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Crazy_Chris
06-15-2007, 07:14 PM
- http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=222075

1. REDSKINS Left tackle Chris Samuels has good agility, strength and versatility and has improved in handling speed rushers. Jon Jansen is strong at the point of attack and has improved his technique on the right side.

2. EAGLES William Thomas had a strong 2006 on the left side after battling a blood clot in his leg and back surgery in '05. Right tackle Jon Runyan remains a model of consistency after 11 seasons.

3. SEAHAWKS Left tackle Walter Jones has nimble feet, which allow him to play with great balance and recover quickly. Right tackle Sean Locklear has a powerful first punch but needs to become more consistent.

4. SAINTS Jammal Brown adjusted to the left side quicker than anyone could have expected and made the Pro Bowl in his second season. Right tackle Jon Stinchcomb is dependable.

5. RAMS Orlando Pace remains one of the league's top left tackles. Right tackle Alex Barron isn't in Pace's class but has the size and skills to become an upper-tier blocker.

6. PACKERS Brett Favre has been able to depend on Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher for seven seasons, and there shouldn't be a major drop-off this year.

7. COWBOYS The team expects a big season from left tackle Flozell Adams, who is in the final year of his contract. Right tackle Marc Colombo is a solid pass blocker when he doesn't face speed rushers

8. BEARS Left tackle John Tait, recovering from ankle surgery, and durable right tackle Fred Miller are solid, but both struggle at times with smaller, quicker ends.

9. VIKINGS After struggling to adjust to the team's zone-blocking schemes last year, left tackle Bryant McKinnie looks more comfortable this spring. Right tackle Ryan Cook is a converted center who has quick feet.

10. 49ERS Left tackle Jonas Jennings is a forceful drive blocker and consistently closes down the blind-side pass rush. On the right side, Kwame Harris remains vulnerable to speed rushers.

11. PANTHERS Jordan Gross likely will return to the right side, where he has Pro Bowl potential. Left tackle Travelle Wharton needs to improve his pass blocking and prove he can stay healthy.

12. FALCONS Left tackle Wayne Gandy isn't spectacular but will be fine in the team's shift to a power scheme. On the right side, Todd Weiner is stout in pass protection.

13. BUCCANEERS Left tackle Luke Petitgout provides an upgrade in pass protection. Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is a solid run blocker but must limit his mistakes.

14. GIANTS Kareem McKenzie is solid on the right with good size (6-6, 327) and strength. The likely candidate to fill the worrisome vacancy on the left side is the versatile David Diehl.

15. LIONS Coming off his worst NFL season, left tackle Jeff Backus has the ability to protect the passer but is average in the run game. George Foster is athletic on the right side but sometimes lacks focus.

16. CARDINALS Either right tackle Oliver Ross, who was benched last year, or left tackle Mike Gandy could lose his starting job to rookie Levi Brown. Regardless, it's a weak group.

Caddy
06-15-2007, 07:27 PM
Well the Buccaneers came in 13th, but at least 2 out of the 3 other NFC South teams didn't even make the top ten.

draftguru151
06-15-2007, 07:36 PM
Don't like the Saints and Seattle over the Rams. Pace is still an elite LT when healthy and Barron is pretty good when he doesn't jump offsides. Bears maybe a notch higher and Carolina up one or two as well.

Number 10
06-15-2007, 07:47 PM
I'm fine with anyone putting the Giants that far down because Diehl is unproven at the LT spot. I think he'll be fine there, no worse than anything we have had over the past few years, thus I would put us no lower than 8th-9th in the NFC.

cunningham06
06-15-2007, 08:32 PM
The Rams should definitely be higher. Barron's a good player and is only going to get better, and Pace is a great tackle.

The Eagles are set at OT but I don't buy that we're #2. Thomas was inconsistent at times last season, I thought that Runyan outplayed him. They are both getting up there in years and there will probably be a changing of the guard in 2008 for at least one of them. If this is taking backups into account than the Eagles make sense, but as far as starters are concerned, the Rams are probably better.

Jensen
06-15-2007, 09:12 PM
Last...that sounds about right for us. They could have just wrote "No explanation needed" to save them some more time.

Dam8610
06-15-2007, 09:28 PM
AFC list (http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=221671)

1. COLTS Tarik Glenn is powerful, athletic and adept at moving laterally for the team's patented stretch play. Right tackle Ryan Diem is a strong presence in the running game and pass protection.

2. BENGALS Levi Jones, who is rehabbing from a left knee scope, is an extremely athletic left tackle. Four-time Pro Bowl right tackle Willie Anderson is aging but remains tough and competitive.

3. CHARGERS A Pro Bowl choice as a rookie last season, Marcus McNeill runs like a tight end, has long arms and flashes a mean streak. Right tackle Shane Olivea is physical but would be a better fit inside.

4. PATRIOTS Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Light is smart and solid but struggles with speed rushers. Nick Kaczur and Ryan O'Callaghan are competing at right tackle.

5. RAVENS A perennial stalwart at left tackle, Jonathan Ogden (6-9, 345) has size, speed and long arms. Right tackle Adam Terry has the physical tools, but questions linger about his mental toughness.

6. STEELERS Left tackle Marvel Smith has learned to drop-step and get his hands in good position, which has made him reliable in pass protection. Max Starks is still developing on the right side.

7. TITANS Michael Roos and David Stewart have contrasting but effective styles. Roos is athletic and good on his feet while Stewart is a mauler with a mean streak.

8. JETS D'Brickashaw Ferguson has the athleticism and technique to be an elite left tackle, but he needs to add weight and strength. Right tackle Anthony Clement is vulnerable in pass protection.

9. JAGUARS Left tackle Khalif Barnes is a dominant run blocker. The club acquired Tony Pashos to firm up the right side of the pocket in the passing game.

10. BRONCOS Left tackle Matt Lepsis, who is returning from a knee injury, has the quickness to thrive in the team's movement-heavy system. Opposite him will be Erik Pears, a mauler in the run game, or the seasoned Adam Meadows.

11. BILLS Jason Peters is a rising star on the left side with solid athleticism and agility. Right tackle Langston Walker can engulf defenders at the point of attack but must improve his footwork and technique.

12. BROWNS Rookie left tackle Joe Thomas has elite talent and the maturity to start right away. Kevin Shaffer could switch to the right side if Ryan Tucker isn't ready after suffering from mental issues in 2006.

13. CHIEFS Left tackle Damion McIntosh is physical and should provide security against top pass rushers. Chris Terry has minimal experience on the right side, and the bench is unproven.

14. DOLPHINS Vernon Carey, who anchored the line at right tackle in 2006, faces the challenge of moving to the left side. Right tackle L.J. Shelton provides some pop but has a history of underachieving.

15. TEXANS For five seasons this position has been a major concern, and this year is no different. Left tackle Charles Spencer's health is an issue, and Eric Winston lacks experience at right tackle.

16. RAIDERS Robert Gallery might move back to the right side after his nightmare '06. Left tackle Barry Sims has experience but is exposed by speed rushers. If either stumbles, Paul McQuistan could step in.

Top 5


1. Jonathan Ogden, Ravens. Ogden, 32, isn't as nimble as he once was, but he still can engulf pass rushers and reach the second level as a run blocker.


2. Tarik Glenn, Colts. Even at 31, Glenn continues to be light on his feet and is extremely effective as a run blocker and pass protector. He is a wall on Peyton Manning's blind side.


3. Willie Anderson, Bengals. One of the NFL's best right tackles over the past 10 years, he is a shutdown pass protector and a road-grading run blocker.


4. Matt Light, Patriots. He has good feet, takes great angles to his blocks and is an excellent wall-off blocker. Without Light, Tom Brady wouldn't be Tom Brady.


5. Marcus McNeill. McNeill is a dominant run blocker and very athletic in pass protection. He'll be an anchor on the Chargers' line for years.

XxXdragonXxX
06-15-2007, 11:25 PM
Don't like the Saints and Seattle over the Rams. Pace is still an elite LT when healthy and Barron is pretty good when he doesn't jump offsides. Bears maybe a notch higher and Carolina up one or two as well.

Ummm, Jones is better than pace and Locklear is better than Barron....what's not to like?

Don Vito
06-15-2007, 11:27 PM
Disagree with the Lions at 15, they are definitely better than that with the addition of Foster. Backus is solid as well and Jon Scott is a good depth guy who can play a few positions.

And who is that who said Matt Light is a top 5 tackle in the NFL? As a Pats fan I will tell you that someone messed up there. He is solid when healthy but not top 5.

Dam8610
06-15-2007, 11:34 PM
And who is that who said Matt Light is a top 5 tackle in the NFL?

Top 5 in the AFC, not the NFL.

Don Vito
06-15-2007, 11:36 PM
Top 5 in the AFC, not the NFL.

That may be understandable but I would just have him in the top 10. He has games where he is outstanding but when he's off his game or not 100% healthy it can get ugly. And he gets injured a lot.

islandboy843
06-15-2007, 11:39 PM
Titans at 7. Nice

Dam8610
06-15-2007, 11:46 PM
That may be understandable but I would just have him in the top 10. He has games where he is outstanding but when he's off his game or not 100% healthy it can get ugly. And he gets injured a lot.

They did it by AFC and NFC, which is why you don't see Jones and Pace at 1 and 2 on that list.

HoopsDemon12
06-15-2007, 11:53 PM
anyone else really think there are only like 3 groups of good tackles... to me it seems as if the NFC has a depleted talent pool tackle

Dam8610
06-16-2007, 12:18 AM
anyone else really think there are only like 3 groups of good tackles... to me it seems as if the NFC has a depleted talent pool tackle

Colts, Bengals, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, and Eagles all have a very good OT duo when healthy, and a case could be made for the Pats and Saints.

HoopsDemon12
06-16-2007, 12:22 AM
Colts, Bengals, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, and Eagles all have a very good OT duo when healthy, and a case could be made for the Pats and Saints.

umm well if i do recall i said nfc teams.... colts, bengals, chargers and pats are all in the afc... and i don treally know about the saints... brown is good but who do they have on the other side?

Dam8610
06-16-2007, 01:35 AM
umm well if i do recall i said nfc teams.... colts, bengals, chargers and pats are all in the afc... and i don treally know about the saints... brown is good but who do they have on the other side?

Oh, my mistake. I thought you meant only 3 teams in the NFL had good tackle duos. Stinchcomb is the Saints' RT, and as I recall, he did a good job last season.

no love
06-16-2007, 02:26 AM
Niners are just about right on this list. I can see in the next 3-4 years them being top 5 when Staley really comes into his own as a left tackle and Jennings moves to right tackle.

Moses
06-16-2007, 10:18 AM
Packers have dropped a bit due to injury concerns but Tauscher and Clifton are about as dependable as they come.

skinzzfan25
06-16-2007, 10:48 AM
Glad the big boys got their recognition. They were really clicking towards the end of the year.

Phrost
06-16-2007, 11:00 AM
Soo they mention Tait's ankle surgery yet totally tip toe over Pace's blown ACL!

I also love how they say "even at 31", 30 + are the golden years for most OLM.

HoopsDemon12
06-16-2007, 11:06 AM
Oh, my mistake. I thought you meant only 3 teams in the NFL had good tackle duos. Stinchcomb is the Saints' RT, and as I recall, he did a good job last season.

I dont know i think he is just kind of there personally... they will need to find another good tackle IMO before i start saying they're one of the best in the L

TheChampIsHere
06-16-2007, 11:54 AM
Disagree with the Lions at 15, they are definitely better than that with the addition of Foster. Backus is solid as well and Jon Scott is a good depth guy who can play a few positions.

And who is that who said Matt Light is a top 5 tackle in the NFL? As a Pats fan I will tell you that someone messed up there. He is solid when healthy but not top 5.

George Foster blows. The Broncos were itching to get rid of him, he had been a huge dissapointment

Auron
06-16-2007, 12:57 PM
I dont know i think he is just kind of there personally... they will need to find another good tackle IMO before i start saying they're one of the best in the L

Stinchcomb was solid this past season and earned a new contract, there were times he could've played better but every Tackle is going to have a few times were they struggle.

We also have 2 young Tackles, Zach Strief who stepped in at LT when Brown was injured for a game and held Simeon Rice to 0 sacks, and rookie Jermon Bushrod has been drawing great impressions in camps so far. Either of them could be potential starters at RT in the future.

HoopsDemon12
06-16-2007, 02:18 PM
Stinchcomb was solid this past season and earned a new contract, there were times he could've played better but every Tackle is going to have a few times were they struggle.

We also have 2 young Tackles, Zach Strief who stepped in at LT when Brown was injured for a game and held Simeon Rice to 0 sacks, and rookie Jermon Bushrod has been drawing great impressions in camps so far. Either of them could be potential starters at RT in the future.

i actually really like strief... im not saying you guys dont have agood line... just that its not up there in the league IMO

Xenos
06-16-2007, 02:35 PM
Top 5 in the AFC, not the NFL.

McNeill should be higher than him if you just count last season. Heck, if you just count last season, then McNeil should be higher than Anderson and possibly Glenn.

steelernation77
06-16-2007, 02:37 PM
The steelers are too high. Marvel is decent but starks is bad. There's a solid chance Willie Colon could replace him this year. I'm all for the Steelers drafting a left tackle in the first round next year and moving Marvel to the right side, and Willie Colon to guard.

yodabear
06-16-2007, 04:28 PM
The Rams should be ranked 16th in everything. They are going to blow.

TitleTown088
06-16-2007, 04:34 PM
I have to say I was not impressed with the Vikings tackle play last season, can't really agree with them that high.

BlindSite
06-17-2007, 01:40 AM
Kwame harris struggles in all facets of the game, not just pass blocking.

Geo
06-17-2007, 03:06 PM
The Bengals' duo should be #1 in the AFC.

yourfavestoner
06-17-2007, 03:46 PM
Any Eagles fans on here: is the coaching staff planning on moving Shawn Andrews to RT eventually, or do you think they'll keep him at G and draft another replacement for Runyan/Thomas?

MasterShake
06-17-2007, 09:57 PM
49ERS Left tackle Jonas Jennings is a forceful drive blocker and consistently closes down the blind-side pass rush.

This is very true, if they guy could just stay healthy he could be a top 5 Tackle easy. Unfortunately he is made of glass....

49ersfan_87
06-17-2007, 10:33 PM
This is very true, if they guy could just stay healthy he could be a top 5 Tackle easy. Unfortunately he is made of glass....

I don't know about top 5...id say top 15

MasterShake
06-17-2007, 11:30 PM
I don't know about top 5...id say top 15

Meant top 5 in the NFC....should have clarified.

neko4
06-17-2007, 11:47 PM
Right tackle Ryan Cook is a converted center who has quick feet.

Eric Winston lacks experience at right tackle.
How come Cook gets labeled with "quick feet" but Winston gets "Lack of experience"
Winston started 7 games and played in 12, didnt do to good, but Cook started 3 and played in 6, did terrible in atleast one game I know of(Green Bay, i dont know how he did in others), and is a convereted center

Geo
06-18-2007, 10:32 AM
Considering he's a converted corner, does it really need to be said that he lacks experience at the postion? Seems sort of obvious.

Shiver
06-18-2007, 01:22 PM
Any Eagles fans on here: is the coaching staff planning on moving Shawn Andrews to RT eventually, or do you think they'll keep him at G and draft another replacement for Runyan/Thomas?

Winston Justice says hello.

scottyboy
06-18-2007, 01:23 PM
The Rams should be ranked 16th in everything. They are going to blow.

no, they have the best FB/RB in the game :)

draftguru151
06-18-2007, 01:27 PM
Winston Justice says hello.

They need two OTs :p. I think I read something from an Eagles fan about Herremans moving to RT, but I think Andrews makes more sense.