Takeaways from Giants draft pick Shane Lemieux, including the potential of playing center

Danny Abriano
SNY

Shane Lemieux, the guard the Giants selected with the 150th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft this past weekend, was the third offensive lineman Big Blue took with their first five selections.

Taken after Andrew Thomas and Matthew Peart, Lemieux might not make an immediate impact for the Giants. And he might serve as more of a depth piece long-term since the Giants currently have Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler at guard.

But Lemieux, who spoke on a Zoom call with the media on Tuesday, could still be a key cog for the Giants moving forward.

 

Here are the takeaways from Lemieux's call...

On the potential of playing center

"I was really fortunate enough in college, I had a really good offensive line. We never really had to move much because we were experienced veterans. During this draft process, I understood that this game is all about versatility. I think that me getting good at all three interior positions is going to benefit me well in the future. I don't really have a position. I just want to be ready whenever I get in, to be ready to play whatever coach asks me to. ... I think I'm an offensive lineman, that's what I'm coming in as. That's what I have been playing, I'm a football player. I'm a football player that plays offensive line. No matter where the coaches want to put me to help the team, that's where I'm going to go. "

On his conversation with Joe Judge

"My head coach in college, Mario Cristobal, emphasized doing the work before doing the talk. I think that's a really important piece that taught me how to be pro. Coach Judge called me on draft day and said put your head down and work. I think that's an important thing. I don't want to elaborate on exactly what he said out of respect for him and I. The main mantra was to put your head down and work."

On where he is most comfortable playing

"In high school, I played left tackle, right tackle. In college I played left guard, in practice I played right guard. I've been all over. I think I don't really have any place where I'm comfortable. I think I'm a natural offensive lineman where I can play any position I'm asked. I think that's just been a lot of work. Obviously, there's techniques and differences between each position. There's set differences if you're a guard, if you're a tackle, if you're at center. I think it's just the more reps, the more comfortable you are at a position. I've taken so many reps over my career, I'm comfortable at any position."

How is he training during the coronavirus pandemic?

"Basically, I have been at a private training facility in Arizona with LeCharles Bentley. We do a really good job of keeping people inside the gym social distancing. We have the same group of guys that have been in the gym for the last four months. We kind of live in this bubble and we do a really good job of dividing these groups out, so we are not together. I think I have been taking a lot of reps on air at guard and tackle. I have been doing lot on the bag, too. I'm still able to get the work in."

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