Houston had two OL rookies start 14 and 8 games. Buffalo had one start 16 games. Rams had a rookie start 7 games and another start 10 games. Minnesota had a rookie start 16 games. GB had a rookie start 14 games. NO had a rookie start 16 games. Tennessee had a rookie start 12. All 7 teams were above .500 and 6 were playoff teams. All rookies listed above either started the whole year or finished the year as starters. All will be starters this year unlike Little who’s only a starter if an injury occurs.
Also, 8 of the 9 were among the first 20 picks and in the first 3 rounds. There was 1 5th rounder. 13 of the top 20 OL started half a year or more. The other 7 included the top two OL picks out almost all year due to injuries. Only Andre Dillard and Greg Little in the top 15 OL picks appear to not be starters in year 2. Little was the 8th OL and the next 6 OL taken after Little started 14 to 16 games.
Rookies not starting right away is a fallacy that we try to hide behind when defending day 2 picks that don’t play well. Not saying rookies don’t develop but the 6 guys taken after Little were discussed as great picks and they panned out. That’s 95% of our disappointment. We liked other guys. I wanted McCoy at C and Evans at 77. We’d have McCoy, Evans and Moton as our right side, potentially for years if you resign Moton. That’s my disappointment.