It was a bit of a tossup, placing offensive tackle Justin Skule just ahead of Dre Greenlaw. But there’s good reason.
Skule suddenly finds himself in a vital position, filling in for the injured veteran, Joe Staley, who is out for at least the next five weeks with a broken leg. And his task, in addition to helping open up San Francisco’s rushes to the left side of the formation, will be keeping quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s blind side safe.
The former Vanderbilt tackle, who was unrefined yet productive in college, handled himself relatively well during his first start against the Steelers in Week 3. Sure, he was flagged for penalties three times. But he only allowed one pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.
For a first-year player going up against a good Pittsburgh pass rush, that’s not terrible at all. Skule finds himself squarely at No. 4 on this list.