2010 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2010.
Jared Gaither (RFA), OT, Ravens. Age: 24. Re-signed with Ravens (1 year, $2.4 million)
Franchise left tackles don't grow on trees, and the Ravens need to make sure they retain Jared Gaither. Gaither has a bit of a problem with penalties, but he allowed just four sacks in 11 starts. At just 24, he'll keep improving.
Jammal Brown (RFA), OT, Saints. Age: 29. Traded to Redskins for conditional 3rd-round pick
An elite left tackle, Jammal Brown would be at the top of the offensive tackle rankings if it wasn't for his recent injury history.
Marcus McNeill (RFA), OT, Chargers. Age: 26. Tendered by Chargers (1st, 3rd round)
A franchise left tackle, Marcus McNeill surrendered five sacks in 16 contests last season. McNeill has missed only two starts in his career.
The Steelers called Willie Colon their best offensive lineman. That's pretty sad, considering he allowed eight sacks from the right tackle position. That number is a bit misleading because Ben Roethlisberger often held on to the ball too long, but still.
Jermon Bushrod stepped in for an injured Jammal Brown and played relatively well. He still allowed 7.5 sacks, so don't think he's a franchise left tackle or anything.
Donald Penn (RFA), OT, Buccaneers. Age: 27. Re-signed with Buccaneers
Donald Penn has been solid in the past, but really struggled with his weight this year.
Shawn Andrews, OT, Eagles. Age: 27. Signed with Giants
Back problems? Check. Depression? Check. No love for the game of football? Check. Shawn Andrews is a waste of immense talent.
Chad Clifton, OT, Packers. Age: 34. Re-signed with Packers (3 years, $20 million; $7.5 million guaranteed)
Chad Clifton was great at left tackle for the Packers this year - or maybe it just seemed that way because everyone else Green Bay tried failed miserably. Unfortunately, Clifton is 34 and has an extensive injury history.
Flozell Adams, OT, Cowboys. Age: 35. Signed with Steelers (2 years)
Flozell Adams commits tons of penalties and is lost in pass protection, but can still open up huge running lanes. He can be a capable right tackle for the next couple of seasons.
Jeremy Trueblood (RFA), OT, Buccaneers. Age: 27. Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $1.7 million)
Jeremy Trueblood is a solid run-blocker, but struggles in pass protection. He was whistled for a whopping 12 penalties in 2009.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.