I've been wondering to myself, I wonder what rounds the starting tackles in the league were drafted at? What would the average draft position be? I dunno.
There's been LOTS of discussion on the Rumblings recently on where we should draft an offensive tackle this year. Some want to pull the trigger in the first round. Others feel that there is not a blue-chipper that we can get at pick #10, and the other guys available at that point are not worth it. I'm writing this under the assumption that Bell will not be returning to Buffalo.
I read this article by Jonathan Bales from the DC times: http://thedctimes.com/2012/02/top-20-nfl-offensive-tackles-using-advanced-stats-to-rank-best-ots
Using his top 20 guys, let's see where they were drafted.
13. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets. Round 1, 4th overall.
15. Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals. Round 1, 6th overall. (This workout warrior was a true gym rat in college, go to 0:41:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF2nYd2NOys
16. Duane Brown, Houston Texans. Round 1, 26th overall.
17. Michael Roos, Tennessee Titans. Round 2.
18. Matt Light, New England Patriots. Round 2.
I'm not saying whether or not Mr. Bales rankings are accurate or not, but I think we can all agree that these guys are pretty good.
Here's some other guys not on his list that are pretty good:
J'Marcus Webb, Washington Redskins. Round 7.
The Bills goal for the draft is to find somebody that is capable of pushing Hairston for the starting job at best. Our draft pick needs to be a solid pick that can immediately fill in for Hairston in the event of an injury at worst.
Now go back up to the list above. These guys were either:
a. Drafted high to become immediate starters, or
b. Drafted later on to be groomed and developed.
That being said...............