The Top 10 Offensive Tackles of the Past Decade
Continuing my rankings at each position for the last decade, offensive tackle is the focus today. These guys usually only get their names mentioned when they do something wrong, so for today let's give them some praise. A lot of bright new stars like Joe Thomas, Ryan Clady, Jammal Brown, and Jake Scott are looking like great candidates for the next decade. Let's see who got the job done from 2000 through 2009.
No. 10 Matt Light
Light was a second-round draft choice in 2001 and took over the starting role almost instantly. He has been a big part of all four of the Patriots Super Bowl appearances, was a two-time Pro Bowler, was a first team All-Pro after the 2007 season, and has started 122 games at left tackle.
No. 9 Tarik Glenn
Glenn started 106 regular season games for the Colts between 2000 and 2006. Glenn went to three straight Pro Bowls before deciding to retire after winning Super Bowl XLI. The Colts will forever be indebted to Glenn for protecting Peyton Manning's blind side so well for his first nine seasons.
No. 8 Tra Thomas
Thomas started 137 games at left tackle during the decade, being selected to three Pro Bowls in the process and helping the Eagles get to Super Bowl XXXIX.
No. 7 Flozell Adams
Adams is without doubt the most controversial figure on this list. Hated by most fans outside of Dallas (especially Giants' fans), Adams has been accused of being a very dirty player.
Whether or not that's true is up for debate. But there is little doubt that Adams has been one of the most dominant linemen of the decade. Adams has started 150 games at left tackle this decade and been to five Pro Bowls.
No. 6 Chris Samuels
Perhaps known more for his protruding neck pad, Samuels has quietly been one of the best tackles of the decade. He has been a cog in the Redskins run game and has started 141 games this decade, going to six Pro Bowls in the process.
No. 5 Willie Anderson
The only right tackle on the list, Anderson went to four Pro Bowls and was a three time first-team All-Pro at the position. Both Corey Dillon and Rudi Johnson did much of their damage running behind this guy.
No. 4 Orlando Pace
Pace was one of those "can't miss" guys coming out of college and he was never a disappointment for the Rams. He was a big part of two Super Bowl teams and one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. Pace hasn't been the same after some big injuries in the '06 and '07 campaigns. But when healthy, he was one of the best, going to six Pro Bowls and twice being voted first-team All-Pro.
No. 3 Willie Roaf
Roaf is the only guy on this list who would have been on the 90's team as well. He only started 81 games this decade but went to five Pro Bowls and kept the Chiefs near the top of the league in rushing every year he played.
No. 2 Jonathan Ogden
There are many arguments he should be No. 1 on this list. And to tell you the truth it was the hardest choice to make. Ogden is almost a lock for the Hall of Fame, going to the Pro Bowl following every season he played after his rookie campaign. This decade, Ogden was an eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl, and was a big piece of the Jamal Lewis 2,000 yard rushing season in 2003.
No. 1 Walter Jones
Walter Jones was the best tackle, in my opinion. Teams used tape of Jones to help teach young linemen about the game, while he was still playing, that is a pretty rare thing.
Jones went to eight Pro Bowls, was voted a four-time first-team All-Pro, helped the Seahawks get to their first Super Bowl, and was a big reason why Shaun Alexander had a record-breaking career. You could flip a coin between Jones and Ogden, but for me Jones gets the edge.