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Aug 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the game at AT&T Stadium. Baltimore beat Dallas 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tackles: Pac-12

To protect your franchise quarterback from those edge-rushers, you need to have solid tackles. You particularly need to have those solid tackles on the left side, the blind-side of the quarterback. And when you look where your best tackles come from, you’d think the Pac-12 invented the position.

At that, USC is the main place you should look when looking for a tackle to protect your quarterback. Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is the best left tackle in the game and he comes from USC. Anthony Munoz, the best ever, is also from USC and Jonathan Ogden, the second best ever, is from UCLA.

There are a total of 16 tackles in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and six of them are from the Pac-12. And if you can believe it, six of those seven tackles come from none other than USC. So when personnel people are looking for a tackle to protect their quarterback, the NFL loves the Pac-12, especially USC.

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