After passing up the opportunity to bolster their offensive line at the No. 12 pick last year, the Giants took the best tackle available on Thursday night at No. 9.
Ereck Flowers, the 6-6, 330 pounder, opened eyes at the combine with a stunning 37 reps on the bench press. Widely believed to be the most powerful run blocker in the draft, he'll instantly provide offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with some security up front.
The pick immediately allows the Giants to bump 2013 first-round pick Justin Pugh from right tackle down to guard, a more natural fit for the former Syracuse standout. Flowers can start on the right side and eventually move over to the left if and when the team moves on from current left tackle Will Beatty.
Now, the help up front has arrived.
Eli Manning, who is hoping to stay healthy as he plays out the final year of his contract, has to be pleased.