This Rant Started Out As A Comment To Steve Eggs Post...
and it just kept going. I got a little carried away, but I was allowed, since there was no Aaron Rodgers to drag me down during this years draft. A very nice draft indeed, according to people I respect as champion builders. What follows is the rant, be kind Steve in your rebuttal!
When all is said and done, I would rather have an overachiever (Jennings) who has worked his ass off to get what he has and will emulate one of his kind (Driver), than an under achiever (Jackson) that has had everything he has wanted since grade school because he had talent and size.
I don't get the size issue with Colledge (6’ 4” 298) though. You say he is undersized for inside but a cursory look around the NFL shows Colledge with ideal Guard size.
I looked at several teams and found the same conclusion. First, arguably the best guard in the league, Steve Hutchinson, is 6’ 5”, 313. I then looked at Atlanta (running same scheme), Pittsburgh, Seattle, New England, St Louis and the N.Y. Giants, not necessarily the leading rush teams in the NFL but teams that establish the run to set up the pass.
The Guards on Atlanta’s O-Line are listed as Joe Tate 6’ 5” 291, Ben Claxton 6’ 2” 301 and the starters Matt Lehr 6’ 2” 304 and Kynan Forney 6’ 3” 307. That is the offensive line that led the league in rushing the last two years and the system that G.B. will run this year, albeit with the QB contributing a lot of yards it still allowed small fry Warrick Dunn to gain 1500 yards both those years.
By comparison, the elite Tackles in the league are, once again arguably, Walter Jones Seattle 6’ 5” 308, Jonathon Ogden Baltimore 6’ 9” 345 and Orlando Pace St Louis 6’ 7” 325. This was quite interesting to me so I looked a little further into Steve Egg’s theory of Colledge playing outside.
The starting guards for the World Champion Steelers are Alan Faneca 6’ 5” 307 and Kendall Simmons 6’ 3” 319, while the starting Tackles are Marvel Smith 6’ 5” 310 and Barret Brooks 6’ 4” 325, not much of a disparity but then again G.B. won’t run what Pittsburgh does. The N.Y. Giants on the other hand have starter Luke Pettigout 6’ 6” 310 at left tackle and David Diehl 6’ 5” 315 and Grey Ruegamer 6’4” 305 at Guard, again not a very large disparity but you can see taller Tackles with a larger wingspan playing the edge to nullify the speed rushers. The most glaring differential I found was the Rams with Pace and 2004 No. 1 draft pick Alex Barron 6’ 7” 320 starting alongside Guards Adam Timmerman 6’ 4”310 and Richie Incognito 6’ 3” 305.
BTW DeBrickeshaw Ferguson is 6’ 6” 313, while the next four Tackles taken in the first two rounds are Winston Justice 6’ 6” 320, Marcus McNeill 6’ 7” 337, Andrew Whitworth 6’ 7” 327 and Jeremy Trueblood 6’ 8” 315 while the Guards taken in that same time frame are Davin Joseph 6’ 4” 312 and Taitusi Lutui 6’ 4” 333. Which category does Colledge fit into? It is pretty obvious to me but perhaps I need to add more justification, such as, in the zone blocking scheme a premium is put on getting to the second level and taking on an LB. Colledge strength is his quickness and footwork which lends itself to this type of open field pick-off blocking. No definitive answer will be known until mini-camp in July when we see where Joe Philbin plays Colledge, but my money is on Guard.