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Need to Know: The five best O-linemen drafted in the second round

Apr 30, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 30, eight days before the NFL draft.

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The five best offensive linemen drafted in the second round since the common draft starting in 1968 (per the career Approximate Value metric used by Pro Football Reference).

Kevin Mawae, Seahawks, 1994 (36 overall, 109 career AV)—He was a starting center for 16 years with the Seahawks, Titans, and Jets. Mawae was selected first-team All-Pro three times, including two selections that were seven years apart (2001 and 2008).

Steve Wisniewski, Cowboys, 1989 (29 overall, 104 CAV)—Drafted by the Cowboys, he was traded to the Raiders during the draft and spent his career with the franchise in Los Angeles and Oakland. He started 206 of a possible 208 games from 1989-2001.

Larry Allen, Cowboys, 1994 (46 overall, 99 CAV)—The Cowboys held on to this one and he became one of the anchors on their line. It’s a flaw in either the Hall of Fame selection process or the AV metric that the two players with higher AV’s are not in the Hall and Allen and the player immediately following are.

Dermontti Dawson, Steelers, 1988 (44 overall, 98 CAV)—Six straight first-team All-Pro selections highlight Dawson’s resume.

Matt Light, Patriots, 2001 (48 overall, 89 CAV)—He started his rookie year, which happened to be the Patriots’ first Super Bowl championship season. Light was a part of every Patriots Super Bowl team since then.

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Timeline

—It’s been 122 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 130 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: NFL Draft 8; Training camp starts 84; Redskins @ Eagles 144

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  1. internetcareer - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I have been reading a lot of posts and I agree with those who would like to take Marcus Martin, the Center from S. CAL. 320 POUNDS AT 6’3 would substantially upgrade our blocking against Nose Tackles. Great 2nd round pick and then 3rd round if available CYRUS RICHARDSON…the massive guard from Baylor and former teammate of Griffin.

    The Skins can’t fix everything at once but they can fix the interior of the offensive line which makes this team better immediately.

    • rtcwon - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Draft picks and rookies don’t fix things. You HOPE that in a couple of years they can beat out the free agents that fixed things. Expecting or planning on ANY draft pick outside the top 15 to start is stupid.

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