Ranking the NFC East offensive tackles, individually

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.

Rank Player Team Comment
1  

Jason Peters

Eagles Peters was downright dominant the second half of the 2010 season.
2  

Doug Free

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?
3  

Tyron Smith

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.
4  

Trent Williams

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.
5  

David Diehl

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.
6  

Kareem McKenzie

Giants Had a really good season last year at RT, but again, he’s 32.
7  

Jammal Brown

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.
8  

Winston Justice

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.
9  

Will Beatty

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.
10  

Marc Colombo

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.

9 Comments

  1. Liza says:

    Going to put this atrilce to good use now.

  2. Mikesta says:

    Solid list. Jason Peters was fantastic after his surgery, lets see how he plays this year.

  3. The Legend says:

    When did Herremans play RT when Justice or Peters was out it was Dunlap that filled in. Also with a better knee & a better RG next ti him this year I think we’ll see a better year from Justice this coming year

    1. Herremans filled in as a LT years ago when Tra Thomas got hurt.

      1. The Legend says:

        I know that but I thought we were talking about last year

  4. James says:

    How did Herremans not make this list? I thought he was better than Justice this season.

  5. Tron says:

    honorable mention: Todd Herremans… starting guard and backup LT

    1. Considered it, but then I’m putting Justin Tuck in as a DE and DT, Diehl as an OT and OG, Antrel Rolle as a corner and safety, and decided it was a can of worms I didn’t want to open.

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