2016 Season Recap The 6-6 327 lb Cam Robinson has been Alabama's starting left tackle for the past three seasons. Robinson should be an NFL starter, but I'm intrigued to see what position he plays in the NFL and how he performs at the 2017 NFL Combine.
Cam Robinson did a great job against USC. His pass blocking footwork looked like the footwork he displayed during his freshman year when he was the top offensive tackle in the country. Robinson showed more of the same elite run blocking he possessed from his sophomore season. The only mistake Robinson made against USC was a false start penalty.
Cam Robinson SWOT Report
Strengths: Cam Robinson is a natural run blocker. He has the run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and natural run blocking you want a right tackle or guard to have plus is versatile enough to play guard on either side or right tackle in the NFL. Robinson also has excellent durability and being the top tackle in the class of 2014 makes him a player who may be a potential Pro Bowler down the road if he can correct his weaknesses in the NFL. I guess you can add giving Myles Garrett the most problems on tape in 2016 a strength, but Garrett was injured in that game and both Robinson and Garrett both won their fair share of battles in the trenches when Alabama faced Texas A&M in 2016.
Robinson did end the season on a high note against Auburn, Florida, Washington, and Clemson. He deserves props for ending the season with a hot hand, but scouts won't care about his so called hot hand unless he impresses in Indianapolis for the 2017 NFL Combine while dominating Alabama's Pro Day too.
Weaknesses: Pass blocking, pass blocking strength, and pass blocking footwork are the biggest issues with Robinson. How Robinson fares with these issues at the next level will likely determine if Cam Robinson becomes an NFL blindside or weather he ends up kicking inside to guard. Robinson struggled against Garrett when healthy in 2015, Derek Barnett each of the last two seasons, as well as Kent State defensive end Terrence Waugh. Any scout who has studied Robinson will tell you his biggest weakness on the field is pass protection.
Opportunities: 20. Denver Broncos, 23. New York Giants, 33. Cleveland Browns, 34. San Francisco 49ers, and 35. Jacksonville Jaguars. Cam Robinson is a first to second round prospect. The reality is he's a second round talent, but he may get pushed into the first round due to the lack of a demand at the offensive tackle position.
Threats: Cam Robinson only has two threats that will potentially hamper his NFL career. Back in May, Robinson got arrested, but the charges were dropped. Robinson has to learn from this and keep his nose clean. The other threat is being drafted by a team that needs an immediate starter at left tackle. Most teams have done their homework on Cam Robinson and honestly the only team I could see starting him at left tackle is the New York Giants and that's assuming he beats out Ereck Flowers for the left tackle job. New York could start him at right tackle and plug Bobby Hart back inside to right guard.
Cam Robinson was the top offensive tackle in the class of 2014 coming out of high school. Robinson lined up at left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle in high school. Robinson won the starting left tackle job right away as a true freshman and dominated in his first season in pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking as a true freshman.
Robinson played like a complete left tackle as a true freshman. His pass blocking footwork wasn't as good during his sophomore season in 2015.
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 310 lb Julie'n Davenport is a freak. This guy has 36 inch arms and 10 inch hands as he projects as an NFL left tackle.
Julie'n Davenport struggled to maintain a few blocks on tape against Cornell giving up two rushes in the second quarter. He was flawless the rest of the game. Davenport dominated on tape against VMI.
Davenport has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Davenport's biggest challenge is he struggles to maintain blocks at times against some FCS teams. I think teams will look past that if Davenport gets an invite to Mobile, and dominates FBS players during the 2017 Senior Bowl.
Julie'n Davenport SWOT Report
Strengths: Julie'n Davenport has longer arms then Cam Robinson. I also like his pass blocking footwork and pass blocking better. Davenport can be a pretty complete tackle in terms of his pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking.
Weaknesses: Julie'n Davenport is a pure left tackle. He has never lined up at another position on the offensive line besides left tackle. Davenport has left tackle potential. The two things Davenport needs to refine. Let's start with his hand placement and wrap this paragraph up by reminding Davenport to hit the weight room since he does need to get stronger.
Opportunities: 35. Jacksonville Jaguars, 39. New York Jets, 41. Cincinnati Bengals, 57. Houston Texans, and 61. Green Bay Packers. The truth is there is a huge gap when it comes to the draft projection of Julie'n Davenport. There are probably one or two teams that have a first round grade on Davenport. I'd say there are 5 more that have a second round grade on him, 5 with a third round grade, 10 with a fourth round grade, and another 10 with a fifth round grade.
As far as opportunities go, I'm a huge fan of Davenport which is why I have a second round grade on him, but realistically he could go anywhere between the first and fifth round. Even though I have a second round grade on Davenport, the bottom line is he will either be a day 2 pick in the third round or a day 3 pick in the fourth round. Even if he slides past where I have him projected, I honestly see a future left tackle if a team can be patient with him.
Threats: I think the only threat to Davenport is being drafted by a team that expects him to start right away at left tackle. Lots of NFL teams with left tackles heading into the 2017 season entering contract years seem contempt with keeping their current left tackles which means the offensive tackles drafted this year will either slide over to the right tackle spot or potentially kick inside to guard.
With Davenport not having that versatility you are looking at a developmental left tackle. Davenport can develop into a Pro Bowler down the road, but whether he becomes a Ben Ijalana or Jared Veldheer type of left tackle is going to come down to to how patient a team will be with Davenport. I honestly see Veldheer with a wingspan similar to Walter Jones. Davenport doesn't have the strength Jones had, but it may be something he can develop as his career progresses.
Julie'n Davenport enters his fourth consecutive season as Bucknell's starting left tackle. Davenport took over at left tackle right away as a true freshman in 2013. He got first team honors in 2014 as a sophomore. In 2015, Davenport was named team captain of Bucknell's football team and is Bucknell's captain once again in 2016. Davenport may be an FCS player, but he also may provide better leadership than any left tackle in this draft.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin Projected Round 2nd Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 314 lb Ryan Ramczyk started for Wisconsin in 2016. There were games where Ramczyk played liek the most complete left tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft. For a while he was my top offensive tackle upon declaring.
Lots have Ramczyk as the top offensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft. There were some games on tape where he displayed some evident flaws too.
Ryan Ramczyk SWOT Report
Strengths: Ryan Ramczyk had games where he looked like a complete left tackle with no flaws on tape. Despite a lack of consistency, Ramczyk probably has the most sound technique in terms of how he performs as a blocker. Being the most NFL ready pass blocker also helps his cause for being the first offensive tackle to be drafted this April.
Weaknesses: Ramczyk needs to get stronger. He has a great frame, but has potential to have a remarkable frame if he can add 10-20 lbs of muscle.
Ryan Ramczyk places his hands too low on blocks. Davenport has trouble maintaining blocks, but that's teachable. Placing your hands too low is something that can take up to two seasons to correct. That's not something I feel optimistic about when you consider that Ramczyk is a one year starter at the FBS level who looked sloppy against quality competition like LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State.
Opportunities: 7. Los Angeles Chargers, 23. New York Giants, 26. Seattle Seahawks, 33. Cleveland Browns, and 35. Jacksonville Jaguars. I initially saw a top 20 prospect when watching Ramczyk on tape. Now I see a top 50 pick. The reality is Ramczyk will be a top 40 pick with a 40 percent bust probability so who is willing to look past that 40 percent ratio in such a thin offensive tackle class.
Threats: Ryan Ramczyk will miss the 2017 NFL Combine due to having hip surgery. Will Ramczyk recover from the hip surgery? My other question mark with Ramczyk is can he fill up that frame by getting up to 320-330 lbs without losing a step in his footwork.
These are not red flags. These are not off the field concerns like with what you got with Cam Robinson. These are mother bleeping question marks. With Ramczyk its gonna come down to whether he checks out these boxes leading up to the draft and tricks a team like the Los Angeles Chargers into wasting a top 10 pick on him or will Ryan piss off enough General Managers to fall out of the first round. That's my bottom line with Mr. Ramczyk.
I could honestly see either scenario with Ramczyk playing out leading up to April's NFL Draft. Ramczyk is a safe pick that will either be an outstanding rotational tackle like Joe Haeg the Colts current right tackle or a quality starter like Nate Solder depending on how severe the the threats and concerns are with Ramczyk. You can argue he's a first round talent at times. I don't think anyone will disagree with that, but the debate about whether he can be that player consistently is up in the air which is why I have Robinson and Davenport ahead of Ramczyk because I don't think he has the ceiling, potential, or upside those two tackles have despite being the safer pick on paper at the moment.
Ryan Ramczyk was a team captain and left tackle in High School. He played the same position at Wisconsin Stephens Point making him a pure left tackle until he redshirted in 2015 after making the decision to transfer to Wisconsin.
2016 Season Recap UCLA lost 3 starters on the offensive line. Their best blocker is the 6-8 305 lb left tackle Conor McDermott, who chose to return for his senior season at UCLA. McDermott projects as a starting left tackle in the NFL.
Conor McDermott had a one-on-one matchup for the ages against Myles Garrett. Early in this game you saw McDermott and Garrett each win half of the snaps at the line of scrimmage. McDermott had the upper hand on passing plays early in the game. McDermott and Garrett each won 4 snaps against each other in the first quarter. Garrett led 11-9 over McDermott in snaps won by halftime. Garrett led McDermott 16-12 in snaps won by the end of the third quarter. The game ended 22-16 with Myles Garrett winning six more snaps than McDermott.
McDermott showed fantastic strength against Stanford. McDermott has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be an NFL left tackle. He did a great job pushing Peter Kalambayi back on tape. McDermott will do best in a run blocking scheme. McDermott struggles with zone blocking and he plays too high at times at 6-9 310 lbs leaving his frame to be exposed at times.
Conor McDermott SWOT Report
Strengths: Conor McDermott is a two sport athlete that played power forward on his High School basketball team as well as tight end on his football team before committing to UCLA. McDermott is the best blocker in this draft when he engages with the defender by placing his hands on the opposing defender.
Another thing that works in McDermott's favor is his versatility. He struggled on the first day at left tackle. He also struggled at right tackle and then when he moved inside to left guard he dominated. McDermott was 6-7 255 lbs heading into UCLA. He added 10 lbs of muscle in each season at UCLA before graduating as a senior redshirt so McDermott deserves credit for that.
Weaknesses: While McDermott has moments where he looks like he could be the head of Donald Trump's secret service he also has moments where he gets beat by edge defenders so easily when he doesn't get hand placement on the opposing defender at the right time. McDermott has the technique of a left tackle down, but not correcting this hand placement issue may eventually convince an NFL team to move him over to right tackle or perhaps even kick him inside to guard.
Opportunities: 46. Minnesota Vikings, 57. Houston Texans, 62. Pittsburgh Steelers, 65. Cleveland Browns, and 67. Chicago Bears. I initially saw a potential first round pick back in July. You are realistically looking at a fifth round project with late second round potential.
Threats: Conor McDermott and Myles Jack got into a little fight back in 2015 at UCLA. McDermott can either explained what happened like an adult or he can pretend he's starring in NCAA Fight Club by ignoring what happened. I'm not sure if NFL Scouts are even gong to bring that up, but I have a video proving what happened on Youtube.
The reality is when a scout brings this up they are not assessing where the player should be drafted. They are assessing how McDermott will react. That's right, this is the behavior part of the NFL Combine interview.
Will he own up to what happened by taking leadership and accountability or will he throw others under the bus? This million dollar question can very easily determine if McDermott gets 7 or 8 digits on his rookie contract because his ceiling is that high when he applies himself. By that we meant whether he gets 10 million or only 2 million depending on where he slides in day 2 or day 3.
McDermott has talked about the importance of leadership when Josh Rosen got injured. When scouts interview McDermott at the 2017 NFL Combine in person that will realistically be his only window of opportunity to own up to this because if he doesn't teams can just say screw it lets drop him because he's not taking leadership lets drop him because he didn't watch tape after losing to Texas A&M.
I believe Conor McDermott can be a starting left tackle over time. At the same time, if NFL Scouts find out what I discovered on McDermott he's gonna have to make a heck of a pitch at the 2017 NFL Combine. We will find out from a mindset whether McDermott is an alpha or a beta based on how he carries himself. I am gonna give him the benefit of the doubt for now since the coaching by Mora needs to be held accountable as well, but we will see what happens leading up to draft day.
McDermott proved himself the last three seasons at UCLA. In 2013, McDermott pass blocked for Brett Hundley and did run blocking for Jonathan Franklin. In 2014 he pass protected for Brett Hundley and running back Paul Perkins. He did the same with Josh Rosen and Paul Perkins in 2015.
McDermott is an excellent pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker with tremendous footwork. I could see McDermott entering the conversation with Roderick Johnson to be the top offensive tackle drafted if he puts together a strong senior season.
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy Projected Round 3rd Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 290 lb Antonio Garcia went the entire 2016 season without allowing a sack. He gave up 1 quarterback hurry against Clemson, 1 hurry against Ohio defensive end Tarrell Basham, and 1 hurry in the 2017 Senior Bowl. Ironically all of those hurries he gave up resulted in his quarterback throwing interceptions.
Antonio Garcia SWOT Report
Strengths: Antonio Garcia is your ideal pass blocker. He has the pass blocking technique and pass blocking footwork that you covet as an NFL Scout. Heck even his run blocking and zone blocking is sound enough for him to start.
Weaknesses: When watching Garcia engage with defenders on tape he doesn't seem like someone that appears to be violent on tape. Garcia doesn't need to be violent. He just needs to be assertive and show he can use his hands in violent fashion. With his size at 6-6 290 lbs this is something more NFL scouts expect to see from Garcia moving forward, but Garcia will benefit if a team drafts him as a swing tackle to develop while he gets stronger. Garcia has been a left tackle on tape his entire career too so you are either getting a starting left tackle or a swing tackle that is a backup left tackle. I honestly think it comes down to the team that takes him and how patient they will be.
Opportunities: 57. Houston Texans, 62. Pittsburgh Steelers, 65. Cleveland Browns, 67. Chicago Bears, and 68. Jacksonville Jaguars. I think Antonio Garcia is talented enough to get drafted in the late second round. He may fall to the third round though where one team could end up with a steal at left tackle if they play their cards right.
Threats: I honestly don't see any threats with Garcia. The best part is he's a third round prospect. That may be reason enough to say he's the steal of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Antonio Garcia only allowed 3.5 sacks in his entire career at Troy from 2013 to 2015. Garcia enters his senior redshirt season as an under the radar player.
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah Projected Round 3rd Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-5 300 lb Garett Bolles is getting hyped up as a first round pick. The scary thing is I think this offensive tackle is getting so much hype, that I'm tempted to give Jeremiah Poutasi a higher grade, but he sucked. Lets dive into my Garett Bolles SWOT report before Bolles advocates give me some Bolles spit.
Garett Bolles SWOT Report
Strengths: There are times where Bolles appears to be extremely motivated on tape. The problem is you don't see this drive from Bolles consistently even though he has his moments on tape.
Weaknesses: Bolles does not seem to have the pas blocking strength that I want in a left tackle. In fact you can make a case that his pass blocking strength and footwork is worse than Ronnie Stanley's was coming out of Notre Dame. Stanley had the footwork, but lacked the strength. Stanley was 22-years-old and Bolles is 24-years-old. It's not just that Stanley had experience starting at both tackle roles at Notre Dame. Bolles on the other hand is a one-year starter at left tackle for Utah.
Opportunities: I honestly have no idea where Bolles will end up. Lots of other scouts believe he's a top 3 offensive tackle. I think he's a top 6 and I really believe teams are going to place this guy higher on boards then they should. If that's how most NFL teams really feel then I really cannot control where he goes even if I post a third round grade for him in my mock drafts.
Threats: I don't think there are any threats with Bolles. He has great character and discipline as both a football player and a person. I just think he's extremely raw and that he woin't reach this ceiling that everyone thinks he will ascend to. Bolles deserves props for being squeaky clean off the field. I just have this strange but feeling that Bolles will bust and there are at least 9 different offensive tackles on day 3 that I'd rather have so lets move on.
Garrett Bolles is a day 3 pick. He could be a day 2 pick with a strong season in 2016.
2016 Season Recap The 6-8 310 lb Storm Norton is an intriguing left tackle. Right now I have him as a day 3 pick at left tackle, but with a strong 2016 season he may move into the fourth or fifth round.
Storm Norton was awesome at left tackle in Toledo's 31-10 win over Arkansas State. Toledo had 371 passing yards and 185 rushing yards on offense. Norton did an unbelievable job blocking in this game and has gone from a seventh to a fourth round prospect after watching this one game of tape.
Storm Norton has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking srength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking to start. Norton has improved his strength footwork quite a bit in 2016, and that was one of his issues heading into this season.
Storm Norton was someone I projected as a backup left tackle in a run blocking scheme. The more I watch Norton on tape, the more I see him as the late-round gem from this draft that may be able to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL.
Storm Norton SWOT Report
Strengths: Storm Norton lined up at both offensive tackle roles. He did well against Tarell Basham on tape against Ohio. I'm still speechless over how Norton was snubbed of a Senior Bowl invite. The fact that Norton is my seventh best offensive tackle tells you how bad this class is at offesnive tackle.
Weaknesses: I don't think Norton has any weaknesses. This is the one player I really wanted to see in Mobile. Many are going to say Norton is a day 3 selection, but I really feel like Norton has a completel all around game.
Opportunities: I honestly have no idea where Norton will end up. He's a day 3 pick, but will teams see a potential starting left tackle like I do or will teams see a backup swing tackle. That's really what it comes to.
Threats: I don't think there are any threats with Norton. I'm gonna get a lot of criticism for this, but I believe Norton can be an NFL left tackle.
Storm Norton knows how to shock defensive ends around him. His pass blocking footwork needs to improve, but he does a great job mirroring rushers when the quarterback drops back to pass. Norton is an excellent run blocker and he is a huge reason for the success of running back Kareem Hunt. Norton is the guy you want if you are looking for a backup left tackle to play in a run blocking scheme in the NFL.
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh Projected Round 4th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 300 lb left tackle graduated in 2015. Binsowaty had some ups and downs in 2015. Hopefully he puts everything together for a strong 2016 season. He plays left tackle at Pittsburgh, but I'm not sure he maintains that position in the NFL.
Adam Bisnowaty created openings for James Conner. He may get pushed up from the third round to the second round due to the demand at offensive tackle. The 2016, season opener against Villanova wasn't Bisnowaty's best game because he showed a lack of strength in that game on tape, but he has been pushing defenders back on tape agianst Penn State and Oklahoma State.
Bisnowaty faces Miami FL on November 5, 2016 at Sun Life Stadium. Then Bisnowaty faces Clemson on the road. I love what I've seen from Adam Bisnowaty in terms of pass blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. I think the only area Bisnowaty can improve in is his pass blocking footwork. Sometimes he plays too aggressive to the point where he gets penalized, but you want someone that can play aggressive. Bisnowaty may be a project, but this is a guy with left tackle potential if you remain patient with him.
Adam Bisnowaty SWOT Report
Strengths: Adam Bisnowaty is versatile enough to play tackle or guard on either side of the offensive line. He is an effective pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker. Bisnowaty has the footwork of a tackle, but sometimes can showcase the foot speed that you see from a guard.
Weaknesses: Adam Bisnowaty does not display the consistency in terms of strength that you want from a blocker. You can limit how effective he is with the right combination fo rip and swim moves.
Opportunities: A team like the Balitmore Ravens where he could come in to replace Ricky Wagner or play a guard role for depth is the ideal landing spot for Adam Bisnowaty. How I feel about Pittsburgh's left tackle in the NFL does not really mean much if Ozzie Newsome isn't on the same page as me. Some people have huge concerns with Bisnowaty's strength despite his versatility.
Threats: Adam Bisnowaty has a fair chance to pan out as a potential starter. He needs to go to the right team and that franchise needs to remain patient when developing Bisnowaty.
Adam Bisnowaty played left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle at Fox Chapel High School. That versatility prepared him for a scholarship at Pittsburgh.
Adam Bisnowaty beat out T.J. Clemmings for the starting left tackle job in 2014 before Clemmings got drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. Bisnowaty did an awesome job run blocking for James Conner in 2014. He maintained his play as a run blocker in 2015.
Bisnowaty struggles to maintain blocks. He needs to improve his reaction when a defender uses a swim move. He does well with direct combat and defenders that use rip moves, but defenders that use elusiveness with their arms and swim moves give Bisnowaty problems.
2016 Season Recap The 6-7 310 lb left tackle seems like a complete left tackle when watching his tape. Brad Seaton has the ability to be a future starting left tackle despite not getting an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine.
Brad Seaton SWOT Report
Strengths: Brad Seaton can pass block, run block, and zone block. Seaton can cut block and pancake block as well.
Weaknesses: I don't see any weaknesses with Brad Seaton. He has everything you want from an NFL left tackle on tape.
Opportunities: A team like the Philadelphia Eagles where Seaton can remain close to his hometown would be good. I could also see the Steelers taking a left tackle for depth.
Threats: Previous injuries and not getting an invite to the 2017 East West Shrine Game threaten his chances at getting drafted. Seaton also did not get an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine so he's a day 3 pick at this point.
Brad Seaton is a starting left tackle that dominated on tape knocking Noah Spence to the ground in 2015. He also only played 3 games at left tackle due to injuries.
Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan Projected Round 4th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 305 lb Erik Magnuson is Michigan's right tackle. I am not sure Erik Magnuson gets drafted, but he should be a backup right tackle like his predecessor Michael Schofield if someone takes him in the seventh round. There is also a chance he ends up at right guard.
Erik Magnuson dominated as a pass blocker and as a run blocker in Michigan's season opener. Magnuson's run blocking was better than his pass blocking, but Magnuson displayed a superior performance on both passing plays and running plays for Michigan.
Erik Magnuson has improved his pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blockng footwork on tape in 2016. At the same time, Michigan has not faced anyone with NFL talent and the only team Michigan faces with NFL defensive ends this year is is Ohio State who has Tyquan Lewis and true freshman Nick Bosa.
Magnuson has played so well that he looks like a left tackle at the right tackle position. With left tackle Grant Newsome suffering a knee injury, head coach Jim Harbaugh may move Magnuson to left tackle, and if Magnuson does well there, then his stock could go up since Magnuson has experience at right guard as well as right tackle.
Erik Magnuson SWOT Report
Strengths: Erik Magnuson mainly played on the right side of the offensive line at Michigan. He's versatile enough to play right tackle or right guard. Magnuson dominated against Ilinois defensive end Dawuane Smoot. Magnuson is quick to react off the snap and has the football IQ to pass block and run block effectively at the next level.
Weaknesses: Jim Harbaugh didn't move Erik Magnuson over to left tackle when Grant Newsome suffered a knee injury even though Magnuson displayed left tackle qualities at times. That tells me enough to know he's not an NFL left tackle. Another issue with Magnuson was snap count timing. I just think defenses knew when to blitz him at the right time. I'm not too overly concerned with this.
Opportunities: The Detroit Lions drafted a few Wolverines in 2016. Magnuson would be a great role player for depth on a team like Detroit with right tackle Riley Reiff and right guard Larry Warford both set to hit Free Agency in March. Magnuson would be perfect starter for Detroit.
Threats: Magnuson's only threat is being placed on the left side on the offensive line. He's better on the right side.
Erik Magnuson has to play on the right side of the offensive line. He can play right guard or right tackle with his versatility.
Magnuson started out at right guard, but moved over to right tackle after Michael Schofield got drafted by the Denver Broncos.
Magnuson struggled to stay healthy in 2014. In one game against Northwestern he struggled to stop pass rushers as he kept missing blocks in 2015.
Right now we project Magnuson as a right tackle. It would not shock us if he did play guard in the NFL since he had to transition from left tackle in High School to right guard in College before making that permanent transition to the right side of the offensive line.
Nate Theaker, OT, Wayne State Projected Round 4th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 303 lb left tackle has incredible versatility. Nate Theaker has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking you want in a left tackle.
Nate Theaker SWOT Report
Strengths: Nate Theaker is versatile enough to play tackle or guard on either side of the offensive line. He is an effective pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker. Theaker also has a violent punch for an offensive tackle despite playing weaker competition.
Weaknesses: I don't see any weaknesses with Theaker. He had 11 starts at left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle in his career.
Opportunities: I'm not sure who will take Theaker. I think Theaker will be a day 3 pick regardless.
Threats: Nate Theaker did not have enough exposure. That was the same issue Brad Seaton of Villanova had and that puts him jeopardy of being drafted even though I have a fourth round grade on Theaker.
Nate Theaker played left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle at Wayne State. He has great strength and a natural tendency to knock down defenders when watching his tape.
Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State Projected Round 4th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-4 322 lb Justin Senior is one of the top senior right tackles in country. Senior has a chance of making the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama despite Dak Prescott leaving.
Justin Senior dominated as a run blocker in his 2016 season opener against South Alabama. Senior wasn't as effective in pass protection without Dak Prescott.
Justin Senior could become a starting right tackle if he ends up on a run heavy team in the NFL otherwise he will be a backup right tackle. Senior needs to improve in pass protection after showing the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork so far in 2016. Senior has not shown the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, or pass blocking footwork you would like to see without Dak Prescott at quarterback.
Justin Senior SWOT Report
Strengths: Justin Senior is a good run blocker. I'd say that's his main strength.
Weaknesses: Justin Senior was terrible at both left tackle and right tackle in Mobile. His footwork was a huge issue heading into this season and continued to be an issue in Mobile.
Opportunities: Where would Justin Senior play? I think he has an outside shot of going undrafted even though I have a fifth round grade on him.
Threats: A poor NFL Combine puts Senior in jeopardy of being undrafted. Senior had a horrible Senior Bowl week.
Justin Senior did a good job pass blocking for Dak Prescott at right tackle. He also did well run blocking for Josh Robinson in 2014 as a sophomore redshirt while pass blocking for Prescott in 2014 and 2015 the following season.
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State Projected Round 5th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-3 315 lb Roderick Johnson was the safest bet as to who you should draft at left tackle heading into the preseason. That has changed a lot after watching his tape.
Roderick Johnson had bad games against Ole Miss and Louisville. He finally got it together against South Florida. North Carolina defeated Florida State. I think Johnson could rebound if he keeps Miami defensive end Chad Thomas from getting to the quarterback.
Roderick Johnson SWOT Report
Strengths: Roderick Johnson entered the season as a top 5 pick. Johnson's only strength on tape is his run blocking. He did well to end the year against Taco Charlton which is something Ryan Ramczyk had problems with in Wisconsin's game against Michigan.
Weaknesses: Roderick Johnson struggles in pass protection. Florida State's early season games against Ole Miss, Louisville, and Wake Forest validate this.
Opportunities: I love the idea of Tampa Bay taking Johnson for depth at some point in the fourth round to re-unite with Winston. I could also see the Oakland Raiders taking Roderick Johnson for depth at some point on day 3 with Menelik Watson being a Free Agent.
Threats: As long as Roderick Johnson isn't inserted into a starting role right away he has a chance. Johnson was a left tackle his entire career so if he moves to a different position in the NFL, then there is a chance he will fail.
The 6-5 315 lb Roderick Johnson took Cameron Erving's job as a true freshman protecting the blindside of Jameis Winston. He has been an incredible pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker at Florida State which is a huge reason why Dalvin Cook had a career year at running back in 2015 even after losing Jameis Winston and four other offensive linemen.
Johnson continued to showcase his abilities during his sophomore year. Against Clemson he lined up at left tackle and kept Shaq Lawson from getting to Florida State's quarterback. Now Johnson enters his junior season with a chance to be the top offensive tackle drafted.
David Sharpe, OT, Florida Projected Round 5th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-5 350 lb David Sharpe should start at left tackle for Florida. Martez Ivey enters his second year at Florida and he will push Sharpe for the left tackle spot. It would not be shocking to see Sharpe move to right tackle as many NFL teams believe Sharpe has the size of a right tackle. Plus if Sharpe did well at right tackle many NFL teams would be sold on him at both offensive tackle positions.
David Sharpe did well in pass protection for Florida on Saturday. Sharpe needs to continue his outstanding play if he wants to get drafted.
David Sharpe got off to a strong start early in the season. His first test came against Derek Barnett and Tennessee. Sharpe dominated in the first half of that game, but he struggled in the second half.
David Sharpe has good pass blocking, run blocking, and run blocking strength. Sharpe needs to improve his pass blocking strength and footwork. Sharpe's footwork was sloppy on both passing and running plays. Florida only defeated Vanderbilt 13-6. Sharpe's next four games on Florida are against LSU who has Arden Key and Lewis Neal. Then Charles Harris and Missouri faces Florida. Georgia has Lorenzo Carter. Arkansas has Deatrich Wise Jr. How Sharpe does against those rushers will reveal whether Sharpe should declare or return for his senior season at Florida.
Sharpe plays left tackle at Florida. Being 6-5 350 lbs, and gaining up to 7 lbs to weigh in at 357 lbs has to concern you though, and Sharpe may be used as a right tackle in the NFL.
David Sharpe SWOT Report
Strengths: David Sharpe is a very good run blocker. He played left tackle at Florida and may project better as a right tackle in the NFL.
Weaknesses: David Sharpe is horrible in pass protection. His footwork is good enough to be a right tackle and even though he gives up quarterback hurries that is due to hand placement or engaging with an edge rusher more than it is due to contact.
Opportunities: Teams like the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs who operate run blocking schemes are ideal fits for Sharpe. I have a fourth round grade on Sharpe, but someone may take him on day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft in the third round. Heck even the New York Jets are an ideal fit for Sharpe.
Threats: Sharpe gave up a lot of sacks on tape to SEC pass rushers at defensive end and outside linebacker off the edge. As long as he is a swing tackle or gets drafted by a team that operates a run blocking scheme.
David Sharpe can pass block, run block, or zone block on tape. Sharpe started 6 games as a reserve left tackle during his freshman season. Sharpe started during his sophomore year and was great on tape in 2015 beating out Martez Ivey a 5 star recruit left tackle out of high school for the left tackle job at Florida.
Zach Banner, OT, USC Projected Round 6th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-8 361 lb Zach Banner has the versatility to play both offensive tackle roles effectively. At the same time, his weight may force him over to right tackle. Banner fatigues easily so he may be a backup swing tackle in the NFL.
Zach Banner gave up a sack on fourth down against Alabama. Banner also only helped USC get 64 rushing yards. Banner was really limited in this game and struggled immensely against Alabama.
Banner looked so good last year at left tackle against Wisconsin, that I thought he had first round potential. Banner is now up to 360 lbs and his footwork has regressed. Banner has issues controlling his weight.
Zach Banner SWOT Report
Strengths: Zach Banner is a gritty run blocker. Banner has lined up at both left tackle and right tackle and is extremely durable.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent footwork is one issue. Controlling his weight is the other issue.
Opportunities: I see Zach Banner on a team like the Denver Broncos for depth. Banner will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: A poor NFL Combine puts Senior in jeopardy of being undrafted. Banner had ups and downs during Senior Bowl week.
I watched Zach Banner's tape against Wisconsin when he was 6-9 350 lbs. Banner displayed exceptional footwork for a big man at 350. He possesses the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking to be an NFL left tackle. Tyron Smith was a right tackle only at USC, but he had left tackle ability in the NFL. I felt the exact same way about Zach Banner when first watching him against Wisconsin.
Banner's biggest question is handling his weight. Banner fatigues pretty easily so that is another concern with him. While he dominated against Wisconsin, he got fatigued on two different drives in the first and third quarter against Washington due to his weight. He is up to 360 lbs heading into 2016 and that cannot be good sign even if his footwork is that exceptional on tape.
Chad Wheeler, OT, USC Projected Round 6th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-6 310 lb Chad Wheeler can be an effective left tackle when healthy. Durability and pass blocking footwork makes me believe he will be a backup.
Chad Wheeler did not play against Alabama. Wheeler was 280 lbs, but added 30 lbs of muscle in the offseason despite missing the game against Alabama.
Wheeler came back. His durability concerns, possible character concerns, and terrible pass blocking footwork make him an NFL backup.
Chad Wheeler SWOT Report
Strengths: Chad Wheeler has good size. He added 30 lbs of muscle heading into 2016.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent footwork is one issue. His pass blocking footwork is an issue.
Opportunities: I am not sure where Chad Wheeler goes. Wheeler will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: A poor NFL Combine puts Wheeler in jeopardy of being undrafted. Wheeler has durability and character concerns which pose a threat to him being drafted.
Chad Wheeler had 3 knee injuries in three years at USC. Wheeler can be a borderline NFL starter if he's healthy, but his inability to stay healthy leads me to believe he's a backup in the NFL. I'd also like to see Wheeler get stronger.
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas Projected Round 7th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-10 319 lb Dan Skipper is a freak. This guy knows how to push starting left ends back and is a natural run blocker. I see him developing into a starting right tackle in the NFL.
Dan Skipper did a solid job pass blocking and run blocking against Louisiana Tech. His pass blocking allowed Arkansas's quarterback to throw for 191 passing yards. Skipper continued to show the same dominant run blocking he displayed on tape the last few years.
Dan Skipper struggled against Josh Carraway and TCU. He made the transition to left tackle though and played better against Myles Garrett then Conor McDermott showing the footwork teams covet in an offensive tackle.
Skipper showed he has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork. Skipper is too big to succeed in a zone blocking scheme. He will thrive though if he goes to a power blocking team. We saw this guy struggle against TCU, but dominate as a left tackle against A&M using a cut block to injure Myles Garrett. Garrett still pressured Arkansas's quarterback and dominated in running situations, but Skipper kept Garrett from hitting the opposing quarterback. How Skipper performs against Alabama pass rushers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson will tell if Skipper is a second or third round pick. I expect Skipper to be a day 2 pick at this point.
Dan Skipper SWOT Report
Strengths: Dan Skipper has games where he looks like a starting left tackle. He also has games where he looks like a swing tackle for depth.
Weaknesses: Skipper has trouble engaging defenders. He does everything in terms of blocking well, but maintaining blocks is a huge issue for Skipper.
Opportunities: I am not sure where Dan Skipper goes. Skipper will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: Dan Skipper struggled at his 2017 East West Shrine game. That leads me to believe he's a seventh round pick barring a poor performance at the 2017 NFL Combine.
Dan Skipper did a phenomenal job run blocking for Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams the past three years at Arkansas. I like his pass blocking and zone blocking overall. He could improve in pass blocking footwork, but if he wants to play right tackle rather than left tackle in the NFL, then I think you can look past that since Skipper is such a tremendous run blocker.
2016 Season Recap The 6-5 305 lb Avery Gennesy seems like a blue chip left tackle. The junior for Texas A&M may end up declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Gennesy, like Johnson projects as a starting left tackle in the NFL.
Avery Gennesy had ups and downs against UCLA. He got injured in the second half against UCLA and struggled the rest of the season.
Gennesy recovered. He used his pass blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking, and run blocking strength to dominate against Deatrich Wise Jr. Gennesy is much stronger than last year when he got pushed back against Alabama. Gennesy's footwork isn't as sharp as last year so that could be a concern down the road. Gennesy is probably a day 3 pick.
Avery Gennesy SWOT Report
Strengths: Avery Gennesy has games where he looks like a starting left tackle. He also has games where he looks like a swing tackle for depth.
Weaknesses: Needs to still get stronger despite improving his strength. Struggles with his knee bend.
Opportunities: I am not sure where Avery Gennesy goes. Gennesy will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: Avery Gennesy struggled at his 2017 East West Shrine game. That leads me to believe he's a seventh round pick barring a poor performance at the 2017 NFL Combine.
Avery Gennesy took over for Cedric Ogbuhei at left tackle in 2015 after Ogbuhei was a first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Texas A&M has a great track record for developing first round offensive tackles. Gennesy beat out Germain Ifedi for the left tackle job at Texas A&M and that's why I am high on him.
Gennesy showed he can pass block, run block, and zone block against Auburn. His worst game came against Alabama where Texas A&M surrendered 6 sacks. The promise behind Gennesy is that he only surrendered 1 of those 6 sacks, but he still got pushed back a bit and let the defender get by him for two separate quarterback hurries. I am sold on Gennesy as a first round offensive tackle if he declares for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Gennesy may have to move to right tackle if his footowrk does not improve. Gennesy is not one of these players that has experience on both sides of the offensive line. Gennesy is a pure left tackle.
Jon Heck, OT, North Carolina Projected Round 7th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-7 300 lb Jon Heck is a fantastic right tackle. Heck knows how to run block for Elijah Hood. He is an okay pass blocker, but has the footwork for a run blocker. He won't succeed unless he's a right tackle.
Jon Heck did a much better job run blocking against Georgia then he did in pass protection. That doesn't surprise me since Heck is known for his run blocking.
Jon Heck has the size to be a run blocker and has good run blocking strength. He's an okay pass blocker, but Heck failed to showcase the strength or footwork an offensive tackle needs against Florida State defensive end Demarcus Walker. Heck gave up a safety on the first play of the game against Pittsburgh the week before he faced Florida State and Heck also gave up a sack and a tackle for a loss in his game against Florida State. Heck played like a backup throughout the season dropping from a third to seventh round prospect.
Jon Heck SWOT Report
Strengths: Jon Heck is a great run blocker. His technique for a pass blocker is alright.
Weaknesses: Jon Heck needs to improve hiss pass blocking strength. Also has the pass blocking footwork of a guard which leads to a lot of missed blocks. Struggles with his knee bend.
Opportunities: I am not sure where Jon Heck goes. Heck will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: Jon Heck missed some games in 2016 with injuries. Heck needs to make a full recovery if he wants to avoid going undrafted.
Jon Heck redshirted in 2012. He's started at right tackle every year for North Carolina since then.
Andreas Knappe, OT, Connecticut Projected Round 7th Round
2016 Season Recap The 6-8 325 lb Andreas Knappe enters his third season as Connecticut's starting right tackle. He projects as a run blocking right tackle in the NFL.
Andreas Knappe has the run blocking, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to push defenders back 5 yards on running plays. Knappe has trouble shuffling his feet on passing situations to the point where Connecticut's quarterback is calling option plays where he scrambles instead of reading progressions to save face.
Knappe can be a starting right tackle if he corrects his issues in the passing game. Knappe has the body and size to move inside to guard, but does Knappe possess the versatility.
Andreas Knappe SWOT Report
Strengths: Andreas Knappe is a great run blocker. Knappe possesses the run blocking strength and run blocking footwork to dominate at right tackle.
Weaknesses: Andreas Knappe is horrendous with his pass blocking, pass blocking footwork, and pass blocking strength. That limits him severely.
Opportunities: I am not sure where Andreas Knappe goes. Knappe will be a day 3 pick.
Threats: Andreas Knappe seems like a one dimensional offensive tackle. That makes him potentially an undrafted prospect.
Andreas Knappe became Connecticut's starting right tackle in 2014. He started all 13 games in 2015. Knappe needs to correct his pass protection, but he's an awesome run blocker on tape.