- Sep 30, 2007
Mel Kiper had a 3rd round grade on Mankins:Something @Super Nomario and I have chatted about before (give credit where it is due) is if you look at their offensive line over the last decade or so they often have a left side and/or center who is athletic and then a right side that is more power. The left guard is often the puller. Big dudes with lots of power but below average speed aren't always the best pullers whereas guys who people think of as zone fits, with a lot of athleticism and + play in space, can be deadly as pullers. So to me this is not really about the Mason trade. I think the Patriots wanted to slot Onwenu in at RG and Mason is more of an RG type for them so it left a hole at LG. Strange is closer to a Thuney/Mankins type than he is a Mason/Onwenu. I can't say this for sure but I think they like zone-profile guys on the left side or at LG. Mankins and Thuney were both thought of as good zone linemen coming out IIRC. If I am not mistaken Mankins was considered a reach then wasn't he?