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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Left tackles have shined as top picks

By Bill Williamson

Some draft experts have predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs will use the No. 1 pick in the draft on Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel. There have been four tackles taken with the top pick since the draft began in 1936. Let’s review them to see whether they were good picks.

1964, Bob Brown, Denver: This was in the AFL draft. He never played for the Broncos but instead signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He finished his career in Oakland.

1968, Ron Yary, Minnesota: Yary played in the NFL for 15 years and is considered one of the greatest players to play the position. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.

1997, Orlando Pace, St. Louis: Pace was a dominant player for 13 seasons. He is a strong candidate to make the Hall of Fame me when he is eligible in two years.

2008, Jake Long, Miami: Long, who just signed with the Rams, is probably not on the Hall of Fame path that the other players on this list were, but he is very good.

Of course this doesn’t mean Joeckel will have great success if he is the top pick. But it does show that there is history of this position providing big production at the top of the draft.