Guard Andy Levitre is the newest member of the Atlanta Falcons. Here are some action shots of the talented guard over the years.
Strong Start: The Bills made Levitre the first guard drafted in 2009 when they picked him in the second round (51st overall). He made a smooth tranisition to the NFL, and by providing stability at left guard, he landed a spot on the NFL's All-Rookie Team.
OSU's Finest: Levitre enjoyed a prosperous NCAA career with Oregon State. According to NFL.com, he racked up 91 knockdowns and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks as a senior, which helped OSU to a 9-4 record and 360.57 yards per game. That success earned Levitre All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly and the American Football Coaches Association and secured him a place on the First Team All-Pac-10.
Durability a Plus: Levitre hasn't missed a regular season game through six professional campaigns. Moreover, he played in all 26 Oregon State contests during his junior and senior years. Health has been a concern for the Falcons' OL, and Levitre's injury history (or lack thereof) is quite encouraging.
Proven Track Record: Based on the numbers and scouting reports, Levitre was one of the NFL's premier offensive linemen from 2011 through 2013. During those seasons, he registered the fifth-, eighth- and 13th-best Pro Football Focus ratings among qualifying guards; additionally, his OL in Buffalo allowed the fewest sacks in the league in 2011. Although 2014 didn't go well for the Titans, Levitre tallied a positive PFF grade in each of his last five appearances with Tennessee.
Frozen in History: Levitre's efforts in Buffalo helped him land a signature dessert. "Levitreland" is a strawberry cheesecake ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzels.