- Doug Free
- Willie Colon
- Tyson Clabo
- Jared Gaither
- Ryan Harris
- Damien Woody
- Matt Light
- Sean Locklear
- Ryan Callaghan
- Jammal Brown
The Tackle position has a number of quality names, but for the most part they all have at least one issue, be it age or injury concern, that keeps this from being a banner class. If all these names were guaranteed to stay healthy though and play for 3 more years, this would be a year to go crazy on the market, but as it is it could be better to be prudent. I still think this is a strong group and a number of quality starters can be found. The elite guys are among the top 4 names listed, but plenty of other guys on this list could be day one starters.
This group is very top heavy as Yanda and Dahl are really the only top level guards, and Dahl is already 30, but it features a lot of depth. There are probably at least 12 total guards who should be starting in the league on the open market, and like most positions I’d expect a few more once cuts are made. Derrick Dockery
could be a name to watch. He didn’t fit into Mike Shanahan’s Zone Blocking Scheme, but for power running team he should be a steal. Mike Brisiel
is another name worth watching, when healthy he’s an elite guard, but he has been banged up the last few years and can’t show it.
This isn’t that deep of a position as Sendlein is the best short and long term fit. Satele has the potential to join him, but he hasn’t proven yet to be more than average over the course of a season. He is young though, and has flashed a lot of talent, now he just needs to work on consistency. As for the rest they are basically 1-3 year solid stopgap options and nothing more.
I rate Kuhn a bit higher than most people because I think he is the most complete fullback on this list. He can lead block, catch the ball out of the backfield, be an effective short yardage runner, stay in as the QB’s personal body guard and play special teams. While a guy like McClain or Leach might be better in one or two of those areas, they are inefficient in the rest. That being said, there is actually a good bit of talent here where Vickers is also a solid option, and Leonard makes sense if you are utilizing your FB in the run and passing game.
This could very well be the worst position in the entire free agency class, as this list could really only be two names long, Zach Miller
and Kevin Boss
, everyone else is a backup at best, with little chance of ever being a starting option. Now both Miller and Boss could be great pickups for teams needing a TE, so there is talent there, but if you miss out on them you are pretty much out of luck.