David DeCastro*, G, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 312. Projected 40 Time: 5.14. Projected Round (2012): 1. 12/13/11: DeCastro has been a dominant force this season. A fabulous run blocker, he shoves defensive linemen around at the line of scrimmage and gets to the second level of the defense to hit blocks on linebackers. DeCastro pulls extremely well and hits linebackers on the run. He also is an excellent pass blocker. In limited plays against standout Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu, the best tackle he faced this season, DeCastro beat him and opened up holes for the Cardinal running backs. He also stonewalled a Ta'amu bull rush. DeCastro is an elite guard with big potential for the next level.
8/20/11: David DeCastro is an experienced starter who is a second-team All-American entering the 2011 season. He is a strong run blocker. Stanford averaged 213.8 rush yards per game with him paving the way at right guard. DeCastro also is a good pass blocker and was an All-Pac-10 first-teamer as a sophomore. This is his third season as a starter and he has been a team leader. It wouldn't be surprising if DeCastro declares for the draft.
Cordy Glenn*, G, Georgia
Height: 6-5. Weight: 330. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 12/13/11: In many games this regular season, Glenn was dominant. He has power, quick feet and long arms to make him a balanced blocker. Glenn had no problem opening holes in the ground game, and generally is a good pass protector. In the first game of the year, he had a disaster of a game. Boise State's Shea McClellin and the rest of the Broncos defensive line had their way with him as Glenn allowed multiple hits on the quarterback. He gave up a few sacks along with getting flagged multiple times. Glenn battled against South Carolina, Florida and LSU. He got beat on some plays and also had a good share of wins. If Glenn returns for his senior year and plays well, he could make the case to stay at left tackle.
8/20/11: Cordy Glenn broke into the starting lineup as a freshman in 2008 with 10 starts. In 2009, he started nine games between right and left guard. Glenn also started four games at left tackle due to injuries along the Georgia offensive line. Last year, he found a home and started 13 games at left guard. Glenn is a powerful run blocker who moves well and is solid pass protector. He is a massive linemen qho would fit well in a power man blocking scheme.
Kelechi Osemele, OT/G, Iowa State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 347. Projected 40 Time: 5.36. Projected Round (2012): 2. 12/13/11: Osemele is putting together an excellent season. Iowa State has him at left tackle and he has played well there. Osemele is a very good athlete for his size with the ability to slide and mirror pass rushers. He has long arms, quick feet and carries his weight well. Matching up against Oklahoma's Frank Alexander, Osmele held him without a sack. He has the power to run defenders over in the ground game.
8/20/11: Kelechi Osemele projects to guard or maybe right tackle in the NFL, but his best fit would probably be at guard. He is a powerful run blocker who also is a very good athlete for his size. The 6-foot-6, 347-pounder is road grader that will fit a power ground game. Osemele is not great fit for a zone-blocking offense and is better in a power man scheme. For his size, he has surprisingly quick feet, and is a solid pass blocker. Osemele enters the season as the top guard with a first-round grade.
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 312. Projected 40 Time: 5.21. Projected Round (2012): 2. 12/13/11: Zeitler has done a fabulous job paving the way for running back Montee Ball this year. Zeitler is strong at the point of attack and has no issues blasting open running lanes. He has more mobility and athletic ability than one might think. Zeitler does a good job of hitting blocks on the second level and in the open field on screen passes. He has also done an excellent job in pass protection for quarterback Russell Wilson. Zeitler has really helped his stock with a strong season. He played very well against Penn State's Devon Still, and had an evenly-matched battle with Michigan State's Jerel Worthy in the Big Ten Championship Game.
8/20/11: Kevin Zeitler was an All-Big Ten honorable mention last year. For the past two years, he has been the Badgers' starting right guard. If you aren't a road grader as a run blocker, then you aren't going to play for Wisconsin. Zeitler figures to be ready to provide another excellent year of tape in his run-blocking prowess. Montee Ball and James White could easily combine for 2,500 to 3,000 yards rushing this year. Zeitler is a weight-room standout at Wisconsin, so he already has developed an NFL body. Zeitler works well with starting center Peter Konz and they should not have a drop off in 2011.
Ryan Miller, G, Colorado
Height: 6-8. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 12/13/11: Miller had a strong senior season with some impressive games. He's shown the ability to be a forceful run blocker. Miller is a very good athlete and has excellent quickness to fire out of his stance to get to the second level. He anchors well in the pass rush and has the mobility to slide with defenders. Miller has the skill set to get some consideration at right tackle. He had an impressive game against Washington.
8/20/11: Ryan Miller enters the season with a lot of preseason hype from the national media. He was an All-Big XII honorable mention in 2010 and a 12-game starter at right guard. In 2009, Miller started seven games at right guard and five games at right tackle due to injuries along the line. He is a powerful blocker who moves well for his size.
Lonnie Edwards, G, Texas Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 322. Projected 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/13/11: Edwards did a very good job this season and has shown a lot of improvements. He is a physical run blocker and a quality pass blocker. Edwards has the power to push defensive linemen around and open up holes on the ground. Texas Tech put up some big point totals, and he had a strong senior season.
8/20/11: Lonnie Edwards enters his third season as a starter at left guard. He was named an All-Big XII second-team member last year. Edwards has some power to his game.
Lucas Nix, G/OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-6. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/13/11: Nix was moved to left tackle and has played well this season, but the senior has also missed multiple games with injuries. He should move back inside for the next level. Nix has good power and moves pretty well for his size, but he probably does not have the athleticism necessary to be a tackle at the NFL.
8/20/11: Lucas Nix split time between right tackle and right guard over the past two seasons, but he is definitely a guard in the NFL. While Nix needs to add some bulk, run blocking is his strength, and he did a good job of opening up holes for Dion Lewis. Nix needs to work on his pass protection, and is better suited at guard.
Rokevious Watkins, G/T, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 340. Projected 40 Time: 5.27. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 12/13/11: Watkins has had a quality season of run blocking for South Carolina and running back Marcus Lattimore, before the standout running back went down with an injury. The Gamecocks have had a strong interior rushing attack, and Watkins has helped pave the way. He is a stronger run blocker than pass protector. Watkins should drop some weight and get quicker for the NFL. He could have some issues with interior speed rushers at the next level.
8/20/11: Rokevious Watkins had a breakout season in 2010. He played junior college for two years and redshirted one season at South Carolina before becoming the starter at right guard last season. Watkins was a powerful bulldozer leading the way for freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore. This year it sounds like South Carolina will move him to right tackle, but Watkins is probably better served at guard in the NFL.
Joel Foreman, G, Michigan State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2012): 3-5. 12/13/11: Foreman has been solid, yet unspectacular for Michigan State this season. He is a quality run blocker and pass blocker. Foreman has good technique and is well-rounded, but does not look like he has special physical tools.
8/20/11: Over the past two seasons, Foreman has started 25 games at left guard for Michigan State. He is a strong run blocker who twice has been an all-conference honorable mention. Foreman has had some injury issues this spring, so he'll need to stay in the lineup to keep his draft stock stable.
Larry Warford*, G, Kentucky
Height: 6-3. Weight: 340. Projected 40 Time: 5.31. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 12/13/11: This season, the Kentucky offense struggled, but Warford was a quality blocker. He was a second-team All SEC selection for 2011.
8/17/10: Larry Warford was named a second-team All-SEC performer by many media outlets last year. He did a very good job of opening up holes for running back Derrick Locke. Warford also is a good pass blocker. The 2010 season was his first year as a starter, so he should only improve as he gains experience going against elite competition in the SEC.
Brandon Washington*, G/OT, Miami
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320. Projected 40 Time: 5.21. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 12/13/11: After being an All-ACC pick last year at guard, Miami moved Washington to left tackle after Seantrel Henderson was injured. Washington had a mixed season at left tackle. He did a quality job of run blocking for Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller. Washington has a nice combination of power and mobility, but belongs on the inside. Head coach Al Golden was openly critical of Washington after he struggled against North Carolina and defensive end Quinton Coples. Washington took offense at his coaches' criticism, but remained the starter at left tackle. He has some talent, and his situation at Miami looks murky. Washington should return to school.
8/17/10: Brandon Washington has the size and athleticism to be a starting guard in the NFL. He is a pretty good pass blocker and packs a nice punch as a run blocker. Washington plays with a mean streak and was twice named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in his first year as a starter. He was an All-ACC first-team guard last season.
Will Blackwell, G/C, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.03. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 12/13/11: Blackwell has had a strong senior season opening up holes on the ground for LSU. He also was a good pass protector for his quarterbacks. Blackwell was LSU's starter at right guard for the 2010 season. For the next level, he needs to add power. Blackwell has some developmental potential and should get cross-trained at center. He was a first-team All-SEC selection this year.
Adam Gettis, G/C, Iowa
Height: 6-4. Weight: 280. Projected 40 Time: 5.05. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/13/11: This year, Gettis was a second-team all Big Ten selection and did a good job of opening up running holes. Running back Marcus Coker had an excellent season running behind him. Gettis is athletic and quick, but he is too light for the NFL. Gettis needs to add weight and may have to move to center if he can't add a significant amount of weight.
Braden Hansen*, G, BYU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/13/11: Hansen and the BYU offensive line have had some mixed outings this year. He looked good at times and struggled at others. Hansen has some power, and could be a sleeper prospect worth developing.
8/20/11: Braden Hansen was a starter instantly as a freshman and has started every game at guard the past two seasons. He was named an All-MWC honorable mention. BYU had a strong running game and Hansen opened a lot of holes for the Cougars.
Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.14. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 12/13/11: Brooks and the Virginia Tech offensive line have done a good job of opening up holes for running back David Wilson. Brooks could use a little more power in his game, but he has improved his stock this season.
8/20/11: Jaymes Brooks is entering his third season as the right guard for Virginia Tech. He did a good job of opening holes for Ryan Williams, and as a result Brooks was an All-ACC second-team selection in 2010. He has some real power and explosion to his game. Brooks should add 10 pounds of muscle for the NFL.
Stephen Good, G, Oklahoma
Height: 6-6. Weight: 299. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/13/11: Good and the Oklahoma offensive line have had a strong season. They've done a good job in pass protection for quarterback Landry Jones and opening up holes on the ground for running back Dominique Whaley, before he went down with an injury. Good missed the game against Kansas. He should add some power to be a better run blocker in the NFL.
8/20/11: Stephen Good has been a versatile player who has moved around the Oklahoma offensive line. He was part of a guard rotation last year, and moved from right and left guard in 2009. Good needs to lock down a guard position and be a starter in 2011.
Art Forst, G/OT, Rutgers
Height: 6-8. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 12/13/11: Forst did not play the first two games of the season, but returned to start the last seven games for Rutgers. He played well for the Crimson Knights as a run and pass blocker. Forst is a sleeper prospect with some potential to turn into a contributor at the next level.
8/20/11: Rutgers hasn't done Art Forst any favors by shuffling him around the offensive line. He played both guard positions and right tackle last season. Forst broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2008. His first two seasons he was at guard, and last year they started playing him at right tackle. Forst is better at guard and that is how NFL teams are likely to look at him. The position flexibility could help him to be a backup swing lineman on game days.
Antoine McClain, G, Clemson
Height: 6-6. Weight: 330. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 12/13/11: McClain has done a good job of blocking for Clemson. He has been a quality protector for Tajh Boyd as a pass blocker and a good run blocker for Andre Ellington. McClain is a better run blocker than pass blocker, and probably should drop 10-15 pounds for the NFL.
8/20/11: Antoine McClain has been a solid run blocker for C.J. Spiller and Ellington over the past few seasons. He has been a two-year starter at right guard.
Chris Jacobson, G, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-3. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 12/13/11: The senior captain Jacobson went down with a knee injury against Iowa and was done for the year. He had surgery to repair his knee. It isn't clear yet if Jacobson will seek a medical redshirt and return to school in 2012.
8/20/11: Chris Jacobson made the move from center to guard, and started all 13 games at left guard last season. He needs to have a strong season and put on some weight. Jacobson has good mobility and technique, so he might be best in a zone-blocking scheme at the NFL level.
Austen Pasztor, G, Virginia
Height: 6-7. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 12/13/11: Pasztor has improved his play while opening up some running lanes this season. He had a good game against North Carolina. Pasztor has helped increase his stock to be a potential late-round pick. He had a mixed game against Virginia Tech.
8/20/11: Austen Pasztor was inserted into the starting lineup as a freshman. He has been a starter at guard the past two seasons. Pasztor is a solid pass blocker. He probably needs to add some bulk for the NFL.
Trevor Robinson, G, Notre Dame
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 12/13/11: Robinson has been solid but has not achieved standout status for Notre Dame this season.
8/20/11: Robinson broke into the starting lineup at right guard in 2009. Last year, he started all 13 games at right guard. Robinson is a quality pass blocker who needs to add some power to be a run blocker in the NFL.
James Wilson, G, Florida
Height: 6-3. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.07. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 12/13/11: Wilson did not play in the Gators� opener against Florida Atlantic. He has seen some playing time on Florida's offensive line, but has been primarily a backup.
8/20/11: James Wilson did not play in 10 games in 2010 due to a knee injury. He is a versatile offensive lineman who has been moved around by the Gators� staff as injuries hit the line hard in 2009 and 2010. Wilson is a natural guard who is athletic. He is a solid pass blocker and has strength as a run blocker. Wilson's draft status could be higher if he had been able to avoid injuries.
Ken Plue, G, Purdue
Height: 6-7. Weight: 355. Projected 40 Time: 5.38. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 12/13/11: Plue has not played this season. Some off-the-field issues landed him in the coaches' doghouse. It hasn't been clarified why he is not playing this year.
8/20/11: Ken Plue is a mammoth guard. He started 28 games at right guard in his career and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention as a sophomore. Plue's weight is an issue, and he is going to need to drop some pounds for the NFL.
No real objection to the Watkins pick for Cleveland in the 3rd, but if there is an olinemen there worthy of the pick it should be that. We need olinemen in a bad way. Also we are getting Desmond Bryant back and have Shelton, modern, and Nassib who is a promising prospect
Good mock draft. But as a life-long Raiders fan who watched every game I can tell you our LB corps was sufficient. The Media may not know names like Perry Riley Jr. or Ben Heeney but they played exceptionally well when called upon. An OLB to replace Malcolm Smith however would be a good idea. But I think we need a RB, one like D'onta Freeman or Dalvin Cook. Latavius is a poor RB who runs too upright and gives up at the end of runs. We can't always rely on Derek Carr to carry the team. Peppers is definitely an exceptional player but with Reggie Nelson, Karl Joseph, and of course, Khalil Mack, LB/S is not a pressing issue. Interior DL or RB.
What an exciting weekend of football that was and we're one step closer to the Super Bowl. Sadly, more teams have been set in their draft position after this weekend. Getting closer to the deadline to declare for the draft to help round out this draft class. As per usual please leave comments and reactions I always try to reply and give some feedback.