The Kansas City Chiefs are still trying to re-sign LT Branden Albert and according to Bleacher Report’s latest rankings, Albert is the 13th best left tackle in the NFL.
As we’ve been telling you, Matt Miller is ranking 1000 NFL players by position. Here is what he had to say about Albert:
In 13 games this season, Branden Albert (6’5″, 316 pounds, five seasons) allowed just one sack, but he missed two contests against Von Miller and the Broncos. Albert is a good athlete who can hold the edge with quickness and a solid first punch. He knows how to stun pass-rushers and is strong enough to hold his ground against inside moves.
You might think that with Jamaal Charles’ stats that Albert was a dominant run-blocker. He wasn’t. The Chiefs were a run-right team all season, leaving Albert to protect the backside on zone runs. He will get blown off the ball in the run game as he fires off too high. He has a tendency to plant his feet and try to reach with his arms, which extends his upper body and causes him to lose balance. He has to learn to keep his weight transferred and his body over his feet.
Albert has traditionally been stronger in pass protection than in the running game. Still, I think 13th might be a little low. If we were talking about tackles in general, I could live with 13 but I think Albert is certainly a top ten all-around tackle. I think the Chiefs get their act together on offense, Albert will be able to better highlight that fact.
What do you think, Addicts? Is Albert’s tanking correct?