Photo of Justin Pugh
Drafted By: Giants
  • Round 1
  • Pick 19
  • Overall 19

Combine Results

Grade
73.0 ?
  • 5.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I told you it wasn't sexy, but I love the pick. He can play left tackle. He can play right tackle. He can play left guard. He can play right guard." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

As a high school senior, Pugh earned the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the Top 50 high school scholar-athletes in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware). Pugh also earned all-area and All-Suburban One League First Team honors as a junior and senior in addition to being named second-team all-area as a defensive lineman as a senior. Named 2008 team MVP and defensive player of the year as a team captain. Pugh is involved in Special Olympics and volunteers for Athletes Helping Athletes.


Pugh redshirted his freshman year in 2009. In 2010, Pugh started all 13 games and was an All-Big East second-team selection. The following year, he was one of 11 Syracuse players to start all 12 games. He earned All-Big East first-team honors for his play. As a redshirt junior, Pugh missed the first four games of the year while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He started the team’s remaining nine games.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good range and mobility. Good feet. Will sit into his blocks. Experienced player. Plays with body control and balance. Gets to the second level easily. Good pad level.

Weaknesses

Very short arms. Lacks ideal offensive tackle size. Doesn't possess a lot of core strength, can be bull rushed back. Not a quick twitch athlete, doesn't respond well to sudden moves. Hand usage is inconsistent.

NFL Comparison

Sam Baker

Bottom Line

Pugh is a seasoned starter at offensive tackle with very good movement skills. However, he lacks adequate arm length and size to stick at offensive tackle going forward. His best fit will likely be as an offensive guard in a zone-blocking scheme.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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