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 In a draft in which the offensive talent is lagging behind the defensive talent, someone forgot to tell the offensive tackles. Boasting two elite prospects , and potentially six total first round picks, this year’s tackle class offers depth as well as talent. Teams that need left tackles should have strong options anywhere in the top 50 while teams that need right tackles will be able to choose from talented players in the early part of the third round. The center and guard positions are not as strong but do have some strong candidates at the top. WHile a first round guard or center seems unlikely the top center, Ryan Kelley, and the top two guards should all be off the board by the mid second round. Here is a list of the top prospects at offensive line in this draft

  1. Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss. Tunsil is the cream of the crop at tackle this year, which is no small feat. Tunsil would be a top 5 prospect in any recent year. He shows a versatile skill set along with good size and should be a long term player and potential Pro=Bowler.

  2. Ronnie Stanley, LT/RT, Notre Dame. Stanley has the unfortunate timing of coming out in the same year as TUnsil or he would be a top 5 pick, and teh frst offensive lineman drafted. As it stands he projects well to either position but should eventually settle into a left tackle position for a long and productive career. He won’t make it past 7-8 overall.

  3. Taylor Decker, LT/RT, Ohio State. Decker offers prototype size and athleticism to play either tackle position in the NFL. Currently he appears to be best suited for a right sde role but his talent and potential at left tackle is undeniable. He’ll go top 15.

  4. Jack Conklin, RT, Michigan State Conklin is a huge physical mauler that can be a dominating force in the running game. He’s somewhat of a liability in pass protection, but most rookies are. If a team picking in the 10-15 area needs a right tackle expect him to be selected over Decker. Either way both figure to be off the board by the 15th pick.

  5. Shon Coleman LT, Auburn. Coleman is a cancer survivor who has the size and athleticism teams covet at left tackle. It’s not inconceivable that he will be asked to spend a year at guard, or right tackle, in order to ease him in. He does have an injury history but his talent is too good to look past and he should settle nicely into a starting job. Due to his age and injury history Coleman will likely go lower than where he should (top 25) but expect him to be off the board in the top 40 picks.

  6. Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana. Spriggs is an athletic and quick left tackle prospect that will need to add more weight and strength. As of now he is quick enough to start but he might not hold up well against stronger bull rusher types. With more teams moving towards a 3-4 defense, however, Spriggs finds his value maximized.  He should be taken in the top 35 picks.

  7. Germani Ifedi, RT, Texas A&M. Ifedi is more athletic than he is strong but he has good growth potential. He’ll need a year or two on the bench r at guard to add strength and improve his technique but he is a very good prospect at RT, with some potential for left tackle. Ifedi should be selected by the 40th pick.

  8. John Theus, RT/LT, Georgia. Theus played on the left side at Georgia but projects as a right side tackle in the NFL. He is big and strong but limited athletically He does, however, display good fundamental technique which allows him to excel in pass blocking situations by being in proper position. Theus should be selected before the end of the second round.

Honorable Mentions: Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech; Gerald Hawkins, LSU; Kyle Murphy Stanford

Interior Linemen:

  1. Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State. Whitehair spent two seasons playing tackle, well, for the Wildcats but is a natural guard in the NFL. He was among the biggest winners during Senior Bowl practices and solidified himself as the best interior linemen in this draft class. He is likely a top 40 pick.

  2. Ryan Kelley, C, Alabama. Kelley is a long time starter for the Crimson Tide who excelled in consistent and intelligent play. Although he plays a physical brand of football he can add some functional playing strength but he’ll be able to start immediately. Top 45 pick.

  3. Vadal Alexander OG/OT, LSU. Alexander is a physical specimen that simply needs to add some technique to his game. As a tackle prospect he has potential but as a guard prospect he has Pro-Bowl potential. His positional versatility will help him get drafted in the top 45 pick.

Honorable Mentions: Joshua Garnett, Stanford; CHristian Westerman, Arizona State

Sleeper: Avery Young, OT/OG, Auburn

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