I fully expect to see a quick run on the offensive tackle position in this year's player draft. With Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe and Baylor's Jason Smith virtually a lock to be among the top six selections, expect clubs with a left tackle need to possibly reach for a lesser player early to avoid being shut out at this highly critical position.
Monroe is without question a very impressive athlete and player. He gets movement inline and was very effective at the second level. I really liked the way he fit on blocks and ability to adjust on the move. On pass protection, I really liked his feel, hand use to lock out on big defenders and anchor inside. He smart and although he doesn't appear to be a nasty, step on your fingers type, I love his playing character.
Jason Smith is a nasty individual and a solid left tackle prospect, but I just don't believe he showed the overall playing consistency of Monroe nor is he as effective within the running game.
Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher certainly has an interesting rags to riches background and is I might add a very efficient pass protector, but a number of respected talent scouts have related to me that something appears to be missing in this players game. I had the opportunity to view Michael on three occasions in 2008, and quite frankly saw a near complete football player.
Arizona junior tackle Eben Britten, Oklahoma giant Phil Loadholt and Connecticut's William Beatty are all highly rated tackle prospects, but I felt each were incomplete and I would seriously question their chances of playing on the left side.
|4||Meredith, Jamon||So Carolina||6045v||304v||5.03v||1.27|
|7||Cadogan, Gerald||Penn St||6051v||309v||5.08v||1.39|
|9||Gardner, Andrew||Georgia Tech||6064v||304v||5.03v||1.44|
|13||Parrish, Augustus||Kent St||6040v||302v||5.38v||1.55|
|14||Brewster, Robert||Ball St||6042v||325v||5.32v||1.61|
|15||Boone, Alex||Ohio St||6072v||328v||5.17v||1.63|
|Nguti, Raphael||Albany St (GA)||6062v||337v||5.62v||1.90|
|Ashcroft, Jeremy||Arkansas Tech||6061v||331v||5.56v||1.90|
|Hartline, Andrew||C. Michigan||6043v||297v||4.96v||1.90|
|Link, Kyle||McNeese St||6053v||305v||5.57v||1.90|
|Reynolds, Garrett||North Carolina||6075v||309v||5.45v||1.90|
|McKee, Ryan||So Mississippi||6063v||296v||5.13v||1.90|
|Lewis, Cornelius||Tennessee St||6034v||332v||5.32v||1.90|
|Vanden Heuvel, Eric||Wisconsin||6075v||326v||5.33v||1.90|
|Allen, Samuel||Grand Valley||6043v||293v||4.98v||1.90|
|Brown, Patrick||C Florida||6051v||294v||5.18v||1.90|