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    Based on what happened last year, I expect a similar run on offensive tackles to take place. Guys who might have high-to-mid second round grades could get taken in the first round simply because the demand is so high for offensive tackles.

    What do you guys think about the following scenario:

    02 - St. Louis Rams (Jason Smith)
    Consensus pick for the Rams

    06 - Cincinnati Bengals (Eugene Monroe)
    Bengals need a left tackle and Monroe can be that for them

    08 - Jacksonville Jaguars (Andre Smith)
    The Jags wouldn't have any qualms about taking Andre Smith

    10 - San Francisco 49'ers (Michael Oher)
    I could see the niners passing on a QB, and I'm hearing from fans that they don't want a first-round QB anyways

    16 - San Diego Chargers (Eben Britton)
    Chargers took Britton's teammate Antoine Cason last year in the first round. They'll give him time to develop into a right tackle.

    22 - Minnesota Vikings (Phil Loadholt)
    The Vikings need a RT and Loadholt has been looking real good at the Combine and his Pro Day

    Thoughts?

  • #2
    BTW, this isn't a mock draft necessarily, I just wanted to talk about a potential run on Tackles and where they could end up going.

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    • #3
      Well there are pretty much 4 locks. And Britton and Beatty should be pushed up boards and have a very high chance of going round 1.
      Loadholt, even though I like him, probably will last until round 2.

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      • #4
        I think there first 5 are all pretty much sure fire first rounders and I could see Will Beatty sneaking in a la Duane Brown last year. It's not a crazy scenario by any means.

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        • #5
          Don't see much of a chance for Loadholt to go in the first round at this point. He's improved his stock for sure, but mid second is more his range. Beatty would have a much better chance.

          Couldn't see Britton drafted that early either.

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          • #6
            I think 6 OTs will be taken in the first round, but Loadholt won't be one of them, IMO. I think Beatty will be that LT that sneaks up into the later portion of the first. Even if A. Smith or Oher fall, there are plenty of teams who would snag them in the first.
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            • #7
              If there are six taken the sixth would be Beatty not Loadholt.
              Originally posted by 49erNation85
              I dunno even half of those guys why did we sign them jeez.

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              • #8
                Six seems very reasonable, if not expected. I'm even wondering if a Meredith or Loadholt could sneak in as a 7th. Very few people thought Baker would last year and no one thought Brown would, so anything is possible. The projections from this thread as far as the #pick and tackle seemed reasonable and that was with the 6th OT going 22nd...leaving plenty of room for more taken.

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                • #9
                  I know Beatty has a higher ranking according to Scott, but you never know what NFL teams think. Loadholt has far superior physical tools is more scheme diverse. Beatty's slight frame might have him harder to fit schematically with power running teams

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BoltHype View Post
                    I know Beatty has a higher ranking according to Scott, but you never know what NFL teams think. Loadholt has far superior physical tools is more scheme diverse. Beatty's slight frame might have him harder to fit schematically with power running teams
                    He has a trimmer frame, but he is already the relatively same size as the other top OTs (except for A. Smith). One could argue he could be schematically diverse because he has some room to add muscle yet as well...

                    If I had to bet on a 7th though, it'd be Meredith...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eaglesalltheway View Post
                      He has a trimmer frame, but he is already the relatively same size as the other top OTs (except for A. Smith). One could argue he could be schematically diverse because he has some room to add muscle yet as well...

                      If I had to bet on a 7th though, it'd be Meredith...
                      It's a good point. If the Chargers, Steelers, and Vikings had to choose from either Loadholt or Beatty to play Right Tackle, I think they'd go Loadholt.

                      I think Beatty could play left tackle and is better there, but Loadholt could also play LT if it came down to it. But I do see him as a more natural RT

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BoltHype View Post
                        It's a good point. If the Chargers, Steelers, and Vikings had to choose from either Loadholt or Beatty to play Right Tackle, I think they'd go Loadholt.

                        I think Beatty could play left tackle and is better there, but Loadholt could also play LT if it came down to it. But I do see him as a more natural RT
                        Agreed, on both counts. Beatty isn't really a good fit at RT.

                        I think Meredith could sneak in there because he could possibly play either, though it would depend on where he goes with Tackle spot he plays...

                        I just see him as a better LT prospect than Loadholt, despite Loadholt having great height, arm length, and hands...
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                        • #13
                          Beatty is really high up on some teams boards, I have been hearing scouts rave about his potential as a LT, I'd be surprised to see him fall to the 2nd...If so I wouldn't mind moving up for him, he's going to be a good one, just needs to bulk up some.


                          Loadholt will definately not be a 1st round pick.





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                          • #14
                            I agree. I think 6 OTs will go in the first.

                            And guess what? I had Loadholt going to the Vikes in round 1 in my latest mock draft! The guy was already a strong mid second after the end of his senior season and in the offseason he has been very impressive. Getting stronger and in better shape than he's been in awhile, playing well at the senior bowl and reportedly performing very well in his position drills at his pro day. Minny seems to prefer massive, strong maulers on their line and Loadholt fits the bill better than any OT not named Andre Smith in the draft.

                            I also think the Giants will grab their LT of the future in William Beatty near the end of round 1.

                            Here are the teams that I think will strongly consider OT in the first round (and depending on how things shake out the Jaguars might still go OT since they need a long term solution):

                            Rams
                            Seahawks
                            Bengals
                            Raiders
                            Forty-Niners
                            Redskins
                            Chargers
                            Bears
                            Lions
                            Eagles
                            Vikings
                            Giants
                            Steelers (I know they have both starting OTs from 2008 returning but they haven't locked either up longterm, need an upgrade on the line and could conceivably kick somebody like Colon inside at guard if needed)

                            If half of them decide to go OT, that's 6 tackles right there.
                            Last edited by Solomon; 03-12-2009, 12:28 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Solomon, I think Loadholt to the Vikes makes perfect sense, reunite him with his former Sooner teammate!

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