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Complacency in the Front Office

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Its beyond amazing how this team has De-emphasized the offensive line position in the draft over the last 10 years. I know we've been pretty lucky with Roos and Stewart at Tackles for the last 6 years but they've had a total disregard for drafting talent in between those guys for awhile now. We've had pretty good FA selections over the years when we brought in Mawae in 2006 and Jake Scott in 2008 after Jacob Bell left in Free Agency for $$$. Now in 2012 we elected to dip into the Free Agency pool again with Steve Hutchinson rather than go after someone in the draft.

Below I've gone over the last 10 years of drafting offensive lineman for each year and what our rankings were for those years (according to Football Outsiders). As for something to reference in 1999 our offensive line had two 1st rounders, a 4th, 5th and 7th and according to Football Outsiders ranked 6th in Run and 2nd in Pass.

2002 Run 30th Pass 7th

6th Rd Justin Hartwig

2003 Run 21st Pass 3rd

7th Rd Todd Williams

2004 Run 14th Pass 23rd

5th Rd Jacob Bell

7th Rd Eugene Amano

2005 Run 19th Pass 3rd

2nd Rd Michael Roos

4th Rd David Stewart

5th Rd Daniel Loper

2006 Run 27th Pass 11th

2007 Run 11th Pass 16th

4th Rd Leroy Harris

7th Rd Mike Otto

2008 Run 20th Pass 3rd

2009 Run 22nd Pass 3rd

4th Rd Troy Kropog

7th Rd Ryan Durand

2010 Run 31st Pass 9th

2011 Run 32nd Pass 2nd

6th Rd Byron Stingley

Now I don't pretend to say that selecting lineman in the 1st round means you'll have success but it seems our general lack of success means something. Another crazy thing is that even with CJ's 2,000 yard season our run blocking wasn't exactly elite per Football Outsiders statistics so maybe just maybe CJ's lack of success is more him than we believe right now.

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