This week's installment of ESPN.com's positional power rankings was quiet for the NFC North. None of our left tackles were ranked among the top 10.
Two received votes: Chad Clifton of the Green Bay Packers and Jeff Backus of the Detroit Lions. Clifton appeared on three ballots, ranking as high as No. 6 for AFC West colleague Bill Williamson. Backus appeared on one ballot, the one submitted by yours truly.
In making that distinction, I stayed consistent with the February discussion that ranked Backus over Clifton for our 2010 All-NFC North team. Whether Backus deserved to be among the top 10 is a fair debate, but I looked at the group and saw a pretty significant drop-off after the top five or six. To me, Backus was as deserving as any other candidate for a spot in the bottom third of the vote.