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    - http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn...c.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.

  • #2
    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.

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        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.
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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            Last...that sounds about right for us. They could have just wrote "No explanation needed" to save them some more time.

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            • #7
              AFC list

              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.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by draftguru151 View Post
                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?
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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
                    And who is that who said Matt Light is a top 5 tackle in the NFL?
                    Top 5 in the AFC, not the NFL.


                    The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

                    If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

                    <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
                    <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dam8610 View Post
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        Titans at 7. Nice

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
                          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.


                          The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

                          If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

                          <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
                          <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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                          • #14
                            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

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HoopsDemon12 View Post
                              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.


                              The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

                              If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

                              <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
                              <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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