Connecticut offensive lineman Matt Peart (65) sets up to block during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
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The New York Giants use their third-round compensatory pick to select Connecticut offensive tackle Matt Peart.

General manager Dave Gettleman continued to beef up the New York Giants‘ offensive line on Friday night. The Giants took another offensive tackle. This time it’s Connecticut’s Matt Peart with the 99th overall pick.

The Giants were awarded this compensatory pick due to the free agents they lost last offseason. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Peart is the second offensive tackle Gettleman takes in this draft after taking Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick.

Peart has played both tackle positions in college and in 2019 he was named First Team All-AAC. He’s more solid in his pass protection than his run blocking, but he’ll improve with the help of offensive line coach Marc Colombo.

Barring injuries, he’ll be a reserve tackle behind Thomas and Nate Solder but will have a chance to be a starter down the road.

Although the Giants have plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball, the rationale here is to solidify the two tackle spots for the next decade. Peart and Thomas should become a solid one-two punch for the Giants on the offensive line.

After drafting Will Hernandez early in the 2nd round in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants have three legitimate building blocks for the future. Although Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are the unquestioned leaders of the offense, they need a solid foundation to be successful.

That’s exactly what the Giants have in the offensive line now.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.