In an effort to decide which team will win the NFC South in 2013, I’ve decided to rank the four players in the division at each of the 11 positions on offense, 11 on defense, punter, place kicker, and one specialist. Each team will have one representative at each position and will be given points based on where their player lands in relation to the others who play the same position in the division. The best player in the division will receive four points while the worst will receive just one. We will then tally the points up, and come up with the a ranking of the four teams in the NFC South.
It’s time for the guys on the end of the line. The right tackles.
#1 – Demar Dotson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4 points
Honestly I expected Dotson to file in maybe second or third in this group, but based on the grades, he’s actually the best…by far. Now, right tackle isn’t exactly the most crucial spot in the 11 man offense, but bad lineman always show up. Dotson is certainly not bad, but he’s not elite, like he claims he’s going to become. Crazy thing is, he’s not even that far ahead of Gabe Carimi.
Holmes isn’t great, but he’s also not bad. He’s really exactly what you would ask for from your right tackle. He rarely shows up, which is actually a compliment. I think he’ll grade out a little better this year, but he’s not going to Hawaii by any means.
Strief has been a part of the Saints offensive line since 2006. The reason is because he’s an above average pass blocker. The Saints love guys who keep people away from Drew Brees. He does a decent job at that task, and he doesn’t commit many penalties.
What have we learned here kids? The Panthers offensive line is not good. Aside from Jordan Gross, who’s really good, the rest of them are all closer to brutal than to average. I smell a problem, which is a great sign for Buccaneer fans.
The rankings are now complete. Be sure to check out the NFC South Position Rankings roundup to see point totals and observations based on the rankings.