Staying in New York- Giants take Syracuse's Justin Pugh in first round

Many experts thought that Ryan Nassib would be the first Syracuse Orange player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Turns out, it was the man who protected Nassib's blind side the last three seasons.

Justin Pugh, the Syracuse left tackle was chosen by SU alum Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants with the 19th overall pick in the draft.

Pugh started every game that he was healthy for the last three seasons, and it marks the second year in a row that we've seen a Syracuse player chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Pugh also becomes the first offensive player chosen in the first round from Syracuse since Donovan McNabb in 1999.

While with the Orange, Pugh earned an All-Big East second team selection in 2010 after starting all 13 games. In the following season, he started all 12 games while earning All-Big East first team. Pugh left Syracuse early after completing his redshirt junior season this past year. Although he was only a junior, Pugh was allowed to play in the Senior Bowl where he was able to show off his pass blocking skills. He will earn his degree in May.

The 6-foot-4, 307 lbs. lineman will compete for the starting job with the Giants, but has the possibility to step into the starting role with an oft injured offensive line down in New York.

Many analysts were high on Pugh coming into the draft because of his skill, athleticism and experience. But one major question that held some teams back are his short arms to block rushing ends around the corner.

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