Offensive line issues are one of the most prevalent issues in the NFL. A good offensive line exponentially increases a team's ability to win on the road while a bad one limits the playcalls available to the coordinator. Left tackle has long been seen as one of the four premium positions on an NFL roster and this years class is very rich in top tackle talent. With so many teams in need of better offensive line play we could see five or six tackles selected in round one, and at least one interior lineman. Here's my current lit of the top ten offensive line prospects.
Andrew Thomas, Georgia - Thomas is the premiere left tackle in this class and is likely to be in contention to be the first non quarterback taken. Though not a finished priduct, Thomas has the size, length, athleticism, and strength to excel at left tackle for the next decade. He'll be a top 5 choice.
Tristan Wirfs, Iowa - The Iowa product figures to be the next great tackle from Kirk Frerentz's program to enter the NFL. He'll play right tackle in the NFL, and like Thomas, can settle in as a decades long starter with Pro Bowl potential from day one. He'll be a top ten pick.
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama - Leatherwood's best position might be inside or on the right side of the line but his position versatility will help him because his floor will be higher than other tackles that do not have the ability to kick inside. Leatherwood is a workmanlike blue collar tackle who will likely never make the Pro Bowl but will also never make the kinds of mistakes that will hurt his team. He's a top twenty pick.
Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn - The Auburn tackle is a superior athlete that is still raw in his technique and consistency. He will play too high on occasion but his natural strength and balance will make him an intriguing candidate to many NFL teams. As a developmental prospect, he's got the potential to rise into the teens but I expect him to go in the latter third of round one.
Trey Adams, Washington - Adams would have been a first round choice last season had he not gotten injured and mised most of the 2018 campaign. He is tall and long and generally plays with goot balance. As it stands not he still looks like a first round choice with the ability to play either tackle spot. I give him a late first round grade but he might fall into the early second round.
Austin Jackson, USC - Jackson has everything you want from a left tackle except a nasty streak. His size and length will allow him to seal the edge and he has the footspeed to get to the second level. He needs to finish his blocks more frequently and could probably get stronger but he has the look of an NFL tackle for sure. Top forty selection.
Jedrick Willis, Alabama - Willis is shooting up boards but probably benefits from his uniform more than anything else. He'll have his hands full this weekend against an Auburn front seven that will be the best he's seen all year. If he declares someone will take a shot on him. Even though I have him with a third round grade he'll be a second round choice.
Tyler Biadsz, Wisconsin - Biadsz plays with both strength and speed. As a center he has an ability to get to the second level and could even be used to pull outside, which is a rare ability in a center. He looks like the total package and as the only interior lineman with a first round grade he should go in the top twenty five selections.
Trey Smith, Tennessee - Smith could probably use another year to develop further but he has some position versatility and that will help him make the transition. I see him as a guard in the NFL but he needs to play heavier and nastier to reach his full potential. If he stays at Tennessee another year he'll have a shot at being a first round pick. As it stands now he looks like a second round selection.
Alaric Jackson, Iowa - Jackson played left tackle at Iowa but he has trouble sealing the edge. He could move over to right tackle but he has the abilities that teams covet in a guard and that appears to be his best pro position. He carries a late second or early third round grade.
NFL Teams Likely To Target Offensive Line Help
Miami, Buffalo, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals