Peters to Philly. What does it mean for the draft?
Written by Ben Morgan on 04/19/2009
When Jason Peters, Buffalo’s Pro Bowl Left Tackle demanded a new contract, the writing was on the wall for him as a Bill. The Eagles stepped in and gave him that new deal but they also gave up their first rounder (28th overall), fourth rounder and their 6th rounder in 2010. Nice deal for the Bills… especially when you consider Peters was an undrafted TE out of college who they’ve converted to Tackle. Andy Reid had this to say:
“Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football. He is a powerful and athletic tackle and I have admired his play over the last few years on film. I have always believed that success in the NFL is derived from the strong play of the offensive and defensive lines. This offseason we have added two young, top-flight offensive linemen in Jason and Stacy Andrews.”
That’s all well and good and Peters made his second Pro Bowl this year but there is nothing so misleading for Offensive Linemen as Pro Bowl appearances. It’s often a case of once you’ve made it one year you’ll make it again and again regardless of actual level of play. As an example there’s a list doing the rounds of message boards and blogs that shows sacks given up allocated to individuals on the OL. Here’s a few interesting snippets from that list
1. Ryan Clady (Broncos) 0.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
2. Michael Roos (Titans) 1.0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
3. Tra Thomas (Eagles) 2.0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
3. Orlando Pace (Rams) 2.0 sacks allowed (14 starts)
5. Jake Long (Dolphins) 2.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
6. Jordan Gross (Panthers) 3.0 sacks allowed (15 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
13. Walter Jones (Seahawks) 3.5 sacks allowed (12 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
31. Jason Peters (Bills) 11.5 sacks allowed (13 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
1. Kris Dielman (Chargers) 0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
1. Charlie Johnson (Colts) 0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
1. David Baas (49ers) 0 sacks allowed (9 starts)
4. Carl Nicks (Saints) 0.5 sacks allowed (13 starts)
5. Todd Herremans (Eagles) 0.75 sacks allowed (15 starts)
6. Brian Waters (Chiefs) 1.0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
29. Steve Hutchinson (Vikings) 7.0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
29. Alan Faneca (Jets) 7.0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
1. Chris Kuper (Broncos) 0 sacks allowed (16 starts)
2. Jake Scott (Titans) 0.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
2. Max Jean-Gilles (Eagles) 0.5 sacks allowed (10 starts)
4. Chris Snee (Giants) 1.0 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
24. Leonard Davis (Cowboys) 4.5 sacks allowed (16 starts) *PRO-BOWL*
1. Ryan Diem (Colts) 1.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
1. Jon Stinchcomb (Saints) 1.5 sacks allowed (16 starts)
1. Ray Willis (Seahawks) 1.5 sacks allowed (10 starts)
30. Stacy Andrews (Bengals) 9.5 sacks allowed (15 starts)
Now Pass blocking is only a part of what an Offensive Lineman does of course but it’s half the game, more on some offenses. The Eagles pass a lot. What’s worth noting here is the number of guys making the Pro Bowl on the back of previous seasons, not the current one. Hutchinson and Faneca are still great run blockers but at LG they were almost at the bottom for sacks given up. Nobody gave up more sacks than Jason Peters last year, anywhere in the league. Tra Thomas on the other hand only gave up 2 sacks for the Eagles. You might also notice the Eagles other new OT Stacy Andrews, gave up 9.5 sacks, only Levi Brown gave up more at RT.
Things could get a bit rough for Donovan McNabb this season. On the plus side for the Eagles, both their new OTs have shown flashes of exceptional play at times and on a good team may flourish. They’re both still young in NFL Linemen terms too so although I think it carries some risks, there is big potential in both guys.
What does this mean for the draft this weekend? Well regardless of what I think about the Eagles tackle situation it totally removes them from the market for a first round OT. Buffalo, even before trading Peters could well have been up for picking one of the top 4 OTs but it might not have been at the head of their list. They will move Langston Walker to LT from RT but it’s clear OT is now top of their needs. Walker is a good RT but it remains to be seen how good a LT he is. Where things could get interesting is when Seattle’s pick comes up at #4. Now both Buffalo and Denver have the ammunition to trade up to the #4 spot by packaging their 2 first rounders. It’s possible one of Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe will be available at #4 and Denver seems to have a real woody for Mark Sanchez who will presumably not last to their top pick.
For Seattle while an OT or a QB might be nice they don’t have the immediate need at either slot. A RB on the other hand would really suit them and a lower first round pick would be a better place to pick one than #4. It could make things real interesting on Saturday. Buffalo may of course be happy to sit at 11 and pick up one of Michael Oher or Andre Smith and use the #28 on another position of need but I can see the temptation of a genuine pass blocking franchise LT being too much for them. For the Eagles, they still have a first rounder, they’ve solved their Tackle problems so they could end up going a number of ways with their remaining pick now. In essence they’ve just grabbed a young OT with the #28 pick, something they’d probably have been doing at #20 had they not made this trade.
Last Edited: 03/04/2010