Not a chance, I think he's oversized and not athletic enough to fit our zone blocking scheme.
He played in a zone blocking scheme in KC and performed at a high level. Kansas City based their entire scheme on zone blocking (I mean, they had Eric Winston on the other side and he is a zone blocker) and Albert was the 14th best overall left tackle while playing in that scheme (1 sack allowed, 14 QB hurries). He was the 9th best left tackle in pass protection.
As far as being oversized, not sure what you're talking about. He's 6'5 315 lbs... perfect size.
Not only that but he'd eat up most of the remainder of our CAP space and limit our moves in the future.
Wrong again. We have cap flexibility with some of the contracts on the book, Dmitri Patterson's in particular. After June 1st, we will have even more cap space as Burnett and Dansby's contracts will come off the books.
The reason for that is Kansas City badly wants him gone so that they are freed up to draft Joeckel. Because he wants a big time contract and the Chiefs want to shift to a West Coast offense that requires more athletic linemen, something Albert is not.
KC franchised him, if they didn't want him around they didn't have to... and they already run a zone scheme.
Also, zone schemes require the athleticism more at center and guard, not necessarily as much at tackle.
Hmmm. I thought he was much bigger than that, and I thought that KC ran a different scheme. Thanks for correcting me on that. I guess I got some bad information from a buddy who is a Chiefs fan.
But as far as Albert goes, I have read that he's not really left tackle material and that he struggled against elite pass rushers this year like Abraham and Johnson. That and as much as I remember seeing Cassell and Quinn get beaten up in the pocket I can't imagine that anyone on that KC line is elite, or worthy of a big contract. I think that line gave up 40 sacks last year. Worse than our line if I'm not mistaken.
If that's the case, I'd rather see what Martin can do at LT than waste big money on Albert. Martin struggles with bullrushers, something that can be corrected by putting in some time in the weight room. But Albert struggles with speed rushers, likely due to a lack of footspeed and technique, something I think that is more difficult to overcome.
What's your opinion of Albert. Do you think he's a good fit? Or do you think we'd be better off drafting someone?