, makes outstanding use of angles in pass protection and keeps his feet moving.
May lack the size, athleticism and footwork to stay at tackle and could eventually be moved inside to guard. Lacks great bulk.
Asafo-Adjei entered the season graded as a priority free agent and may end up on the outside looking when all seven rounds are completed, but he’s a legitimate prospect for the next level. Asafo-Adjei possesses the size, fundamentals and feel for blocking that could help him make an active roster as an inexpensive utility lineman.
Obviously, they’ll look to stick him at right tackle, maybe not immediately as they have Chad Wheeler, who knows the offense, currently holding that position. There is speculation that the Giants will sign veteran Mike Remmers when he can pass a physical and he will be their starter there.
Asafo-Adjei is likely a developmental project who could end up on the practice squad if he does not initially make the 53-man roster. Again, he was not on any watch list nor is there any record of the Giants meeting with him before the draft, so there’s a lot to be discovered yet about this player.