Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Clady, McNeill among top LTs
By Bill Williamson
The AFC West fared well in our left tackle Power Rankings, which were released Tuesday.
Denver’s Ryan Clady finished third behind Cleveland’s Joe Thomas and Miami’s Jake Long. Thomas beat Long by one voting point, 76-75. Clady was a distant third with 55 points. San Diego’s Marcus McNeill was tied for eighth with 20 points. No other AFC West left tackles received a top-10 vote. Fifteen left tackles received votes.
I voted Clady third and McNeill ninth.
Clady is an elite player, who is growing. I could see him on the top of this list soon. He is one of the best things going for Denver as it rebuilds.
McNeill is not at the level where Clady is, but he is an upper-echelon player at a key position. The Chargers missed him when he held out early in the season and the team was smart to extend his contract.
I also like the other two left tackles in the division, Kansas City’s Branden Albert and Oakland’s Jared Veldheer. Both players have potential to reach this list at some point. Albert is entering his fourth season and Veldheer was a rookie last year.
What do you think of the AFC West left tackles? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.