Originally Posted by Kemp17
Only offensive linemen taken in the first round figure to be a good bet to be upgrades in their rookie seasons. Obviously good linemen can be found throughout the draft, but outside of round 1 a lot of them struggle mightily as rookies. 2012 draft examples:
-Mitchell Schwartz, OT, taken 37th by the Browns was a turnstile for the first half of the season at RT.
-Amini Silatolu, OG, taken 40th by the Panthers has been a big part of the running game struggles in Carolina.
-Jonathan Martin, OT, taken 42nd by the Dolphins has been one of the worst pass protecting tackles in the league this season.
-Jeff Allen, OG, taken 44th by the Chiefs did not win the starting job from Lilja and struggled mightilty when he had to come in due to Hudson's injury.
-Peter Konz, C, taken 55th by Atlanta hasn't cracked the starting lineup.
-Mike Adams, OT, taken 56th by the Steelers was awful in camp and preseason and forced the Steelers to bring back the overweight Max Starks.
-Kelechi Osemele, OT, taken 60th by the Ravens should be known as a terrible pass protector this year by Charger fans after getting shellacked by our defense last week.
-Josh LeRibeus, OG, taken 71st by the Redskins hasn't played a down.
-Donald Stephenson, OT, taken 74th by the Chiefs has been guilty of bonehead penalties when not giving up huge negative plays (like JJ's safety).
-Brandon Brooks, OG, taken 76th by the Texans has not been able to crack the lineup despite the RG position being probably the worst on the team.
-Bobby Massie, OT, taken 112th has been the worst pass protecting right tackle in the league this year.
I'm sure a lot of those guys will become very good players. But our line needs help asap.There is only one offensive lineman in the draft taken outside of round one that's played well consistently, and that's Cordy Glenn. I'm all for taking an offensive lineman in the first round, but if we count on guys taken outside of round one being upgrades over what we have now then we're bound to be disappointed. As bad as Green, Hadnot, Harris, and Clary have been, the odds that a 2nd round or later rookie would be a significant upgrade are very slim. And that doesn't mean we shouldn't draft any linemen after the first round- only that we shouldn't do so counting on them to be good players right away. It will probably take most of the season or their entire rookie year for them to get into a groove.
On the other hand, free agents have a much better chance of coming in and playing at a high level right away. My FA of choice, Andy Levitre, is only 26 and in his prime. Of course there will be guys who are washed up but they aren't the ones we have to go after either.