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NFC West OL's - The only way to build a dominant OL is by drafting OL with 1st and 2nd round picks... Fact or Fiction?

It's been stated on these forums, by a multitude of ROTB members, that both San Francisco and Seattle have predominantly built their respective offensive lines with 1st or 2nd round picks. And it's a must in order to build a dominant OL... is this fact or fiction? Is there more to the story?

As I go over this subject, the St. Louis Rams will get the same treatment to round out the NFC West real nice like you dig? I think it's only fair to gauge this by using their respective HC and GM when deciding the outcome. So... let's take a look at the teams and you decide for yourself.

Let's first look at Pete Carroll and John Sneider of the Seattle Seahawks. They both signed on at the beginning of the 2010 season and remain there as of today. The 2012 starting OL from LT to RT was as follows: Okung, McQuistan, Unger, J.R. Sweezy and Giacomini. The players that rounded out their OL depth chart were Moffitt, Person, Omiyale, Jeanpierre and Johnson.

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I'm going to list each player, what round they were drafted, which team drafted them, and how they were acquired for each team.

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Okung Rd 1 Pick 6 2010 SEA current regime pick

McQuistan Rd 3 OAK 2006- signed a futures contract in 2011

Unger Rd 2 Pick 49 2009 SEA

Sweezy Rd 7 2012 SEA current regime pick

Giacomini Rd 5 GB 2008 GB - picked up off Green Bay Practice Squad in 2010

Now let's go to those depth guys....

Moffitt Rd 3 2011 SEA current regime pick

Person Rd 7 SF 2011 - was unable to find information on how he was acquired

Omiyale Rd 5 CHI 2005 - UFA signing in 2012

Jeanpierre UDFA NO 2010 - FA signing in 2011

Johnson UDFA signing in 2012

Carpenter Rd 1 Pick 25 2011 SEA

Moving on... How about those pesky 49er's? Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke have been in place since the beginning of the 2011 season and still remain. The 2012 starting OL from LT to RT was as follows: Staley, Iupati, Goodwin, Boone and Davis. The players that rounded out their OL depth chart were Looney, Kilgore and Davis.

Staley Rd 1 Pick 28 SF 2007

Iupati Rd 1 Pick 17 SF 2010

Goodwin Rd 5 NYJ 2002 - UFA signing in 2011

Boone UDFA SF 2009

Davis Rd 1 Pick 11 SF 2010

Now let's go to those depth guys....

Looney Rd 4 SF 2012 - Current regime pick

Kilgore Rd 5 SF 2011 - Current regime pick

Davis Rd 1 Pick 2 AZ 2001 - FA signing in 2011

Up next are the Jeff Fisher and Les Snead lead St. Louis Rams. The duo of coach and GM were in place at the beginning of the 2012 season. The 2012 starting OL was from LT to RT as follows: Saffold, Turner, Wells, Dahl and Richardson. The players that rounded out their OL depth chart were Barksdale, Smith, Barnes, Williams and Hunter.

Saffold Rd 2 Pick 33 STL 2010

Turner UDFA NYJ 2007 - FA signing in 2012

Wells Rd 4 GB 2004 - FA signing in 2012

Dahl UDFA SF 2005 - FA signing in 2011

Richardson Rd 6 KC 2008 - FA signing in 2012

Now let's go to those depth guys....

Barksdale Rd 3 OAK 2011 - FA signing in 2012

Smith Rd 6 HOU 2010 - FA signing in 2012

Barnes UDFA BAL 2011 - FA signing in 2012

Williams Rd 1 Pick 14 CHI 2008 - FA signing in 2012

Hunter Rd 3 SEA 2003 - Trade with NYJ for J. Smith

Well there you have it folks... the truth laid out before your very eyes. A grand total of 2 first round and second round picks were made by the current respective regimes on OL (both of which were 1st round picks made by SEA). If we're generous and look at OL taken in the first two rounds no matter the team and whether they start or are depth... it's a grand total of 9 players. The starter count for each team of players drafted after round 2 is as follows: SEA 3, SF 2 and STL 4. So after looking everything over is it fact or fiction?

Do Harbaugh & Baalke get credit for that line in SF? Is Petey a genius for taking Okung and Carpenter? Did Fisher and Snead go wrong by not using a 1st or 2nd round pick on an OL last year? Let's hear it in the comments. Oh, and be sure to give me hell if need be. Enjoy.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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