Mar 212014

Geoff Schwartz is one of the most underrated players in football. He played well in 2010 with the Panthers, in 11 games at guard and 5 games at tackle. His composite grade would have been 5th among guard and 13th among tackles on Pro Football Focus. However, he missed the entire 2011 season with injury and was relegated to reserve work in Minnesota in 2012, impressing in limited action. In 2013 with the Chiefs, he played 549 snaps at left guard, right guard, and right tackle and his composite grade would have been 7th among guards and 20th among tackles, despite the limited playing time.

Schwartz is only going into his age 28 season and will be a full-time starter in New York with the Giants, who were desperate on the offensive line, particularly at guard, where Schwartz figures to play. Now that he’ll be a full-time starter, Schwartz has the ability to emerge as a top-10 or even a top-5 guard in the NFL. At 16.8 million over 4 years with 6.2 million guaranteed, that’s a steal. The Giants are lucky the rest of the NFL hasn’t caught up with how good Schwartz is because this was one of the best moves of the off-season.

Grade: A

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