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Kevin Zeitler in very good company...a look at Interior Linemen taken in round 1

There has been an interior lineman (guard or center) drafted in the first round every season since 2001. So how have they done? What kind of future could we expect of our very own round 1 selection at Guard?

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Here are the interior offensive linemen taken in round 1 since 2001.

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Rnd

Tm

Pos

YR

AP1

PB

St

1

MIA

Mike Pouncey

G

2011

0

0

1

1

PHI

Danny Watkins

G

2011

0

0

1

1

SFO

Mike Iupati

G

2010

0

0

2

1

PIT

Maurkice Pouncey

C

2010

1

2

2

1

CLE

Alex Mack

C

2009

0

1

3

1

BUF

Eric Wood

C

2009

0

0

3

1

KAN

Branden Albert

G

2008

0

0

4

1

BAL

Ben Grubbs

G

2007

0

0

5

1

TAM

Davin Joseph

G

2006

0

2

6

1

NYJ

Nick Mangold

C

2006

2

4

6

1

SEA

Chris Spencer

C

2005

0

0

6

1

NWE

Logan Mankins

G

2005

1

4

7

1

OAK

Robert Gallery

T

2004

0

0

7

1

PHI

Shawn Andrews

G

2004

1

2

3

1

CLE

Jeff Faine

C

2003

0

0

7

1

PIT

Kendall Simmons

G

2002

0

0

5

1

SEA

Steve Hutchinson

G

2001

5

7

10

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I listed Gallery because he ultimately became a guard, and Albert because he was a guard when he was drafted. If you take them out and say they don’t really qualify because they weren’t drafted as guards to play guard, then it’s a very impressive list (even w/them it’s impressive):

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22 total Pro-Bowl selections among them

33% of them have been First Team All-Pro selections

40% of them have been to multiple Pro-Bowls

47% of them have been to at least 1 Pro-Bowl

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All of them were instant starters for the teams who drafted them, and played out their careers as starters.

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Obviously, as the folks who sell mutual funds say, “past performance is no guarantee of future performance”, but... it’s pretty promising indeed for Zeitler.




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