Originally Posted by Rob0729
No way do I want the Patriots using a first round pick on a LT. Other than QB, I don't think there has been a position with more first round and even top 10 pick busts than the tackle position. Can you even name five above average to great LTs taken in the first round from the draft after Jones and Pace were taken until today. I don't know if you can and that was a decade ago now.
I think the only ones are Chris Samuels and Joe Thomas. That's in a decade of first round picks.
Since the Pace draft (1997), there have been 28 tackles taken in the first round.
- William "Tra" Thomas (Multiple time pro bowler)
- Victor Riley (played from 1998-2005)
- Mo Collins (played until 2003)
- John Tait (Still playing after 9 seasons)
- Matt Stinchcomb (Played from 1999-2006)
- L.J. Shelton (Still playing)
- Aaron Gibson (played from 1999-2004)
- Chris Samuels (5 time Pro Bowl selection)
- Stockar McDougle (played from 2000-2006
- Chris McIntosh (played only through 2002)
- Kenyatta Walker (played 2001-2006 for Tampa)
- Jeff Backus (Still playing for the Lions, with a 6 year $40 million contract)
- Mike Williams (played for Buffalo and Jacksonville)
- Bryant McKinnie (Still playing for Minnesota)
- Levi Jones (Still playing for Bengals, w/6 year $40 million contract)
- Mark Colombo (Has played for Chicago and Dallas, allowed only 1 sack in 2006)
- Jordan Gross (Still playing for Carolina)
- George Foster (has played for Denver and the Lions)
- Kwame Harris (Still playing for the 49ers)
- Robert Gallery (failed as a tackle, better as a guard)
- Shawn Andrews (Multiple pro bowls, All Pro)
- Vernon Carey (has played his whole career in Miami)
- Jammal Brown (Pro Bowl and All Pro selection)
- Alex Barron (Has started 43 of 44 games played in his career)
- D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Still with the Jets, too soon to tell, but disappointing)
- Joe Thomas (Pro Bowler already)
- Levi Brown (Too soon to tell for certain, started 11 of 13 games as a rookie)
- Joe Staley (Started every game as a rookie)
If you think only Chris Samuels and Joe Thomas fall into the 'above average to great' category from that list, I don't know what to tell you other than you're wrong.