2. Trai Turner, G
Back in 2017, Gettleman promised that fixing the offensive line was his top priority. Over four years later, the line is still in terrible shape. The only player that he did hit on was Andrew Thomas, who has progressed tremendously in his second season to be New York’s starting left tackle for the foreseeable future.
While the other tackle position will be an area of need, the interior offensive line needs an overhaul. They traded away guard Kevin Zeitler for cap space, and it came back to haunt them. Will Hernandez has shown that he is not the answer as a starter. An injury to Shane Lemieux had the Giants plugging in anyone they could at guard, and it worked as well as you expected it to.
New York has two first-round picks year, which will likely be used on either a tackle or even Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum. But adding a veteran starter in free agency should be on Schoen’s to-do list. He could look no further to Trai Turner.
Turner signed a one-year deal with the Steelers and started in all 17 games. He played a total of 1,082 snaps, where he surrendered seven sacks and was penalized six times, per Pro Football Focus.
The Giants need to pick up a veteran who can help open things up in the running game, especially if they plan on keeping Saquon Barkley around, who had zero help with the lines he has had over the years. Look no further than what Steelers rookie Najee Harris did in his rookie year, rushing for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.
New York can not afford Brandon Scherff. Turner would be a good target for them.