This is the sixth of an eight-part series analyzing each Giants draft-choice.

Adam Koets, Round 6 (189):

Ok, we’re officially at the point where we’re talking about guys who probably won’t see the field much this year: Koets will be our fourth tackle this year, behind Kareem McKenzie, who is penciled in at right tackle, and Dave Diehl and Guy Whimper, who are competing for the left tackle job (scroll down to the fourth and fifth bullet points on that one. Remember that Diehl will stay at left guard if Whimper earns that left tackle spot.)

So it will take at least two injuries for Koets to get snaps. If any of the three tackles ahead of Koets gets hurt, you can expect the other to shuffle in at the other tackle spots while Rich Suebert or Grey Reugamer fills in at left guard. Another oft-discussed option at left tackle is Browns veteran Kevin Shaffer, who was made expendable by his team’s selection of stud tackle Joe Thomas with the third pick in the draft.

Whatever happens, don’t expect to see Koets much in 2007, barring a disastrous cascade of injuries. Remember, you hardly ever see a rookie on an NFL O-Line: Because there are so many schemes that have to be mastered, a coaching staff almost always go with vets who are more familiar with these schemes, regardless of long-term potential.

But for Giants fans who wanted to take Joe Staley in the first round – myself included – well, here is our left tackle. Koets can be seen as the poor man’s Staley: Both are agile, finesse, pass-protection specialists who need to bulk up to become physically adequate for the position at the next level. And while Staley has much more potential, Koets is intriguing in his own right.

The scouting reports describe Koets as a lean dude who, at 6-5, 298 lbs, has a frame that could accommodate twenty more pounds without losing much of his signature quickness. This quickness is his best attribute: He “shows good body control and change-of-direction agility,” “plays under control… working his hips properly to wall off and force the chase route,” and “keeps his base wide and does a good job of sealing off defenders attacking his outside shoulder,” according to the NFL.com scouting report.

Here’s a promising stat: he only allowed four sacks during his last two years at Oregon State (where he was a three year starter), no shabby accomplishment in the pass-rusher laden Pac-10.

On the downside, he’s not too big, not too physical, and, perhaps most damningly, has questionable aggression. The NFL.com scouting report says that “some might see his lack of aggression for a lack of desire.”

So time will tell with Koets, which is fine because we wouldn’t want to be in a position where he’s making much of an impact this year. But the philosophy behind the pick – prioritizing offensive lineman who specialize in pass-protection on the hope that Eli will develop into something resembling what Ernie Accorsi thought he saw at Ole Miss – is sound.