History of Taking Guards in First Rounds

Ten Year Recap of the Guards taken in the first rounds

2012:

David DeCastro 24th pick PIT Promising Career will have to wait and he tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee during a preseason game.
Kevin Zeitler 27th pick CIN Starting right Guard for the Bengals and is their best Offensive Lineman.
2nd Round: 40th pick Amini Silatolu CAR did not perform well enough last year. Ended the season on IR for dislocated wrist. See what he does in his sophomore campaign.
Peter Konz 55th pick ATL- backup to Justin Blalock

2011:
Danny Watkins 23rd pick PHI Former 5th round pick from Indy, Jake Scott had been getting his starts. Still early, but not looking good for Watkins. See what this year will bring for him under Chip Kelly. Watkins is already 28 years old.
3rd Round John Moffitt 75th pick SEA Hurt his knee earlier on, but has been outplayed by Pat MQuistan. Several games listed as inactive, though his health is fine.
Will Rackley JAX 76th (High ankle sprain costs him 2012 season, but started 14 of the 15 games he played in his rookie year at LG)

Cowboys NOTE: The Cowboys drafted David Arkin in the fourth round out of Missouri State. He has not started or played any games for us as of yet.

2010:
Mike Iupati 17th pick SAN (Pro-Bowler and All-Pro Guard),
Second Round Zane Beadles 45th pick DEN (Pro-Bowl 2012)

2009:
NO First rounders
Andy Levitre 51st pick BUF- One of the big Free Agent acquisitions this year. The Titans picked up a player who has never missed a game and graded out as the best pass blocking Guard in the NFL in 2012.

2008:
No First Rounders
Chilo Rachal 39th pick SAN (Played with Chicago last year, but quit the team momentarily when he found out he lost his starting job. The bears put him on Reserve list and made him sit out the rest of the year)
Mike Pollak 59th pick IND (Continuosly battling injuries and never has played 12 games in season)

2007:
Ben Grubbs 29th pick BAL 2011 Pro-Bowl, one of the better guards in the league, now playing with the Saints
Arron Sears 35th pick TB Started every game that he played, but suffered a career ending concussion
Justin Blalock 39th pick Falcons Started and played every game for the Falcons.

2006:
Davin Joseph 23rd pick TB has started 83 games of the 84 that he has played in. The two-time pro bowler missed 2012 season with a knee injury but is ready to go.
Deuce Lutui 41st pick AZ Free agent who will miss the first four games this year due to NFL Suspension for PEDS. Started 79% of the games he played in and is on his third team (now with the Titans) and counting.
Daryn Colledge 47th pick GB Super Bowl Champion, Started 96% of games that he played and has not missed a game.  Now playing for the Arizona Cardinals.

Cowboys NOTE: C Ryan Cook 51st pick MIN started 57% of the games he played for Min before going to Miami [Never started] and Dallas [started 11 out of 13 games]

2005:
Logan Mankins 32nd pick NE Best Guard in the game. Had a hold out issue in 2010 missing 7 games, and an ankle/calf injury that costs him to miss another 7 games. Logan Mankins has started in each he has played for the Patriots. Mankins is an ALL-Pro, Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion. The Corner Stone of the Patriots Offensive line.
2nd round: David Baas 33rd pick SAN Baas has only started 68% of the games he has played and has missed 9 games in his career. Now with the Giants where he started all 16 games for them in 2012.

2004:
No Guards in first Round
Chris Snee 34th pick NYG Started every game he was healthy, only missing six games in his entire career. One of the better Guards in the NFL. still with the Giants
Jake Grove 45th pick OAK Started 84% of the games he started, but only played a full season 1 time in career. Retired after 2009
Justin Smiley 46th pick SAN (started 78 out of 88 games played. Four years with San Fran, two with MIA and short one in JAX- Shoulder Retired 2010)

Cowboys NOTE: Stephen Peterman was drafted in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys. He did not find success in Dallas, but has started every game he has played for the Detroit Lions since 2007. He has missed 12 games in that period, none in the last three seasons.

2003: No Guards in the First round
2nd round:
Eric Steinbach 33rd pick CIN, Started 99% of the games he played while only missing 3 games in his 8 year career 4 with CIN and 4 with CLE Retired

Best Guard in Football, Logan Mankins, was drafted with the last pick of the 2005 first round by the New England Patriots. There are about 15 to 20 teams that are kicking themselves because they missed on the Talent that is Logan Mankins. Teams weigh the value of a pick and wonder if they are making the right pick for their selection. Do you draft for need, or pick the best player available? If the player that you want is there when you pick, you pick him. But in the last 10 years, there hasn’t been an Offensive Guard taken in the top 15 picks. The closest is All-Pro Mike Iupati of the 49ers who was drafted at 17th. This would be the ideal situation. You make the pick having done your homework and understand what this player will bring to your team and hopefully he becomes one of the best players at his position.

Guards, no matter how good they are, have a tendency of falling. You have to go back to 2001 with Leonard Davis going second and 1998 when Kyle Turley went sixth to the New Orleans Saints. There has been 8 guards taken in the first round and 15 Guards taken in the second round in the last 10 years. In four of the last 10 years, the NFL Draft did not have a guard taken at all in the first round. In that span, last year was the only time two guards went in the first round: David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler. Many remember that DeCastro was the best Offensive Guard in the draft and was expected to go as high as 11 to the Chiefs and many had him coming to the Dallas Cowboys at 14. But that all changed and DeCastro ended up dropping to 24th for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This year, Jonathan Cooper have wowed scouts and draft experts the same way, but flashes more athleticism. Both he and Chance Warmack are the two best guards in this Draft class. And again, the Cowboys are in need of an upgrade at Offensive line. While the Dallas Cowboys could very well be looking at Defensive line help, if tradition continues, they will be in the right spot to pick an Offensive Guard. One that will hopefully follow the trend and become key clogs for an offensive line in desperate need of cohesiveness and a new energy.

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