Tackle this…….

In the 2008 NFL Draft, eight Offensive Tackles were taken in the first round, six of them in the first nineteen picks. Virtually all of them became starters in their rookie campaign. Obviously this is a “coveted” position. A  good OT, who can stay healthy, can be counted on for a 10 year + career. In the 2009 draft there are five Offensive Tackles who are seemingly getting everyone’s attention. They are: Andre Smith from Alabama, Michael Oher from Ole Miss, Jason Smith from Baylor, Eugene Moore from Virginia, and Eben Britton from Arizona.  All are first round talent according to the “experts.” One mock draft site has Jason Smith and Eugene Moore going #1 and #2 in this year’s NFL Draft. Yikes! Jason Smith has apparently sky-rocketed up the board as a result of his skill display at the combine. ‘Bama’s Andre Smith, the consensus number one NFL OT prospect entering this year “made a mess of the combine” as one writer put it. A. Smith didn’t complete all the drills,  got upset,  took his ball, and went home. This was seen as very bad form and it’s very likely that his “tactics” will “cost” him in the upcoming draft. Back to the “experts.” Some think that its probable Andre Smith will be available at pick #10, when the Niners place their choice in the envelope.  If so, he would be hard to pass on. The prospect of Smith and Joe Staley as tackle bookends for the next 10 years plus is very intriguing.  They would be joined by two young and strong Offensive Guards in Baas and Rachal, and the excellent veteran Eric Heitmann to potentially from  killer offensive line.  Hopefully last year’s #4 draft pick Cody Wallace, the 6’4″, 300 pounder  from Texas A&M, will be ready to go, when Heitmann isn’t. While I still believe that an edge pass rusher is the Niners number one draft priority this year, if Andre Smith is available to them, and “right” aforementioned pass rusher isn’t, I wouldn’t  have a hard time “tackling” that choice at all.

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One Response to “Tackle this…….”

  1. Mike from Michigan Says:

    This was a “good” article. I “liked” it a lot. You “included” a lot of “valuable” information. “Thanks.”

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