Why is LT Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) getting so much attention for the upcoming draft?
It's because left tackle is a premier position in the NFL.
What do I mean by a premier position? I mean that if you are right-handed (which you probably are) and if you are a NFL quarterback (which you probably aren't), you need a solid LT.
If your LT is happily snoozing away at the snap, you are probably going to be in a world of hurt sooner than you can blink.
Defensive ends in the NFL are explosive, fast, and mean, and you need an LT who will protect your blind side on every down.
So for your viewing pleasure, here is a list of the NFL's best left tackles.
Light has been a rock on the Patriots' O-line ever since he was drafted in 2001. He has three Super Bowl rings.
In Super Bowl 38, Light was a key player on a Patriots O-line didn't allow a single sack against a hugely effective Panthers D-line that included Julius Peppers.
In Super Bowl 39, he held Eagles DE Jevon Kearse to just two tackles.
Tom Brady must sleep better at night knowing he has Light on his side.
Diehl was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by the Giants and started every game in his rookie season.
He has always been solid for the Giants and was part of the 2008 Giants squad that won the Super Bowl.
He also started every game for the Giants in the 2010 season and is an extremely efficient LT.
He is a strong anchor on the Giants' O-line, and Eli Manning is no doubt grateful for his help on the line of scrimmage.
Michael who? Michael Roos, silly!
It's strange how some players don't get more recognition for their skills.
Roos is a great LT on the Titans' O-line and is a superb blocker, giving Mr. Chris Johnson some nice openings to run through.
In the '08-09 season, Roos only allowed one sack.
Without him, the Titans offense would be greatly depleted. He is an integral part of that scheme.
Here is Colts LT Charlie Johnson taking on Mario Williams and giving Peyton Manning plenty of time in the pocket.
Did you wonder why it seemed that Manning never got sacked this season?
A big reason is Johnson, who is Manning's blind-side protector. He is a tank on the Colts' O-line, and guess what? He was a SIXTH ROUND PICK in the 2006 draft.
That is an absolute steal for a premier left tackle in the NFL.
Funny though, he is one of the most underrated players in the league and just doesn't seem to get the media coverage he deserves.
Head coach Andy Reid said in 2009, "Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football. He is a powerful and athletic tackle, and I have admired his play over the last few years on film."
Well, I don't know about him being the best, but I do know that he is very very good at his position.
He was in the 2010 Pro Bowl as a starter and protected ex-Eagles QB Donovan McNabb gallantly all season.
Here is Gaither taking on Clay Matthews.
He is a hellishly talented LT, though some say he is lazy.
Whatever the reason, I am still wondering why nobody has traded for him yet—a first round pick for a superb LT seems like a good deal to me.
He protected Joe Flacco's blind side with great poise this season.
With a cool name like D'Brickashaw, you can go out and hammer defensive ends all day long.
That's exactly what Ferguson does: He opens up great holes for his running backs and is part of the best O-line in football.
Ferguson's technique is impeccable—he does everything right.
As a rookie this season, Mark Sanchez was no doubt grateful for the added time he got in the pocket thanks to Fergy.
Just because he is on the Browns doesn't mean he ain't got skills.
He was selected third overall in the 2007 draft, and believe me, he is worth every penny spent.
He has made the AFC Pro Bowl roster all of his three seasons in the NFL and almost won Rookie of the Year in 2008, losing out to Adrian Peterson.
He is a fantastic LT, and whichever QB leading the Browns in the upcoming season will be extremely pleased with the blind-side support.
If you didn't know that Jake Long was going to make this list, you haven't been watching him play the last two seasons.
He has only yielded 6.5 sacks in 32 career starts (that's two regular seasons), meaning there was a reason for him being selected first overall in the 2008 draft.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons.
Brute strength and brilliant technique make Long the second-rated LT in the NFL, behind only one man...
Clady was also selected in the 2008 Draft—12th overall by the Broncos.
Like Long, he has made the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons.
In his first 20 games as a starter in the NFL, Clady only surrendered HALF A SACK.
That is an NFL record by the way (in case you were wondering, that is).
His ability to dispatch defensive ends with ease and his flawless technique make him the best LT in the NFL today.
(Here is a picture of what happens when your LT fails on you—in this case Dwight Freeney puts the beatdown on Matt Schaub.)
For your general knowledge, LT is the second highest paid position in the NFL, behind QB of course.
There you have it—those are the 10 best LTs in the game today.
What didya guys think?