Here are the top Right Tackles in the Game right now. The Left Tackle gets most of the credit but its time to give some love to the right tackles. So which Team has the best right side protection? Lets find out
10. Mitchell Schwartz, Cleveland Browns- He did a stand-up job in pass protection and showed improvement down the stretch to indicate the Browns stole a long-term starter in the second round
9. David Stewart, Tennessee Titans- In pass-protection situations, he is still very good. But in the run game, he’s being surpassed by more athletic players. Stewart can be up and down, so a rebound in 2013 wouldn’t be a surprise
8. Tyson Clabo, Atlanta Falcons- Clabo was one of our top right tackles in 2011, but his play dipped considerably in 2012 as teams attacked his inside shoulder more and forced him to play as an athlete and not a mauler. While Clabo is still a top-10 right tackle, he needs to rebound in 2013 to live up to his status as a high-level player.
7. Gosder Cherilus, Detroit Lions- Our preseason rankings of the top right tackles didn’t put Cherilus anywhere close to the top 10 players, but he earned it this year with top-level pass protection on the back side.
6. Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings- Loadholt really improved from last season, showing much better understanding of angles and leverage. He’s a massive man, and with that power he’s able to control most defenders he can get his hands on.
5. Orlando Franklin, Denver Broncos- Franklin was one of the better pass-protecting right tackles we evaluated this year. His reach added with his ability to slide and mirror pass-rushers helped keep Peyton Manning upright all season.
4. Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals- Smith has been inconsistent throughout his career, but he turned in an excellent 2012 season right in time for free agency. He’s a powerful right tackle who is limited to playing on the strong side of the line.
3. Eric Winston, Kansas City Chiefs- Our top right tackle from 2011, Winston had a tough season in Kansas City. Winston wasn’t as effective pass-blocking for the troubled quarterbacks, allowing more sacks and penalties than usual.
2. Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots- Vollmer shows great balance between pass- and run-blocking. Thanks to his length at 6’8”, he’s able to keep defenders at bay without always having to move his feet and kick out to the edge. He’s a versatile athlete who can also play left tackle in a pinch.
1. Anthony Davis, San Francisco 49ers- Davis is an unreal athlete for the position, showing the footwork and flexibility needed to win battles on the edge.
Davis is one of the league’s most improved players over the course of the last two seasons, and his hard work has paid off. He’s now one of the best run-blockers in the NFL.