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    This is my opinion.

    Is Long an absolutely perfect pass-protector? No.

    However, he is still easily capable of being a franchise Left Tackle.

    Firstly, what is the difference between Long and the perfect pass-protector? Three sacks a season? Maybe four? Long might get beaten once a game by the elite speed rushers, like Freeney, or the NFL player that Gholston (a potential top-5 pick) will become. But that's it. And even the best, like Orlando Pace, will get beaten every once in a while.

    But if Jake Long is not the most dominant pass-protector, he is certainly the most dominant run-blocker that college football has seen for a while. His combination of strength, technique, experience and sheer nastiness is unmatched - and will be nigh-on unmatched in the NFL as well. Compared to Joe Thomas, a great rookie success, Long might not be quite the pass-protector, but I'd maintain that he is and will be the more dominant run-blocker. By some margin.

    In my opinion, that more than outweighs any minor limitations in the pass-protection.

    The best form of pass-protection is a dominant run game. Firstly, the afore-mentioned speed-rushers will be worn down by the relentless run. Secondly, they will not be able to tee-off on the pass rush, because they'll have to think run first, pass second. Thirdly, the dangerous third-and-long plays will be reduced with a dominant run game.

    If we get Long, he and Blalock will form a powerful run blocking left side for a decade to come. Hey, even a 40-year-old Dunn could run behind the two of them (yes, I'm expecting Blalock to be all the better for his tough rookie season).

    For the sake of three extra sacks a season (compared to Pace, Jones or Ogden, for heaven's sake!), I'll take a dominant run game with both hands.

    That's why we need Jake Long. Fingers crossed.
    TD 2011 catch-phrase: "explosive"

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    Exactly. That is a perfect summation of my thoughts all along.

    Jerious Norwood would easily be a franchise back with a top 5 offensive line and Chris Redman would have the potential be a very Matt Hasselbeck esk QB for 2-3 years. AGAIN OT's are the big need here, it will be ugly but IT WILL turn this franchise around

    BTW been on holkidays for a week, so wasnt able to catch up with the falcons news. I see we are in some complicated coin flip situation now. I also see that alot more people are favouring/tolerating my notion of 2 OT's in the first couple of rounds... i knew you all were were a smart bunch!
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    • #3
      yeah teh offensive line has to be addressed. ill have no regrets if we get two tackles with our first three picks.

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      • #4
        Pretty much my reasoning for having him number 1 on our board.

        "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DraftMichaelHuff View Post
          Exactly. That is a perfect summation of my thoughts all along.

          Jerious Norwood would easily be a franchise back with a top 5 offensive line and Chris Redman would have the potential be a very Matt Hasselbeck esk QB for 2-3 years. AGAIN OT's are the big need here, it will be ugly but IT WILL turn this franchise around

          BTW been on holkidays for a week, so wasnt able to catch up with the falcons news. I see we are in some complicated coin flip situation now. I also see that alot more people are favouring/tolerating my notion of 2 OT's in the first couple of rounds... i knew you all were were a smart bunch!
          Jerious Norwood is nowhere near a franchise back. He is injury prone.
          Virginia Tech.
          ACC Champions 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

          Next Up: 2012

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          • #6
            Getting beat once a game is too much for a tackle to take that high. A franchise left tackle does not give up 3-4 sacks in a season, let alone 3-4 sacks more than a franchise tackle. A franchise left tackle is needed for run blocking but protecting the quarterback's blind side is first and formost. I believe even Chris Redman can be good behind a good offensive line. Reading about Jonathan Odgen and Orlando Pace it is unbelievable. If Michael Oher comes out I think he is the top offensive tackle prospect.

            Not to say I don't like Jake Long, but giving up 6 sacks a season (which is 4 more than one of the best) would be a disappointment in my opinion. I have higher expectations.
            Virginia Tech.
            ACC Champions 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

            Next Up: 2012

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