|12-21-2008, 09:31 AM||#1|
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Clady getting some love in Chicago.
Top tackles right out of the box
Broncos' Clady is best of group of 8 stellar 1st-rounders
Dan Pompei | On the NFL
You might not have realized it if it you are a Bears fan, but the 2008 class of offensive tackles looks like it might develop into the best in history.
Eight tackles were drafted in the first round, and all but two have started the majority of their team's games.
If we could draft the tackles over again based on their first-year performances, this is the order in which they would be picked.
1. Ryan Clady, Broncos
Originally chosen: 12th overall, second among OTs.
Sacks allowed: One-half.
Sizing him up: He and Tennessee's Michael Roos are the only two tackles in the NFL who have started every game and not allowed a full sack.
With Clady anchoring the line at left tackle, the Broncos are on pace to set a team record for fewest sacks allowed and lowest percentage of sacks per pass play.
This physical specimen (6 feet 6 inches, 325 pounds) has shut down Atlanta's John Abraham, Miami's Joey Porter and Carolina's Julius Peppers, who have 451/2 sacks between them.
Clady also has been part of a run blocking unit that has allowed the Broncos to average 4.5 yards per rush even though the team has been forced to place five running backs on injured reserve. On runs to the left, behind Clady, the Broncos have averaged 5.43 yards, third highest in the NFL.
When Clady came out of Boise State after his junior season, the concern was that he was raw and might take time to develop. That hardly has been the case.
"He's very easy to coach," Broncos offensive line coach Rick Dennison said. "You tell him what to do, he does it. He really has worked hard at it too. He doesn't make a whole lot of mistakes. If he makes one, generally speaking, he doesn't make it again."