You might think left tackles don't get a lot of love. Even the best in the NFL don't make headlines, but if anyone can appreciate what they do, it's the defensive tackles that have to wrestle them every play.
So when Redskins LT Trent Williams came in No. 47 in the NFL Top 100 yesterday, a Pro Bowl DT was one of the first to call B.S. on what he considered a too-low ranking.
Best LT in the league. Way too low!!— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) May 30, 2017
Gerald McCoy – a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro – has been fighting with Williams for a long, long time.
As a member of the Buccaneers, he's faced Redskins-era Williams four times. But even before that, the two went at it in practice from 2006-2009 as teammates at Oklahoma.
Ten going on 11 years battling Williams left McCoy convinced he's the best the NFL has to offer. McCoy gave an in-depth explanation of that opinion before a Bucs-Redskins game in 2014.
Via The Washington Post:
I personally believe that Trent is not just one of the best left tackles, but one of the best overall linemen in the NFL on both sides of the ball. ...
First time I found out Trent was faster than me, we were all freshman and Trent was a bigger guy before he started losing weight and I didn’t know he could run like that. So all the linemen got out there – all the smaller guys did a little race, it was quick, like 20 yards – so all the lineman got out there and Trent beat everybody and everybody was like, ‘Come on, man.’ And I kept on like, ‘No, no, y’all are cheating me.' And then we got out there and did it again and he won again and I was like, ‘Man, maybe this dude is fast.’ Then we ran our 40s and his time was faster than mine.
But McCoy isn't the only Pro Bowl defensive player to hype up Williams.
Von Miller, Super Bowl MVP, called Williams the toughest offensive tackle he's ever faced in a 2016 piece for The Players' Tribune.
The four-time Pro Bowler. The classic Beast. Trent has all the physical tools. But what separates him is that he’s also the most mentally tough guy I’ve ever seen. He has that swag about him that makes him almost more like a defensive player. He loves talking to you. Usually it’s just the defensive guys talking — “I’m on your ass all day, bruh!” But Trent has that defensive mentality on the other side of the ball. Some tackles, they just want to not get beat, but Trent is always in attack mode. ... He’s the toughest guy on the field every single play.
So why would Williams only end up at No. 47? For one, the NFL Top 100 is decided by player voting and not every player has to deal with him. The ones that don't wouldn't be able to look at traditional stats to judge his worth.
But as Redskins Insider JP Finlay noted, Williams also missed four games last year due to suspension, though he still was rated the top left tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus.
Washington should take the No. 47 ranking as a good sign. The more opposing players that overlook the Silverback, the better.
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