2012 Draft 'What-Ifs' at Right Tackle
A lot of people on the board are saying that the draft wasn't the answer for Wayne Hunter. That we should have addressed RT in free agency. So let's review:
Round 1: When Coples selected at 16, Riley Reiff is left on the board.
Would I have made this swap knowing what I know now? Reiff has gotten positive reviews in Detroit but is still playing with the twos and almost certainly not going to start week one.
Round 2: Mitchell Schwartz, Cordry Glenn, and Jonathan Martin are all selected in the 2nd round before Jets take Stephen Hill. Mike Adams is drafted by the Steelers later in the round.
Would I have traded up for any of these picks and given up Hill?
Schwartz looked outgunned against the ones in Browns' first preseason game though apparently made strides this week.
Glenn is playing with the ones as well, at left tackle. He's had some penalty problems (two false starts and a holding call) and isn't impressing in pass-blocking, but has apparently been a capable run blocker. I remember scouts preferred him at guard or RT.
Joe Philbin said Jonathan Martin's play at RT "wasn't god awful" against Carolina: two sacks, a holding call, and a false start call. He's generally come in for a lot of criticism despite being named as the starter already.
Mike Adams gave up 2.5 sacks in 18 snaps with the ones in his first preseason game with Pittsburgh, and will probably fighting Max Starks for starting time at LT.
Round 3: Donald Stephenson is off the board when Jets select Demario Davis. Lamar Holmes selected later in the round. Bobbie Massie taken in the fourth.
What about these guys? Stephenson is backing up both tackle spots for the Chiefs and seems like he will be for a while. Lamar Holmes is listed third in the Falcons depth chart at LT. Bobbie Massie is listed second on the RT depth chart despite the fact that the likely starter, Jeremy Bridges, is a true guard/depth tackle relying on veteran smarts over pure athletic ability at this point.
I'm no draft expert or NFL talent evaluator, but in the very least I can say there were no obvious home runs at tackle that we seemed to miss.