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1) Eric Fisher (6-7/306)
Fisher arrived at Central Michigan as a 250-pound tight end. Like Joe Staley before him he transitioned to the left tackle position and added 56-pounds. This is a tall, agile and athletically gifted prototype left tackle with still lots of room to grow and develop. Fisher gets out of his stance so well, he can really bend and move and he’s very long. Fisher hasn’t been tested competition wise like Luke Joeckel but appears to have a higher ceiling.
2) Luke Joeckel (6-6/306)
Joeckel is leaving A&M early. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top offensive linemen. Joeckel started all 39 of his games for the Aggies. He's your prototype left tackle that’s long with great feet. Joeckel's pass pro is ahead of his run blocking. Still needs to work on bulking up and getting stronger. He may be the safest play of all the offensive tackles but I believe Fisher and perhaps Johnson have more upside. Those two are just a little more athletic.
3) Lane Johnson (6-6/303)
Johnson started 23 times at right tackle and then left tackle for the Sooners after coming over from Kilgore College, where he first played quarterback then tight end. He came to OU as a defensive end before moving over to offensive tackle. Johnson had a very good week at the Senior Bowl and blew everyway away at the NFL Combine, running a 4.72 forty. He’s not quite as far along as Joeckel and Fisher but he has some serious upside. Johnson’s best days are ahead of him.
4) D.J. Fluker (6-4.5/339)
Fluker is a massive right offensive tackle. He was a starter in Tuscaloosa the past two seasons. Fluker is a powerful OL with massive 10.5"hands and 36 3/4" arms. He’s very adept at sealing off and collapsing the edge in run game. Despite his size can bend and move and get to the second level. Fluker does need to continue to work on his pass pro skills. Fluker has a bright future at right tackle but may project even higher on the inside at guard.
5) Menelik Watson (6-5/310)
Watson is the feel good story of this draft. From Manchester, England and growing up in a tough environment, he escaped the streets and found his love in sports. He went from soccer, to boxing, and then to basketball, earning a scholarship to Marist College in the States. Watson next wanted to try football and Saddleback College in Calif. gave him a shot. From there he earned a scholarship to FSU and now he's on the brink of being one of the first OTs taken in the draft. It's an amazing story. This is a raw tackle with super ability. He has great feet, a big and long frame and he soaks up coaching like a sponge.
6) Justin Pugh (6-4/307)
Pugh is a throwback offensive lineman. He's a versatile and nasty prospect that can play right tackle or move inside to offensive guard. Pugh plays with an intense attitude. It’s tough to beat this kid on two consecutive plays because he’s such a competitor. He was a three-year starter for the Orange and was first team All-Big East the last two seasons. Pugh can be a versatile, swing lineman for in the NFL.
7) Terron Armstead (6-4.5/306)
A big reason why Armstead went to Pine Bluff is that they agreed to let him participate in track and field. There, he was an eight time champion and shot put record holder in the SWAC. Armstead stunned the NFL Combine running a 4.71 forty at 306-pounds. He also had a vertical jump of 34", and did 31 reps on the bench press. This is a kid who's a super athletic, has tremendous feet and a lot of raw ability. Armstead needs to work on technique and put it all together. There’s no question he has all the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t get out of the second round. He has had quite a right over the last few months.
8) David Bakhtiari (6-4/299)
Bakhtiari has started 35 of his last 36 games, first at right tackle before moving over to the left side. He plays with excellent balance and has quality footwork. Bakhtiari is aggressive and plays with a nice mean streak. He has good quickness off the ball and the athletic ability to pass pro against smaller, quicker defensive ends. The big question for Bakhtiari is does he really have the size to play tackle in the NFL or will he have to slide inside and become a guard?
9) Chris Faulk (6-5/331)
Faulk sustained a torn ACL in the season opener last fall. He did participate in position drills at LSU’s pro day last month. When he was healthy Faulk was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects in college football. Faulk makes things looks easy and very natural, almost like he doesn’t have to give much of an effort to be effective. This is a fluid big athlete with long arms and very good feet. Faulk is equally has good in pass pro as run blocking. If healthy someone will get a bargain with this future tackle. He’s probably a right tackle but it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him have a long career on the left side.
10) Jordan Mills (6-5/316)
Mills is a guy slated to play tackle, most likely right over left. The big question is does he have the footwork and athletic ability to play on the blind side on Sundays? Mills has good size and strength and plays with an outstanding motor. At times he seems overly aggressive rather than playing with more patience. That gets him off balance which leads to mistakes. But when he’s on point and plays within himself, this is a very adept run blocker and pass protector.
11) Brennan Williams (6-6/318)
Williams is another long and big bodied tackle with a very bright future. He gets off the ball well and shows good feet in both pass pro and run blocking. He’s strong and uses his hands. Williams gets by on a lot of natural ability and he needs to find tune the technique part of his game. That’s going to be the difference on what time of career he will have in professional football
12) David Quessenberry (6-4.5/302)
San Jose State
Quessenberry is a kid with a lot of talent. He’s a quick and long 6-foot-4 or so offensive tackle. He moves well and is very good in pass protection. Quessenberry is solid in the run blocking game. This is a kid that typically gives a nice effort on each down and plays with a great motor. If there’s a knock to his game it’s his strength. To be that guy in the NFL he will have to bulk up in the upper and lower body.
13) Xavier Nixon (6-5/321)
Nixon has to be considered one of the better athletes at the tackle position in this draft class but he failed to put it all together in Gainesville. He was one of the most sought after offensive recruits when he came out of high school. Nixon fights with inconsistency. He played a ton for the Gators and became a better player but still never reached his potential. At this point Nixon seems better in the run game than on pass protection.
14) Ricky Wagner (6-6/308)
There’s more to Wagner than meets the eye. This is a kid that could have played college basketball but he found his calling on the gridiron. Like your typical Badger offensive linemen he’s very adept in the run game. Wagner is quick off the ball and is strong at the point of attack. He’s solid in pass pro but can get beat with speed edge guys. He had a little trouble with those types of players at the Senior Bowl.
15) Oday Aboushi (6-5/308)
Aboushi will be a right tackle or offensive guard in the NFL. He has good size and frame but will likely struggle against the bigger, quicker, faster animal that is an NFL defensive end. He’s a good run blocker that’s strong at the point of attack and uses his hands and can punch well. He’s solid in pass pro but does he have the agility and balance to stay in front of the NFL ends?
NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Rankings, Part Two
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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't parallel the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.