Shane Lemieux brings nastiness, physicality to the New York Giants

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

Shane Lemieux grew up in Washington State, and played college football in Oregon, but now the first Ducks offensive lineman to come off the board Saturday is headed to the Big Apple. 

Lemieux was snagged by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, where he'll help protect young quarterback Daniel Jones. 

"[I'm] so excited to be a New York Giant," Lemieux said in a post via New York's Twitter account, "But most importantly I hope everyone is staying safe in times and I cannot wait to get out to New York to be with the team. Go Big Blue!"

Lemieux has been praised for his versatility and hard-nosed playing style. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted his dependability as well. 

"You see on the screen there, 52 consecutive starts," Jeremiah said during the NFL Network's broadcast. "That speaks to the durability you're getting with Shane Lemieux. His play style is Mauler-Brawler. He's gonna latch his hands, he's gonna drive you, and he's gonna finish you. In pass protection at time he doesn't have great bend. He doesn't bend his knees all that great and he'll struggle.

"But when he's freed up, when he doesn't have a man over him, he is a nasty helper. If you're next to him and you're engaged and he's got nothing to do, he's gonna find work. Trust me. He has that nastiness to him which I love. And the durability. Ran a little better than I anticipated with that 5.11, 40. But what you get with his is physicality. You gotta work with him in the pass protection." 

Lemieux is the first Ducks offensive lineman to be taken off the board this weekend. Many of his former Oregon teammates and coaches congratulated him on making it to the NFL. 

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