About 3 weeks prior to the draft, Mel Kiper started prognosticating about DJ Fluker being picked by the Fins at #12. That ignited a healthy debate about how high is too high to select a starting Right Tackle. The consensus amongst “experts” was that #12 would be way to high to draft a right tackle, even with todays cap friendly rookie wage scale, #12 would be a “reach” for the Dolphins. So what happened?
With the Chiefs failure to unload Brandon Albert, newly minted #1 overall pick, Eric Fisher will start at Right Tackle. Further there are reports the Chiefs are now close to a long term deal with Albert; so right tackle may be Fisher’s permanent position. Jacksonville drafts Luke Joeckel. The Jags have a decent starting Left Tackle in Eugene Monroe, so it appears that Joeckel will at least be starting his career on the right side. Lane Johnson taken by the Eagles with the fourth pick, will also be starting year one at right tackle, though I guess you can make the argument that he will be protecting Vick’s blind side. Finally, Fluker taken by the San Diego Chargers with the 11th pick overall will be manning the right side. And though all four tackles were drafted before the 12th selection in the first round, I have yet to hear any of the media experts call them a “reach”.