Should the Chiefs Use 5th Overall Pick in 2010 NFL Draft on a Left Tackle? - ANALYSIS SAYS NO!


It is a fact that Branden Albert had a difficult year at LT for the Chiefs in 2009.  He allowed twice as many sacks as he did in his rookie year of 2008 (9 vs. 4.5) and was the worst LT in his peer group of “franchise left tackles”.

We also know about the “extenuating circumstances” he had to deal with in 2009:

-Had to adjust to a new playing weight (lost 30 pounds during the offseason at Todd Haley’s request)

-Lost his offensive coordinator two weeks before the start of the season

-Had to learn an entirely new playbook for the second year in a row

-Blocked next to an aging and declining LG in Brian Waters (and with a C, RG and RT who would be backups, not starters for most NFL teams)

-Had a new quarterback (Matt Cassel) who was less mobile and held the ball longer than the one who started for most of the 2008 season (Tyler Thigpen)

-Directly felt the loss as the protector of the “blind side” of the “safety valve” in the Chiefs passing game, Tony Gonzalez, who always seemed open in 2008 for a short pass when the opponent’s d-line was closing in on Thiggy

-Suffered for the 1st half of the season, as the entire offense did, with a feature running back (LJ aka Valdemort) who averaged 3.3 yds a carry.  Defenses waited for the inevitable 3rd and long (after a failed run and a dropped pass) and then sent everyone

-Had to master a new zone blocking scheme


But here’s what you may not know:


1.      Branden Albert allowed ZERO SACKS in the last 6 games of the 2009 season including shutouts of NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil (TWICE) and Aaron Schobel (tied for 11th in sacks in 2009)

2.      Every “franchise left tackle” in the NFL allowed more sacks in 2009 than he did in 2008 except for Jason Peters and Duane Brown (both of whom had HORRIBLE years in 2008 with 11.5 sacks allowed each).  The avg last yr is around 6-6.5 sacks

3.      The only “Class of 2008” left tackle chosen after Albert in 2008 to outperform him by more than 2 sacks allowed was Sam Baker (3 sacks less)

4.      Branden Albert allowed the same amount of sacks in 2009 as the “no show Pro Bowl substitute himself”, Bryant McKinnie, who protected “the ancient one” for Minnesota.  Don’t forget that McKinnie has the perennial All-Pro Hutchinson at LG

5.      The two first round tackles chosen in 2009 who played in 2009 (Jason Smith was injured) allowed only slightly less sacks than Branden.  Oher allowed 8 at RIGHT TACKLE, a much easier position for pass protection


Check out my chart below.  I believe in "Don" Pioli and he will make the right decision.  I will be VERY SURPRISED if the Chiefs take a left tackle with the 5th pick in the draft.

I believe that it's much smarter to draft Maurkice Pouncey in the 2nd round and let Brian Waters and Pouncey compete for the Left Guard position next year with the loser sliding over to Center.  Rudy Wisenheimer becomes the Right Guard, O’Callahan is the Right Tackle (having learned the system, had a full training camp and pre-season with the team, etc.), Leonard Pope actually blocks at TE (instead of the human sieve, Sean Ryan who had allowed 5 sacks in the early season games we started him in.  In spite of the two touchdowns he scored, we couldn’t afford to keep him in the lineup - 5 sacks/2 TDs = 2.5 sacks per TD ratio!  Any doubt why he was invisible for the last 10-12 games?) and we have the makings of a competitive NFL offensive line.  Hope for development at Guard from Colin Brown, grab another interior lineman in the 3rd – 5th rounds (a strength of Pioli’s) and the Chiefs offensive line will be just fine.


You often read in mock drafts that the Chiefs pick a Left Tackle at #5 to “improve 2 positions with one pick – Left Tackle and whatever position Branden moves to”.  What about improving 3 positions by drafting Pouncey?  LG, C, RG (assuming Rudy’s better at RG)


I pray Eric Berry is available at #5 and beseech Pioli and Haley to take him if he is.  The last time the Chiefs had an “erry” at safety (Deron Cherry), we had a pretty awesome defense.  Eric Berry makes Flowers even better.  He makes Brandon Carr much better.  He even makes our mediocre inside linebackers better.  The NFL is going through a pass-happy, big play phase.  TEN, that’s right TEN quarterbacks (almost 1/3 of the league!) passed for 4,000 yards last year.  Four of the ten, Romo, Roethlisberger, Rivers and Eli Manning, shredded the Chiefs. We need Eric Berry in the worst way whether Page comes back healthy or not.


If Berry is gone at #5, I think Scott will try desperately to trade down and failing that, grit his teeth and reach for either Rolando McClain or Dan Williams (actually prefer Mt Cody in the 2nd over Williams in the 1st – even if we trade down).


Lord, hear my prayer.  BB wants EB at #5.





Best performance in 2009 = 2.5 sacks by Light/Vollmer NE and Johnson/Ugoh IND

 * = PRO BOWL 2009

CLASS OF 2008                    2009 SACKS                                 2008 SACKS          DRAFT POSITION

Jake Long MIA*                          5.0 sacks                                       2.5 sacks                   before Albert

Sam Baker ATL                          6.0 sacks                                     did not start                after Albert

Ryan Clady DEN*                       6.5 sacks                                      0.5 sacks                  before Albert                    

Duane Brown HOU                     7.5 sacks                                     11.5 sacks                 after Albert

Chris Williams CHI                      8.0 sacks                                      did not start               before Albert

Branden Albert KC                   9.0 sacks (0 in last 6 games)     4.5 sacks                                                      

Jeff Otah CAR                            NO STATS FOUND/INJURED      did not start                after Albert



Michael Roos TEN                           5.0 sacks                             1.0 sack

Marcus McNeill SD                          5.0 sacks                             3.0 sacks

Joe Thomas CLE*                           6.0 sacks                             4.5 sacks

Jason Peters PHI*                           6.0 sacks                            11.5 sacks

D’Brickashaw Ferguson NYJ*         8.0 sacks                             4.0 sacks

Bryant McKinnie MIN*                     9.0 sacks                             4.0 sacks



Jason Smith STL                              INJURED

Eugene Monroe JAX                        7.0 sacks

Michael Oher BAL                            8.0 sacks at RIGHT TACKLE


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