Offensive Tackles: Here’s the fifth of a series of articles looking specifically at the NFL combine and the Packers’ drafting tendencies. (read here for the rationale for this series, here for quarterbacks, here for running backs, here for wide receivers and here for tight ends). This article will use the combine numbers from previous players drafted by GM Ted Thompson as a guide for what offensive tackles are likely to fit into the Packers’ scheme.
Again, this is merely an attempt to make a best guess based on statistics at which players the Packers might be interested in, game tape naturally trumps combine numbers, so take all of this with a grain of salt. But I believe it will make for some interesting discussion. Also listed below are also two offensive tackles in this year’s draft who I think fit the Packers scheme the best, based on their combine numbers.
Statistics of offensive tackles drafted by the Packers:
What the Packers are looking for: Offensive tackles are considered incredibly safe picks; offensive lineman are the most likely to start as rookies of any position, command cheaper contracts in comparison to other picks (such as quarterbacks and defensive ends), and finally a high draft pick left tackle will be given thee chance to play right tackle and then either guard position should he fail at tackle (Such as with Robert Gallery).
While it remains unknown whether offensive tackles are given a higher value due to their low “bust” probability, chances are GM Ted Thompson does factor in “risk” in the BPA approach. Ironically enough, even with all that being said, Thompson hasn’t drafted many offensive tackles; with the noticeable exception of Bryan Bulaga, who I’ve written was believed to have fallen about 10-15 picks (a fantastic value), no other offensive tackle has been drafted higher than the 4th round. In part that probably has to do with the fact that Thompson inherited one of the best bookend combos in Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher when he became GM in 2005 and only in the last two years has really had to worry about the position.