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Questions about Drafting Oline.

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Every year I see Multiple O-linemen that are OTs that are projected to be Gs at the next level due to various perceived things. So, my question is this - Is there some sort of Taboo when drafting O-linemen for a position other than they currently play? 

IE: if your team needs an RT and the best T in the draft is an LT, do you fear taking that player and moving him to RT? I mean RTs don't make as much as LTs and Gs don't generally make as much as Ts. It would seem like grabbing a player to make him into what you need could make the player feel you've stunted his earning potential and his career in general. Would teams steer away from a player because of this? 

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It doesn’t much matter anymore.Teams pretty much put there best pass rusher at LDE now so the RT has to be as good as the LT.

Also for draft picks they don’t see there real contract till 4 years in anyway.So having position flexibility is a big thing to when it comes to signing there 2nd deal.

There first deals are done off of draft scale anyways.

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1. There is no taboo. In simplistic terms, there is not much physically that separates most offensive linemen. Almost all of them are between 6'3" - 6'5" and 300-315 lbs. The college coach puts his most athletic player at LT and the next most athletic player at either RT or C depending on their size. 

Not every college LT can play LT in the NFL. So if you're looking for RT or interior OL, you do yourself a disservice to not consider limited college LT's because most of the time they are more athletic than their teammates. 

It's pretty simple numbers. There are only 32 NFL teams and good offensive linemen play 10+ years. So the top prospects in any given year aren't just competing against the top prospects in their class. They're competing against the top prospects of the last 10 years. There are only so many jobs available. 

2. a. As Kiwi said, the salaries for RT's and interior OL are getting closer and closer to LT money so no one is really complaining.

2. b. Most 22 year old players just want to do whatever they have to do to stick in the league and make money so they're not going to object, either. 

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13 hours ago, kiwifalcon said:

It doesn’t much matter anymore.Teams pretty much put there best pass rusher at LDE now so the RT has to be as good as the LT.

Also for draft picks they don’t see there real contract till 4 years in anyway.So having position flexibility is a big thing to when it comes to signing there 2nd deal.

There first deals are done off of draft scale anyways.

 

1 hour ago, Summerhill said:

1. There is no taboo. In simplistic terms, there is not much physically that separates most offensive linemen. Almost all of them are between 6'3" - 6'5" and 300-315 lbs. The college coach puts his most athletic player at LT and the next most athletic player at either RT or C depending on their size. 

Not every college LT can play LT in the NFL. So if you're looking for RT or interior OL, you do yourself a disservice to not consider limited college LT's because most of the time they are more athletic than their teammates. 

It's pretty simple numbers. There are only 32 NFL teams and good offensive linemen play 10+ years. So the top prospects in any given year aren't just competing against the top prospects in their class. They're competing against the top prospects of the last 10 years. There are only so many jobs available. 

2. a. As Kiwi said, the salaries for RT's and interior OL are getting closer and closer to LT money so no one is really complaining.

2. b. Most 22 year old players just want to do whatever they have to do to stick in the league and make money so they're not going to object, either. 

 

 

Great feedback guys, Thank you both. I've always wondered about this. 

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