John Michael Schmitz, a centre from Minnesota, was selected by the New York Giants with the 57th overall choice of the 2023 NFL Draught in Kansas City on Friday night.
Schmitz, who is widely regarded as the best centre in this year's draught class, fell to the Giants in the second round,
which must have offensive line coach Bobby Johnson doing cartwheels down Paterson Plank Road this morning.
"I absolutely adore Coach Johnson. Spent a great deal of time with him, between the pro day and a dinner beforehand.
It was incredible to communicate with him. Schmitz told reporters, He's a good coach, and I'm thrilled to be a part of what he's doing with that offensive line.
Schmitz is the nearest thing the Giants have to a centre on their roster, so the centre position is essentially up for grabs.
Prior to signing free agent J.C. Hassenauer a few weeks ago, they misrepresented Ben Bredeson and Jack Anderson as centre prospects.
When this child fell to them, the Giants literally trod in it. He is well-versed in run blocking but may need to improve his pass-blocking techniques.
This is not a cause for concern, as all NFL novice offensive linemen receive training in pass blocking.