Offensive Tackles

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May 122012
 

 

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Updated 4/17/10 

100 Once in a decade prospect 

95-99 Elite talent 

90-95 Solid top 10 pick 

85-90 Solid first round pick 

80-85 Late 1st-early 2nd 

75-80 Solid 2nd round pick 

70-75 Solid 3rd round pick 

65-70 3rd-4th round pick 

60-65 4th-5th round pick 

55-60 5th round pick 

50-55 6th round pick 

45-50 7th round pick 

40-45 Undrafted, invite to training camp 

30-40 Career practice squader 

20-30 No NFL future 

0-20 No football future 

 

1. Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) 98

He’s got excellent footwork and good zone versatility. He has the agility, athleticism, and footwork to be an elite zone blocking left tackle, but he also has good strength, though not elite, and can take down defensive ends one-on-one. His footwork is his best attribute and he is strong as a run blocker and as a pass blocker.

2. Charles Brown (USC) 88                  

2/25/10: He needed to measure in at over 300 to get drafted in the first round and after measuring in at 303, the former blocking tight end looks like a future franchise left tackle. The Seahawks may consider him at 14. He also had 35 ¼ inch arms which is good and I think, in terms of pure footwork, he’s the best left tackle in the draft class.

A former blocking tight end, who I believe will need to weigh in at least at 300 pounds to get drafted in the first round. Very few offensive tackles ever get drafted in the 1st round at less than 300 pounds. His first weigh in will be at the Senior Bowl next week so we’ll see how he weighs in. If he can bulk up to 305-310 pounds he could be a dominant left tackle at the next level. He has amazing footwork for his age and experience in a zone style blocking scheme at USC so he is going to be one of the more coveted left tackles by teams who use zone blocking schemes. 

3. Bruce Campbell (Maryland) 87                       

2/27/10: The 6-6 314 pound left tackle just ran a 4.78. In all honesty, this barely moves him up in my book, but after running a 4.78, measuring in with 36 inch arms, jumping 38 inches, and benching 225 pounds 34 times, Campbell has been the star of the combine. He should buy his house in Oakland now because I know somewhere Al Davis just shit his diaper.

2/25/10: After measuring in at 6-6 314 with 36 ¼ inch arms and benching 225 pounds 34 times, Campbell is making his case as the most athletic NFL draft prospect. If he runs a sub 5 at the combine, Al Davis could pull the trigger on him at 8. He still has questions about inconsistency and injuries in his past, but I think he’s shedding the label of “soft.”

If scouts can look past his history of injuries, he could get drafted in the top ten, but I don’t think they will be able to, so he could slip. He’d be best fit in a zone blocking scheme and he has amazing athleticism, but I haven’t seen it brought out of him enough yet for me to consider him a top ten pick. However, that 4.95 40 at 6-7 315 could turn heads, especially Al Davis’ head, unless he can’t turn his head without it falling off.

4. Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) 86

A very athletic offensive tackle who has had some trouble with injuries in the past, but he has the ability to play both left and right tackle at the next level. He moves well for his size and has big upside, but too often gets knocked over and doesn’t use his size with good leverage.

5. Trent Williams (Oklahoma State) 81                   

2/27/10: Again, speed doesn’t mean much for offensive tackles, but his 4.82 40 at 6-5 315 shows his athleticism. I think he could still drop because of lack of a true position, but the athleticism and upside is there for him to be a left tackle in this league. 

Too much of a tweener for me to consider him as a true first round prospect, even with his good athleticism and track record of awards in college. He isn’t a good enough pass blocker at this point to be a longterm left tackle, but he’s not enough of a big mauling run blocking to be a right tackle. His best fit would probably be as a zone blocking run tackle at this point, but with his upside he could do a lot more.

6. Anthony Davis (Rutgers) 79                

3/15/10: How can I lower his stock if he didn’t do anything? Well simply that, he did nothing. He didn’t show up to his Pro Day, canceling at the last minute (Andre Smith anyone?). He needed to be in shape for his Pro Day after showing up out of shape to The Combine, but he didn’t even show up to the Pro Day, probably because he was even more out of shape. This show he lacks commitment (bailing at the last minute) and work ethic (being out of shape). Neither of those things are good for an offensive lineman. This guy might as well have BUST stamped across his forehead. The Bills would be making a colossal mistake drafting him at 9, but I would not be surprised if that happened.

2/25/10: How does a 323 pound tackle bench 225 pounds a mere 21 times. There were already questions about his work ethic coming into this week and now the Andre Smith comparisons seem to be becoming more and more accurate. The upside is there, but is anything else?

He’s that Jason Peters type left tackle, overrated against the pass, but a huge mauler against the run. He’s only 20 years old and is still inexperienced at the left tackle position and has huge upside as a pass blocker, but right now the 330 pound tackle’s best attribute is his mauling run blocking and ability to use his large frame to his advantage.

7. Jason Fox (Miami) 78

Purely a zone blocking left tackle at the next level, but he’s got good upside. He could have been a first round pick before injuries struck him late in the season. However, there are enough teams using zone blocking schemes in the NFL this year for him to get drafted early in the 2nd round unless his injuries don’t check out as fine at the combine.

 

8. Mike Johnson (Alabama) 78

He probably wouldn’t be a top 10 tackle without his ability to play guard, but he’s an amazing run blocker. He blocked for Glen Coffee in 2008 and Mark Ingram in 2009. He’s not a big mauling run blocker, but his technique is amazing and he should be drafted in the 2nd or maybe 3rd round as a right tackle or right guard.

9. Ciron Black (LSU) 76

1/30/10: Looked very sluggish, just like most of the South’s offensive line, and could not keep up with the speed hustle rushers of the North’s defensive line. He really struggled at left tackle when put there which I think rule out an hope of him playing there in the NFL, and he wasn’t physically dominant at right tackle either. On several plays, his weight seemed to get in the way of the ball carrier.

A highly decorated offensive tackle that doesn’t have the athleticism or pass blocking skills to be a left tackle longterm because he’ll be burnt too often, but his strengths against the run could get him drafted in the 2nd round as a right tackle. He may be the best pure right tackle in this draft class.

10. Adam Ulatoski (Texas) 71

A very good athlete at 6-8 310 who uses his size well to stop the pass rush, but he’s not thick enough and doesn’t play with enough leverage to be an elite run blocking tackle. He’s heavily decorated in college, but a bit of a project.

11. Kyle Calloway (Iowa) 70

One of the toughest offensive linemen in college football. He’s a guy that always brings his A game to the field and he has a phenomenal work ethic. He does have one off the field blip in terms of character, a DUI on his scooter last March, but I actually consider that a single minor isolated incident and that shouldn’t affect his stock much. As long as a player follows the law, I don’t care what he does in his spare time, as long as he’s 100% football when he needs to be. Calloway is 100% football when he needs to be, and I don’t think he’ll have any more issues with the law. He’s not much of a pass blocker, but he’s a tough gritty tenacious run blocker. He should be one of the first true right tackles off the board.

12. Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale) 68                 

2/27/10: Did not disappoint athletically running a 5.09 40, for what it matters since he’s an offensive tackle. He is one of the more intriguing small school kids and has really shown his athleticism and skills in workouts and drills this week.

One of the most athletic tackles in this draft class, with a 5.09 40 at 6-8 310. He didn’t have a high level of competition playing for Division II Hillsdale, but he was the most dominant left tackle in all of Division II from the moment he stepped on the field and he never missed a start from week 1 of his freshman year. He’s a very intriguing prospect with good upside. He looked good at the combine and is drawing a few premature comparisons to Jared Gaither

13. Roger Saffold (Indiana) 64

He showed great athleticism as a left tackle at the combine and was one of the better athletic tackles at Indiana for the last 3 years. In left tackle class that is weak in the 2nd-3rd round range, he could go as early as the 2nd round.

14. Sam Young (Notre Dame) 64

1/27/10: After measuring in at 305 pounds, 25 less than he was listed, and a very low number for someone trying to make a name for himself as a mauling right tackle, Young has been really bad in practice. His coaches have been yelling at him all week and he’s just not getting the memo.

He should have declared last year and could have been a 1st round pick as a left tackle. However, this year, he was really exposed at the left tackle position for Notre Dame as part of one of the worst offensive lines in the country. He could still be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round as a big run blocking right tackle because of his athleticism and his run blocking skills. He has good upside.

15. OT Selvish Capers (West Virginia) 63           

2/25/10: He did a good job putting on more bulk, going from 294 at the end of the season to 303 at his Senior Bowl to 308 now, but after benching 225 pounds a mere 19 times, questions about his ability to be a dominant physical tackle in the draft are still there. He also looked bad in the Senior Bowl game so his stock appears to be dropping pretty fast right now.

1/30/10: As bad as Ed Wang was, Capers might have actually been worse. He couldn’t block anything. Once the defender took out his hands, he couldn’t do anything. He let Koa Misi run straight past him, as if he didn’t even notice him, on one play that resulted in a Tim Tebow fumble. He has great athleticism at 6-5 304 with long arms and a 4.9 40, but he’s not a starting caliber offensive tackle at the next level. He seems destined to be a Raider.

1/26/10: Listed at 290 so weighing in at 304 helps. Long arms also suggest there is room to bulk.

Al Davis could fall in love with Capers and draft him in the 2nd round. He’s 6-6 290, but is projected to run a low 4.9 40. Though that doesn’t actually mean much for a tackle, it does show his athleticism. He’s very raw, but if he puts on 10 pounds, he’d be a great fit for a zone blocking scheme. He has experience in West Virginia’s run heavy offense so if he bulks up enough, he could be a solid run blocker in the NFL, in addition to being good against speed rushers. He could be a nice swing tackle, capable of playing both left and right tackle, in a zone blocking scheme.

16. Tony Washington (Abilene Christian) 61

Another athletic small school tackle with good long arms and a proven track record of success at a small school level. He looked good at the combine and could take advantage of a weak left tackle class to get himself drafted in the 3rd.

17. Zane Beadles (Utah) 58

He’s a very smart tackle who has played everything from left tackle to right tackle to guard. He should be able to play both guard positions as well as right tackle at the next level. He projects as a depth right tackle longterm, but he can provide valuable depth at several positions.

18. Mike Tepper (California) 56

An athletic left tackle who struggles a bit in pass protection. He was never dominant in college, but he should be a solid depth guy in the NFL as a swing tackle. He’s too much of a tweener to go before the 5th though. He is not strong enough as a run blocker to be a consistent starting right tackle in the league either, but the athleticism is there, though not enough to consider him a top prospect or anything like that.

19. Kyle Jolly (North Carolina) 54

A fairly standard left tackle anchor in college, but he didn’t show good athleticism at the combine so he may have to make the switch to right tackle where he wouldn’t be anything special or even really a future starting caliber prospect. 

20. Derek Hardman (Eastern Kentucky) 53

21. Ed Wang (Virginia Tech) 51

22. Chris Scott (Tennessee) 51

23. Chris Marinelli (Stanford) 50

24. Dennis Landholt (Penn State) 47

25. Andrew Tyshovntsky (Fordham) 46

26. Cole Pemberton (Colorado State) 43

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