The New York Giants used their 7th round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft on former Kentucky tackle George Asafo-Adjei.
Fortunately, the Giants had an inside source to fully evaluate Asafo-Adjei, both on the field, and off the field.
Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter discussed the process of drafting Asafo-Adjei to reporters last week, “My son works at Kentucky. He works in the football office down there. We found out from the inside out – he talked about what a quality guy he was. He was probably the most respected guy on the offensive side of the ball. He talked about how he competed with Josh Allen on a day-to-day basis. He talked about his character, work ethic and his toughness. All of those things peaked interest. You watch him on tape and see that he has a lot of athleticism and power. He has a lot of toughness and plays in the best football conference in the country.”
Asafo-Adjei is far from a finished product, but the potential is there.
“We have some technical work to do,” Hunter said. “He is a rookie and you have to tell him to do something once and he goes on and does it right the next time. He picked up the offense much quicker than I thought he was going to.”
With high praises from Hunter, Asafo-Adjei has a real chance to take over the starting right tackle position as current starter Chad Wheeler was graded as one of the worst tackles in football last season.