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21’s No Champ
Join Date: Apr 2008
Originally Posted by Bob's your Information Minister
Sounds like a load of crap. He dropped 30 ****ing pounds in the span of a few months. If that doesn't indicate drive and desire, what does?
Early returns have Albert winning this competition in 2009. Clady is ill suited for schemes not run by Mike Shanahan.
1. Ryan Clady, Broncos. An extremely athletic left tackle who gave up just 1 1/2 sacks as a rookie last year, he has great feet and the ability to run block at the second level and mirror ends in pass protection.
2. Walter Jones, Seahawks. He's still a premier player who doesn't need help against any pass rusher. Age and injury will put him on the descent in the next few years, but he's still a top technician for now.
3. Jason Peters, Eagles. Peters got some bad advice on his contract issues last year in Buffalo. As a result, he missed a lot of practice time and it showed in his play. Now that he has a long-term deal in Philly, all that is behind him and he can focus on returning to the form that made him one of the top young linemen in the league.
4. Joe Thomas, Browns. Thomas has all the physical tools you could ask for in a left tackle. He's an excellent pass blocker and impressive at getting to the linebacker level in the run game. He has added strength and is still improving.
5. Michael Roos, Titans. The Titans gave up just 12 sacks last season and rushed for almost 140 yards per game. You don't do that without a cornerstone player on the left side. He's a big, strong, physical left tackle and one of the most underrated players in the league.
6. Jordan Gross, Panthers. Athletic and versatile, Gross has the gifts to remain a top tackle for many more years. Smartly, the Panthers paid him handsomely to keep him off the free-agent market.
7. Jammal Brown, Saints. An impressive pass blocker with quick feet and good balance, he makes excellent use of his hands. Look for his run blocking to get more attention this year if New Orleans puts more emphasis on the run, as expected.
8. Jake Long, Dolphins. He's another cornerstone type who combines good size with nice strength and a physical style. He can be a dominating run blocker, which is important when you're working for Bill Parcells. His pass blocking improved last year but still needs work.
9. Orlando Pace, Bears. You can talk about his age and injuries, but in 14 games last season he was among the league leaders in fewest sacks allowed. His run blocking may not be what it once was, but he's still a solid pass blocker who will do a good job protecting Jay Cutler's blind side.
10. Chris Samuels, Redskins. Injuries in recent seasons have forced some changes in the Redskins' line, but one thing is sure: They will run behind Samuels, who is excellent in space and can reach the second level. He still has the feet to pass block effectively.
11. Chad Clifton, Packers. Clifton is a tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar type of player who relies on instincts and competitiveness to get the job done.
12. Flozell Adams, Cowboys. Adams is aging but still has tremendous size and strength. Though the Cowboys struggled in pass protection last year, there's reason to believe a healthy Tony Romo and improved balance on offense will spark a return to form for Flozell the Hotel.
13. Bryant McKinnie, Vikings. McKinnie is an outstanding run blocker and a big, powerful athlete. The Vikings run behind him almost constantly, and he's an above-average pass blocker who rarely needs help.
14. Jared Gaither, Ravens. Gaither is a mountain (6-9, 350) who excelled, particularly as a run blocker, in his first year as a starter. If the Ravens had any apprehension about the retirement of Jonathan Ogden, it's now a thing of the past.
15. David Diehl, Giants. A true guard, Diehl stepped in at left tackle and quietly has provided consistent play. He is smart, tough, competitive and extremely durable. He has started every regular season and postseason game of his career.
16. Matt Light, Patriots. Light doesn't have great physical skills, but in the Patriots' mold, he is smart, tough, and competitive. As a result, he's an effective player who plays with good leverage and gets the job done without much fanfare.
17. Eric Winston, Texans. Winston has quietly emerged as a very solid right tackle. He has good size, long arms and good initial quickness•and he has learned how to play with leverage. He has benefited from playing under respected line coach Alex Gibbs.
18. Marcus McNeill, Chargers. He's not a dominant run blocker but is a very good athlete who takes good angles and is effective getting out on linebackers. Neck and back issues are a concern, but it's important to note he has missed just two games over the past three years.
19. Vernon Carey, Dolphins. The addition of Long allowed Carey to move back to his natural position on the right side. He played well last season and earned a new contract. He's durable and efficient and uses his size to play with power.
20. Sam Baker, Falcons. Before a back injury sidelined him last year, Baker was well on his way to proving himself worthy of his surprising selection in the first round. He displays the combination of strength and athleticism that will allow him to thrive in the Falcons' run-first offense.
Where is Brandon Albert?