Branden Albert was selected by the Chiefs in 2008 after playing mostly left guard for Virginia.
With scouts believing that Albert can play both guard and tackle in the NFL, then-head coach Herm Edwards and then-general manager Carl Peterson gave Albert their vote of confidence and placed him at left tackle. Albert gave up only four sacks during his rookie season.
Albert has had his ups and downs, but he is slowly climbing up the charts as one of the better left tackles in the league.
With tackle Riley Reiff and guard David DeCastro as potential possibilities in the 2012 draft and tackle Marcus McNeill available in free agency, some believe Albert will switch to guard to allow someone else play the position he currently plays for the Chiefs.
Albert had a lot of success as a guard in college, eventually rewarding himself to be selected in the first round. However, we must remember that Albert played that position in college.
Albert has missed four games since playing professional football in 2008. In the 60 games Albert has been active, he has started all 60 at left tackle. He has solidified himself as a tackle and is comfortable at that position.
If he is asked to play a new position after spending four years in the league, prepare to be disappointed. Albert has learned how to play the tackle position in the NFL—not guard.
While the primary responsibility of any offensive lineman is to protect the quarterback and push forward for running backs, each of the five positions can carry a different responsibility. This all depends on if the lineman is playing interior or outside on the line and if he is protecting the quarterback's blindside or not.
Albert will return to the Chiefs as the main left tackle come Week 1 of the 2012 season.