Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Jun 2009

ESPN INSIDER: AFC Building Blocks

Our five AFC Building Blocks to be are...

- Jason Jones (DT, Tennessee)
- Jared Gaither (LT, Baltimore)
- Lawrence Timmons (LB, Pittsburgh)
- Paul Posluszny (LB, Buffalo)
- Fred Bennett (CB, Houston)

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 12 Jun 2009

14 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2009, 7:13am by Jimmy Oz


by BywaterBrat (not verified) :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 2:48pm

you guys are studs and I appreciate the avoidance of RBs and QBs but you can't deny Roethlisberger or Rivers in any real consideration

by dmb :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 3:14pm

The article is about the next franchise "building blocks," not current ones.

by drobviousso :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 3:16pm

If their criteria is the next three seasons, I agree. A high quality QB takes too long to develop, and is too much of a crap shoot over that time frame.

by Eddo :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 3:17pm

Now, I haven't read the actual article since I don't subscribe to Insider, but isn't the point to name the next building blocks? Rivers and Roethlisberger are current building blocks, so included them would be unnecessary.

by zomgmatt (not verified) :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 5:08pm

Favre and Lawrence Taylor aren't getting any consideration, either. This is bull, man.

by Rich Arpin (not verified) :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 6:53pm

What about Mayo?

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 9:06pm

Mayo is already a building block. The article is a 'Who's the 5 young players who not haven't done much...yet!'

Otherwise Ryan Clady, Joe Thomas, Jake Long, Darrelle Revis, Demarco Ryans, and Mayo are glaring ommissions.

If i worked at FO i'd add that caveat explaining the selection to the top of the page.

by jonnyblazin :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 11:52pm

Gaither has done much more than Mayo so far, I don't know about the other guys. LBs who get lots of tackles on bad defenses aren't that impressive compared to dominant LTs who make it to the championship game.

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Sun, 06/14/2009 - 7:13am

Yeah, but Mayo won Rookie of the Year while playing for the Patriots. Remember, this is for ESPN

by Theo :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 9:55pm

Reggie Bush

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Fri, 06/12/2009 - 11:54pm

Yeah, its AFC. But while we're there, who else would you tip for the NFC?

by Jerry :: Sat, 06/13/2009 - 12:36am

Check here.

by Nathan Forster :: Sat, 06/13/2009 - 1:03pm

Could a Titans fan kindly confirm for me whether Jason Jones played at defensive tackle or defensive end last year (especially on game 16 when he got all of those sacks)? I thought that he was 4-3 DE, but if he was a DT, my defensive end sack projections would make a lot more sense.

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by Jason :: Sat, 06/13/2009 - 6:18pm

Jason Jones is a 4-3 DT. Kinda lite guy. More of a Justin Tuck-esque tweener. Read he's added about 10 lbs of muscle in the off-season.

If I hit a grand slam on this hole-in-one the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.