Draft-day “Bis-ness” puts Pitt lineman in New York.
All offseason long, New York Giants clamored for offensive line help. While their green counterparts, the New York Jets, fulfilled the quota for disappointment in the Tri-State area in terms of football, the Giants avoided making any drastic moves to the line this offseason, though they did create a bit of a stir on the last day of draft weekend.
Sending over their last two picks of the weekend to the Tennessee Titans (they swapped sixth-round picks), the Giants moved to select Adam Bisnowaty out of Pittsburgh.
A native of Pittsburgh, Bisnowaty already shared soemthing in common of sorts with head coach Ben McAdoo, whose birthplace of Homer City is just an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.
It’s obviously going to take more than a Pennsylvania connection with his head coach for Bisnowaty to crack the top of the lineup, as he enters a crowded picture that includes former first-round selection D.J. Fluker.
But there’s no doubt that Bisnowaty has the credentials to compete. In the ultra competitive ACC, he earned first-team all-conference honors, facing national powers like Clemson and Florida State. Such competition, the Giants hope, was perfect prep for the beasts of the NFC East.
Why was Bisnowaty worth trading up for?
So the front office could tell fans they were actively working on the offensive line problem?
Seriously, Bisnowaty very well could’ve gone on the second day of the draft, where some pre-draft publications thought he might go in what was otherwised regarded as a weak offensive line class.
Bisnowaty’s college resume, already impressive as is, could’ve been even stronger, but injuries caused him to miss time in his first three seasons–injuries that might have led to his tumble down the board.
But something that should get both fans and coaches alike is his attitude. Immediately after his selection, Bisnowaty referred to himself as “a nasty football player,” adding, “I get after people. That is something that I am very proud of – I am out there and I am physical every play, making sure that the guy across from me wants to quit. Everything I do on the field is nasty and physical and I take myself off the field with the preparation and I take that to the next level, so that when I get out there it is all football.”
In the gritty world of NFL football, what more can you ask for?
Will he remain at tackle?
Though primarily lining up at tackle at Pitt, there was some question as t whether he’d stay at tackle at the next level.
“Right now, we got him at right tackle, but he’s a guy that could, he has versatility, he could go to guard,” Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari said. “He has played a little guard in his career, obviously (has also lined up) at left tackle, but right now, we like him at right tackle.”
Right tackle, by the way, is where Bisnowaty spent the spring, even getting some first-team reps during the OTAs when Bobby Hart missed a workout.
As a sixth-rounder, Bisnowaty won’t be counted on to contribute immediately in the starting lineup, but the Giants obviously saw something in him to now only trade up with the Titans, but to give away their final pick as well.
If the Giants’ regulars on the line get off to another slow start, expect Bisnowaty to get his number called.