On March 4th, Charley Casserly made the bold statement that Eugene Monroe and Jason Smith were "not true top 10 tackles". Today he qualifies his reasoning a little further by breaking down the highly rated offensive tackle class of 2009.
"I think the guys got real good technique in his pass protection, so I think he's a very good pass blocker. I think he can come in and play right now. I don't think he has as an upside though, I think what you see is what you get which is pretty good for a left tackle pass pro. I think he's not as physical on the running game as you like and some people have some serious questions about his knee and that might drop him a little."
- Casserly on Eugene Monroe
"I think his best asset is his pass blocking, his feet and his change of direction. My questions on him are this - he's not a real big guy. His body is really tight to be about a 305-309lbs guy. The other thing about him is I polled nineteen teams in the fall. The average grade was a 1/2. History tells me that you don't really see guys jumping that far that fast. That bothers me a little bit."
- Casserly on Jason Smith
In other news, Pat Kirwan (Senior Analyst, NFL.com) has published the fifth incarnation of his mock draft. Once again he has the Seahawks taking Georgia QB Matt Stafford, although he's added a second round choice for good measure. Seattle passes on Alex Mack and William Beatty to take Darrius Butler (CB, Connecticut).