Again... "there are no starting LT's that can be found in the 2nd round this year" argument..... in that case anyone taken outside of the 2nd round should just be drafted and then cut because they have no business starting in the NFL. Its a flawed argument to say we cant find a quality starter in the draft outside of the 1st round or 2nd round... the fact of the matter is that maybe our GM can't evaluate talent well enough to find that talent... but thats another story.
Last 10 superbowl winning LT's, provided originally by Crazydolfan305 and then with their draft sta
Bryant Mckinnie -- Drafted by Vikings in 1st Round 7th overall (obviously didnt win a superbowl with vikings.... won it this year with Ravens in his 10th? year)
David Diehl -- Drafted by NYG in 5th Round
Chad Clifton -- Drafted by GB in 2nd Round
Jermon Bushrod --- Drafted by NO in 4th Round
Max Starks -- Drafted by the Pitt in 3rd Round
David Diehl ---- Still was drafted by NYG in 5th Round
Tarik Glenn --- Drafted by Colts in 1st Round (19th overall)
Marvel Amos Smith - Drafted by Steelers in the 2nd Round
Matt Light -- Drafted by the Patriots in the 2nd Round
I guarantee you going into those drafts where Superbowl and Pro Bowl quality Left Tackles were being drafted.. the general consensus was that 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks shouldnt have been good enough to get the job done.. but they do.
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Did they all start day 1 on the left side? Did they even start day one? And your looking at past drafts where some might be deeper than others. Again, name me one OT prospect from THIS draft you expect to be available in the second round that can start day 1 on either side of the line. Keep in mind you've got Martin who's also a 2nd rounder and didn't grade out very well as the other bookend...
Light started 12 games and played in 14
marvel smith started in 9 and played in 12
Chad clifton started in 10 and played 13
Bushrod didnt play his rookie season
I'm not gonna sit here and say I have names of guys that I think can be drafted in the 2nd round or later and become instant starters and eventual pro bowl superbowl left tackles.. the funny thing is, if 32 GM's knew these guys would be this good .... they wouldnt be getting drafted in the 2nd round or later. But the facts show that this is how the teams that succeed in this league are finding their LT's.
If you want 1 year of better LT play, Albert is your best bet. But this is only a 1 season make or break for 1 man.... I'm looking past just one season.
Let's go Miami!!!!
I don't think Tannehill is going to die if we dont get Albert or one of the big three OT prospects in the draft this year. To me, spending a giant sum of extension money on Albert just doesnt make sense.
From the very beginning, I've said the 2nd round compensation for Albert is more than fair compensation, but I can't justify giving him an extension that hes looking for with the way the new rookie salary cap has been set up. For the next 4 to 5 years, I think we are much better served drafting an OT, or like you suggest sign Winston to a 1 year deal, and draft one next year.. rather than 4-5 years of Albert with a massive contract tied up in him. It's not a knock on him as a player, its just a different philosophy when it comes to drafting v. signing FA (or trading and extending) expensive positions.
No its not so easy... but it just so happens that the GM's that are good at their job are skilled enough to find them. How do I "arbitrarily" decide that those GM's are the best at their job... well because they WIN the superbowl, not just make the playoffs.
What does that have to do with anything? The best player in the draft this year might be a Left Tackle. Sure.... guess what KC is trying to do... Trying to TRADE THE **** OUT OF THAT TOP SPOT..... if there was a QB even close to being worth the top pick, it wouldnt even be a discussion.
Honestly in a perfect world these guys are comfortable with Martin at LT and then we could draft another tackle to play RT both on the cheap for the next few years. Just seems that the guys who know Martin best have this little confidence in him playing LT. I old much rather drafting our own players but we seem to be, management that is, scared of Martin playing LT. I'm giving Ireland the benefit of the doubt here. If we can get Albert for 2b or better yet 3a and get him on a reasonable contract I think it's a win-win. If we are trading for him and giving him 9mil/yr then I have a problem with it. But at 6-7.5mil/yr. thats a good deal. Perfect world I agree, draft our own RT and move Martin to LT. Maybe that what ends up happening if Albert wants stupid money.