Now that the NFL Draft is over, we are in for about three months of pure speculation and debate. In a good way to add fuel to the fire, we will go through every position and rank the top ten players at each position. Before making the rankings, first it should be clarified how these players are ranked. These aren’t players with the best statistics from last year, or with the best teams around them. It isn’t the best play per contract, or the young but unestablished vs. old and experienced debate. It is more so a projection of talent and determining that if a game was in two weeks, and I had to pick a player to be on my team, who would I take over the other. It comes down to a gut opinion, but having watched nearly every snap of the NFL in the past two years via NFL Game Pass I do have confidence in my opinions. At the end of the day it is another discussion of debate so check it out and let me know what you think. For this edition we will look at the offensive tackles.
Do not have much on offensive tackles, the offensive line is not particularly my strong suit, but Smith is as complete and consistent as it comes. He is strong dominant and has all the pedigree of a top overall lineman.
2. Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas is old faithful and is coming off of a really strong year. He is still only 32 and with his size and technique it is hard to assume that he will be falling down the hill yet.
3. Trent Williams
Williams is another guy who you can just see he deserves to be this high. He is so physically big and athletic that it would be hard to rank him lower.
4. Donald Penn
The Raiders offense was so strong last year mainly due to the offensive line. They ranked fourth in pass protection year, and in that regard it was Penn leading the way.
5. Jared Veldheer
For an offense that throws the ball as much as the Cardinals, Veldheer has a pretty good pass protection record. He is quick and can last holding off blocker for the long drop backs of Palmer.
6. Terron Armstead
The Saints threw the ball as much as anybody last year, and Armstead was as good as anybody. It shows in the contract that the Saints just gave him that they understand they cannot let the talents of this tackle go.
7. Andrew Whitworth
Whitworth has been as good and consistent as any player over the past ten years. He has been a staple that the Bengals have been able to build around and while he is getting older, he is still bringing strong play to the table.
Brown is another guy who hurt his stock by missing some time last year. He also had the bizarre steroid/food incident this summer. Still, in terms of consistency there has hardly been anyone better since 2008.
9. Cordy Glenn
Glenn just got a big contract and deservedly so. He was a key to a Bills offense that took a big step forward last year.
10. Marcus Gilbert
Gilbert cracks the list as the best right tackle in the league. His play has been quietly unnoticed, but he did hold Von Miller and Khalil Mack to a combined zero sacks in three games this year.