Alejandro Villanueva Ranked 15th Best Left Tackle Of 2017

Alejandro Villanueva has had quite the journey. Army veteran to defensive line to turning into a franchise left tackle. Now that the season is over, the World Wide Web is full of rankings and review of 2017. As we’ve done with quarterbacks and the defensive line, we’re checking out Bleacher Report’s NFL 1000, breaking down most of the left tackles in the league. 

That job was taken up by Duke Manyweather, one of the best follows for the lowdown on the offensive line. He definitely has credibility. And in ranking the best left tackles in the league for this year, Villanueva came in at 15th place. He scored a 75 out of 100.

In breaking him down, Manyweather writes:

“Villanueva is one of the best stories in the NFL, from his service in the U.S. Army to being cut from or never signed to multiple practice squads to now becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle. Villanueva has gotten better every season since he became the starter in 2015, and it isn’t always pretty, but it has proved to be effective for the massive 6’9″ 320-pound tackle.”

Not a ton of info here about his play but he sums Villanueva up well. He’s especially struggled at the beginning of years and evened out after the fact.

By our charting, Villanueva allowed a team-high six sacks this season, though some of that can be attributed to his position and the fact he was so available. No other Steeler played more snaps along the line.

In specific categories, Villanueva graded out with a 18/25 for his pass protection and a 16/20 as a run blocker. He graded worst in his power, just a 14/20, which makes sense given his tall frame.

Villanueva is in a tough class of AFC North blindside protectors, coming in third place behind Joe Thomas (2nd) and Ronnie Stanley (12th). Chris Hubbard was not ranked with this group; I assume he’ll be with the right tackles.

If you’re curious, the Green Bay Packers David Bakhtiari finished at the top with a score of 83, so the gap between 1st and 15th isn’t substantial.

In all, a fair ranking. Hopefully Villanueva will even out next year. If he does, he’s certainly capable of cracking the top ten.

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  • Rocksolid20

    How is he Pro Bowl if he is ranked #15 ?

  • CoachCot

    Sounds about right to me

  • CoachCot

    Because he did not kneel for the anthem

  • letownia

    Isn’t Harrison really good against larger tackles ? How do you all think he stacks up against Villanueva?

  • 20Stoney

    There’s always undeserving people in the pro bowl, based purely on their play.

  • heath miller

    because pro bowl is voting for favs not the best players.. people love him … after the national anthem fiasco when he stood alone on the field while the team remained in the locker room … that next week he was the leading jersey sold in the NFL .. that = votes.. so he goes to the pro bowl as number 15 . thats why the pro bowl is a joke ..

  • heath miller

    yep .. exact answer .. could have been the best or worst or 15th best … as long as you stand for the anthem you are a po bowler… amazing and thus why th NFL has lots a ton of viewers ,,,betwen that and the partisan ref calls .. its become a joke. i bet refs determine the outcome in 40% of the games.. worst thing they ever did was focus in on the refs calling the penalties on the broadcast .. of course they call more penalties to get more air time .. and if you dont believe that you just arnt paying attention .. HEEATH

  • The Tony

    We will never know. Titans are going to go into New England and win!!!!!

    Hopefully

  • JZ

    true….he didn’t deserve it. cam heyward did though…..too bad

  • CoachCot

    Doesn’t matter as neither would get to play in the game anyways 🙂

  • FATCAT716

    Lol sad but true

  • jsteeler72

    If you go back and look at some of the preseason reports from just last year there are a couple of mentions of him struggling against JH.

  • jsteeler72

    He led the Pro Bowl in Fan Voting. That makes him an automatic Pro Bowl player. The same for every other position. If you get the most fan votes at your position then you make the Pro Bowl. But only the leading vote getter is guaranteed their spot based solely on fan votes.

  • FATCAT716

    The Steelers know Harrison very well & I’m sure that matchup has been watched alot during camp. Villanueva said he learned alot about the position from Harrison so I’m sure he understands how to play him

  • pittfan

    +100. I would not be shocked at all by that

  • CoachCot

    I would. The Pats don’t lose at home in the divisional round. Just doesn’t happen. There won’t be a Santonio Holmes making a game winning TD snag in this game

  • Jaybird

    Becuase I voted 152 times for him!

  • dany

    It is kinda weird how they always talk about his journey and his massive size but little about his play, which could be better but they’ve done better with much worse. And at that contract, he’s a steal these days

  • pittfan

    There was a time the same was said of 3 Rivers. Times change.

  • CoachCot

    When is the last time the steelers lost a home divisional round game? 1992? They played a lot more in 3 rivers after that

  • Janet Babin

    People love him? Who loves him? I don’t. I thought he was a glory hound before it, but that national anthem stunt he pulled was it for me. Anyone who likes him for that doesn’t know the whole story, or doesn’t want to. Even this #15 ranking is being kind. He’s bottom 5 easily. Probably shouldn’t even be starting.

  • Janet Babin

    Because you’re an idiot.

  • Janet Babin

    Trade him. He’s not even close to the 15th best LT in the league. Probably 31st or 32nd.

  • Janet Babin

    He got fan votes because every WT moron voted for him. He sucks and he’s not the 15th best LT in the league. Steelers need to get rid of him.

  • Janet Babin

    #15 is being kind. He’s bottom 5.

  • heath miller

    totally agree.. should have stayed in locker room with “his team”

  • Janet Babin

    Yeah, he’s an idiot. Had to find a way to get attention and now every toothless moron voted for him to make the pro bowl even though he sucks.

  • Janet Babin

    He struggles against everyone because he sucks.

  • Janet Babin

    Less refs, more flag worshipping!

  • Jaybird

    You on the rag today or something Janice.