Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 6/1/12
Sam Baker is a former 1st round pick, but lost his starting job last season to Will Svitek, who didn’t play well. The Falcons have put him back as the 1st string left tackle for now, saying that his struggles last year were the result of a back injury. However, Baker has been a disappointment throughout his career and the Falcons used a 3rd round pick on a tackle in Lamar Holmes. All 3 of Holmes, Baker, and Svitek likely remain in the running to start at left tackle. Left tackle might be the Achilles heel of the entire Falcons’ team, at the very least of the offensive line. Justin Blalock returns at one guard spot and talented 2nd round rookie Peter Konz will play the other. Right tackle Tyson Clabo remains one of the best at his position. At center, the young Joe Hawley will compete with veteran Todd McClure. Hawley could also play guard and move Konz to center.
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