And so we begin.
First, this makes even less sense than giving draft grades, but I've got nothing better to do.
I question his logic on some of these. Brandon Brooks shot up his board, from 36 to 19, but Newton dropped from 28 to 33.... Whut?? I think Newton was a much better RT than Brooks was RG & both players improved throughout the season, at least until Newton's injury.
I don't have a problem with him ranking Brooks ahead of Newton, if that's the way he feels, that's the way he feels. But for Brooks to shoot up so far & Newton to drop so far... just doesn't make sense.
Then he's got Braman at 29. Brandon Harris isn't even in the top 40... yeah, I'm not seeing it. I like Braman, but if I were going to classify only one of those two as a football player.... it'd be Harris.
Then he feels the Texans have little confidence in Braman & that lack of confidence prompted the drafting of two players to play ahead of him... but he puts Brooks Reed at 18, Mercilus at 21..... hello??? If they're drafting players to play OLB, neither of these guys should be close to the top 20.
Now, I do agree that JjWatt, Duane Brown, Andre Johnson, & Arian Foster are our best 4 players. But Cushing rounds out the top 5 & it's not even close.
Jjo, had a great 2011. Had a solid career before that, but only solid. I'd love to see another pro bowl season from the man before I put him in our top 5.
Lastly, Ben Jones. Z says this:
30. Ben Jones, G/C (Unranked) - Jones showed good footwork and solid technique but he lacked the power needed to play with consistency at guard. I think Jones has a great shot at becoming the starting center by 2015, but until then, he’ll likely provide depth at both guard and center while potentially getting a shot to start at LG by 2014.
As far as making the calls & snapping the ball, of course that was all Chris Myers. But once the ball was snapped Chris Myers & Mike Briesel performed extremely similar roles depending on where the play was going & how the DT was lined up. On most other teams, if I'm the Mike I know I've got to look out for Chris Myers on run plays to my side. If the DT has him, I'm home free. But with Briesel... or Ben Jones I can't just read that DT, I've got to look for that RG.
Brandon Brooks is a fine player, but he doesn't have the speed or agility that BenJones or Briesel does. If he's pushing the DT back onto Myers, as the Mike I'll probably get past him before he's free. Yes, Brooks is the more powerful player, but he plays more like the guy WadeSmith was in 2010.
Now I don't know if Kubiak wants a 2010 WadeSmith on both sides of Myers. If that's what he wants he'll probably get that in 2013, but we'll need to replace Wade Smith soon. But I really liked the versatility we had starting Briesel (who Ben Jones is a younger better version) & we'd be much closer to the 2010 league leading offensive line with Ben Jones (a younger better Briesel) at RG and Brandon Brooks (a younger better Wade Smith) playing at LG.
Other than that.... good article.