The Giants’ 2011 OL eerily resembles the Cowboys’ OL of 2010: Plus, the ages of every offensive lineman in the NFL to the exact day

"Old Men Walking"

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys had the oldest offensive line in the NFL. They had three starters (Kyle Kosier, Leonard Davis, and Marc Colombo) that were going to be 32 years of age by the end of the 2010 season, and a fourth (Andre Gurode) that recently turned 32 this March.  Kosier and Gurode mostly held up, but the Cowboys got burned badly by the play of two of the four “30-somethings,” Colombo and Davis, who both had terrible seasons.  At one point in the season, Davis was benched, and Colombo was nothing short of a disaster at RT.  Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they also didn’t have any adequate depth (Alex Barron anyone?), and the OL hampered the offense all season long.

The running game tailed off sharply from 2009 to 2010.  Felix Jones went from 5.9 yards per carry in ’09 to 4.3 in ’10.  Marion Barber went from 4.4 to a paltry 3.3.  Tashard Choice went from 5.5 to 3.7.  That’s on the OL.  In the passing game, Jason Garrett routinely called short drops and quick passes because he didn’t trust the OL to be able to sustain blocks long enough to give Tony Romo and Jon Kitna enough time to let longer routes develop.  The 2010 Cowboys OL (with an assist from a surprisingly bad defense) played a huge part of their miserable season.

This draft, the Cowboys finally addressed the OL with the addition of Tyron Smith with the 9th overall selection, and Smith will immediately replace Colombo, and should provide an instant upgrade, even as a rookie.  It was an enormous step in the right direction for the Cowboys and the future of their offense.

With all of that being said, I compiled the ages of every starting offensive lineman in the NFL to the exact day, and recalculated the age rankings of each team.  The Cowboys, with the addition of Smith, moved from the oldest in the NFL to 6th overall.  They still need to continue to get younger, but at least the Cowboys seem to have finally recognized the need to get younger there.

Who’s the new team to hold the title of the oldest in the NFL now, you might ask?  That honor now goes to none other than the Cowboys’ NFC East rival, the New York Giants.  Here’s the list of the entire league:

(Ages are as of Sept 11, 2011, the first Sunday of the regular season):

Rank Team Avg days on Earth Avg age
Oldest Giants 11,659 31 years, 11 months, 1 day
2 Lions 11,053 30 years, 3 months, 4 days
3 Patriots 11,024 30 years, 2 months, 5 days
4 Falcons 10,862 29 years, 8 months, 27 days
5 Bengals 10,735 29 years, 4 months, 21 days
6 Cowboys 10,720 29 years, 4 months, 5 days
7 Saints 10,648 29 years, 1 month, 25 days
8 Steelers 10,609 29 years, 17 days
9 Titans 10,605 29 years, 13 days
10 Eagles 10,499 28 years, 8 months, 29 days
11 Packers 10,461 28 years, 7 months, 22 days
12 Texans 10,425 28 years, 6 months, 17 days
13 Redskins 10,417 28 years, 6 months, 6 days
14 Vikings 10,333 28 years, 3 months, 14 days
15 Jaguars 10,331 28 years, 3 months, 12 days
16 Colts 10,298 28 years, 2 months, 9 days
17 Chargers 10,279 28 years, 1 month, 21 days
18 Ravens 10,256 28 years, 29 days
19 Cardinals 10,209 27 years, 11 months, 13 days
20 Bears 10,161 27 years, 9 months, 26 days
21 Browns 10,154 27 years, 9 months, 19 days
22 Chiefs 10,140 27 years, 9 months, 4 days
23 Panthers 10,104 27 years, 7 months, 30 days
24 Bills 10,004 27 years, 4 months, 21 days
25 Bucs 10,002 27 years, 4 months, 19 days
26 Jets 9,946 27 years, 2 months, 24 days
27 Dolphins 9,912 27 years, 1 month, 20 days
28 Raiders 9,834 26 years, 11 months, 3 days
29 Rams 9,787 26 years, 9 months, 18 days
30 Broncos 9,462 25 years, 10 months, 27 days
31 49ers 9,403 25 years, 8 months, 29 days
Youngest Seahawks 8,993 24 years, 7 months, 15 days

The 2011 version of Giants’ offensive line looks eerily similar to that of the Cowboys’ OL last season.  At just under 32 years of age on average, the Giants don’t just have the oldest offensive line in the NFL – They have the oldest offensive OL in the NFL by a wide margin, with the Lions behind them by almost 2 years, on average.

Moreover, this isn’t a situation in which the Giants have “a guy here or a guy there” that’s something like 38 or 39 and skews the numbers – They have a similar conundrum to the Cowboys’ OL of a year ago, where four of their five OL starters will be over 31 years old by mid-season, and the fifth knocking on the door of 30:

(Much more after the jump)…

(Ages are as of Sept 11, 2011, the first Sunday of the regular season):

NFL Rank Player Pos Team Birthday Days on Earth Age
10 Shaun O’Hara C Giants 6/23/1977 12,498 34 years, 2 months, 19 days
22 Rich Seubert LG Giants 3/30/1979 11,853 32 years, 5 months, 12 days
23 Kareem McKenzie RT Giants 5/24/1979 11,798 32 years, 3 months, 18 days
35 David Diehl LT Giants 9/15/1980 11,318 30 years, 11 months, 27 days
54 Chris Snee RG Giants 1/18/1982 10,828 29 years, 7 months, 24 days

But more disturbingly than just the age of the Giants’ OL, three of the Giants’ aging offensive linemen had serious injuries last season:

- LG Rich Seubert played well in 2010, but he dislocated his kneecap in the final game of the season and is recovering from surgery.

- LT David Diehl missed multiple games last year with hamstring and hip injuries, and had a down season.

- C Shaun O’Hara missed 10 games last year with foot and ankle injuries, and played poorly when he was able to go.

The Cowboys of a year ago were also dinged up heading into 2010.  Kosier and Colombo both missed Week 1, forcing Montrae Holland and Alex Barron into action.  Cowboys fans are probably still sick over the Barron holding call that negated a would-be winning TD at the end of regulation.  The Giants, too, are likely not to be “100%” heading into the 2011 season, which is a bit of a “double whammy.”

To be clear, being old isn’t necessarily bad… as long as you can stay healthy, and as long as you don’t wear down toward the end of the season.  Otherwise, you better have depth.  The first guy off the bench last year for the Giants was Shawn Andrews.  Andrews has a long history of back issues and mental depression, and just like his OL teammates, he missed significant time last year.  Andrews is on the hook for $7+ million in 2011, a figure the Giants will have to decide is worth paying to a habitually absent backup.  William Beatty was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft, and has yet to crack the starting lineup after two seasons in the league.  He’s likely to lose a camp battle this year, again, although he held his own filling in at times last season.  The jury is very much still out on whether Beatty can eventually become the player the Giants hoped he’d be when the Giants drafted him.  Adam Koets is a nice backup center, but he’s recovering from a torn ACL.  Mitch Petrus and Kevin Boothe round out the remaining vets – Petrus remains raw, and Boothe is basically just a body.  The Giants also drafted James Brewer in the 4th round of the 2011 draft, and while his potential is promising, he’s more of a project and probably won’t be a factor in the short term.

Most draft pundits lauded the Giants’ draft for perceived “value.”  CB Prince Amukamara dropped to the Giants at 19, which was further than most had expected.  The Giants didn’t need a corner, but there was Amukamara, and they took him.  In the second round, DT Marvin Austin was still on the board at 52nd overall, which like Amukamara, was lower than most draft experts thought he’d fall.  The Giants again went with perceived value over need.  While I believe in the merits of taking the “best available player,” I also believe that sometimes a “dire need” can trump all.  When the Giants drafted Amukamara, offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo, Danny Watkins, James Carpenter, Gabe Carimi, and Derek Sherrod were still on the board – Those five players were all eventually drafted in the first round.  Whether the Giants were foolish to ignore a glaring need remains to be seen.

Whenever the new CBA is in place and teams are free to pursue free agents, the Giants really have little choice but to go hard after OL help.  With so many teams out there looking to fortify their offensive lines, the Giants may have to overpay to bring in a player they like.  That could prove to be difficult for the Giants, who are already have $126.3 million committed to player salaries in 2011, a figure that’s 4th in the NFL, and does not include their rookies.

There’s little doubt that the Giants OL is their biggest concern heading into the 2011 season, and if the Giants can’t beat the odds and keep their dinged-up aging OL vets healthy for a full season, they could be facing a similar collapse to the one suffered by the 2010 Cowboys.

More notes on NFL offensive linemen ages:

The oldest offensive lines by division are led by the NFC East.  Obviously, I just beat to death the notion that the Giants are really old, but with the Cowboys at 5th oldest, the Eagles at 10th oldest, and the Redskins at 13th oldest, the NFC East easily is oldest in the league.  Here’s the breakdown by division:

(Ages are as of Sept 11, 2011, the first Sunday of the regular season):

Rank Division Avg days on Earth Avg age
1 NFC East 10,842 29 years, 8 months, 7 days
2 NFC North 10,502 28 years, 9 months, 1 day
3 AFC North 10,439 28 years, 7 months
4 AFC South 10,415 28 years, 6 months, 4 days
5 NFC South 10,404 28 years, 5 months, 24 days
6 AFC East 10,222 27 years, 11 months, 26 days
7 AFC West 9,929 27 years, 2 months, 6 days
8 NFC West 9,598 26 years, 3 months, 10 days

- While the NFC East is older than dirt, the NFC West is remarkably young.  The Seahawks and 49ers have the two youngest OL’s in the NFL, the Rams have 4th youngest, and the Cardinals the 14th youngest.  The NFC West as a division was a bit of a punchline, and with good cause, as the 7-9 Seahawks won the division.  That’s the other side of the coin – A very inexperienced OL can be just as crippling to the success of team, but as their offensive lines get some more seasoning, perhaps the NFC West will eventually become one of the stronger divisions in the league.

- The Lions were another team that was unanimously lauded for their draft.  However, despite having the 2nd oldest OL in the NFL, they didn’t select an offensive lineman until the 7th round.  The Lions’ situation, however, is different than the Giants, since the Lions had a much larger number of holes to fill.  I’d have to think that the OL will be the main point of emphasis there next offseason.

- The Pats, not surprisingly, recognized the need for OL help and drafted OT Nate Solder.  They also drafted Marcus Cannon in the 5th round.  Neither were projected as starters by writers that cover the Pats, so their status as the 3rd oldest team is somewhat deceiving.

- The Falcons, with the 4th oldest starting OL in the NFL and 2 OL starters set to become free agents, traded away 5 picks to move up and draft a WR, and didn’t draft an offensive lineman until the 7th round.

- When projecting OL starters, the biggest swing from one old player to a young one was with the Chiefs, between grizzled 37-year-old vet Casey Wiegmann, and rookie Rodney Hudson.  I projected Hudson as the starter, although Wiegmann may very well win the starting job in KC yet again.

- At 20 years, 8 months and 30 days, Tyron Smith is the youngest projected starting offensive lineman in the NFL.  The next closest player, 2nd year guy Anthony Davis, is older by more than 14 months.  Conversely, former longtime Cowboys LT Flozell Adams is the oldest projected starting offensive lineman in the NFL.

- And finally, it’s time to show my work.  I’m not an expert on all 32 NFL teams, and didn’t want to pretend to be.  To be as accurate as possible in projecting the 5 OL starters for each team, I enlisted the help of my good friends over at SB Nation.  Editors of each team site at SB Nation helped me project each starting 5, assuming the team they cover retains any and all free agents.  So for example, Robert Gallery is unlikely to return to the Raiders, as both he and the Raiders have both said that his stay there is basically over.  Nevertheless, I projected Gallery as a Raider starter.  Here’s a list of every projected OL starter in the NFL, sorted from oldest to youngest:

(Ages are as of Sept 11, 2011, the first Sunday of the regular season):

Rank Player Pos Team Birthday Days on Earth Age
Oldest Flozell Adams RT Steelers 5/18/1975 13,265 36 years, 3 months, 24 days
2 Jeff Saturday C Colts 6/18/1975 13,234 36 years, 2 months, 24 days
3 Chad Clifton LT Packers 6/26/1976 12,860 35 years, 2 months, 16 days
4 Matt Birk C Ravens 7/23/1976 12,833 35 years, 1 month, 19 days
5 Bobbie Williams RG Bengals 9/25/1976 12,769 34 years, 11 months, 17 days
6 Todd McClure C Falcons 2/16/1977 12,625 34 years, 6 months, 26 days
7 Brian Waters LG Chiefs 2/18/1977 12,623 34 years, 6 months, 24 days
8 Brad Meester C Jaguars 3/23/1977 12,590 34 years, 5 months, 19 days
9 Olin Kreutz C Bears 6/9/1977 12,512 34 years, 3 months, 2 days
10 Shaun O’Hara C Giants 6/23/1977 12,498 34 years, 2 months, 19 days
11 Cooper Carlisle RG Raiders 8/11/1977 12,449 34 years, 1 month
12 Jeff Buckus LT Lions 9/21/1977 12,408 33 years, 11 months, 21 days
13 Casey Rabach C Redskins 9/24/1977 12,405 33 years, 11 months, 18 days
14 Steve Hutchinson LG Vikings 11/1/1977 12,367 33 years, 10 months, 10 days
15 Matt Light LT Patriots 6/23/1978 12,133 33 years, 2 months, 19 days
16 Leonard Davis RG Cowboys 9/5/1978 12,059 33 years, 6 days
17 Kyle Kosier LG Cowboys 11/27/1978 11,976 32 years, 9 months, 15 days
18 Jonathan Goodwin C Saints 12/2/1978 11,971 32 years, 9 months, 9 days
19 Dominic Raiola C Lions 12/30/1978 11,943 32 years, 8 months, 12 days
20 Andre Gurode C Cowboys 3/6/1979 11,877 32 years, 6 months, 5 days
21 Roberto Garza RG Bears 3/26/1979 11,857 32 years, 5 months, 16 days
22 Rich Seubert LG Giants 3/30/1979 11,853 32 years, 5 months, 12 days
23 Kareem McKenzie RT Giants 5/24/1979 11,798 32 years, 3 months, 18 days
24 Ryan Diem RT Colts 7/1/1979 11,760 32 years, 2 months, 10 days
25 Jonathan Stinchcomb RT Saints 8/27/1979 11,703 32 years, 15 days
26 Dan Koppen C Patriots 9/12/1979 11,687 31 years, 11 months, 30 days
27 Bryant McKinnie LT Vikings 9/23/1979 11,676 31 years, 11 months, 19 days
28 Eric Steinbach LG Browns 4/4/1980 11,482 31 years, 5 months, 7 days
29 Jamaal Jackson C Eagles 5/8/1980 11,448 31 years, 4 months, 3 days
30 Brandon Moore RG Jets 6/3/1980 11,422 31 years, 3 months, 8 days
31 Vince Manuwai LG Jaguars 7/12/1980 11,383 31 years, 1 month, 30 days
32 Jordan Gross LT Panthers 7/20/1980 11,375 31 years, 1 month, 22 days
33 Robert Gallery LG Raiders 7/26/1980 11,369 31 years, 1 month, 16 days
34 Tony Pashos RT Browns 8/3/1980 11,361 31 years, 1 month, 8 days
35 David Diehl LT Giants 9/15/1980 11,318 30 years, 11 months, 27 days
36 Scott Wells C Packers 1/7/1981 11,204 30 years, 8 months, 4 days
37 Kris Dielman LG Chargers 2/3/1981 11,177 30 years, 7 months, 8 days
38 Jacob Bell LG Rams 3/2/1981 11,150 30 years, 6 months, 9 days
39 Jammal Brown RT Redskins 3/30/1981 11,122 30 years, 5 months, 12 days
40 Jeff Faine C Bucs 4/6/1981 11,115 30 years, 5 months, 5 days
41 Jake Scott RG Titans 4/16/1981 11,105 30 years, 4 months, 26 days
42 Wade Smith LG Texans 4/26/1981 11,095 30 years, 4 months, 16 days
43 Travelle Wharton LG Panthers 5/19/1981 11,072 30 years, 3 months, 23 days
44 Harvey Dahl RG Falcons 6/24/1981 11,036 30 years, 2 months, 18 days
45 Vernon Carey RT Dolphins 7/31/1981 10,999 30 years, 1 month, 11 days
46 Nick Hardwick C Chargers 9/2/1981 10,966 30 years, 9 days
47 Chris Myers C Texans 9/15/1981 10,953 29 years, 11 months, 27 days
48 David Bass C 49ers 9/28/1981 10,940 29 years, 11 months, 14 days
49 Ryan Lilja RG Chiefs 10/15/1981 10,923 29 years, 10 months, 27 days
50 Tyson Clabo RT Falcons 10/17/1981 10,921 29 years, 10 months, 25 days
51 Andrew Whitworth LT Bengals 12/12/1981 10,865 29 years, 8 months, 30 days
52 Max Starks LT Steelers 1/10/1982 10,836 29 years, 8 months, 1 day
53 Stephen Peterman RG Lions 1/11/1982 10,835 29 years, 8 months
54 Chris Snee RG Giants 1/18/1982 10,828 29 years, 7 months, 24 days
55 Jason Peters LT Eagles 1/22/1982 10,824 29 years, 7 months, 20 days
56 Rex Hadnot LG Cardinals 1/28/1982 10,818 29 years, 7 months, 14 days
57 Daryn Colledge LG Packers 2/11/1982 10,804 29 years, 7 months
58 Eugene Amano C Titans 3/1/1982 10,786 29 years, 6 months, 10 days
59 Logan Mankins LG Patriots 3/10/1982 10,777 29 years, 6 months, 1 day
60 Nate Livings LG Bengals 3/16/1982 10,771 29 years, 5 months, 26 days
61 Erik Pears RT Bills 4/21/1982 10,735 29 years, 4 months, 21 days
62 Geoff Hangartner C Bills 4/22/1982 10,734 29 years, 4 months, 20 days
63 David Stewart RT Titans 8/28/1982 10,606 29 years, 14 days
64 Dan Connolly RG Patriots 9/2/1982 10,601 29 years, 9 days
65 Michael Roos LT Titans 10/5/1982 10,568 28 years, 11 months, 6 days
66 Todd Herremans LG Eagles 10/13/1982 10,560 28 years, 10 months, 29 days
67 Chris Kuper RG Broncos 12/19/1982 10,493 28 years, 8 months, 23 days
68 Chris Kemoeatu LG Steelers 1/4/1983 10,477 28 years, 8 months, 7 days
69 Will Montgomery RG Redskins 2/13/1983 10,437 28 years, 6 months, 29 days
70 Mike Brisiell RG Texans 3/14/1983 10,408 28 years, 5 months, 28 days
71 Willie Colon RG Steelers 4/9/1983 10,382 28 years, 5 months, 2 days
72 Donald Penn LT Bucs 4/27/1983 10,364 28 years, 4 months, 15 days
73 Duece Lutui RG Cardinals 5/5/1983 10,356 28 years, 4 months, 6 days
74 Jason Brown C Rams 5/5/1983 10,356 28 years, 4 months, 6 days
75 Richie Incognito LG Dolphins 7/5/1983 10,295 28 years, 2 months, 6 days
76 Kyle Cook C Bengals 7/25/1983 10,275 28 years, 1 month, 17 days
77 Jahri Evans RG Saints 8/22/1983 10,247 28 years, 20 days
78 Jeromey Clary RT Chargers 11/5/1983 10,172 27 years, 10 months, 6 days
79 Marcus McNeill LT Chargers 11/16/1983 10,161 27 years, 9 months, 26 days
80 Eric Winston RT Texans 11/17/1983 10,160 27 years, 9 months, 25 days
81 Davin Joseph RG Bucs 11/22/1983 10,155 27 years, 9 months, 20 days
82 Rob Sims LG Lions 12/6/1983 10,141 27 years, 9 months, 5 days
83 D’Brickashaw Ferguson LT Jets 12/10/1983 10,137 27 years, 9 months, 1 day
84 Justin Blalock LG Falcons 12/20/1983 10,127 27 years, 8 months, 22 days
85 Doug Free LT Cowboys 1/6/1984 10,110 27 years, 8 months, 5 days
86 Nick Mangold C Jets 1/13/1984 10,103 27 years, 7 months, 29 days
87 Ben Grubbs LG Ravens 3/10/1984 10,046 27 years, 6 months, 1 day
88 Levi Brown LT Cardinals 3/16/1984 10,040 27 years, 5 months, 26 days
89 Lyle Sendlein C Cardinals 3/16/1984 10,040 27 years, 5 months, 26 days
90 Uche Nwaneri RG Jaguars 3/20/1984 10,036 27 years, 5 months, 22 days
91 Charlie Johnson LG Colts 5/2/1984 9993 27 years, 4 months, 9 days
92 Demetrius Bell LT Bills 5/3/1984 9992 27 years, 4 months, 8 days
93 Leroy Harris LG Titans 6/6/1984 9958 27 years, 3 months, 5 days
94 Gosder Cherilus RT Lions 6/28/1984 9936 27 years, 2 months, 14 days
95 Sebastian Vollmer RT Patriots 7/10/1984 9924 27 years, 2 months, 1 day
96 Jermon Bushrod LT Saints 8/19/1984 9884 27 years, 23 days
97 Joe Staley LT 49ers 8/30/1984 9873 27 years, 12 days
98 Winston Justice RT Eagles 9/14/1984 9858 26 years, 11 months, 28 days
99 Marshal Yanda RG Ravens 9/15/1984 9857 26 years, 11 months, 27 days
100 Brandon Albert LT Chiefs 11/4/1984 9807 26 years, 10 months, 7 days
101 Danny Watkins RG Eagles 11/6/1984 9805 26 years, 10 months, 5 days
102 Brandon Keith RT Cardinals 11/21/1984 9790 26 years, 9 months, 21 days
103 Joe Thomas LT Browns 12/4/1984 9777 26 years, 9 months, 7 days
104 Nate Garner RG Dolphins 1/18/1985 9732 26 years, 7 months, 24 days
105 Ryan Harris RT Broncos 3/11/1985 9680 26 years, 6 months
106 Kory Lichtensteiger LG Redskins 3/22/1985 9669 26 years, 5 months, 20 days
107 John Greco RG Rams 3/24/1985 9667 26 years, 5 months, 18 days
108 Ryan Kalil C Panthers 3/29/1985 9662 26 years, 5 months, 13 days
109 Tyler Polumbus LG Seahawks 4/10/1985 9650 26 years, 5 months, 1 day
110 Jake Long LT Dolphins 5/9/1985 9621 26 years, 4 months, 2 days
111 Carl Nicks LG Saints 5/14/1985 9616 26 years, 3 months, 28 days
112 Sam Baker LT Falcons 5/30/1985 9600 26 years, 3 months, 12 days
113 John Sullivan C Vikings 8/8/1985 9530 26 years, 1 month, 3 days
114 James Lee RT Bucs 8/17/1985 9521 26 years, 25 days
115 Chris Williams LG Bears 8/26/1985 9512 26 years, 16 days
116 Duane Brown LT Texans 8/30/1985 9508 26 years, 12 days
117 Alex Mack C Browns 11/19/1985 9427 25 years, 9 months, 23 days
118 Matt Slauson LG Jets 2/18/1986 9336 25 years, 6 months, 24 days
119 Chilo Rachal RG 49ers 3/15/1986 9311 25 years, 5 months, 27 days
120 Eric Wood RG Bills 3/18/1986 9308 25 years, 5 months, 24 days
121 Jared Gaither RT Ravens 3/18/1986 9308 25 years, 5 months, 24 days
122 Max Unger C Seahawks 4/14/1986 9281 25 years, 4 months, 28 days
123 Jason Smith RT Rams 4/30/1986 9265 25 years, 4 months, 12 days
124 Andy Levitre LG Bills 5/15/1986 9250 25 years, 3 months, 27 days
125 Barry Richardson RT Chiefs 5/15/1986 9250 25 years, 3 months, 27 days
126 Michael Oher LT Ravens 5/28/1986 9237 25 years, 3 months, 14 days
127 Josh Sitton RG Packers 6/6/1986 9228 25 years, 3 months, 5 days
128 Jeff Otah RT Panthers 6/17/1986 9217 25 years, 2 months, 25 days
129 Geoff Schwartz RG Panthers 7/11/1986 9193 25 years, 2 months
130 Ryan Clady LT Broncos 9/6/1986 9136 25 years, 5 days
131 Phil Loadholt RT Vikings 9/21/1986 9122 24 years, 11 months, 22 days
132 John Moffitt RG Seahawks 10/28/1986 9084 24 years, 10 months, 14 days
133 Zane Beadles LG Broncos 11/19/1986 9062 24 years, 9 months, 23 days
134 Andre Smith RT Bengals 1/25/1987 8995 24 years, 7 months, 17 days
135 Chris DeGeare RG Vikings 2/17/1987 8972 24 years, 6 months, 25 days
136 J.D. Walton C Broncos 3/24/1987 8937 24 years, 5 months, 18 days
137 Louis Vasquez RG Chargers 4/11/1987 8919 24 years, 5 months
138 Eugene Monroe LT Jaguars 4/18/1987 8912 24 years, 4 months, 24 days
139 Mike Iupati LG 49ers 5/12/1987 8888 24 years, 3 months, 30 days
140 Ted Larson LG Bucs 6/13/1987 8856 24 years, 2 months, 29 days
141 Jared Veldheer LT Raiders 6/14/1987 8855 24 years, 2 months, 28 days
142 Russell Okung LT Seahawks 10/7/1987 8740 23 years, 11 months, 4 days
143 Eben Britton RT Jaguars 10/14/1987 8733 23 years, 10 months, 28 days
144 Vladimir Ducasse RT Jets 10/15/1987 8732 23 years, 10 months, 27 days
145 Shaun Lauvao RG Browns 10/26/1987 8721 23 years, 10 months, 16 days
146 Rodger Saffold LT Rams 6/6/1988 8497 23 years, 3 months, 5 days
147 Gabe Carimi RT Bears 6/13/1988 8490 23 years, 2 months, 29 days
148 Trent Williams LT Redskins 7/19/1988 8454 23 years, 1 month, 23 days
149 J’Marcus Webb LT Bears 8/8/1988 8434 23 years, 1 month, 3 days
150 Anthony Castonzo LT Colts 8/9/1988 8433 23 years, 1 month, 2 days
151 Joe Barksdale RT Raiders 1/1/1989 8288 22 years, 8 months, 10 days
152 Brian Bulaga RT Packers 3/21/1989 8209 22 years, 5 months, 21 days
153 James Carpenter RT Seahawks 3/22/1989 8208 22 years, 5 months, 20 days
154 Stefen Wisniewski C Raiders 3/22/1989 8208 22 years, 5 months, 20 days
155 Rodney Hudson C Chiefs 7/12/1989 8096 22 years, 1 month, 30 days
156 Mike Pouncey C Dolphins 7/24/1989 8084 22 years, 1 month, 18 days
157 Maurkice Pouncey C Steelers 7/24/1989 8084 22 years, 1 month, 18 days
158 Ben Ijalana RG Colts 8/6/1989 8071 22 years, 1 month, 5 days
159 Anthony Davis RT 49ers 10/11/1989 8005 21 years, 11 months
Youngest Tyron Smith RT Cowboys 12/12/1990 7,578 20 years, 8 months, 30 days

18 Comments

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  7. smutsboy says:

    Great post man.

    Like I’ve said for a while, the entire NFC East’s offensive lines are getting worse by the minute, and it seems that none of the teams really care.

  8. Shouan says:

    Good read but you know how I feel about the giants o-line.

  9. bdawk4ever says:

    Great post.

    This reminds me of IgglesBlog type material.

  10. CarverM says:

    If free agency goes as I’d like it to, then you could plug in Ryan Harris for Jammal Brown at RT for the ‘Skins. Also maybe Davin Joseph at LG, which would move Licht to C for Rabach.

    1. CarverM says:

      Of course that is total rosterbation, but for shits and giggles those two changes would take about 2.5 years off of the Redskin’s average age–putting it at 4th youngest.

    2. Yeah, I started working on this thing when there was no end in sight to the lockout, so I said “Screw it,” and just started banging it out having no idea when free agency would occur. The recent reports of progress on the lockout is obviously a great thing, but gives this piece a very short shelf-life, haha. Oh well. Better that the lockout could be ending. I may update it after free agency shakes out.

      1. CarverM says:

        Its a great piece if for nothing but the raw information. I will certainly refer back to this many times in the future because the majority of the posts I come up with tend to be about the OL, being a big ugly myself.

  11. Bradley Smith says:

    Mehh…Beatty looked great against Orakpu and Jared Allen when he started against Washington and Minny last year.

    Put him at LT, Diehl at LG, Koets (who did a fine job in filling in for O’Hara last year) at Center if O’Hara can’t go, Snee at RG, and McKenzie at RT (who was arguably the best at his position in the league last year) and their isn’t really to much cause for concern.

    1. Diehl played LT against the Vikes, not Beatty. Beatty was in on 9 snaps against Minny, all as a TE. Six of those plays were runs. Beatty started against the Jags and the Redskins.

      While the stat sheet will show that Orakpo didn’t have any sacks, Beatty was flagged for 2 holds and a false start in that game. He was far from “great.” And while I agree that Koets was OK as O’Hara’s replacement, Koets has injury issues of his own, with that torn ACL.

      It’s not as simple as “We’ll plug in this guy or that guy and we’ll be fine.” The Giants have some serious issues there.

      1. CarverM says:

        And he got away with several more vs. Orakpo. #98 got more hugs last year than a Make-a-Wish kid.

      2. Bradley Smith says:

        Not worried at all actually.

        Beatty looked great against Orakpo. Thought he was in against Minny, thanks for clearing that up.

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