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Be The GM: Clady vs. Asomugha
Authored by Andrew Perna - 3rd September, 2009 - 9:31 am

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The second round is winding down. The Elite Eight will kick off on Monday, which means that there are just three matchups remaining in the round of sixteen.

Thursday's tilt pits Broncos tackle Ryan Clady against Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha.

How They Got Here

Both Clady and Asomugha were victorious in close first-round battles. Clady topped Dwyane Bowe with 60% of the vote in their matchup, while Asomugha inched past Philip Rivers with 58%.

Why Clady Is A Franchise Player

Many felt as though Clady would need a good amount of seasoning before he reached an elite level with the Broncos, but he got there almost immediately in his rookie season. Before I go on, I can't ignore the irony in the fact that he went from playing for the Broncos in college to playing for the Broncos in the pros.

Clady is already considered to be among the best offensive tackles in the NFL, and was named to the league's All-Pro Second Team after his rookie campaign.

He allowed less than a full sack in 2008, finishing behind Matt Ryan and Chris Johnson in the voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He can make an entire line better, and helped do just that in Denver.

Why Asomugha Is A Franchise Player

Asomugha is the best cornerback in the game today, but his statistics aren't eye-opening because so few quarterbacks dare to test him. He intercepted eight passes and recorded 19 pass deflections in 2006, but has just two picks since due to a lack of chances.

His abilities aren't limited to defending the pass either. He's strong in run support, allowing him to maintain strong tackle totals despite the small amount of balls he sees thrown to his side of the field.

He has been featured in a few national stories, on both television and in print, raising his popularity this summer. Oakland could use a strong leader, especially one that has a strong head on his shoulders, and Asomugha is perfect for the role.



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Andrew Perna is Deputy Editor of RealGM.com and co-host of RealGM's Radio Show. Please feel free to contact him with comments or questions via e-mail: Andrew.Perna@RealGM.com