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2010 Starting Tackles and Draft Selection

I was digging to find some info on starting tackles and came across some interesting info that I thought i'd pass along.  Some interesting but pretty common knowledge trends that you see in these stats that help you understand how GM's build their offensive lines - from the tackle position at least.

**Disclaimer**

This list is of the tackles that started the 2010 season as either a starting RT or LT.  This is not a comprehensive list of players that played as a result of injury or suckage at the positiion - just players that their respective teams felt could start week 1 in 2010.  This means that those teams were most comfortable with those players for whatever reason.  I wanted to see where those guys were drafted in order to see if any trends stood out. 

It takes a lot of time to put these things together - so if anyone wants to do a more comprehensive list you can use this as a base - then go have some fun!

**End Disclaimer**

Cards

LT

Levi Brown

1st

RT

Brandon Keith

7th

Atlanta

LT

Sam Baker

1st

RT

Tyson Clabo

Undrafted

Ravens

LT

Michael Oher

1st

RT

Marshall Yanda

3rd

Bills

LT

Bell

7th

RT

Green

Undrafted/Sucks

Panthers

LT

Jordan Gross

1st

RT

Gary Williams

Undrafted

Chicago

LT

Frank Omiyale

5th

RT

J'Marcus Webb

Undrafted

Cincinatti

LT

Andrew Whitworth

2nd

RT

Dennis Roland

Undrafted

Browns

LT

Joe Thomas

1st

RT

John St. Clair

3rd

Dallas

LT

Doug Free

4th

RT

Marc Colombo

1st (from Bears)

Denver

LT

Ryan Clady

1st

RT

Ryan Harris

3rd

Lions

LT

Jeff Backus

1st

RT

Gosder Cherilus

1st

Green Bay

LT

Chad Clifton

2nd

RT

Brian Bulaga

1st

Texans

LT

Duane Brown

1st

RT

Eric Winston

3rd

Colts

LT

Charlie Johnson

6th

RT

Ryan Diem

4th

Jags

LT

Eugene Monroe

1st

RT

Eben Britton

2nd

Chiefs

LT

Branden Albert

1st

RT

Barry Richardson

6th

Dolphins

LT

Jake Long

1st

RT

Vernon Carey

1st

Vikings

LT

Bryant McKinnie

1st

RT

Phil Loadholt

2nd

Patriots

LT

Matt Light

2nd

RT

Sebastian Vollmer

2nd

Saints

LT

Jermon Bushrod

4th

RT

Jon Stinchcomb

2nd

Giants

LT

David Diehl

5th

RT

Kareem McKenzie

3rd

Jets

LT

Ferguson

1st

RT

Woody

1st - from Patriots

Raiders

LT

Jared Veldheer

3rd

RT

Langson Walker

2nd

Eagles

LT

Peters

Undrafted

RT

Winston Justice

2nd

Steelers

LT

Jonathan Scott

5th

RT

Flozell Adams

2nd from Dallas

Chargers

LT

Marcus McNeill

2nd

RT

Jeromey Clary

6th

49ers

LT

Joe Staley

1st

RT

Anthony Davis

1st

Seahawks

LT

Russell Okung

1st

RT

Sean Locklear

3rd

Rams

LT

Rodger Saffold

2nd

RT

Jason Smith

1st

Tampa

LT

Donald Penn

undrafted

RT

Jeremy Trueblood

2nd

Tennessee

LT

Michael Roos

2nd

RT

David Stewart

4th

Washington

LT

Trent Williams

1st

RT

Jammal Brown

1st from Saints

As you can see from this list - the number of starting left tackles in 2010 that were drafted in the 1st round was 16.  That's a pretty big number - exactly half of the league

Contrast that to the 8 1st round draft picks that started at RT and you can see that NFL clubs spend about half of their picks on RT - or do they? Those numbers drop even further when you look at guys like Damien Woody who was drafted as a center in the 1st and Marc Colombo who was drafted, if I remember correctly, as a LT.  Jason Smith was drafted as LT but was beaten by Saffold.  Jammal Brown was also a LT that was traded to the Saints and plays RT while Vernon Carey was suppose to be a LT but couldn't cut it and moved to RT.  It's amazing that there really aren't many 1st round RT's drafted to play strictly RT.

There are, again by this list, exactly 2 NFL RT's that were drafted in the 1st round to play RT and that is Brian Bulaga and Gosder Cherilus.  This just goes to show you that NFL clubs do not put a premium on right tackles in the 1st round.  So when Buddy Nix passed on Brian Bulaga for CJ Spiller you can see that most GM's would probably have done the same thing.  Again - this is circumstantial evidence because of the data I pulled - but it gives you an idea on what GMs are thinking on the tackle position.

Obviously drafting left tackles in the 1st round is what your club wants to do in order to get a solid tackle.  Usually if they bust at LT you can move them over to RT or to an interior position - so there's value there.  Which is probably why you don't see many clubs drafting RTs in the 1st.

The Bills are still finding out what they have in Bell and certainly didn't have any left tackles that were #3 worthy (or should I say better than Dareus) in this past draft so you cannot fault them for that logic.  If Bell pans out then we are ahead of the game.  If not then he would be a solid swing tackle and we should go after a 1st round tackle if we want a solid starter.  When half of the NFL has their starting LTs as 1st round picks then you know how important those guys are and how important it is to grab them when you can. 

The caveat is having those guys available when you pick or when you have better players on your board - see Marcell Dareus.

I'm hopeful that Bell will pan out and i'm going to give him this year - but if he falters then the Bills will have to invest in that position at some point. Especially if they end up with a Franchise QB at some point - you need to protect those guys.

Let me know if I made any mistakes too - but that was my look at 2010 starting tackles in week 1.  If nothing else to give you a good idea on how NFL clubs value draft picks at the tackle position.  

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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