Sometimes you get to step away from the serious nature of the NFL on a week-to-week basis and write a story which has doesn’t have a serious leg to stand on. Before you read any further, know this is one of those articles.
If you haven’t noticed, and judging by pageviews you haven’t (hopefully you get the Major League reference), throughout the regular season SB Nation has given us editors a theme week article to do every Wednesday. Some have been of the serious variety (which player is your mid-season MVP), but this one is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
“Which offensive lineman would be the best skill position player?”
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, this isn’t an easy question to answer. The team’s offensive line is brimming with athletic players who could find a role at some skill position. Well, let me take that back, I’m going to immediately throw Ramon Foster out of the mix. Foster just isn’t as athletic as the other linemen, and I’ve seen him throw a football (yikes!).
So that leaves Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert.
Gilbert is the next to go...the dude just can’t stay healthy.
Between DeCastro and Pouncey, Pouncey might be the superior athlete, in regards to speed and overall ability, but DeCastro just has the mean streak you would want in a running back. However, either one of these players trying to catch the football might be cringe-worthy.
That leaves Villanueva, and if you read the headline of this article, clicked on it, and have read this far (not holding my breath), then you would know Villanueva is my choice.
Playing left tackle in the NFL requires a lot of athleticism, footwork and skill, but Big Al also has a background as a skill position player. While at West Point he was a giant tight end, and upon returning from his tours in Afghanistan, he was picked up by the Eagles to be a defensive lineman.
Has experience at a high level at a skill position, has played multiple positions and currently resides in a position which requires a high level of athleticism. Villanueva gets my pick no doubt!
While some of you will head straight to the comment section to bash this article, the idea and SB Nation for having all the NFL websites do this...please save us all the time and move on to the next article on the website. BUT, if you would like to have some fun and debate which linemen would be the best skill position player, you know how to do so in the comment section below.
This is what makes our community great, being able to step away from the heavy topics, and just having some fun.
HERE WE GO!