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Positional Rankings: Tackle

Offense · Defense
 
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Pete Prisco ranks his top NFL players at each position. Clovdyx provided his list of top offensive tackles. Also check out Prisco's Top 50

Offensive Tackles
1. Ryan Clady, Broncos Clovdyx's Rankings
Games played: 16 Games started: 16
Analysis: As a rookie in 2008 he didn't give up a sack. That's amazing. He's that good.
1. Walter Jones, Seahawks
Comment: He's getting a little older, but he's made nine Pro Bowls (1999, and every year since 2001) and been named an All-Pro seven times. He blocked for former league MVP Shaun Alexander, and he's done a great job of keeping Matt Hasselbeck healthy.
2. Michael Roos, Titans
Games played: 16 Games started: 16
Analysis: He doesn't get the due he deserves, but he's one of the best. Forms half of the best tackle tandem with David Stewart.
2. Joe Thomas, Browns
Comment: The guy was outstanding at Wisconsin and made an immediate impact in the NFL. Derek Anderson had a great year, and Thomas was the runner up for Rookie of the Year, being the only player other than Adrian Peterson to get votes. He's a bit weaker in the run game, but he's still capable.
3. Jake Long, Dolphins
Games played: 16 Games started: 16
Analysis: He had trouble with speed rushers as a rookie, but improved as the season went along. Also did a nice job blocking for the run.
3. Jammal Brown, Saints
Comment: I'm a lot higher on this guy than a lot of people, but I think it's justified. In three years in New Orleans, Drew Brees has thrown a total of 1,841 passes. In this time, he's taken 47 sacks for a loss of 306 yards. That can't be described as anything less than outstanding.
4. Joe Thomas, Browns
Games played: 16 Games started: 16
Analysis: In his second season he continued to play at a high level, although not as well as he did as a rookie in 2007.
4. Jason Peters, Eagles
Comment: The guy is huge and strong. That's enough to be a good tackle in the NFL. Between 2006 and 2007, he only allowed eight sacks. In addition, Marshawn Lynch has posted back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons to start his career. We'll see how he does with McNabb and one of the league's top backs.
5. Jordan Gross, Panthers
Games played: 15 Games started: 15
Analysis: Having played both the right and left side, he settled in nicely on the left side last season. Excels in pass protection.
5. Ryan Clady, Broncos
Comment: I feel a bit guilty for putting a guy that's only played one season in the NFL on the list, but the guy got off to a good start. In 2008, he was only starting offensive lineman who gave up less than one sack. Clady finished the year being credited with allowing only half a sack, and he was penalized a total of three games.
6. Jason Peters, Eagles
Games played: 13 Games started: 13
Analysis: He didn't play as well last season for the Bills following a holdout, but he remains one of the NFL's best. A new home and a new contract should rejuvenate him.
6. Orlando Pace, Bears
Comment: He has made seven Pro Bowls and named All-Pro five times. He helped Marshall Faulk become the Offensive Player of the Year three consecutive times and protected Kurt Warner's blindside, allowing him to be named MVP twice. I'd like to put him higher, but he's played a total of 23 games in the past three years, including only one in 2007.
7. Bryant McKinnie, Vikings
Games played: 12 Games started: 12
Analysis: He teams with left guard Steve Hutchinson to form one of the best sides of any line. He is a big man who can be dominating when he wants to be.
7. Flozell Adams, Cowboys
Comment: He's getting a bit older, going into his 12th season, but he continues to perform. Marion Barber has emerged as one of the league's better backs, and Tony Romo has had some great years. Adams was elected to five Pro Bowls since 2003, missing only in 2005, when he missed ten games.
8. Walter Jones, Seahawks
Games played: 12 Games started: 12
Analysis: He isn't what he was a few years ago when he topped this list, but he remains a very good player.
8. Chris Samuels, Redskins
Comment: After winning the Outland Trophy in 1999, he was selected third overall by the Redskins in the 2000 Draft. All he's done since then is make six Pro Bowls, including four consecutive (2005 - 2008) and helped Clinton Portis rush for 1,200 yards in four of five seasons and set the Redskins single season rushing record (1,516 yards in 2005).
9. Jammal Brown, Saints
Games played: 15 Games started: 15
Analysis: This left tackle plays with a mean streak. He is very good in the Saints pass-oriented offense.
9. Michael Roos, Titans
Comment: I had to do a bit of research to compile this list, and his name came up. For those who don't know, he's a starting tackle for Tennessee, who posted the league's best record last year. As a whole, the Titans only gave up twelve sacks on the season. Rookie RB Chris Johnson and second year man LenDale White rushed for close to 140 yards per game last year. You don't do that without great play by your offensive line.
10. Marcus McNeill, Chargers
Games played: 14 Games started: 14
Analysis: This huge left tackle is a big reason why Philip Rivers played so well last season. He keeps him clean.
10. Bryant McKinnie, Vikings
Comment: He was selected seventh overall out of Miami by the Vikings in 2002, and he's only missed four games after being named the full-time starter. This is another guy whose name might not be well known, but I'll sum it up with one line. The man blocks for Adrian Peterson, and he's the best tackle the Vikings have.
 
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