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Could Byron Bell be a franchise Left Tackle some day?


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:21 AM

Not a Bell hater, but would rather have Bell at right guard. Left tackle? Can't see it happening.

I'd love to see Bell move inside and get someone else for the right tackle spot.


Sometimes I hate you. I have been an advocate of keeping Bell at RT. He has two years invested, and has shown marked improvement. But, getting a top level RT would make our line better than keeping Bell at RT and getting a top level G.

Nope. I would rather keep Bell at RT and get that G. Gotta be solid at the GCG spots. Keep that pocket away from Cam.

Well that was the quickest trurnaround I've ever been a part of. Thanks for making me think this early in the morning.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:27 AM

Bell is fine at RT. Sure there are better guys, but not for what Bell is being paid. I don't think he is quick enough to play LT. Put a quality RG beside him and he'll look like an All-Pro.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:43 AM

Bell is fine at RT. Sure there are better guys, but not for what Bell is being paid. I don't think he is quick enough to play LT. Put a quality RG beside him and he'll look like an All-Pro.


I concur 100%. Bell is just not athletic enough for any other position. He is fine where he is. Maybe not All-Pro. But if he keeps improving, he could prove me wrong.

I say, draft or buy a top level RG and we are set.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:32 AM

Read an interesting article today about this very switch.

It may surprise people but switching from one side to the other is a very tough ask for a player to make. According to current OLinemen in the NFL it's much easier to switch to guard than to move from LT to RT or vice versa. So any switch should be very carefully considered to avoid completely ruining one or two players progression.

For the record, gross is playing just fine in both the running and passing game. We don't really need to start grooming a player yet, he should still have several years in the league and when he does wind down just get a first round pick, as they have very high success rates over the last 5 or so years. Gross remains our best lineman in both the passing and running game and has been since he moved to LT.



If gross could go from RT to LT, why can't Bell?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

It is a little early to be looking at an UDFA, 2nd year, marginal RT as anything close to a franchise LT.



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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:01 AM

If gross could go from RT to LT, why can't Bell?


Gross was one of the best linemen in the league and has a serious talent advantage over Bell. Gross had also played his college career at LT so had the additional experience over Bell. That said even Gross had growing pains as he adjusted the first time to LT.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

You bought it! Yep

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

As almost everyone knows. You cannot have too much depth where it comes to your lines. So I am not adverse to drafting linemen in any draft. Offensive or Defensive.

We still have Gross. Kallil should be good as new. Bell has RT, and Amini has LG. Add a RG and we should be good to go. I just don't think it is that big of a need to use our 1st rounder on one. Anything after that is fine. Same with DT. We need one, just not for a first.

We need to spend that first on a S. One that has ball hawking and coverage skills, that can tackle. One that could change the culture of our Defensive Backfield.

Hell. Get the RG, DT, and S in FA. Spend the draft on BPA. And watch our stock climb.

Oh yea. And GOOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


After today, I am thinking WR.

The only thing that bothers me is our inabilty to hold leads because we cannot run the ball. we have to option or use trickery. We need a RG who can move people. The kid from Carolina (UNC) is pretty good. If he is there in the second, I would ttake him.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

Where's all the "Haters" at?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:53 PM

After today, I am thinking WR.

The only thing that bothers me is our inabilty to hold leads because we cannot run the ball. we have to option or use trickery. We need a RG who can move people. The kid from Carolina (UNC) is pretty good. If he is there in the second, I would ttake him.


WR in the first is a bold move.

I think i think we need to fill holes. Right nows holes may be different from the end of the years holes. Guessing is fun though.

Best case scenario your BPA is a stud. Whether that is RG, WR, S or DT.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:45 AM

WR in the first is a bold move.

I think i think we need to fill holes. Right nows holes may be different from the end of the years holes. Guessing is fun though.

Best case scenario your BPA is a stud. Whether that is RG, WR, S or DT.


Very Bold, considering that most WRs take a year or two to get it. I prefer a veteran FA--but we have enough #2 wrs. Smitty would be a beast in the slot. We need a solid #1. With the cap, I wonder if a free agent is possible.

If we could land one, I would love to go after one of the elite DTs (Edwards twins are aged) in the first, but the bust rate on DTs is incredibly high. I am really going to watch the progress of Fua (not impressed yet) Chandler (I like what little I have seen) and Neblett (The guy is a tremendous athlete). We could actually squeeze another year or two out of the veterans if at least one of the other guys steps up. Remember, Hardy moves inside on passing downs. But we need a run stuffing pocket collapser.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

A young DT that can hold the line on run plays, and rush the passer would be great. Trouble is, no one will get rid of one. And like you said, drafting one is not a sure thing. Gonna get interesting up in here.

I like guessing for sure. But, it is too early to really tell what we need with that first pick.