One of the fine features you can find at Bleacher Report these days is their NFL1000 player rankings. They rank the top players at each position using a well-defined criteria with point values given to specific jobs and skills relevant to that position. The one we’re going to look at today is the recent piece on the left tackle position.
Unsurprisingly, this means San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is mentioned, and he’s mentioned in a very positive light. Staley comes in at No. 10 on their list, which sounds about right to me. He’s a great, consistent player who occasionally has missteps against speed rushers and other small errors.
The 49ers’ offensive line as a whole was not particularly good last season, but as Doug Farrar notes in Staley’s writeup, they were a difficult unit to evaluate just based on the inconsistencies at quarterback. Here’s what he had to say about Staley:
Between Brian Hoyer’s needless pocket escapism and C.J. Beathard’s “deer in the headlights” approach to pressure, it was tough to diagnose how well any 49ers pass-blocker was performing until Jimmy Garoppolo started taking snaps under center, displaying the processing speed necessary for his position.
At that point, Staley looked like exactly what he is—a rare athlete at the position who can ride a defender out of the pocket and bury him at the end. Underrated is Staley’s power in the run game and when it’s required to take a defender down in the passing game.
They also have more from Duke Manyweather, whom they list as an offensive tackle scout.
The ranking is purely numerical based on a set criteria that includes a maximum of 25 points for pass protection, 20 points for run blocking, 20 points for power, 25 points for agility and 10 points for position value. Staley earned 19, 15, 14, 19 and 9 points in those areas, respectively, for a total grade of 76 out of 100, which is in line with the rest of the top left tackles.
Check out the full piece.