i realize that some people may not like Shawn Oakman because of this or that, but i guarantee you that cat's not falling to the end of the fourth round. I hope he does, because I'm a carolina fan, but there's no way a DE that big and fast will last that long. He's kinda like Julius Peppers physically. except bigger.
Matt Kalil*, OT, USC
Height: 6-7. Weight: 306. 40 Time: 4.99. 10-Yd Split: 1.70. Bench: 30. Arm: 34.5. Projected Round (2012): Top-5 Pick. 3/13/12: Kalil had an excellent showing at the Combine, and the talk of him falling behind Riley Reiff was silenced. In Indianapolis, Kalil showed off natural athleticism and quickness. He followed that up with a good pro day. Kalil has added 10 pounds of muscle since the end of the season and that power should help him improve his run blocking.
In the rushing attack, Kalil had some spotty play at times in the second half of the season. The added weight should help him to be able to blast linemen off the ball in the ground game. Kalil was a decent run blocker at the college level, but for the next level, he still has room for improvement.
Kalil's bread and butter is his elite pass protection. Throughout the 2011 season, he was a superb blind side protector for quarterback Matt Barkley. Kalil didn't draw many top-shelf pass rushers, but the junior shutdown everybody he went against.
Entering the NFL, Kalil is a dynamite pass blocker who projects to being a franchise left tackle for a decade. It is a passing driven league, and he is in high demand. Kalil has done nothing but solidify his stock at the top of the first round.
8/20/11: Matt Kalil is a top-flight left tackle prospect. His quality play kept Tyron Smith on the right side last year. Kalil did an excellent job of protecting Matt Barkley in 2010 and looks poised to build on that success in 2011. Kalil has strong blood lines with his father and brother making it into the league. He looks like a very safe pick, and a player that won't get out of the top five. Kalil is a specimen that should only get stronger as he ages in an NFL strength and conditioning program. He is technically sound, and ready for the NFL.
Riley Reiff*, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 313. 40 Time: 5.23. 10-Yd Split: 1.71. Bench: 23. Arm: 33 1/4. Projected Round (2012): Top-15 Pick. 3/13/12: Reiff needs a good pro-day performance. His Combine was moderately disappointing including his bench press total. Some were ranking him ahead of Kalil but that ended after Reiff didn't stand out while Kalil did.
Reiff was strong as a run blocker and pass blocker in 2011. He is a very balanced offensive lineman who can execute in both phases of the game. While Reiff is a solid run blocker, he probably should add some power for the next level in order to be able to move defenders off the line of scrimmage, especially if he is moved to right tackle.
Reiff had a pretty easy slate of pass rushers this year. Against Pittsburgh and defensive end Brandon Lindsey, Reiff had a very good game. He blocked Lindsey on almost every play that they were matched up. In the game, Reiff allowed a sack by Aaron Randle, but that could have been a result of a miscommunication with his guard.
In Iowa's Bowl game against Oklahoma, Reiff played well and shut down defensive end Frank Alexander, but Reiff was beat for a sack in the game by another Sooners defender. Otherwise, he was consistently good in his final collegiate season.
8/20/11: Riley Reiff is a strong and athletic left tackle. He is a good downhill run blocker and has good technique as a pass blocker. Reiff has good feet and mirrors defensive ends well as they try to get upfield. He played very well in 2010, and had the added preparation of battling former teammate and current Buccaneer Adrian Clayborn in practice. Reiff was an All-Big Ten second-team selection last year. Right now, he looks like a lock to be a first-round pick with the potential to go highly if he has a dominant 2011 season.
Jonathan Martin*, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 312. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2012): Top-20 Pick. 3/13/12: Martin was sick at the Combine, so he didn't work out. If Martin had had a big workout, he could have made the case to challenge Reiff as the second-rated tackle in the draft.
Martin had a good overall season. He was a solid blocker in defending Andrew Luck's blind side, proving the signal caller with quality pass protection all year. There were some games that Martin allowed some pressure, but he was reliable.
In 2011, Martin was a tenacious run blocker, and the Cardinal ran behind him all year with some huge successes on the ground. Stanford totaled 446 yards on the ground against Washington and had many other big days running the ball.
Martin sets the edge well and is a good athlete to hit blocks on the second level. He had some penalty problems earlier in the season, but cleared that up. Martin is a better run-blocking franchise left tackle prospect than many former high first-rounders, but he will need to continue to improve his pass blocking for the NFL.
8/20/11: Jonathan Martin has been an excellent player at Stanford. He dominated the PAC-10 last season as a run blocker and pass protector for Andrew Luck. Martin has the pass-protection tools to be a Pro Bowl tackle. Don't be surprised if he puts up a fight to be the first tackle taken. Martin was an All-Pac-10 first-team selection. He's a top-10 prospect.
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 323. 40 Time: 5.40. 10-Yd Split: 1.84. Bench: 19. Arm: 34. Hand: 11. Projected Round (2012): 1-2. 3/13/12: Adams hurt himself at the Combine with a startlingly low total on the bench press. That caused some to question his work ethic during the five-game suspension that opened his senior season. He could be a real boom-or-bust prospect.
At the Senior Bowl, Adams had an inconsistent week. He looked dominant at times and completely lost at others. The coaches moved Adams from left tackle to right tackle, and he even took a few snaps at guard. Adams needs to become a more reliable blocker, but he has a skill set to work with.
In 2011 Adams played reasonably well after returning from his suspension. Ohio State's offense became much better once it got him back. He continued to have some issues with speed rushers. Illinois' speed rushing end Whitney Mercilus torched Adams for 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. That weakness could prompt some teams to move him to right tackle in the NFL. He is a strong run blocker who should be an asset in the ground game.
8/20/11: Mike Adams broke into the lineup as a sophomore and became a first-team Big Ten standout as a junior. He is a powerful run blocker who could be a better fit as a right tackle at the pro level. Smaller speed rushers can give Adams some problems in pass protection, but they are easy wins for him in run blocking. Therefore, right tackle may be his best spot in the NFL as he won't have to go up against as many speed rushers to match up with there. Adams will be suspended the first five games of the season, and previously was suspended the first two games of the 2010 season. The off-the-field issues could make it hard for him to go in the first round.
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 320. 40 Time: 5.41. 10-Yd Split: 1.76. Bench: 28. Arm: 35. Hand: 11. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 3/13/12: Sanders was solid but unspectacular at the Combine. At the Senior Bowl, he had some serious struggles during practice with the top pass rushers. Sanders was abused by North Carolina's Quinton Coples and had a hard time blocking Alabama's Courtney Upshaw and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram. The week in Mobile was proof that Sanders will have to be a right tackle at the next level.
After Andrew Datko went down with a season-ending injury, Sanders moved over to left tackle and performed reasonably well. He had some strong games (Boston College) and some weak games (Florida) on the left side. At the very least, Sanders showed the ability to be a swing tackle on game days and that will have a big appeal to NFL coaches. Like Datko, Sanders didn't play very well against Oklahoma, though he did perform better against Clemson.
In the NFL, Sanders needs to work on getting back quicker in his pass drops and developing the strength to hold onto blocks so defenders can't shed him away. He is a good athlete who was a well-rounded pass and run blocker in his college games. Sanders looks like a solid second-day pick who could be a starting right tackle with the ability to fill in at left tackle if there is an injury.
8/20/11: Zebrie Sanders has been the Seminoles book-end right tackle with Andrew Datko anchoring the left side. Sanders had his best season to date in 2010, and also played some left tackle when Datko was out with an injury. Sanders is experienced with 37 career starts entering his senior year. Sanders is a good athlete, but to play right tackle in the NFL he probably will need to add some more bulk to his frame. Sanders is memorable because he is part of one of the most hilarious plays in college football history.
Bobby Massie*, OT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-6. Weight: 316. 40 Time: 5.23. Bench: 22. Arm: 35. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 3/13/12: Massie has quietly been moving up draft boards. He had a decent Combine, but reportedly had an impressive pro day. Massie had some quality games this season, but did not have his best performance against Alabama. He did well in run blocking in 2011. Massie is too strong to be bull rushed, and he has the athletic ability to mirror well in pass blocking.
Massie is still a little raw and could use more experience and development. There are stretches where he simply overwhelms defenders. Massie looks like he is a future starter at right tackle in the NFL.
8/20/11: Bobby Massie has started 17 straight games at right tackle after breaking into the starting lineup during his freshman season. Massie played very well in 2010. He was an excellent pass blocker and a hard-nosed run blocker. Massie has a high ceiling, and by the time he enters the draft in 2012 or 2013, he could be a first-round pick.
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Height: 6-4. Weight: 307. 40 Time: 5.28. Bench: 26. Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 10 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 3/13/12: In his collegiate career, Allen was a quality run blocker who was inconsistent as a pass protector. He did a fine job of opening up holes in the ground game for running back Mikel Leshoure in 2010. At the Senior Bowl, Allen battled and had some wins. He lost a number of reps as well.
Allen has some strength and athletic ability. He is a sleeper prospect who could be had on the second day of the draft with the potential to stay at left tackle in the NFL. Allen was solid at the Combine and performed well at his pro day.
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Height: 6-5. Weight: 318. 40 Time: 5.45. 10-Yd Split: 1.77. Bench: 23. Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 10. Projected Round (2012): 2-3. 3/13/12: Schwartz had a quality season and did a good job of pass blocking for the Golden Bears. At the Senior Bowl, he had a really strong week and that helped his draft stock. Schwartz held his own in the pass-rushing one-on-ones and was a formidable run blocker. For the NFL, he looks like a potential starting right tackle.
8/20/11: Mitchell Schwartz has started every game in his collegiate career. He has been at left tackle for 22 contests and right tackle for 16 games. In 2010, Schwartz started all 12 games at left tackle, and was an All-Pac-10 second-team selection. At the pro level, he would probably be a better fit as a right tackle. Teams might use him as a game day swing tackle backup while Schwartz develops into a potential starter at right tackle.
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 315. 40 Time: 5.32. 10-Yd Split: 1.77. Arm: 33 7/8. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 3/13/12: Datko is working his way back to health. He ran at the Combine but did not do the bench press. Without knowing how teams evaluated his physical exams at the Combine, Datko's stock is harder to predict. Some view him as a right tackle in the NFL.
Early in the 2011 season, it was a mixed bag for Datko. He struggled against Oklahoma and defensive end Frank Alexander. Datko was beat by Alexander for a sack and multiple pressures. Datko rebounded with a good game versus Clemson by shutting down defensive end Andre Branch.
After playing four games this year, Datko had his season ended with a shoulder injury. He had preseason surgery that 'didn't take' according to Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher. The frequent shoulder injuries have sent Datko's stock from the first round to the mid-rounds. He is a buyer-beware, boom-or-bust pick. Datko decided to go pro rather than seek a medical redshirt for an extra year of eligibility.
8/20/11: Andrew Datko has been a very good player for the Seminoles while being a work in progress as a pro prospect. He started as a true freshman but was extremely undersized. Datko has steadily bulked up over the years and has stayed an effective player for Florida State. After starting 27 straight games, he missed a few games with a shoulder injury. The athletic Datko gave up one sack in 2010. He has reportedly bulked up more this offseason, so it will be interesting to see how Datko performs at the heavier weight.
James Brown, OT, Troy
Height: 6-4. Weight: 306. 40 Time: 5.30. 10-yd Split: 1.84. Bench: 24. Arm: 34 1/2. Hand: 10 1/4. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 3/13/12: Brown is a sleeper prospect who flashed at the Senior Bowl. Against elite competition, he showed some real quickness and athletic ability. Brown was a First-Team All-Sun Belt pick this season. He started 37 games over three years for Troy.
Brown is a developmental project, but he is an interesting prospect worth taking a hard look at after his week in Mobile. Brown had a fine performance at the Combine.
Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 303. 40 Time: 5.36. Bench: 22. Arm: 34 5/8. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 3/13/12: Potter did not perform well at the Combine and was not at the Senior Bowl. His stock has gone down as a result.
Potter had a quality senior season. He does not have elite physical talent, and that pushes him into the second day. However, Potter is one of the few left tackle options who should be available after the first round. He had a strong debut against Georgia, the best team Boise State faced this season.
Throughout his career, Potter constantly gave quarterback Kellen Moore ample time to throw the ball. Even though Potter is not a heavy tackle, he showed the strength to anchor against bull rushers. Potter needs to increase his strength and power to be an adequate run blocker in the NFL.
8/20/11: The Broncos standout Nate Potter enters the season as the pass protector for a prolific college quarterback in Kellen Moore. Potter has good feet and is quick. He is able to get to the second level of the defense and pull well to hit defenders on the run. For the NFL, it would be helpful for Potter to add some strength. That would allow him to keep a hold on defenders rather than them being able to disengage from his blocks, an issue he needs to improve on.
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 318. Projected 40 Time: 5.14. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 3/13/12: Adcock was not at the Senior Bowl or the Combine, and that was surprising too many. He reportedly had a good showing at his pro day and is projected to go earlier on the third-day of the draft.
Injuries forced Adcock to flip back and forth between left tackle and right tackle in 2011. He had some inconsistencies as gave up some pressure and sacks this year. Adcock concluded the regular season on a high note with an impressive game against Oklahoma and defensive end Frank Alexander. Alexander was shutdown by Adcock, and Oklahoma State rolled its rival. To cap his collegiate career, he played well against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
Adcock looks like a bit of a plodder with heavy feet. Against speed rushers, there are plays where he is reaching after them, and does not display the quickness to shuffle and mirror. Adcock should play at right tackle or possibly guard at the next level. In speaking to some scouts about him, they also are back-and-forth on Adcock and where he should play in the NFL. There is a consensus that Adcock should not play left tackle. It would have been helpful if he had played in the Senior Bowl.
8/20/11: Levy Adcock replaced departed tackle Russell Okung and the Oklahoma State offense didn't miss a beat. Adcock showed the ability to be a good pass protector in 2010, and he also is a physical run blocker. Last year, was the first year of significant playing time for him, so Adcock should be even better in 2011 as he gains experience. Adcock was an All-Big XII first-team member last season.
Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
Height: 6-6. Weight: 314. 40 Time: 5.21. Bench: 30. Arm: 34. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 3/13/12: Mosley had a solid performance at the Combine, and that should help his stock. For the 2011 season, he was a Second-Team All-SEC selection. Mosley started 12 games at right tackle and one game at left tackle this season. He started 11 games in 2010. Mosley is a tough run blocker who helped pave the way for running back Michael Dyer to have a huge season.
Mosley is a raw prospect. He was a high school tight end before playing some defensive end in junior college. After signing with Auburn, Mosley was asked to gain weight to play offensive line. His run blocking is further ahead than his pass protection and he will need some grooming at the NFL level, but Mosley has some potential to work with.
Senio Kelemete, OT/G, Washington
Height: 6-4. Weight: 307. 40 Time: 5.52. 10-Yd Split: 1.95 Bench: 21. Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 9 5/8. Projected Round (2012): 4-5. 3/13/12: Kelemete was unable to continue his stock's upward trend at the Combine. He didn't run well, had a lower bench press total, and his arm length is less than ideal. Shifting inside to guard at the next level may be his best move.
In 2011, Kelemete was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer after starting 13 games at left tackle. As a senior, he did a good job of protecting signal caller Keith Price, having had some struggles in 2010 in front of quarterback Jake Locker. The past two seasons Kelemete did an admirable job of run blocking for Chris Polk.
At the Senior Bowl, Kelemete battled the tough defensive linemen. He lost a number of reps, but also had some wins and showed some quickness with athletic ability. Kelemete will need some time to develop after only playing left tackle the past two years.
Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Height: 6-6. Weight: 308. 40 Time: 5.52. Bench: 17. Arm: 35 3/8. Hand: 8 3/4. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 3/13/12: McCants had a quality season, but he was part of a line that gave up a massive game to Marshall's Vinny Curry. McCants has some athleticism to have a shot at being a developmental project. He had a mixed week at the Senior Bowl. Overall though, the week in Mobile helped McCants' stock considering that he was making a big leap in the quality of his competition.
McCants has long arms, and that is a hinderance in the weight room but a plus on the field. Still, his bench press total at the Combine was extremely low.
8/20/11: Matt McCants has started at left tackle the past two seasons and was an All-Conference USA first-team member last year. For the 2009 season, he was All-Conference USA honorable mention. McCants was suspended for the 2008 season due to academic reasons, but if he stays healthy he should be a three-year starter at left tackle entering the draft. McCants is a good athlete.
Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Height: 6-5. Weight: 302. 40 Time: 5.37. 10-Yd Split: 1.83 Bench: 25. Arm: 33 1/4. Hand: 9 3/8. Projected Round (2011): 4-6. 3/13/12: Reynolds had an overall down week at the East-West Shrine Game and didn't make up for it at the Combine. He was shorter and lighter than expected. At times, Reynolds struggled with speed rushes and bull rushes in the one-on-one pass protection drills. He has the body type that is a better fit at guard, but looks most comfortable on the edge.
Reynolds had a dominant performance against Ole Miss to start the 2011 season. He was blocking his man through the whistle and shut down every defensive end he faced. Against Texas and TCU, Reynolds was not as dominant but still had a quality performances. Right now, he is a better pass blocker than run blocker. Reynolds needs to improve his run blocking and tenacity in the ground game.
8/20/11: Matt Reynolds has had a solid career at BYU. He almost entered the 2011 NFL Draft, but decided to return for his senior year. Reynolds has gotten into better shape by converting some fat into muscle. Reynolds is well-coached. BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber developed Logan Makins at Fresno State, and he speaks of Reynolds as being a comparable prospect to Mankins. A major drawback to Reynolds is that he will be a 25 year-old rookie. However, Eagles rookie guard Danny Watkins is 27 and Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry was 24 as a rookie, and they both were first-rounders. Thus, the age issue shouldn't hurt Reynolds too much.
Joe Long, OT, Wayne State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 308. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Arm: 34. Hand: 10. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 3/13/12: Long was another player who helped himself at the East-West Shrine practices. Long is a fitting name for him since he has long arms that help him defend the edge. For the 2011 season, Long was selected as the Gene Upshaw Division-II lineman of the year. He has NFL blood lines as his older brother, Jake Long is the starting offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Joe Long started 45 straight games in college. He is a sleeper prospect who could be versatile enough to move inside to guard or center. Long did not work out at the Combine.
John Cullen, OT, Utah
Height: 6-4. Weight: 297. 40 Time: 5.34. Bench: 23. Arm: 32 1/8. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 3/13/12: Cullen is an underrated prospect. He started 12 games at left tackle in 2011 and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection. Cullen has some quickness and athletic ability. In 2010, he broke into the lineup as the Utes starter at left tackle. Prior to that, Cullen played two years at junior college.
Ronald Leary, OT, Memphis
Height: 6-3. Weight: 315. 40 Time: 5.36. Bench: 30. Arm: 34 3/4. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 3/13/12: Leary is an experienced edge blocker. As a freshman in 2008, he played at left and right tackle for Memphis. Over the next three seasons, Leary was Memphis' starter at left tackle, except for six games as senior when he moved inside to guard because of injuries. In the NFL, Leary may be better off inside. He had a quality Combine performance.
Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-5. Weight: 303. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Arm: 33. Hand: 9 3/4. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Unfortunately, Zusevics' stock took a hit when he tore a pectoral muscle during the Combine bench press. That injury could impact his availability for training camp. Zusevics was overshadowed by teammate Riley Reiff during the past two seasons, but Zusevics turned in some quality play for Iowa. He was a tough run blocker for Marcus Coker.
Zusevics was one of the more impressive linemen at the East-West Shrine practices. He fared well in one-one-ones and was a quality run blocker. Zusevics could use more power for the NFL, and may need to move inside to guard.
Bradley Sowell, OT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-6. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Arm: 32 1/2. Hand: 9 3/8.
Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Sowell had some mixed outings this season. Some games, the senior was very good, while in other games, he struggled. The Alabama game was tough for Sowell and the Ole Miss offense. At the East-West Shrine practices, he held his own and was solid, but did not overwhelm. Sowell did not work out at the Combine.
8/20/11: Bradley Sowell had the tough task of replacing Michael Oher as Ole Miss' left tackle. Sowell had some struggles in his first season, but improved a lot in 2010. He was named an All-SEC second-team selection last year. Sowell led the way for Ole Miss to lead the SEC in fewest sacks allowed. If Sowell has a dominant senior year, his stock could rise into the second or third round.
Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska
Height: 6-6. Weight: 320. 40 Time: 5.67. Bench: DNP. Arm: 33 5/8. Hand: 10 1/4 Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Overall, Jones did not have a good enough week of practice at the East-West Shrine to really help his stock. He is a strong run blocker, but struggles as a pass protector with heavy feet and a lack of quickness. Jones looks like a backup at the NFL level.
Josh Oglesby, OT, Wisconsin
Height: 6-7. Weight: 338. 40 Time: 5.80. Bench: 22. Arm: 35 5/8. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Oglesby had a disappointing Combine. He ran very slowly and had a low bench-press total for what was supposed to be a power right tackle. That pushes him further down on the third day of the draft.
However, Oglesby had a strong senior season with a lot of good tapes for NFL scouts. He had a very good showing against Nebraska. In both Michigan State games, Oglesby was beat on some plays, but the redshirt senior also had some very good plays. He was absolutely dominant in many of Wisconsin's wins.
Oglesby demonstrates surprising mobility to get downfield while also executing his bread and butter as a road grader in the run game. All year, he opened up holes for Montee Ball and James White while doing a good job of protecting Russell Wilson. Against Illinois, Oglesby was beat by Whitney Mercilus for a sack-fumble. A speed rusher like Mercilus is a mismatch for Oglesby.
8/20/11: Josh Oglesby was Wisconsin's starting right tackle in 2010, until a knee injury caused him to miss six games. He is a mauler, and a strong run blocker. Oglesby also missed action in 2009 due to a knee injury. He needs to stay healthy in 2011 and make every start to help his draft status.
Al Netter, OT, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.05. Arm: 33 1/8. Hand: 10. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Netter played well in many games this season. However, he struggled with Illinois' fast defensive ends Whitney Mercilus and Michael Buchanan. Netter's problems with speed rushers push down him into the mid-rounds. He had an average week at the East-West Shrine practices and did not participate in the Combine.
8/20/11: Al Netter was the best of a suspect Wildcats' offensive line in 2010. Of all the players, Netter did the best job of protecting quarterback Dan Persa. He had solid games going against Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Netter was an All-Big Ten honorable mention for the second straight year. He is experienced, having started at left tackle since his freshman season. Netter could be a sleeper left tackle prospect who could be developed into a starter if he goes to the right situation.
Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 320. Projected 40 Time: 5.44. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: DeChristopher had a number of big games blocking for running back David Wilson. Virginia Tech had a ground-based offense, and DeChristopher was a critical part of the Hokies' blocking up front. He didn't play well in Tech's two 2011 contests with Clemson, especially in pass protection. DeChristopher did not work out at the Combine.
8/20/11: Blake DeChristopher has started 37 games for the Hokies and was a second-team All-ACC selection last year. He is a strong run blocker who needs to develop his footwork and technique as a pass protector. Virginia Tech was able to run behind him with running back Ryan Williams. DeChristopher definitely looks like a right tackle in the NFL.
Don Barclay, OT, West Virginia
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2012): 5-6. 3/13/12: Barclay had a strong senior season which should have helped his draft stock. He was a solid protector for Geno Smith, and was a suitable run blocker. Barclay had a quality performance against Marshall's standout pass rusher Vinny Curry. Barclay allowed some pressure, but did not give up a sack. Smith helped out his tackle by escaping the pocket and getting the ball out reasonably quickly. Curry was one of the best pass rushers Barclay faced all season.
The tackle had a harder game against LSU, allowing some heat on the quarterback, but he battled and had his share of wins. Barclay is a quality sleeper prospect but he was not at the Combine.
8/20/11: Don Barclay enters his senior season having been the starter at left tackle for West Virginia the past two years. He is probably better served on the right side at the NFL level. Speed rushers have given him some problems.
Trevor Olson, OT/G, Northern Illinois
Height: 6-6. Weight: 306. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 3/13/12: Olson and the Huskies? offense had some good games this season. He did a good job of blocking for Chandler Harnish, and the quarterback had a lot of production on the ground and through the air. Neither of them played well in Northern Illinois' matchup against Wisconsin.
8/20/11: Trevor Olson is a three-year starter who was a consensus first-team All-MAC performer in 2010. He started 14 games at left tackle in 2010, and when he enters the draft should be an experienced four-year starter.
Landon Walker, OT, Clemson
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.11. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 3/13/12: Early in the season, Walker and the Clemson offensive line did a good job of protecting quarterback Tajh Boyd while opening up holes on the ground. In the second half of the year, Walker did not play as well. He did not work out at the Combine.
8/20/11: Landon Walker is an experienced starter for Clemson. He broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. Walker is an intelligent hard worker and high character individual who will appeal to coaches in the meeting room.
Mike Ryan, OT, Connecticut
Height: 6-5. Weight: 330. Projected 40 Time: 5.27. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 3/13/12: Ryan had some good games this season, including his matchup against Pittsburgh defensive end Brandon Lindsey. However, Ryan didn't play well against Cincinnati. He could still be a sleeper prospect.
It may be best if Ryan moves inside to guard in the NFL. He did not play at a major All-Star game or work out at the Combine. Ryan was a Second-Team All-Big East selection.
8/20/11: Mike Ryan split time between right tackle and left tackle last season, but projects to the right side in the NFL. He is a powerful run blocker who opened up a lot of holes for Jordan Todman last season. Ryan looks like a better prospect than former teammate Zach Hurd, who surprisingly went undrafted last April.
Dan Hoch, OT, Missouri
Height: 6-7. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.59. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 3/13/12: Hoch had a decent season for Missouri. He didn't have a very good game against Oklahoma and its defensive ends Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis, both early-round picks. Hoch looks like he could be a candidate to move inside as a pro.
8/20/11: Dan Hoch earned second-team All-Big XII honors in 2010. He has been a two-year starter at right tackle for Missouri. Hoch did a very good job in pass protection for quarterback Blaine Gabbert in 2010, and finished the season well, with a quality game going against Iowa's Christian Ballard. Missouri's starting left tackle Elvis Fisher went down with a season-ending knee injury, so Hoch could see be moved to left tackle if Fisher's replacement, sophomore Justin Britt, isn't up to the challenge.
J.B. Shugarts, OT/G, Ohio State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 298. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2012): 6-7. 3/13/12: Early in the year, Shugarts had some rough outings for Ohio State. Late in the year, he moved inside some and played better. Shugarts was part of a Buckeyes line that broke a long streak of tackles for a loss from Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. Shugarts had his best game of the year going against Still.
In the Bowl game against Florida, Shugarts struggled with the Gators speedy defensive linemen. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/20/11: J.B. Shugarts earned the starting right tackle position as a sophomore. He is a technically sound blocker, but is undersized to play right tackle in the NFL. Shugarts definitely will need to add weight for the next level. He also has had some problems off of the field that will have to be investigated by NFL teams. Shuggarts has strong bloodlines with his father having played for the Steelers.
Jermarcus Hardrick, OT, Nebraska
Height: 6-7. Weight: 320. Projected 40 Time: 5.33. Projected Round (2012): 6-FA. 3/13/12: Hardrick played well against the lesser competition. Versus better teams however, his performance was a mixed bag. He played well against Ohio State, but did not have a standout showing against Wisconsin. Hardrick may have to move to guard in the NFL.
8/20/11: Jermarcus 'Yoshi' Hadrick transferred to Nebraska from junior college and played in 14 games in 2010. He is a tough run blocker who is physical and plays with a mean streak. Hadrick is competing with fellow senior Marcel Jones for the starting right tackle position. Jones was supposed to be a starter, but has been plagued by injuries over the past few seasons. Hadrick could be the favorite.
Mike Remmers, OT, Oregon State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.04. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 3/13/12: Remmers and Oregon State had a tough season.
8/20/11: Entering his senior season, the former walk-on Remmers has started the past 25 games. He played right tackle in 2010 and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention. This year Remmers moves to left tackle. If he performs well his stock could rise into the middle of the draft. At his size and strength, Remmers is probably a better fit at left tackle as long as he has the athletic ability to be a solid pass protector.
Daron Rose, OT, North Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.26. Projected Round (2012): 7-FA. 3/13/12: Rose and North Alabama advanced to the postseason. It hurt his draft stock that he wasn't invited to the East-West Shrine, the Senior Bowl or the Combine. Any of them would have helped Rose to try and stand out.
8/20/11: Daron Rose started out his career at Florida State. He started 11 games at left tackle in 2007 for the Seminoles' as a sophomore. Rose had to transfer out to Northern Alabama due to academic issues as he was part of a cheating scandal. Rose missed four games in 2010 due to an NCAA suspension. He also had weight issues, but went from 320 to 300 this past offseason while rehabbing from back surgery. Rose has a lot of talent and could be worth signing as an undrafted free agent or using a late pick if he dominates in 2011 while staying healthy.
Jarvis Jones, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-7. Weight: 298. Projected 40 Time: 5.17. Projected Round (2012): FA. 3/13/12: Because of a knee injury he sustained in the spring, Jones was never healthy this season. He also missed seven games. Jones has some developmental potential as a right tackle, but he has to get healthy to work out well and get drafted.
8/20/11: Jarvis Jones has a lot of athletic ability and talent but has had a hard time staying on the field. He finished up the 2010 season starting at left tackle for the final three games. Jones has been dealing with a knee injury this year and that could impact him early in the season. He has previously started at right tackle and played right guard. This year Jones needs to stay healthy and lock down a starting position to get a draftable grade.