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First look at the draft: Offensive line

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 4, 2011 at 11:22 am with 28 Comments »
February 4, 2011 11:22 am

The offensive line has been a work in progress for Seattle ever since cornerstone offensive tackle Walter Jones went down with a knee injury that required microfracture knee surgery in a Thanksgiving 2008 game against Dallas, essentially ending his career.

The Seahawks used 10 different starting offensive line combinations in 2010, a year after using six different starting offensive line combinations in 2009. Neither one of those teams ran the ball well, with Seattle finishing 31st in rushing last season.

However, the Seahawks appear to have added their cornerstone offensive tackle of the future in Russell Okung. Although he missed time with high-ankle sprains on both ankles and played in only 10 regular-season games, Okung more than held his own when healthy. Now, like Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson in Seattle’s hey day with Shaun Alexander, Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, believes it is time for Seattle to draft a dominant left guard to pair with Okung.

And that’s why he currently has Seattle selecting Florida interior lineman Mike Pouncey, the twin brother of talented Pittsburgh rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, with the team’s No. 25 overall pick.

“Should one of the upper-echelon quarterbacks fall to Seattle at this spot, the Seahawks would be wise to think about their future,” says Rang. “Rather than panic if they aren’t however, the team can address its weakest link – interior offensive line play. Pouncey’s size, strength and agility would make him an immediate upgrade.”

Pouncey slid down to play center for the Gators this year with his brother leaving for the NFL, but Rang likes him better at guard.

Rang considers Pouncey the only first-round talent at guard, but also likes Baylor’s Danny Watkins and Florida State’s Rodney Hudson as second-round selections.

Mike Pouncey, Florida, 6-4, 310
Highlights

Rang: “He’s a physical player. He’s a tough player. And so you see the athletic ability and you see the toughness. Certainly he has had a high level of competition in the SEC throughout his career. So those are some of the things I think make him a legitimate, first-round talent at guard.”

Danny Watkins, Baylor, 6-4, 312
Highlights

Rang: “He’s a spectacular talent, but he’s a guy who only has four years of football experience. He didn’t play in high school, and he’s actually 26 years old because he spent some time in Canada actually volunteering as a fireman, so he’s got all the intangibles you’re looking for. At the same time he’s obviously an older prospect. So are you willing to invest a first-round pick in a guy who enters his NFL career at 26?”

Rodney Hudson, Florida State, 6-2, 291
Highlights (left guard)

Rang: “I like him in a zone blocking offense, which obviously Seattle has run a lot of. He makes a lot of sense, I just don’t think he’s a first round caliber player. Certainly in the second round, I would be very surprised to see him slip into the third. I think he’s a very good football player, it’s just because he’s as small as he is, perhaps he’s going to be forced to move inside to center, and I think with Max Unger you have potentially the center of the future, or of course Chris Spencer. I feel like the Seahawks are stronger at the position than they are at guard.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I know most here have a hard-on for Pouncey, and he’s has a heck of a college resume but I still wish we could have seen him at the Sr Bowl against some of the best d-linemen. Beating up on Kentucky and Vanderbilt isn’t quite the same thing.

    I’m a little surprised John Moffett didn’t get mentioned here, as a second or third round (should they re-coop it) pick.

    And I presume there will be a tackle piece as well. It will be interesting, if a player like Gabe Carimi is still available, do they consider a RT at 25?

  2. Interesting piece guys (did Rob give you a test while you were in his classroom?). You are exploring a draft strategy that I like. I don’t think any of the elite QB talents are going to fall to us, and I really fear them drafting Locker in the first round. I think there are three areas of need that make the most sense at #25, offensive line, defensive line, or corner. I agree interior line is the weakest, but I think you consider a tackle if there is a good one on the board. The thinking on tackle is to draft a guy with a typical right tackle skill set. Locklear is not a very good run blocker and the right tackle is supposed to be one of the strongest run blockers on the line.

    I was thinking finding a six foot corner is one area of need that could be addressed at #25. I really like Jimmy Smith of Colorado, but he seems to be shooting up draft boards with many mocking him in the top ten at this point. Aaron Williams is another guy who fits the physical profile you look for, and he is a former teammate of Earl Thomas.

  3. Build from the lines back.

  4. Why are we wasting a link about offensive linemen? We don’t need any, do we?

  5. I hope we trade down to be honest, unless it’s possible for us to get a guy like Pouncey I don’t think it will make a lot of sense drafting an O-lineman at that point, since most of guys who would make sense at that point, might be gone (the good right tackles). At that point, Jimmy Smith makes the most sense to me (if Pouncy isn’t there) we need help at corner back, and Smith is a big physical guys, and seems to fit the “Carroll mold” in that regard. There seem to be good value at the offense line, so it’s a possibility that we could end up finding a real good player in the second round, DeMarcus Love comes to my mind, should be a good right tackle, or Hudson, maybe even Benjamin Ijalana for the guard position.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Jones could come back this year and still be our best offensive lineman.

  7. EastCoastFan51 says:

    Anyone that is big and can run block well and has some agility. I still think a LG to pair with Okung would do wonders for a running game, it would be like 2003-2005 I would think on the left side. I think you might see the LG from Oakland Gallery get picked up in FA if it exists this season and then the Seahawks can work on the right side of the line like some of you are talking about. Maybe Okung-Gallery-Spencer-Unger-drafted RT or maybe they are satisfied with the way Lockler finished the season. I think if a quality QB is not at #25 and no Pouncey at #25 then we get a big CB, dump Trufant (tired of seeing him 10 yards beyond all big plays against us), Jennings, Big play Babs and let the rookie start with Earl Thomas, Thurmond and Chancellor. We might get burned a bit to start as they learn the game but it can’t be any worse than it is now could it? That set up might give us the attitude we need in the secondary. Green Bay has some young guys no one thought much of and look at what they’ve done this season. I want to see Man-to-Man coverage and dump this zone garbage all the time, I’m sure Carroll would love to be able to play man if he had the right players for the scheme.

  8. Last time the Seahawks picked 25 TR traded back with the Cowboys and selected DE, Lawrence Jackson. Jerry Jones then selected CB, Mike Jenkins who went to the 09 pro bowl.
    No. 25: Seahawks to Cowboys. Seattle traded its first-round selection to Dallas for Dallas’ remaining first-round selection (No. 28) and its fifth- and seventh-round selections (No. 163 and 235) 163 Owen Schmitt FB West Virginia. Now with Philly and our prior pro bowl FB, Leonard Weaver. 235 Brandon Coutu K Georgia. Can’t forget the second string kicker TR kept on the roster who is now out of the NFL never having been a starter.

    Next up, the trade for TE, John Carlson.
    No. 38: Ravens to Seahawks. Baltimore traded its second-round selection (No. 38) to Seattle for Seattle’s second- and third-round selections (No. 55 and 86).
    55 Ray Rice RB Rutgers Baltimore Ravens
    73 Jamaal Charles RB Texas Kansas City Chiefs
    91 Jermichael Finley TE Texas Green Bay Packers
    This isn’t hindsight. I wanted Charles and Rice would have sufficed knowing we needed a RB. Finley was all over the Seahawks blogs and would have been icing on the cake. Instead TR stuck us with a tandem of JJ and Duckett. But lets take a look at the Ted Thompson/John Schneider brain trust that reached out for TE Finley projected to go in round 3 or 4 of the 2008 draft.

    No. 30: Packers to Jets. Green Bay traded its first-round selection to the Jets for the Jets’ second- and fourth-round selections (No. 36 and 113).
    36 Jordy Nelson WR Kansas State Green Bay Packers
    2nd
    56 Brian Brohm QB Louisville – Bills
    3rd
    91 Jermichael Finley TE Texas Green Bay Packers
    Packers to Jets. Green Bay traded their fourth round selection (#113 overall) and fifth round selection (#162 overall) to the Jets for New York’s fourth round selection (#102 overall)
    4th
    102 Jeremy Thompson DE Wake Forest
    Thompson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round (pick 102) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was taken with the draft pick the Packers received in the trade with the New York Jets in exchange for Brett Favre. In the 2009 NFL Draft, Ted Thompson later traded up to select Clay Matthews, thus moving Jeremy back to defensive end. On December 30, 2009, Thompson was placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury.
    Retirement
    On April 26th, 2010, Thompson reported he would be retiring due to an undisclosed medical condition.
    No. 56: Browns to Packers. Cleveland traded its second-round selection (used to select Brian Brohm) to the Green Bay Packers for Corey Williams
    On February 20, 2008, the Packers placed the franchise tag on Williams. Ten days later, Williams was traded to the Cleveland Browns for a second-round draft pick. He has since been traded to Detroit Lions.
    4th
    135 Josh Sitton G Central Florida – Packer Starter
    5th
    150 Breno Giacomini T Louisville – Seahawk
    6th
    168 Durant Brooks P Georgia Tech – out
    7th
    209 Matt Flynn QB Louisiana State – Packer
    217 Brett Swain WR San Diego State – Packer

    Evidently having been projected as a 1st round QB, Brian Brohm slid so far that the Packers had to take a chance on him. He was waived and placed on the practice squad later to be signed by the Bills. Now Schneider has added Charlie Whitehurst to his resume. Lets hope for another Aaron Rodgers that doesn’t appear to be available in this draft. NFLN mentioned Matt Flynn to the Seahawks via the Schneider connection. Could he possibly be another Hasselbeck?

  9. WootAlert says:

    What about Wisniewski he could play Guard? I did not think Watkins played that great at the Senior Bowl.

  10. freedom_X says:

    One thing about having such a thin roster – Seattle can (and should) draft the best player at almost any position. They have go on whoever they grade as the best, not the best at a particular position.

    If the draft is thin on linemen, as many say, hopefully other teams will pick other positions instead, and Seattle will get the best of a thin crop. But if other teams reach for tackles and guards, Seattle just needs to take the proverbial best player available. Even if it’s a linebacker.

  11. http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/2/3/1972861/uh-oh-minnesota-vikings-likely-to-use-transition-tag-on-sidney-rice

    Interesting article. Sounds like Vikes are gonna FT Chad Greenway and TT Sidney Rice. Could Hawks return the poisen pill to Vikes for Rice? Where will Edwards land? Wish it was SEA, with Rice.

  12. Cable was brought in to improve the OL’s run-blocking using his version of the ZBS. It’s said that Cable is to Alex Gibbs what Holmgren was to Walsh. That is, he’s about as close to the original as you can get without bringing back the original. So what did Gibbs say about what he wants for and of his OLers?

    1. “TACKLES: Tall, length, maybe no basic strength, but he can run, and we’re willing to let him add that power. 6’5 1/2″ is usually the max we want. But, there is a minimum threshold of strength that a guy must have. Cannot have guys who get driven back.”

    2. “GUARDS & CENTERS: height and length doesn’t mean ****. Marginal height, but plays with great leverage. “LOW WAISTED” (long torso short legs), with leverage under our bodies. Healthier by not being heavy. RARE for them to play early. Nobody over 6’3″. My center must be football brilliant.”

    3. “Very intelligent on the inside. The “test score limit would SCARE YOU.” INSIDE 3 must be brilliant. Huge amount of time is spent on these guys making decisions. Guards must be able to decipher intricate details from the opponent’s stance. We make calls from the inside out (centers call guards, guards tell tackles what to do, tackles tell tight ends what to do. Thus, there’s a chain of decreasing responsibility).”

    4. “No introverts for any position (communication. Low power-distance culture guys between each other and the coach).”

    5. “All of them must have the ability to step laterally while keeping their shoulders square to the line of scrimmage (or risk allowing penetration).”

    6. “Injury history is very important. don’t want guys who miss games, because of the importance of continuity. 4 of the 5 usually get offseason surgery.”

    7. “NO EGO.”

    8. “Your group and your chemistry is more important then your plays. The ability to get the guys to function as a unit is paramount and is often not achieved. I don’t get Christmas cards, but I do get handshakes and head nods. Been to a lot of topless bars with my guys. I did whatever it took to get these guys comfortable with each other and with me. My guys talk all the time. They are closer with the guy next to them than they are with their wives.”

    9. “Experience is absolutely crucial. Even in the NFL, I’ll take our draft picks and put them on our scout team for two years before they can play for us, and these are guys we drafted because we think they fit our system!”

  13. Dukeshire says:

    “It’s said that Cable is to Alex Gibbs what Holmgren was to Walsh.” lol

    The players union said as recently as yesterday they will not recognize any franchise tag placed on any player before the new CBA is reached. I presume the same applies to the TT. This won’t be the year for any contract subterfuge. Besides, the ‘Hawks already tried to “retaliate” with the Burleson contract.

  14. Sando and Steve Young talking about the Hawks QB situation. Matt should have been more productive than he was in the regular season. http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest

    SY: “. . . So, I think whatever needs to be fixed, fix it. If it’s health, get healthy. If it’s the offensive line, get it figured out. Because Matt should be more productive than he has been.”

    MS: “. . . The offensive line needs upgrading. The Seahawks addressed the position in the first round of the draft last year. They’ll need to keep addressing it in the 2011 draft and with whatever free agency offers this offseason. Upgrading the line will give Hasselbeck or any quarterback a better chance to benefit from offensive balance. But the position remains unsettled long term.”

    SEA had a poor run game in ’10 and it wasn’t because of M.Lynch, LW and J.Forcett. Hawks RBs are more than adequate. JS should maybe tag LW as a P/KR, if there is such a category. The NFLPA is against tags when there’s no CBA.

    Spencer and Lock are FAs, as are Willis, Pitts, Polumbus, Hamilton, and C/G Chris White. Besides Okung, Unger, Gibson and Andrews, SEA also has returning OLers: C Lemuel Jeanpierre 6-3/301, G Paul Fanaika 6-5/327, and Ts Breno Giacomini 6-7/318 and William Robinson 6-5/297.

    JS may concentrate on bringing some or all of SEA’s FAs back for continuity sake, but he’s also in a position to acquire FAs to fit new OL coach Cable’s scheme, and may also draft new OL talent.

    Cable was brought in to be the next Alex Gibbs and get the OL to run-block (ZBS) successfully. In a ZBS run-scheme you don’t care so much about a dominent left or right side, the whole OL has got to function together to get blockers into the 2nd level and keep defenders from making 1st contact in the backfield. Cable’s OLs seek to eliminate defensive penetration on runs and run a limited number of run-plays to perfection. That was something SEA’s ’10 OL had consistent trouble with. OAK’s OL didn’t have many problems with that in their game vs Hawks. OAK’s FAs include starting LG R.Gallery & his backup Daniel Loper, starting RT Langston Walker & his backup Khalif Barnes, backup LT Mario Henderson, and starting C Samson Satele.

    Gallery has been injured and didn’t perform up to fans’ early hopes as OAK’s LT, but played well (when healthy) at LG last season. Gallery’s also publicly said Cable was ill-treated by Davis. Hopes are that JS and Cable can bring Gallery here. Maybe some other of OAK’s talented OLers may follow? Okung is to Big Walt as Gallery is to Hutch (in his prime). A more dominent pass-blocking side (Okung & Gallery) could benefit the offense in scheme options and narrowing defensive reads.

    Hawks also brought in OC Bevell from MIN. Childress tried to get MIN’s OL to ZB with unspectacular results. McKinney, Hutch, Birk (who got outta town), Hererra and Loadholt were (are) man-blockers and mostly never got comfortable with the ZBS. Still, MIN’s OL run-blocking ranked 11th to SEA’s 29th according to Football Outsiders. Bill Musgrave sez he wants Vikings to run whichever blocking system “best suits Adrian Peterson.” MIN’s fans took that as their hoped-for dumping of the ZBS. Then Vikings hired CAR’s OC Jeff Davidson to coach OL. It was Davidson in ’07 who brought ZBS to CAR, so Vikes may not be switching blocking schemes after all. 5th yr starting RG Ryan Cook is their only OL FA in ’11.

    If there is a future QB there at 1-25 and Hudson is there at 2-25, Hawks may go with some FA OLers from OAK and MIN and end up OK.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    With due respect, every offensive line in the history of football has sought “to eliminate defensive penetration”.

  16. Duke,

    Based on what I’ve seen from a couple of our lineman the past few years, with due respect, I respectfully disagree.

    Only 15 comments on this thread…and no rants from BobbyK…could it be he has finally burned himself out on this topic???

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. Well, I think they wanted to keep the d line out of the backfield, bless their hearts…

  18. “Besides, the ‘Hawks already tried to “retaliate” with the Burleson contract.”

    That was a futile attempt by TR at retaliation not the Hawks. Should the loop hole still exist and Rice were to be TT the Hawk fan base/owner deserve nothing less than the retribution towards the Hutchinson act.

    Stealers center pro bowler Pouncey declared out, yahoo! Keep it coming. Green Bay defense scrambled Vick so they should have a field day with Roethlisburgher.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    They should try it twice? I like Sidney Rice and would love him to be a Seahawk, but I sincerely hope Schneider / Carroll are beyond the same type of vindictive non-sense that TR seemed to be prone to. (We all saw how well the ‘Hawks faired under that type of leadership.)

    I do hope you’re right about the Packers. I laid the points and bet with both fists. lol.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    BTW, the Texas vs The Nation college all star game in on. Some decent talent to check you; TJ Yates (QB NC), Taylor Potts (QB TT) Denarius Moore (WR Tenn) Mario Fannon (RB Aub) Darian Hagan (CB Cal) Kevin Rutland (CB Mizzu)…

    Anyway, it’s on CBS College if anyone gets it, or is interested.

  21. Klm, those are very cool and interesting notes from Coach Gibbs’ past requirements for O linemen.

    That formula you quote for ZBS linemen describes Denver’s old O lines well, but I think it is pretty antiquated as of 2011. Gibbs is retired now, and the coaches he has trained in his ZBS don’t do everything the way he did it in Denver 10 years ago.

    klm008:
    “” 1. “TACKLES: Tall, length, maybe no basic strength, but he can run,
    and we’re willing to let him add that power. 6’5 1/2″ is usually the max
    we want. But, there is a minimum threshold of strength that a guy must
    have. Cannot have guys who get driven back.”
    2. “GUARDS & CENTERS: height and length doesn’t mean ****. Marginal
    height, but plays with great leverage. “”

    Those were Coach Gibbs’ requirements for ZBS linemen 10 years ago.

    To consider what O linemen the Seahawks are likely to start brining to Seattle, I would look at two teams: Cable’s 2010 Oakland Raiders and Mike McCarthy’s 2010 Packers. Both teams use the ZBS, but neither team expects that a light mobile ZBS line can win in every situation, so both use power schemes as well and have bigger linemen that don’t always fit the old Gibbs mold.

    Showing what he likes in O linemen, GM Schneider last year brought nearly every failed Packer backup O lineman through Seattle for a tryout, and a couple of them stuck (Giacomini and White). Then, Tom Cable was brought in at the end of the season — and while everyone assumes this was entirely Coach Carroll’s decision, Cable’s O line in Oakland bears a strong resemblance to the O line in Green Bay, so I think this shows the mind-meld that Schneider and Carroll have in their approach to the O line.

    And, it suggests the kind of O linemen we will soon see in Seattle.

    Guards — Alex Gibbs’ first O line in Seattle broke most of the rules described above. He started Hamilton and Unger, two guys taller and more narrow-waisted than the old G formula described above. And, the starting OGs who have been successful in Oakland’s and Green Bay’s schemes are guys who tend to be bigger and more powerful than the prototype in that formula. The best OGs on those teams last season were 6-7 325 Robert Gallery (6-7 325, a OT who Cable converted to OG) and Josh Stitton in Green Bay (6-3 320). The last top OG prospect that McCarthy drafted in Green Bay was 6-4 320 Marshall Newhouse, while the last top OG prospect that Cable drafted in Oakland was Bruce Campbell (6-6 315). Notable that Campbell was drafted to replace Cooper Carlisle (their mobile, narrow-waisted OG who is a lot like Max Unger). These new prospects are very athletic, but both are very powerful mashers as well. Cable values size and power. And, while Oakland, Green Bay, and Seattle have all been trying out many quick and mobile ZBS-style guards recently to find worthy starters, none of them have locked down their positions as starters, while the big powerful bruisers are replacing them. So, I don’t think we’ll see Cable bringing in these old Gibbs prototype ZBS guards. I think he’ll want more powerful guards who can mash people. Here’s hoping that Cable simply imports Gallery from Oakland to quickly solve the problem at LG.

    Tackles — Both Oakland and Green Bay are still searching for a great LT. (Fortunately, the Seahawks don’t have that problem. OMG! Imagine this!). At RT, both teams have chosen strong, powerful RT prospects in recent drafts. Their current starters at RT are 6-8 360 (Walker), and 6-5 314 (Bulaga), respectively. It turns out that — unlike the zbs formula — basic strength and power is a top requirement for these RTs after all. It may be that Cable ends up liking 6-7 340 Stacy Andrews at RT a lot more than he likes Locklear or other agile OTs that Gibbs would have liked. A big masher like Gabe Carimi (6-7 327) at RT would likely fit Cable’s needs very well.

  22. TR fell victim to the “poison pill”. Giving up a 3rd for a WR no more talented than Burleson was stupidity. The Vikings gave up nothing for Hutchinson to the Seahawks. Vikings owner credited Rob Brzezinski, author of the Hutchison “poison pill” contract, as having done good business. That being the case Schneider should do what is in the best interest of the franchise. STEAL one of the best young WR talents in the game being forced to give up absolutely nothing. Other than irking an organization and their fan base.

    Scanned the DirecTV guide and didn’t find the Texas game.

    Stevos, thanks for the breakdown. That would make Andrews happy should they move him to RT. Max Unger will be back from the toe injury. Chris Spencer? We don’t even know yet whether he’ll be retained. Hard to look at the draft but if 2 guards are needed then Pouncey looks extremely athletic. Good for the ZBS.

  23. Audible says:

    If you asked Carroll or Scheider if they know the details of the Hutch /. Poison pill fiasco, I think you’d find it’s foggy at best….and that the “revenge” left when there was a complete turnover in the FO.

  24. Foggy? I can’t name a player that has been T tagged since. Rob Brzezinski isn’t going to leave a talented young player unprotected anyhow. But I’m sure Paul Allen wouldn’t thumb his nose at the opportunity.

  25. Audible – I am to offensive linemen rants as A. Iverson was to talking about “practice.”

  26. Teams Running Full Zone-Blocking Schemes, (rank) & OL FAs:
    (Interior OL run-blocking performance rank from Football Outsiders 2nd table. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol )

    HOU (1st) Starting Interior OL: LG Wade Smith 6-4/296, C Chris Myers 6-4/295, RG Antoine Caldwell 6-3/305
    ’11 G & C FAs: backup C Mike Brisiel, & backup RG Kasey Studdard
    OT FAs: backup LT Rashad Butler

    GB (7th) Starting Interior OL: LG Daryn Colledge 6-4/308, C Scott Wells 6-2/300, RG Josh Sitton 6-3/318
    ’11 G & C FAs: Daryn Colledge, backup C Jason Spitz
    OT FAs: LT Mark Tauscher (ret?)

    ATL (12th) Starting Interior OL: LG Justin Blalock 6-4/329, C Todd McClure 6-1/296, RG Harvey Dahl 6-5/305
    ’11 G & C FAs: Justin Blalock & Harvey Dahl
    OT FAs: backup LT Will Svitek, RT Tyson Clabo

    OAK (17th) Starting Interior OL: LG Robert Gallery 6-7/325, C Samson Satele 6-3/300, RG Cooper Carlisle 6-5/295
    ’11 G & C FAs: Robert Gallery, backup LG Daniel Loper, Samson Satele,
    OT FAs: backup LT Mario Henderson, RT Langston Walker, backup RT Khalif Barnes

    TB (22nd) Starting Interior OL: LG Ted Larsen 6-2/305, C Jeremy Zuttah 6-4/308, RG Derek Hardman 6-6/300
    ’11 G & C FAs: backup G Davin Joseph
    OT FAs: RT James Lee, backup RT Jeremy Trueblood

    IND (25th) Starting Interior OL: LG Kyle DeVan 6-2/306, C Jeff Saturday 6-2/295, RG Mike Pollak 6-3/301
    ’11 G & C FAs: PS Michael Toudouze
    OT FAs: Charlie Johnson

    SEA (28th) Starting Interior OL: LG Chester Pitts 6-4/308, C Chris Spencer 6-3/309, RG Stacy Andrews 6-7/340
    ’11 G & C FAs: Chester Pitts, backup LG Ben Hamilton, Chris Spencer, backup C Chris White
    OT FAs: backup LT Tyler Polumbus, RT Sean Locklear, backup RT Ray Willis,

    Teams Running Both Zone and Man Blocking, (rank):
    KC (13th) Starting Interior OL: LG Brian Waters 6-3/320, C Casey Wiegmann 6-2/285, RG Ryan Lilja 6-2/290
    ’11 G & C FAs: C Casey Wiegmann (ret?), backup C Rudy Niswanger
    OT FAs: RT Ryan O’Callaghan, backup LT Barry Richardson

    CAR (16th) Starting Interior OL: LG Mackenzy Bernadeau 6-4/308, C Ryan Kalil 6-2/295, RG Geoff Schwartz 6-6/341
    ’11 G & C FAs: C Ryan Kalil, backup C/G Chris Morris
    OT FAs: backup LT Rob Petiti

    DEN (23rd) Starting Interior OL: LG Zane Beadles 6-4/305, C J.D. Walton 6-3/305, RG Chris Kuper 6-4/303
    ’11 G & C FAs:
    OT FAs: RT Ryan Harris

    Others (?)

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Seattle runs both zone and man. If I may, what does this list tell us?

  28. List sez 2 things: Where FA ZBS OLers are available, and a comparison between height/weight and run-blocking performance at ZBing interior OL. It looks like generally, Gibbs recommended 6-3 height has been stretched to 6-4, but the not-to-heavy recommendation coincides with better performance for ZBing teams. Of course, there are a dozen other factors that effect that performance, but the coincidence is probably more causal than a butterfly’s wings flapping in China eventually causing a hurricane in the Atlantic.

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