2013 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2013.
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Andy Levitre, G, Bills. Age: 27. Signed with Titans (6 years, $46.8 million)
Andy Levitre is a stud guard who excels in pass protection. He also showed off his versatility, playing decently at left tackle in some games in 2011.
Louis Vasquez, G, Chargers. Age: 26. Signed with Broncos (4 years, $23.5 million; $13 million guaranteed)
Louis Vasquez parlayed a strong offseason with a great 2012 campaign. He was rock solid in an otherwise pedestrian offensive front. He should be heavily compensated.
Kevin Boothe, G/C, Giants. Age: 30. Re-signed with Giants (1 year)
Kevin Boothe is a tough run-blocker. He's versatile enough to play center as well.
Willie Colon, G/OT, Steelers. Age: 30. Signed with Jets (1 year, $1.2 million)
Willie Colon can play both guard positions as well as right tackle. He's a very powerful blocker, and he would be rated much higher if he didn't have a troublesome knee that has forced him out of multiple games over the past several seasons.
Brandon Moore, G, Jets. Age: 33.
Brandon Moore is coming off a terrific season. He run blocked with the best of them and wasn't a liability in pass protection. Age, however, is becoming a concern.
Ramon Foster, G, Steelers. Age: 27. Re-signed with Steelers (3 years)
Ramon Foster is a quality starter. He pass protects well, but struggles in terms of run blocking.
Donald Thomas, G, Patriots. Age: 27. Signed with Colts
Donald Thomas didn't get to play very much behind Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly, but when he did, he definitely made the most of it. He could be a starter on many teams.
Tyronne Green, G, Chargers. Age: 27. Signed with Patriots
Tyronne Green wasn't very good in 2011, but improved enough this past year to be a capable starting guard.
Ryan Lilja, G, Chiefs. Age: 31. Announced retirement
Ryan Lilja has been a tremendous run-blocker for the Chiefs. He also showed versatility, moving to center following Rodney Hudson's injury. Unfortunately, he couldn't get over a knee injury this season, and he has even contemplated retirement.
Matt Slauson, G, Jets. Age: 27. Signed with Bears)
Matt Slauson is sound in pass protection, but doesn't run block very well. He beat out Vladimir Ducasse for the starting left guard job in 2012.
Chad Rinehart, G, Bills. Age: 28. Signed with Chargers (1 year)
Chad Rinehart did a phenomenal job replacing Andy Levitre in 2011 when the stud guard had to move around in the wake of injuries to Eric Wood and Demetress Bell. Unfortunately, Rinehart missed most of 2012 with an ankle injury.
Kory Lichtensteiger, G, Redskins. Age: 28.
Kory Lichtensteiger was OK at times when blocking for Robert Griffin, but he was penalized 10 times in 2012, which is a ridiculous amount.
Stephen Peterman, G, Lions. Age: 31.
Stephen Peterman played well a couple of years ago, but struggled last season in terms of pass protection. Maybe he'll be able to rebound in a city.
Cooper Carlisle, G, Raiders. Age: 36.
Cooper Carlisle pass protected well last season, but struggled to open up running lanes for Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece. Carlisle will be 36 in August, so he shouldn't get anything more than the veteran minimum.
Brian Waters, G, Patriots. Age: 36.
Brian Waters is a six-time Pro Bowler who most recently was voted as such in 2011. However, he quit on the Patriots because of financial reasons. He didn't play at all in 2012. It's unknown how much he has left.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.
Mock I have been developing in various iterations. Did a trade, and was drafting based on data I've gathered via watching college games, NFL games, reading mock drafts, and my own internal evaluations. Please, feedback is always welcome.