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Old 11-08-2011, 12:55 AM   #211
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Re: Positions Which Need to Be Addressed

The Redskins signed a WR named David Anderson today. He played under Kyle Shanahan in Houston, which means he knows the offense. With Santana Moss out, that's just what the Redskins need. We'll see if he can provide at least some relief in the passing game.
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Found this on Extreme. I copied for viewing pleasure.

The Offensive Line
Here is a quick breakdown of the linemen currently on the roster.

C/G - Erik Cook - 24 years old - He was a 7th round pick two years ago who I have to guess would still be on the practice squad if there was better depth on the roster.

C/G - Will Montgomery - 28 years old - A local product from the VT program, the coaching staff liked his potential. He was a 7th round pick in 2006 by Carolina.

G- Chris Chester - 28 years old - He struggled early in camp, but seems to have calmed down. Maybe he's a long term fit. Probably a backup with a better OL. However, 20mil for a 5 year deal on a guy who was projected as a backup in Baltimore might have some wondering what gives. Apparently he is what Shanny looks for in the zone blocking scheme. That's fine.....maybe he's a guy who survives a few years here.

G - Maurice Hurt - 24 years old - I imagine when the Skins took him with a 7th round pick this year, they expected him to get a year on the practice squad and then if he improved enough to make the team in '12, to be a backup who didn't see the field. I don't know what playing now will do for him, but they simply don't have a choice.

T/G - Sean Locklear - 30 Years old - When he had to come in and play LT this year, he's been awful. No wonder he was available. He's already 30 years old and I can't imagine the value of bringing him back unless there isn't a single OL in the draft or free agency to get.

T - Trent Williams - Quickly headed towards "Bust" status if he doesn't get his head on straight. Either he's hurt or he's making mistakes that cost either 5 or 15 yards. TWICE this year he's screwed the team with stupid emotional plays. When he's healthy, he's still average at best.

T - Jamal Brown - 30 years old - Out of the trades before the 2010 season that brought us McNabb and Brown......Brown might still be the one worth doing.....I said MIGHT. He just signed a 5 year $27.5mil deal with $8mil in bonus cash. Difference with him is that he was a 1st round pick just 6 years ago and performed at a high level in New Orleans before getting hurt. At this point with him like Trent, you just ride out their deals and play them at tackle until something better comes along.

T - Willie Smith - 24 years old - An UDFA this past year, Smith clearly was a guy they wanted to stash on the practice squad to see if he had some future value. Maybe he does.

C/G - Kory Lichtensteiger - 26 years old - Originally a 4th round pick by the Broncos in 2008, Kory was showing something before his injury this year. Its probably safe to say that if he ever gets back to 100%, it won't be until the 2013 season and by then we'll have to fill that spot full-time.

G- Eric Olsen - A practice squad guy I know nothing about.

While I do want a QB taken with our 1st round pick next year, a special focus needs to be put on building a top 5 OL with depth at every position. If this means scouts who are just out there looking for OL around the country, so be it. Its no secret that a solid OL that help the rest of an offense develop more effectively.

So, who are the top potential OL who could free agents after the 2011 season? Courtesy of NFLsFuture.com

The Offensive Linemen
Carl Nicks, OG, New Orleans Saints
Carl Nicks is one of the premier guards in the league. Itís very possible that the Saints wonít be able to pony up the money necessary to keep him given the money they gave G Jahri Evans last offseason. The Saints would have two of the highest paid guards in league on the same team. If Nicks hits the open market plenty of teams will be lining up to pay him a kingís ransom.

Demetrius Bell, OT, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo has scoured the NFL to find a LT since trading Jason Peters to the Eagles. Demetrius Bell has emerged into a very good, young LT. The problem for the Bills will be dishing out big contracts to Ryan Fitzpatrick (done), Stevie Johnson, and Bell. It will be tough for the Bills to get all three under contract but they have to find a way to ink the 27-year old LT.

Ben Grubbs, OG, Baltimore Ravens
Grubbs may get a contract sooner rather than later from the Ravens. After inking Marshal Yanda last offseason, Ozzie Newsome will look to keep the core of this unit intact. I donít see a chance Grubbs leaves Baltimore.

Chris Myers, OC, Houston Texans
Myers has found a perfect fit in Houston and has been a standout. In all likelihood, he will stay in Houston but could find more money elsewhere. The Texans canít afford to disrupt the continuity of this offensive line for the protection of Matt Schaub and Arian Foster. About a 10% chance Myers isnít back in Houston.

Scott Wells, OC, Green Bay Packers
Much like Myers in Houston, Wells has found the perfect system to fit his style of play. In reality, Wells isnít nearly as valuable to any other team than the Packers and stays in Green Bay.

Levi Brown, OT, Arizona Cardinals
Levi Brown needs to move to the right side. He is not a starting caliber LT in the league. Arizonaís OL is among the worse in the NFL but Brown is playing out of position. He could be a good RT in Arizona or elsewhere. The Cards probably re-sign him because heís the best option with the hopes of getting a LT in the draft. Brown shouldnít command much money given his limited ability to play the right side.

Jeff Saturday, OC, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have to re-sign Jeff Saturday. Saturday and the Colts are synanomous at this point and he needs to protect Peyton Manning for one last run. Saturday probably wonít command many years or much money on the open market so it makes sense that he stays in Indy.

Nick Hardwick, OC, San Diego Chargers
Hardwick has lost a step but still brings enough to be considered a solid center option. Hardwick could be lost in the shuffle in San Diego as they attempt to re-sign bigger priorities. Hardwick will be a nice, rather inexpensive option for a team in need of a veteran center. Chicago could come calling very early on in free agency.

Best of the Rest
Nate Livings, OG, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Zuttah, OG, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Todd McClure, OC, Atlanta Falcons
Khalif Barnes, OT, Oakland Raiders
Roberto Garza, OG, Chicago Bears
Barry Richardson, OT, Kansas City Chiefs
John Sullivan, OC, Minnesota Vikings
Jacob Bell, OG, St. Louis Rams
Trai Essex, OG, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jake Scott, OG, Tennessee Titans
Adam Snyder, OT, San Francisco 49ers
Dan Koppen, OC, New England Patriots


And potential rookies coming in the draft?

From Walterfootball.com, here are the top 10 ranked Tackles, Guards and Centers.

TACKLES
Matt Kalil*, OT, USC
Height: 6-7. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.01.
Projected Round (2012): Top 5 Pick.
10/28/11: Kalil is putting together an excellent season for USC. He has done a fabulous job of protecting Matt Barkley's blind side. Kalil hasn't really gone against an elite pass rusher, but has shutdown everybody he's gone against. On the ground Kalil has been a strong run blocker. He has done nothing but solidify his stock at the top of the first round.

8/20/11: Matt Kalil is a top-flight left tackle prospect. His quality play kept Tyron Smith on the right side last year. Kalil did an excellent job of protecting Matt Barkley in 2010 and looks poised to build on that success in 2011. Kalil has strong blood lines with his father and brother making it into the league. He looks like a very safe pick, and a player that won't get out of the top five. Kalil is a specimen that should only get stronger as he ages in an NFL strength and conditioning program. He is technically sound, and ready for the NFL.
Jonathan Martin*, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
Projected Round (2012): Top 10 Pick.
10/28/11: Martin is playing extremely well. He has been a shutdown blocker in protecting Andrew Luck's blind side. Luck has had great pass protection all season. Martin has been a tenacious run blocker. Stanford ran behind him throughout their blowout of Washington. The Cardinal totaled 446 yards on the ground. Martin sets the edge well and is a good athlete to hit blocks on the second level. He had some penalty problems earlier in the season, but seems to have cleared that up. Martin is a better run-blocking franchise left tackle prospect than many former high first-rounders.

8/20/11: Jonathan Martin has been an excellent player at Stanford. He dominated the PAC-10 last season as a run blocker and pass protector for Andrew Luck. Martin has the pass-protection tools to be a Pro Bowl tackle. Don't be surprised if he puts up a fight to be the first tackle taken. Martin was an All-Pac-10 first-team selection. He's a top-10 prospect.
Riley Reiff*, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 4.98.
Projected Round (2012): Top 20 Pick.
10/28/11: Reiff has been a solid run blocker and pass blocker this season. He saw his only quality test of the season so far against Pittsburgh and defensive end Brandon Lindsey. Reiff had a very good game against Lindsey, containing him on almost every play that they were matched up. In the game, Reiff allowed a sack by Aaron Randle, but that could have been a result of a miscommunication with his guard. Otherwise, Reiff has been consistently good this season.

8/20/11: Riley Reiff is a strong and athletic left tackle. He is a good downhill run blocker and has good technique as a pass blocker. Reiff has good feet and mirrors defensive ends well as they try to get upfield. He played very well in 2010, and had the added preparation of battling former teammate and current Buccaneer Adrian Clayborn in practice. Reiff was an All-Big Ten second-team selection last year. Right now, he looks like a lock to be a first-round pick with the potential to go highly if he has a dominant 2011 season.
Barrett Jones*, T/G, Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 311.
Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.
10/28/11: Jones moved to left tackle this season after playing guard the previous two years. His transisition has been flawless. He has done a fabulous job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and has been equally good in pass protection. Jones is an intelligent player who has the physical tools to be effective. If he plays well against LSU and other tough teams late this season, he could prove to be a legitimate first-round left tackle prospect for the NFL.

8/20/11: Barrett Jones has been a leader in Alabama's strong ground game. He has helped pave the way for Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson the past two seasons. Jones started 14 games in 2009 as a redshirt freshman and Ingram ran his way to a Heisman. Jones stayed at right guard and started 11 games there in 2010. He was named as a first-team All-SEC selection last season. He works well with center William Vlachos, and they could provide some great holes for Richardson in 2011. As a result, Jones stock has the potential to rise.
D.J. Fluker**, OT, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 335.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.
10/28/11: Fluker has been a force at right tackle for Alabama. He has been a strong run blocker paving the way for Trent Richardson. If Barrett Jones leaves for the NFL, it will be interesting to see if Fluker moves to left tackle next season. Fluker looks like he could be a quick starter at right tackle, and is natural at the position.

8/20/11: D.J. Fluker is a big-time tackle prospect who was a dominant force in the SEC last year. He's athletic as a pass protector, and a bulldozer as a run blocker. Fluker may hold off on declaring for the draft even though he will be eligible. This is only his sophomore season, and if Fluker returns, he could be the one of the top tackles in the 2013 draft class. Most of the time, Nick Saban works his players hard for them to stay in school.
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-8. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.12.
Projected Round (2012): 2.
10/28/11: Adams has played reasonably well since returning from his suspension. Ohio State's offense became much better when they got Adams back. He still has some issues with speed rushers. Illinois speed rushing end Whitney Mercilus torched Adams for 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He struggles with speed rushers in pass protection, but does well against them in run blocking. That confirms that Adams should move to right tackle in the NFL.

8/20/11: Mike Adams broke into the lineup as a sophomore and became a first-team Big Ten standout as a junior. He is a powerful run blocker who could be a better fit as a right tackle at the pro level. Smaller speed rushers can give Adams some problems in pass protection, but they are easy wins for him in run blocking. Therefore, right tackle may be his best spot in the NFL as he won't have to go up against as many speed rushers to match up with there. Adams will be suspended the first five games of the season, and previously was suspended the first two games of the 2010 season. The off-the-field issues could make it hard for him to go in the first round.
Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.14.
Projected Round (2012): 2.
10/28/11: Potter is having an excellent season. He does not have elite physical talent, and that pushes him into second round. Potter is one of the few left tackle options who looks available after the first round. He had a strong debut against Georgia, the best team Boise State has faced this season. Potter constantly gave quarterback Kellen Moore ample time to throw the ball plus was effective as run blocker. Even though Potter is not a heavy tackle, he showed the strength to anchor against bull rushes. Potter was slow to react to pick up a zone stunt on one play, but he showed the ability to recover. With his quality performance, Potter is proving that he can stay at left tackle in the NFL and won't have to move to the right side.

8/20/11: The Broncos standout Nate Potter enters the season as the pass protector for a prolific college quarterback in Kellen Moore. Potter has good feet and is quick. He is able to get to the second level of the defense and pull well to hit defenders on the run. For the NFL, it would be helpful for Potter to add some strength. That would allow him to keep a hold on defenders rather than them being able to disengage from his blocks, an issue he needs to improve on.
Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 325.
Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
Projected Round (2011): 2-3.
10/28/11: Reynolds had a dominant performance against Ole Miss to start the season. Reynolds was blocking his man through the whistle and shut down every defensive end he faced. Against Texas, Reynolds was not as dominant but still had a quality game. Right now, he is a better pass blocker than run blocker. While bull rushes were completely ineffective against Reynolds, he also showed the quick feet to drop back and mirror defenders on speed rushes.

8/20/11: Matt Reynolds has had a fantastic career at BYU. He almost entered the 2011 NFL Draft, but decided to return for his senior year. Reynolds has gotten into better shape by converting some fat into muscle. He's a tough run blocker who has been developing his pass blocking. The athletic Reynolds is well-coached. BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber developed Logan Makins at Fresno State, and he speaks of Reynolds as being a comparable prospect to Mankins. A major drawback to Reynolds is that he will be a 25 year-old rookie. However, Eagles rookie guard Danny Watkins is 27 and Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry was 24 as a rookie, and they both were first-rounders. Thus, the age issue shouldn't hurt Reynolds too much.
Ricky Wagner*, OT, Wisconsin
Height: 6-6. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
10/28/11: Wagner has been dominant in many games this season. He has opened up a lot of holes for running backs Montee Ball and James White, while preventing pressure on quarterback Russell Wilson. Wagner played well against Wisconsin's better opponents like Nebraska and Michigan State. If Wagner stays in school, he could be one of the better senior tackles in the nation. It would be surprising if he entered the draft early.

8/20/11: Ricky Wagner started 10 games for the Badgers at right tackle in 2010. This year, he'll move over to left tackle to replace Gabe Carimi. Wagner is an excellent run blocker. He is powerful and can drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. Wagner will need to develop his pass blocking, but he looks like the next in line of quality Wisconsin left tackles. Wagner was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 318.
Projected 40 Time: 5.14.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
10/28/11: Injuries have forced Adcock to flip back and forth between left tackle and right tackle this season. He has given up some pressure and sacks this season. Adcock looks like a bit of a plodder with heavy feet. Against speed rushers, he is often reaching after them, and does not have the quickness to shuffle and mirror. Adcock should be at right tackle or possibly guard at the next level.

8/20/11: Levy Adcock replaced departed tackle Russell Okung and the Oklahoma State offense didn't miss a beat. Adcock showed the ability to be a good pass protector in 2010, and he also is a physical run blocker. Last year, was the first year of significant playing time for him, so Adcock should be even better in 2011 as he gains experience. Adcock was an All-Big XII first-team member last season.

GUARDS
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 312.
Projected 40 Time: 5.21.
Projected Round (2012): 2.
10/29/11: Zeitler has done a fabulous job paving the way for running backs Montee Ball and James White this season. Zeitler is strong at the point of attack and has no issues blasting open running lanes. He has more mobility and athletic ability than one might think. Zeitler does a good job of hitting blocks on the second level and in the open field on screen passes. He has also done an excellent job in pass protection for quarterback Russell Wilson. Zeitler has really helped his stock with a strong season.

8/20/11: Kevin Zeitler was an All-Big Ten honorable mention last year. For the past two years, he has been the Badgers' starting right guard. If you aren't a road grader as a run blocker, then you aren't going to play for Wisconsin. Zeitler figures to be ready to provide another excellent year of tape in his run-blocking prowess. Montee Ball and James White could easily combine for 2,500 to 3,000 yards rushing this year. Zeitler is a weight-room standout at Wisconsin, so he already has developed an NFL body. Zeitler works well with starting center Peter Konz and they should not have a drop off in 2011.
Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
Height: 6-5. Weight: 330.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2012): 2.
10/29/11: Others rate Glenn as high as the first round, but considering how he played against some of the top defenders he's faced this season, it is hard imagining him not going on the second day of the draft. In the first game of the season, Boise State's Billy Winn, Shea McClellin and the rest of Boise State's defensive line had their way with him as he allowed multiple hits on the quarterback. Glenn gave up a few sacks along with getting flagged multiple times. Against South Carolina, he played better but did get beat by a defender to help cause a defensive score. It looks like Glenn should consider dropping some weight to get more athletic and be a better pass protector. He is a wide body with some mobility who should move back inside for the NFL.

8/20/11: Cordy Glenn broke into the starting lineup as a freshman in 2008 with 10 starts. In 2009, he started nine games between right and left guard. Glenn also started four games at left tackle due to injuries along the Georgia offensive line. Last year, he found a home and started 13 games at left guard. Glenn is a powerful run blocker who moves well and is solid pass protector. He is a massive linemen qho would fit well in a power man blocking scheme.
Ryan Miller, G, Colorado
Height: 6-8. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
10/29/11: Miller is having a strong senior season with some impressive games. He's shown the ability to be a forceful run blocker. Miller is a very good athlete and has excellent quickness to fire out of his stance to get to the second level. He anchors well in pass rush and has the mobility to slide with defenders. Miller has the skill set to get some consideration at right tackle.

8/20/11: Ryan Miller enters the season with a lot of preseason hype from the national media. He was an All-Big XII honorable mention in 2010 and a 12-game starter at right guard. In 2009, Miller started seven games at right guard and five games at right tackle due to injuries along the line. He is a powerful blocker who moves well for his size.
Lonnie Edwards, G, Texas Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 322.
Projected 40 Time: 5.16.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.
10/29/11: Edwards has done a very good job this season and has shown a lot of improvements. He is a physical run blocker and a quality pass blocker. Texas Tech has put up big point totals on a weekly basis and Edwards has had a strong senior season.

8/20/11: Lonnie Edwards enters his third season as a starter at left guard. He was named an All-Big XII second-team member last year. Edwards has some power to his game.
Rokevious Watkins, G/T, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 340.
Projected 40 Time: 5.27.
Projected Round (2012): 3-5.
10/29/11: Watkins has had a quality season of run blocking for South Carolina and running back Marcus Lattimore. The Gamecocks have had a strong interior rushing attack and Watkins has helped pave the way. He is a stronger run blocker than pass protector.

8/20/11: Rokevious Watkins had a breakout season in 2010. He played junior college for two years and redshirted one season at South Carolina before becoming the starter at right guard last season. Watkins was a powerful bulldozer leading the way for freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore. This year it sounds like South Carolina will move him to right tackle, but Watkins is probably better served at guard in the NFL.
Joel Foreman, G, Michigan State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2012): 3-5.
10/29/11: Foreman has been solid, yet unspectacular for Michigan State this season. He is a quality run blocker and pass blocker. Foreman has good technique and is well-rounded but does not look like he has special physical tools.

8/20/11: Over the past two seasons, Foreman has started 25 games at left guard for Michigan State. He is a strong run blocker who twice has been an all-conference honorable mention. Foreman has had some injury issues this spring, so he'll need to stay in the lineup to keep his draft stock stable. <a href='http://d.tradex.openx.com/ck.php?n=acc9b92e&amp;cb=4137713' target='_blank'><img src='http://d.tradex.openx.com/avw.php?zoneid=4481&amp;cb=4137713&amp;n=acc9b92e' border='0' alt='' /></a>
Lucas Nix, G/OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-6. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
Projected Round (2012): 3-5.
10/29/11: Nix was moved to left tackle and has played well this season, but he has missed multiple games with injuries. Nix should move back inside for the next level.

8/20/11: Lucas Nix split time between right tackle and right guard over the past two seasons, but he is definitely a guard in the NFL. While Nix needs to add some bulk, run blocking is his strength, and he did a good job of opening up holes for Dion Lewis. Nix needs to work on his pass protection, and is better suited at guard.
Brandon Washington*, G/OT, Miami
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.21.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5.
10/29/11: After being an All-ACC pick last year at guard, Miami moved Washington to left tackle after Seantrel Henderson was injured. Washington has had a mixed outing at left tackle. He has done a decent job of run blocking for Miami running back Lamar Miller. Washington has a nice combination of power and mobility, but belongs on the inside. Head coach Al Golden was openly critical of Washington after he struggled against North Carolina and defensive end Quinton Coples. Washington took offense at the possibility that he could be benched and not get a starting spot at guard if Henderson replaced him at left tackle. Washington has some talent, and his situation at Miami looks murky. He may enter the draft just to escape the problems.

8/17/10: Brandon Washington has the size and athleticism to be a starting guard in the NFL. He is a pretty good pass blocker and packs a nice punch as a run blocker. Washington plays with a mean streak and was twice named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in his first year as a starter. He was an All-ACC first-team guard last season.

CENTERS
Peter Konz*, C, Wisconsin
Height: 6-5. Weight: 315.
Projected 40 Time: 5.58.
Projected Round (2012): 1.
10/28/11: The junior Konz is compiling a stack of dominant tapes for NFL evaluators. He has been excellent this season. Konz has played elite players like Jerel Worthy and Jared Crick very well. The Badgers have had a fabulous running offense and Konz is an excellent run blocker. He seals holes well, gets to the second level, and puts defenders on the ground regularly. Konz has done a fabulous job in pass protection for quarterback Russell Wilson. His stock is on the rise. Not many centers enter the draft early. That goes for Wisconsin offensive linemen as well, so it would be somewhat surprising if he enters the 2012 draft.

8/20/11: Peter Konz started 11 games in 2010 after starting nine games at center in 2009. He is a big, powerful blocker who has sound technique. Konz isn't the most mobile blocker, but Wisconsin has had a lot of production running behind him and up the middle of Big Ten defenses. Konz should have another year of that type of tape for NFL evaluators.
Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 293.
Projected 40 Time: 5.08.
Projected Round (2012): 1.
10/28/11: Others rate Brewster on the second day of the draft, but the senior is a intelligent technician who rarely ever gets beat. He is an equally good run blocker and pass blocker. Brewster had an excellent game against Miami and defensive tackle Marcus Forston. Brewster had a fabulous game against Nebraska defensive tackles Jared Crick and Baker Steinkuhler. Brewster is very good at opening running lanes and preventing interior pass pressure. He is athletic and mobile. The knock on him is probably his smaller size and lack of bulk.

8/20/11: Mike Brewster enters his senior year as the top center in the nation. He started as a freshman and has been a standout for the Buckeyes ever since. Brewster will be challenged with the turmoil at Ohio State. He will have to quickly get in tune with a new quarterback to take his snaps, and offensive tackle Mike Adams will be suspended for the first five games. Thus, some new challenges are in store for Brewster, but nothing that should hurt his draft stock. He is an excellent run blocker and pass protector. Brewster looks like the next center who could crack the top 25.
William Vlachos, C, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 294.
Projected 40 Time: 5.13.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
10/28/11: Vlachos is putting together another strong season. He has led a strong interior running game for Alabama. Plus, Vlachos is doing a good job in pass protection for the Crimson Tide. He has helped himself with another strong season and looks like a solid pick who will be able to play quickly in the NFL.

8/20/11: William Vlachos has been a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, and in that time he has been a key factor in the Tide's strong ground game with running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Vlachos is good at pulling and hitting blocks in space. He should have another solid season blocking for Richardson, and that should keep Vlachos in the second or third round.
Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 316.
Projected 40 Time: 5.17.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.
10/28/11: To start the season, Jones had a rough performance against Boise State and really struggled with defensive tackle Billy Winn. Jones (6-3, 316) allowed a sack and way too much pressure up the middle of the defense. Since then he has played better. Jones has been a solid run blocker and has improved his pass protection.

8/20/11: Ben Jones broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and has locked down the position for Georgia. He had excellent seasons in 2010 and 2009 to establish himself as one of the top centers in the SEC. Jones is a very good pass blocker, and a strong run blocker. For teams that like bigger centers over the smaller more mobile types, he could be an option to add some bulk and be a power center in the NFL.
Ben Habern, C, Oklahoma
Height: 6-2. Weight: 291.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.
10/28/11: Habern started the season strong with three good games for the Sooners. He broke his arm against Missouri and has missed the last four games. Habern is expected to be out another 2-4 weeks. The Oklahoma offense has really missed him.

8/20/11: Ben Habern has been a two-year starter for Oklahoma. Smaller and athletic, he is a strong pass blocker. Habern works well with Landry Jones, and should have another strong season in 2011. Habern was an All-Big XII honorable mention last year.
Scott Wedige, C, Northern Illinois
Height: 6-4. Weight: 314.
Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.
10/28/11: Wedige has done a good job of blocking for Chandler Harnish this season and has improved his draft stock.

8/20/11: Scott Wedige had an excellent debut as the starting center last season. He was an All-MAC first-teamer in 2010. Wedige was a very good pass blocker last season and Northern Illinois allowed less than a sack per game.
Garth Gerhart, C/G, Arizona State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5.
10/28/11: Gerhart has played well for Arizona State this season and has improved his stock significantly. He is quick and athletic. That allows him to be effective when pulling. Gerhart also isn't afraid to get physical and fights through the whistle. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker. Gerhart needs to improve his awareness and get his head on swivel in pass protection.

8/20/11: The younger brother of Toby Gerhart, Garth Gerhart found a home at center in 2010 and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He started 12 games last season, after starting two at center in 2009 (and also started five 2009 games at right guard). Gerhart could be one of the better centers in the conference, but he needs a strong season to get drafted.
Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 292.
Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5.
10/28/11: Garner is playing well this season. He has done a good job in run blocking and a superb job in keeping the pocket clean for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Garner has not faced a tough interior pass rusher yet.

8/20/11: Grant Garner started every game at Oklahoma State last year in his first season as a starter. He did a good job blocking for quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Kendall Hunter. Garner will need a strong season to solidify his draft status.
Moe Petrus, C/G, Connecticut
Height: 6-2. Weight: 293.
Projected 40 Time: 5.16.
Projected Round (2012): 4-6.
10/28/11: Petrus and the UConn offensive line have had some mixed outings. He had some good plays and also got beat some against Pittsburgh. Petrus needs to play more consistently.

8/20/11: Moe Petrus started at left guard in 2008 before moving to the center position in 2009. He started at center the past two seasons and was an All-Big East second-team selection in 2010. Petrus has good mobility and quality strength. He helped pave the way for Jordan Todman to have a massive 2010 season.
Ben Burkett, C, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 290.
Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
Projected Round (2012): 4-6.
10/28/11: Burkett has had some quality games this season for the Wildcats. He did not play well against Illinois.

8/20/11: Ben Burkett has started all 39 games at center for Northwestern the past three seasons. He has had to add strength and size over his collegiate career and that will need to continue for the NFL. Burkett can pass block, but he will need that bulk to be an effective run blocker at the NFL level.
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I agree that the jury is still out on Trent Williams. Jason Pierre-Paul made him look like an undrafted free agent, yet Williams competed very well a few weeks later against Demarcus Ware. I'd like to see us draft another tackle in the first two rounds of 2012, and perhaps a guard in the 3rd round.

It goes without saying that we should draft a QB near the top of the draft, but I would prefer that the FO address WR through free agency.

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I agree that the jury is still out on Trent Williams. Jason Pierre-Paul made him look like an undrafted free agent, yet Williams competed very well a few weeks later against Demarcus Ware. I'd like to see us draft another tackle in the first two rounds of 2012, and perhaps a guard in the 3rd round.

It goes without saying that we should draft a QB near the top of the draft, but I would prefer that the FO address WR through free agency.

Trent Williams is a bookmark for the Hogs.He is good and proved it against Demarcus Ware when he looked like a Pro Bowler against him. He is a keeper. But the other 4 positions on the OL need an upgrade sooner than later. A complete overhaul and keep a few of them for backups if needed.

I thought Shanahan did a good job in the draft even though the OL was not addressed. He found some talent. Good talent that we need. The picks were not wasted at least. The players he drafted for the most part can start on this team. It will take a few drafts to get this team back on track and the players Shanahan drafted were needed at some point. Maybe the OL talent pool didn't warrant a draft pick and was not as good as it needed to be. But this the upcoming draft have some talent on the OL and it needs to be taken care of. Although the OL was not addressed.


As soon as we start addressing the OL the sooner we get back to the playoffs. When you have some Hogs all the other positions get better too. The Qb has more time to throw. The RB will get more yards. The defense will not be on the field as long. Just ask Mark Rypien about the advantages of some Hogs. Time for the front office to stop playing fantasy football and find some Hogs immediately.

Shanahan gets a pass because he just got here and hasn't been the one wasting draft picks. He found some talent we will need in the past draft. But now he must put his attention and efforts on the OL. When he does we will be contenders again. We will need one more position taken care of after that to get back to the Superbowl. QB.

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I agree that the jury is still out on Trent Williams. Jason Pierre-Paul made him look like an undrafted free agent, yet Williams competed very well a few weeks later against Demarcus Ware. I'd like to see us draft another tackle in the first two rounds of 2012, and perhaps a guard in the 3rd round.

It goes without saying that we should draft a QB near the top of the draft, but I would prefer that the FO address WR through free agency.
We don't need WRs we need a QB. Look at the garbage Brady turns in to gold.
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We don't need WRs we need a QB. Look at the garbage Brady turns in to gold.
A QB is sort of hard to come by at the moment. Even WRs are. Hence the signing of David never heard of Anderson. But they're trying.
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We don't need WRs we need a QB. Look at the garbage Brady turns in to gold.
Good teams have both. Otherwise, you have Sam Bradford's situation. And Welker is absolutely no slouch in his own right. It's an insult to him to call him garbage.
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Found this on Extreme. I copied for viewing pleasure.

The Offensive Line
Here is a quick breakdown of the linemen currently on the roster.

C/G - Erik Cook - 24 years old - He was a 7th round pick two years ago who I have to guess would still be on the practice squad if there was better depth on the roster.

C/G - Will Montgomery - 28 years old - A local product from the VT program, the coaching staff liked his potential. He was a 7th round pick in 2006 by Carolina.

G- Chris Chester - 28 years old - He struggled early in camp, but seems to have calmed down. Maybe he's a long term fit. Probably a backup with a better OL. However, 20mil for a 5 year deal on a guy who was projected as a backup in Baltimore might have some wondering what gives. Apparently he is what Shanny looks for in the zone blocking scheme. That's fine.....maybe he's a guy who survives a few years here.

G - Maurice Hurt - 24 years old - I imagine when the Skins took him with a 7th round pick this year, they expected him to get a year on the practice squad and then if he improved enough to make the team in '12, to be a backup who didn't see the field. I don't know what playing now will do for him, but they simply don't have a choice.

T/G - Sean Locklear - 30 Years old - When he had to come in and play LT this year, he's been awful. No wonder he was available. He's already 30 years old and I can't imagine the value of bringing him back unless there isn't a single OL in the draft or free agency to get.

T - Trent Williams - Quickly headed towards "Bust" status if he doesn't get his head on straight. Either he's hurt or he's making mistakes that cost either 5 or 15 yards. TWICE this year he's screwed the team with stupid emotional plays. When he's healthy, he's still average at best.

T - Jamal Brown - 30 years old - Out of the trades before the 2010 season that brought us McNabb and Brown......Brown might still be the one worth doing.....I said MIGHT. He just signed a 5 year $27.5mil deal with $8mil in bonus cash. Difference with him is that he was a 1st round pick just 6 years ago and performed at a high level in New Orleans before getting hurt. At this point with him like Trent, you just ride out their deals and play them at tackle until something better comes along.

T - Willie Smith - 24 years old - An UDFA this past year, Smith clearly was a guy they wanted to stash on the practice squad to see if he had some future value. Maybe he does.

C/G - Kory Lichtensteiger - 26 years old - Originally a 4th round pick by the Broncos in 2008, Kory was showing something before his injury this year. Its probably safe to say that if he ever gets back to 100%, it won't be until the 2013 season and by then we'll have to fill that spot full-time.

G- Eric Olsen - A practice squad guy I know nothing about.

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I thought we were negative here, after reading that seems like they really like sh*t on our players. Bust status? Sh*t on Chris Chester who has played relatively well, lets write of Kory too
It seems the original source is here: The Eckert Axiom

The question is whether this guy is a member there.
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QB then O Line first and foremost.
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Call me crazy, but I think we should have spent money on Yanda (and still bring Chester). I would have loved to see a TW, Yanda, Montgomery, Chester, and Brown o-line.
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Call me crazy, but I think we should have spent money on Yanda (and still bring Chester). I would have loved to see a TW, Yanda, Montgomery, Chester, and Brown o-line.
Definitely. Or Blalock from ATL.
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