Today we rank the NFC East offensive tackles. As always, these lists are not necessarily who the best player is right now. Rather, they’re ranked by “Who would I want if I were starting my own NFL team?” So in other words age and upside matter, although contract considerations do not.
Anyone that’s familiar with my work at Bleeding Green Nation knows that one of favorite pastimes over the last 2 years has been killing the Cowboys for not addressing their offensive line… and now… I have their two OT’s ranked #2 and #3 in the division. Maybe that apocalypse guy is onto something.
|Eagles||Peters was downright dominant the second half of the 2010 season.|
|Cowboys||When the Cowboys released Flozell Adams, Free was in the spotlight and many thought he’d fail. He proved those critics wrong last season, as he was easily the best offensive lineman on the Cowboys last year, and is developing into a really good NFL LT. Will he be paid like one?|
|Cowboys||Obviously, this is all on potential. I’m 100% positive that Giants fans are going say it’s stupid to have a player that has never played a single NFL game higher on the list than Diehl or McKenzie, and I understand the sentiment, but remember, these lists are all on the premise of “Who would I most want is I were starting my own NFL team?” Age and upside matter. I’ll pose this question – Before the draft, would you have traded Diehl for the 9th overall pick? Of course you would have. And Smith was worthy of that pick in my opinion.|
|Redskins||Same deal as Smith – Mostly going on potential here. Had an up and down 2010, and I think Redskins fans should be somewhat disappointed by his season, but he’s still a great talent with all sorts of potential.|
|Giants||Diehl has been a great Giant. He has squeezed out every ounce of his ability and turned himself into a legitimate NFL LT. He also has the versatility to play guard, and may eventually make the move to LG at some point. But he turns 31 in September, and I just can’t put him higher than a couple kids in their early 20′s that could be 10-year NFL starters.|
|Giants||Had a really good season last year at RT, but again, he’s 32.|
|Redskins||Bad trade by the Redskins, who could have had an additional 3rd pick in this year’s draft, but instead have themselves an average, aging RT.|
|Eagles||Decent 2009 got him paid, and then he struggled through the 2010 season, partly because of an injury, and was eventually benched in the playoff loss to GB. Still has to prove he’s a consistent, NFL quality RT.|
|Giants||Some Giants fans have been hoping for the last 2 seasons that Beatty would win a starting job. He hasn’t. For now, he provides the Giants with the best backup tackle in the division, but that’s it.|
|Cowboys||Colombo was brutal in 2010, but I actually think the Cowboys should keep him around for one last season as “rookie starter insurance.” He’s scheduled to make $1.9 mil in 2011, which is more than what Colombo is worth at this point, but still not a crazy number.|
…and no, I didn’t forget about Shawn Andrews.