Originally a tight end at
Central Michigan, Staley switched to the right tackle position as a sophomore
and started eleven games. Another position switch came the following
season when he moved to left tackle. Staley proceeded to start on the left
side as a junior and senior.
The one aspect of Staley's
game that has always stood out is his sheer athleticism. A fluid lineman,
Staley looks more like a fast tight end moving about the field rather than a
bulky 300-pound blocker.
After a successful season
in '06 Staley spent a week at the Senior Bowl and his draft stock started to
take off. Many scouts left Mobile, stamping Staley with a first
A leg injury limited him during the combine in February yet Staley's pro-day workout was nothing less than brilliant.
As we reported on March
15th, Staley blew scouts away with his performance. Running 40-times
under 4.8-seconds, all of his marks from that day gave league decision makers
plenty to think about.
Staley's draft stock is
now soaring quicker than the jumbo jets that are flying him around the country
to visit NFL franchises.
In similar fashion the
Ravens are in the market for a young blocker as Hall of Fame lineman Jonathan Ogden may not have a lot left in the tank.
If either Chicago or
Baltimore had their sights set on Staley they'll have to move into the top part
of round one to guarantee a chance of selecting him.
A number of teams have
moved Staley ahead of Levi Brown on their offensive tackle chart the past
month. Why? A majority of
teams are convinced Staley can play left tackle while not all feel the same way
Sources have told us that
Pittsburgh Steelers new offensive line coach Larry Zierlein absolutely loves Staley since attending his pro-day workout and has
been lobbying the team on his behalf. These
same sources are not so sure the Steelers will be taking a tackle with the 15th
The wildcard in the Staley sweepstakes could be the Atlanta Falcons.
Word circulating around the league the past few days is Atlanta
wants Staley in the worst way.
With a crying need at several offensive line positions the feeling is
Staley's athleticism nicely fits the type of blocking required for Michael Vick.
Conventional thought is the Falcons will try and trade down from
the tenth spot, specifically with a team who wants a defensive lineman.
They would then draft Staley in the middle of round one.
Could the Falcons do the inconceivable and take Staley with the
tenth pick of the draft?