Scout: Manning will help Ryan Clady

May, 30, 2012
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We recently looked at Ryan Clady's increased number of sacks allowed.

The Denver left tackle -- the No. 12 overall pick in the 2008 draft -- has allowed 24.5 sacks in the past three seasons, according to Stats Inc. He allowed a career high nine sacks in 2011, and was penalized 12 times last season.

Still, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. believes Clady is a solid player. Williamson thinks Clady will benefit from protecting Peyton Manning after protecting Tim Tebow in the awkward option attack last season.

“I’m not sure that Clady is overrated, but I think you can certainly question if he is a Top five left tackle or not,” Williamson said. “He’s still well above average and has dealt with some injuries, but he’s not one of the very best. I bet he looks a heck of a lot better in protection with No. 18 at quarterback instead of the last year’s crew. I would also say that he is much better in protection than as a run blocker, and that last year’s scheme didn’t do him any favors.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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