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Highest a Guard has been drafted??

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by rojan, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. rojan

    rojan Active Member

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    All the talk about the Chiefs drafting DeCastro got me thinking about who the highest guard to be drafted was and which pick was used on him.

    I guess you can say that Leonard Davis was the highest to be drafted but they did that with every intention of moving him to OT.

    So who was the highest? Was there ever one in the top 10?

    I think the rookie pay scale will effect the way teams look at the draft now and really take the BPA instead of the BPA at a premier position in the top 10. I just hope it isn't this year and Decastro drops into our laps!!
  2. SDogo

    SDogo Not as good as I once was but as good once as I ev

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    John Hannah by the Patriots in 1973 at #4 in Round 1
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I'm still trying to figure out where the magical cutoff is that makes it "okay" to draft a G.

    And good thinking on the rookie cap.

    Kind of makes you wonder if teams just couldn't justify paying a guard that much money.
  4. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Well he was considered by many at the time to be the best OG of all-time and made several All-Pro teams on his way to the HOF.

    If one could guarantee DeCastro is the second coming of Hannah then he'd be worth a top 5 pick this year, too.
  5. rojan

    rojan Active Member

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    Is he the last Guard to be drafted in the top 10? I cant remember one since I've started following the draft back in the early 00's.
  6. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    1997: NO picks Chris Naeole #10
    1995: BUF picks Ruben Brown #14
    1988: NYJ picks Dave Cadigan #8
    1986: PIT picks John Rienstra #9
    1985: ATL picks Bill Fralic #2
    1983: DEN picks Chris Hinton #4 (played a lot of tackle for them)
    1982: HOU picks Mike Munchak #8
    1980: KC picks Brad Budde #11

    Seems like it used to be more common. Of course, this doesn't include guys like Iupati, who went #17 - would he have gone 14 or higher if SF had that pick instead? Hard to say.
  7. SDogo

    SDogo Not as good as I once was but as good once as I ev

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    Bill Fralic was drafted as a OT where he played in college.
  8. Manwiththeplan

    Manwiththeplan Well-Known Member

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    SF had a higher 1rst rounder, 11 I think and took Anthony Davis
  9. rojan

    rojan Active Member

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    Great info!!

    Can you get a list for the top 12 since the Chiefs pick #11?
  10. rojan

    rojan Active Member

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    Davis was picked with the number 11 overall?? I thought he taken around the 15-17 range. thanks for the info!

    Edit: He was selected with the 11th overall pick but he plays OT
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    Robert Gallery was taken #2 as well... as a tackle, but ended up as guard...
  12. Bigdog

    Bigdog Well-Known Member

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    It was Iupati who was taken 17 and Davis was taken at 11 but as an OT
  13. Aliencowboy

    Aliencowboy Active Member

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    Only if they draft him to play Center

  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    some of those picks were college Tackles drafted as tackles and then move inside when they could not hack it as tackles; like Gallery.

    PURE guards- much less common.

    But DeCastro is constantly compared to Hutchinson, probably the best guard of the last 10 years.

    If LA as a college senior was in this years draft he would be a top 5 pick. But once again he would be looked at more for his ability to play tackle.
  15. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    :eekmouse: YIKES!
  16. dwmyers

    dwmyers Well-Known Member

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    Logged into this thread to say just that. A lot of guards taken that once were considered tackles. Where was Bigg drafted? I think he was a #2 as well.


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