- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Rookie camp opens on Friday, the day we eagerly get our first look at potential future Giants stars.
I'll be tweeting (@NotoriousOHM) and blogging from the first day of Giants rookie camp. In the meantime, here's some things to watch for on Friday and Saturday:
Remember, the Giants did something rare in last month's draft. Not only did they trade up, but New York did so for a quarterback.
Yes, it will be his first professional baby steps and there's zero pressure on him since he is being groomed to back up Manning. But we still want to see what the kid has to offer.
Pugh debut: Besides Nassib, we'll be looking at that big guy protecting him -- Justin Pugh. Nassib's Syracuse buddy will make his Giants debut as well, and it will be interesting to see where the coaches line up their first-round pick. Will the versatile Pugh start off at right tackle?
If Pugh spends the majority of his rookie camp there, the Giants very well could be prepping their top pick to compete with David Diehl and James Brewer for the starting right tackle spot. Of course, it's a long, long way to go before training camp. But we'll get to see exactly how long -- or short -- those arms are on the field. Let's hope he doesn't get smothered by defensive linemen the way his boys piled on him on draft night.
Taylor made: One of the more intriguing draft picks is safety Cooper Taylor. He's got size (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) and was clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at Richmond’s pro day. The Giants say he can be a hybrid safety/linebacker and play that Deon Grant third safety role, but let's see how Perry Fewell uses him this weekend.
Big Hank and Da'Monster: The Giants, who wanted to get bigger and younger on the defensive line, drafted Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins and Texas A&M's Damontre Moore. Hankins is the big, wide-bodied defensive tackle whom the Giants hope will eat up a ton of space inside to stuff running backs. And Moore is the young productive sack machine the Giants hope will provide the pass rush a boost. Both are really young, with Hankins just 21 years old and Moore only 20.
Mr. Pancake: Seventh-round pick Eric Herman was credited with an amazing total of 335.5 pancakes in his career at Ohio. Needless to say, I will be on the lookout for any more pancakes delivered on Friday by the 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard.
Tell us who you are most curious about in this weekend's rookie camp.