Bloggers, media and sport fans used to heap scorn on Bleacher Report, mainly due to some questionable user-generated content that damaged the site’s reputation in its infancy. However, since their big money deal with Turner 18 months ago, they’ve added some talented and respected names as featured writers and a great deal of their content is now well worth checking out.
One of the featured writers they added to their roster was draft scouting guru and former TJB Podcast guest Matt Miller, who – along with several other film junkies – is spearheading the B/R NFL 1000 project, where they attempt to rank the NFL’s top 1,000 players. The project is now into its third year and they’ve just started releasing this year’s results. For more on how the project works go here.
In our second installment, we look at their rankings for the right tackle and fullback positions. To look back at the previous update (quarterbacks and left tackles) go here.
Once again, their take on the Jets players at these respective positions are not kind. Following a rookie season where he played almost 400 snaps, Tommy Bohanon ranks dead last out of their top 16 fullbacks. Far more eye-opening though is the fact that they ranked pending unrestricted free agent Austin Howard 31st out of their top 35 right tackles, saying the following:
Howard is a slow-footed mauler in the running game who doesn’t possess the natural athletic ability to fit in most non-power-dominated offensive schemes. Howard improved his balance in pass protection this season, but he has a relatively low ceiling because of his lack of foot speed.
Read Bent’s thoughts after the jump.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comI’m not really surprised at Bohanon’s ranking. He did grade out in last place on PFF too. However, he has plenty of room for growth and, in my estimation, outperformed both Lex Hilliard’s 2012 season and John Conner’s rookie year. Interestingly, Conner ranks in second place on the B/R list after a strong performance with the Giants, who went 7-4 with him in the lineup.
Howard being ranked so low is more surprising, with the 26-year old set to receive a long-term deal soon. In terms of their specific analysis, I’m not sure I agree with their criticism. In fact, Rex Ryan has specifically praised Howard’s athleticism in the past.
Bassett linked to Tony Pauline’s report earlier today, where he suggested that Howard could get a contract similar to Phil Loadholt’s $24m, five year deal which – according to OverTheCap.com is the third highest right tackle contract in the league.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on this project over the offseason.