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 Moving College LTs to RT 
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Post Moving College LTs to RT
Might be a risky move...

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Take last season for example: Eric Fisher, Luke Joekel and Lane Johnson were all college left tackles and asked to move to the right side as rookies.

Disaster.

Johnson rated the No. 39 tackle in ProFootballFocus.com's tackle ratings, gave up 10 sacks and 39 quarterback hurries. He was the No. 4 overall selection.

The second overall selection, Joekel, broke his ankle in October after playing only five games. He gave up three sacks and 11 hurries (more than two per game) in those games that accounted for only 280 snaps. He didn't have one game where he graded out on the plus side, according to PFF.

Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall selection by Kansas City obviously was not going to beat out Branden Albert at left tackle. So he moved to right tackle and, well, struggled. He was rated No. 70 among 78 rated tackles while giving up six sacks and 35 hurries and collecting six penalties.


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In 2010, four collegiate left tackles were selected in the first round. Two were asked to play their natural left tackle spot. Two were asked to move to right tackle. The two rookies who played left tackle -- Trent Williams and Russell Okung -- performed better and graded out higher than Green Bay's Bryan Bulaga and San Francisco's Anthony Davis who were asked to play other positions including right tackle.

Davis gave up 11 sacks and 37 hurries as a rookie right tackle. Bulaga gave up 12 sacks and 24 hurries. Both have since grown into their positions and Bulaga is now a left tackle and Davis is a good right tackle. But the point is the move to what is supposedly the easier right tackle spot was taxing that first year.

in 2011, five college left tackles were picked in the first round and four of those worked at right tackle as rookies. While Dallas played college left tackle Tyron Smith at left tackle and got very good results, Derek Sherrod struggled in Green Bay at right tackle, Gabe Carimi managed only two games at right tackle for the Bears and James Carpenter was able to get into only eight games for the Seahawks and in those eight games he yielded five sacks.

The only rousing success move from college left tackle to pro right tackle as a rookie that year was New England's Nate Solder who started 13 games at right tackle and three at left tackle and was the No. 33 tackle in the league as a rookie.

In 2012, Matt Kalil started all 16 games at left tackle after playing left tackle in college and he was outstanding. Meanwhile, Reilly Reiff went from left tackle to right tackle but could not crack the starting lineup for the Lions.



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Post Re: Moving College LTs to RT
Amazing - most of the professionals say RT is a lot easier ... clearly not the case for these guys.


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Post Re: Moving College LTs to RT
Of course you have no way of knowing how badly they would have struggled at LT, the RTs are guys that don't project well at LT at the NFL level, but you can clearly see around the league that college LTs do transfer to NFL RTs, due to the amount of RTs in the NFL that were LTs in college.

I'm not sure immediate success has much to do with anything, the players mentioned, all the guys who played at LT were the higher rated guys, so did they have more success based on that.

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Post Re: Moving College LTs to RT
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Of course you have no way of knowing how badly they would have struggled at LT, the RTs are guys that don't project well at LT at the NFL level


What are you basing this on? All three top tackles taken in the draft last year were moved to RT with the thought that they would eventually move back to LT. Otherwise they wouldn't have been taken top 10. Two of them will presumably be doing so this season. Some of the other LTs taken in the first round and moved to RT mentioned in the article eventually moved to LT and found success.

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but you can clearly see around the league that college LTs do transfer to NFL RTs, due to the amount of RTs in the NFL that were LTs in college.


What is that amount?

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I'm not sure immediate success has much to do with anything, the players mentioned, all the guys who played at LT were the higher rated guys, so did they have more success based on that.


Again, the top three guys last year were highly rated, moved to RT, and sucked.

As far as immediate success, the author of the article is looking at it from the perspective that the Dolphins need a guy that can come right in and play RT and upgrade the position. The Dolphins cannot afford to have an RT come in and give up a lot of sacks and pressures.

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Post Re: Moving College LTs to RT
I have no absolute facts to base this on (always a great way to start a post), but I remember an NFL talking head saying a long time ago, that the rule of thumb under Bo Schembechler was that on the OL, he liked his freshman to practice and watch, his sophomores and juniors to play G and RT, and his seniors to play C and LT. He always wanted to coach multi-positional play along his offensive line because of injury potential.

Too bad he didn't have people in this draft.


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