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New York Life Protection Index - NFL Draft In the upcoming 2011 Draft, general managers may want to bypass taking the more popular skill position players and select an offensive lineman. A study of the New York Life Protection Index shows that investing a top draft pick in the O-line can provide a rich pay-off in the win column. In fact, since 2006, more than 60 percent of teams (14 of 23) that drafted an offensive lineman in the first round and had him start 10 games increased their New York Life Protection Index, with 64 percent of those teams registering double-digit improvements. Below is a list of all offensive linemen drafted in the first round since 2006, and the change they had on their team's Protection Index ranking in the following season.

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New York Life Protection Index Analysis
2010Was14Trent WilliamsT13  12.3
2010Sea16Russell OkungT10  2.7
2010SF111Anthony DavisT16  -6.9
2010SF117Mike IupatiG16  -6.9
2010Pit118Maurkice PounceyC16  -3.0
2010GB123Bryan BulagaT12  13.9
2009StL12Jason SmithT5  -7.5
2009Cin16Andre SmithT1  12.3
2009Jac18Eugene MonroeT13  1.6
2009Cle121Alex MackC16  -1.6
2009Bal123Michael OherT16  3.5
2009Buf128Eric WoodG10  -24.6
2008Mia11Jake LongT16  8.4
2008Den112Ryan CladyT16  24.2
2008Chi114Chris WilliamsT0  11.9
2008KC115Branden AlbertT15  16.4
2008Det117Gosder CherilusT13  -11.6
2008Car119Jeff OtahT12  7.1
2008Atl121Sam BakerT5  21.1
2008Hou126Duane BrownT16  -5.7
2007Cle13Joe ThomasT16  42.8
2007Ari15Levi BrownT11  11.6
2007SF128Joe StaleyT16  -2.1
2007Bal129Ben GrubbsG12  -9.8
2006NYJ14D'Brickashaw FergusonT16  29.9
2006TB123Davin JosephG12  10.9
2006NYJ129Nick MangoldC16  29.9