@ChiefMN , actually Ford has shown flashes in his limited playing time, so I wouldn't rule him out, just yet, as he could blossom in year 3. And, I also wouldn't rule out Ramik Wilson or DJ Alexander (both can run and hit like a ton of bricks) as ILB candidates, either.
That said, I 'll always take an off-the edge pass-rusher, and not knowing if CB Sean Smith will be back, as well as Phillip Gaines status, I'd gladly take another CB, as well.
Greg Robinson**, OT, Auburn
Height: 6-5. Weight: 332. 40 Time: 4.92. Projected Round (2014): Top-10 Pick. 5/7/14: Sources consider the 2014 NFL Draft to have four elite prospects: Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack. Robinson is raw, but his skill set is off the charts. Teams feel that his pass protection needs work, but his athletic talent is so tremendous that he could develop into an elite pass-blocker.
Robinson is a rare athlete with a special combination of size and quickness. He proved that in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder was the star of the offensive linemen during the Combine. He ran an amazing time in the 40 of 4.92 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.69. That 10-yard split was in the range of a tight end. Robinsons's second try improved his numbers as his 10-yard split was 1.68.
In the field drills, Robinson showed his ability to bend with fluid hips. He also excelled in the bench press. With Robinson's size, speed and length, there is no doubt that he is a rare athlete. Robinson's great Combine has forced his name further into the discussion to be the first offensive tackle selected. He could go as high as the second-overall pick.
Robinson had an impressive 2013 season opening up a lot of holes on the ground and being a good pass-protector. All year, the Tigers rushed Nick Marshall and Tre Mason behind Robinson with great results. The Auburn offense got a big game out of him to help upset Alabama. He also played well in shootout wins over Texas A&M, Georgia and Missouri.
Robinson is very strong for his size and moves extremely well. He does a superb job of sustaining his blocks to keep his defenders from making tackles. Robinson also has quickness and good feet to be a pass-blocker in the NFL, though he will need more refinement in this capacity.
Personal: Son of Greg Blackledge and Rhonda Robinson.
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Height: 6-5. Weight: 308. 40 Time: 5.07. Projected Round (2014): Top-16 Pick. 5/7/14: Sources say that Matthews is a good prospect for the top half of the 2014 NFL Draft, but is not considered to be an elite athlete like Greg Robinson. Thus, Matthews is now the consensus second-rated offensive tackle even though he is the most pro-ready tackle in the draft.
Matthews put together a decent Combine. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder had a good 40 time and did well overall. He confirmed his high grade. After speaking with sources, it seems feasible that Matthews could slide to the back half of the top 10 in part because of franchise needs. A number of teams are also grading Matthews behind Greg Robinson.
Matthews had a superb 2013 season. The senior's pass protection for Johnny Manziel was rock steady. Manziel didn't make it easy with the way he held onto the ball for long periods of time and scrambled into defenders. Matthews is a quality run-blocker, but he isn't overwhelming in the ground game. Matthews also doesn't play with a mean streak, and the same thing was said about Luke Joeckel in 2012.
Matthews has proven to be a potential franchise left tackle for the NFL. He is excellent in pass protection, and the way he can dance to sustain pass blocks is phenomenal.
To conclude his collegiate career, Matthews was dominant against Duke. He was excellent late in the regular season to shut down Missouri pass-rusher Kony Ealy. Matthews was solid against LSU, although he did allow a coverage sack. That was Manziel holding onto the ball way too long really. A few weeks earlier, Texas A&M and Matthews won in a shootout over Mississippi State. He played well in his final home game for the Aggies.
Auburn's speed-rushers gave Matthews some issues. He won the majority of his blocks, but was beaten for a sack by Ladarius Owens on a left-armed rip move. Matthews played much better in the second half and his pass protection was strong. That performance won't help him, but it won't be enough to change his standing as the top tackle prospect.
A week earlier, Texas A&M had a comeback win against Ole Miss, and Matthews was superb in protecting Manziel to let him lead the Aggies to 20 fourth-quarter points. Matthews previously played well versus Arkansas while taking on some quality pass-rushers like Chris Smith.
Texas A&M put up a huge point total against Alabama in a losing effort. Matthews had a couple of mistakes, but won the vast majority of plays. Crimson Tide defensive end Jeoffery Pagan had Matthews beaten for a sack, but Manziel slipped out of his grasp to complete a pass for a big gain. Matthews was dominant for the vast majority of the season-opener against Rice, but got crossed up on a stunt and allowed a sack. Overall, Matthews was very impressive as a senior.
8/9/13: Matthews decided to return for his senior season despite being a likely first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He will take over at left tackle for the Aggies in 2013 since Luke Joeckel has moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Matthews produced his third dominant season of college football last year. He was a strong pass-protector for Johnny Manziel and was phenomenal at opening up holes in the ground game. Matthews has natural strength and agility, plus has a lot of upside. He is quick in his pass drop and is light on his feet.
Matthews played well against Auburn as Texas A&M put on a spectacle of domination. He had the biggest test of the 2012 season a week earlier taking on LSU's speed-rusher Barkevious Mingo. Matthews had some great blocks in the ground game, including some plays where he took care of Mingo and a defender on the second level. Mingo didn't beat Matthews for a sack and only had one pressure after Manziel scrambled into Matthews while blocking Mingo.
Against Alabama, Matthews played very well to lead the Aggies to an upset win. His protection for Manziel was superb. Matthews saw a nice test to start the year from some of the young Gators pass-rushers and did well. He was excellent in run blocking throughout 2012.
Matthews was very good at protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2011. Matthews was excellent at opening up holes in the ground game for running backs Cyrus Gray and Christian Michael.
Watching Matthews provides a clear illustration of his great instincts and intelligence. The senior is a natural football player. Matthews has a lot of success with cut blocks, and is quick to use one when he sees an opening to take a lineman out of the play by diving at the legs. For the next level, Matthews could use more strength to push defenders at the point of attack and help him to sustain his blocks longer.
Texas A&M's sacks allowed per game went down dramatically in 2010 after Matthews entered the lineup as a freshman. He has played at right tackle, but would have been a left tackle at all but a handful of schools.
Personal: Matthews is the son of Carrie and Bruce Matthews. Bruce Matthews was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2007. Jake Matthews younger brother Mike signed with Texas A&M in 2012 and is a freshman offensive lineman. The bloodlines are there for Jake Matthews to be a standout NFL offensive linemen.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-7. Weight: 309. 40 Time: 4.87. Projected Round (2014): Top-16 Pick. 5/7/14: In late March, Lewan was hit with some charges from a bar fight last December. It wasn't a surprise to teams as they knew about the incident for months, but some teams could ding Lewan for that. However, he looks like a safe bet to be a top-16 selection.
Lewan gave NFL teams something to think about with an impressive Combine performance. He blazed a fast 40 and looked good in the field drills. Some teams could prefer Lewan over Matthews.
Overall, Lewan had a very solid senior year. He turned in good performances against Iowa, Ohio State and Kansas State to close out his final season. Lewan generally won his blocks against Michigan State, but also had some plays where he lost discipline and made some cheap shots. Lewan was flagged for one facemask penalty and could have been flagged for other personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Lewan and Michigan barely escaped an embarrassing upset by Connecticut. Against the Huskies, he played well except for one play when he was beaten for a sack. The senior had a strong game against Notre Dame in Week 2 and played much better than he did a year earlier against the Fighting Irish. Lewan did well in run blocking and was rock solid as a pass-protector.
Lewan improved as a pass-blocker as a senior and increased his consistency. He also played with a mean streak; a trait that seems to be a dying quality with some offensive linemen.
8/9/13: It was very surprising that Lewan decided to return for his senior season as many felt he was a sure-fire top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last year was his third straight season as the starter at left tackle, and he got better as the season progressed. Lewan was solid as a pass-protector and very effective as a run-blocker. He was dominant in the majority of games.
Still, 2012 didn't start great with a so-so performance against Alabama. He was beaten for some pressures and was called for a few penalties. Lewan rolled his ankle late and left the game early, but the outcome had been decided and it seemed more precautionary.
Lewan had an okay game against Notre Dame, but was beaten for a sack by linebacker Prince Shembo. He allowed some pressure and had some bend-but-not-break moments. Lewan turned in a mixed day against Ohio State. He allowed a sack and was also beaten on another play that produced a forced fumble. Lewan perfomed well against the Buckeyes other than those plays, but those two plays where he was beaten were extremely costly for Wolverines. The junior had a dominant performance against Iowa.
Against South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, Lewan held his own. He picked up his share of wins, but was also beaten for a tackle for a loss. Lewan was called for a holding and needed some double-team help, too. However, he wasn't beaten for a sack and Clowney didn't make him look bad. Against an elite superstar pass-rusher like Clowney, that was a good day for any tackle.
Even though Lewan steadily improved over the course of last season, he isn't quite a finished product. Lewan could use more development before going pro. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection.
It looks like Lewan has an easy slate of pass-rushers to go against this coming year. The biggest test will come in Week 2 against Notre Dame and defensive end Stephon Tuitt. After that, it looks like smooth sailing for Lewan.
Lewan was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore in 2011. It was good to see him mature as a sophomore. He racked up way too many personal foul penalties in his first season.
Lewan is an aggressive blocker who fights through the whistle, but he showed more self-control in his second and third season. Reportedly, Lewan has become a team leader. He could fill out his frame to help blocking, but he has ideal length.
Personal: Majoring in general studies. Son of Dave Lewan.
Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-4. Weight: 308. Projected 40 Time: 5.05. Projected Round (2014): Top-25 Pick. 5/7/14: Late in the process, there has been increasing buzz that Martin could be selected in the top half of the first round. He shouldn't escape the top 25 picks.
Martin didn't run at the Combine, but he was one of the most impressive players. At the Senior Bowl, Martin did a superb job in winning his one-on-ones and demonstrated the ability to potentially stay at left tackle in the NFL. Many in Mobile felt that Martin would be the first player drafted out of the Senior Bowl rosters and could crack the top 20. He is a very quick and athletic technician.
The Fighting Irish got an excellent 2013 season out of Martin. He was very good in pass protection with an impressive ability to adjust against blitzers off the edge. Martin performed well in the ground game, too. He could be this year's Justin Pugh.
Martin finished the regular season in impressive fashion as he shut down the nation's leader sack-leader, Stanford's Trent Murphy. Martin won his one-on-ones and kept Murphy from making plays in the backfield. It was an excellent game. Martin followed that up by getting the better of Murphy at the Senior Bowl. Martin also was dominant in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers. If he were a little bigger, he would be a high first-rounder.
8/9/13: Martin improved as the 2012 season progressed. The junior did a good job of contributing to a sound running offense. Martin's pass protection got better and he was much improved over 2011. Martin and Notre Dame struggled in pass protection against Stanford last year and were less than impressive against Alabama.
Martin will see some quality opponents this year, but if the senior plays well, he could give NFL teams reason to believe that he could stay at tackle as a pro. Martin probably has short arms for his size. If he struggles on the edge, he could be better off playing guard in a zone-blocking system in the NFL. He also could get consideration at right tackle. It would help him to add more strength for the next level.
Even though the Fighting Irish had a low sacks-allowed total in 2011, Martin, the team's left tackle, was inconsistent. The sophomore had stretches where he was bein beaten and allowing too much pressure on his quarterback.
Personal: Business major.
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Height: 6-6. Weight: 314. 40 Time: 5.35. Projected Round (2014): 1-2. 5/7/14: The top four offensive tackles are expected to go in the top 20 picks, so Moses has a shot at going to a tackle-needy team picking in the final 12 selections of the first round. WalterFootball.com spoke with teams picking early in the second round, and they don't believe that Moses will make it to Friday night.
Moses did not impress in his Combine workout, but that isn't the environment to illustrate what he does well. Moses had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He could use some work on his body to drop some flab and improve his strength, but he did well in the one-on-ones and showed his pass-protection potential.
Moses didn't play against BYU to start 2013, but he came back for Week 2 against Oregon. Moses stayed in the lineup after that to put together a quality senior season. Late in the year, he had an impressive performance against Miami.
8/9/13: Moses was the starter at right tackle on the other side from Oday Aboushi over the past two years. Moses was a solid player and capable run-blocker. He will need to improve his overall game and his pass protection, especially. Moses could stay at right tackle or move inside to guard in the NFL.
Personal: Son of Marion and Morris Moses.
Joe Bitonio, OT, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 307. 40 Time: 4.97. Projected Round (2014): 1-2. 5/7/14: Sources tell WalterFootball.com that they believe that Bitonio will be a late first-round or early second-round pick. There are a number of teams interested in Bitonio. He had an excellent performance at the Combine in which he ran well and looked very fluid in the field work.
Nevada had a bad year, but Bitonio played well in his final collegiate season. He did a great job of run blocking in 2012 for the nation's second-leading rusher in Stefphon Jefferson. Bitonio continued to play at a high level this year while Nevada finished 4-8. He showed the ability to be a balanced blocker. The senior helped himself after building on his junior year.
Bitonio might be a better fit as a guard in the NFL given his body type, but his Combine performance illustrated that he could stay at tackle. His strong play landed him a highly coveted spot in the Senior Bowl. Bitonio had a decent performance in Mobile that could see him break into the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Cyrus Kouandjio*, OT, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 322. 40 Time: 5.59. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/7/14: Kouandjio had a terrible performance at the Combine and didn't look like he prepared well. Kouandjio ran much slower than expected while looking tight and slow footed in the field drills. There are also teams that are worried about a knee injury. He looks likely to fall to the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Kouandjio had a rough start to the 2013 season. There were times when he dominated Virginia Tech, especially in run blocking, but he was flagged for two holding penalties and almost gave up a sack. Kouandjio took some time to settle in against Texas A&M before winning his blocks in the first half. In the third quarter, he helped blast open some huge running holes. Kouandjio wasn't perfect in the second half as he had a false start penalty, but otherwise, he was played well for those final two quarters.
Kouandjio had a quality performance against Ole Miss. Versus Tennessee, he played well with good blocks in the ground game and pass protection. Kouandjio led the way for Alabama not to allow a sack in over four games. Alabama lost to Auburn, but he played well. Kouandjio had perhaps his best game of the season against LSU. All night, he blasted open running lanes and didn't allow any pressure on the quarterback. The junior was superb against the Tigers.
In bowl season, Kouandjio was abused by Oklahoma edge-rusher Eric Striker. Striker beat Kouandjio for multiple sacks, including a sack-fumble late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Sooners. Kouandjio did some real damage to his draft stock with that night. It would've probably been in his best interest to return for his senior year. Kouandjio still is a young player and should get more consistent as he develops.
8/9/13: Kouandjio's potential convinced the Crimson Tide to move its All-SEC and First-Team All-American Barrett Jones left tackle to center for 2012. Jones was excellent against elite defensive ends in 2011, so obviously Alabama regarded Kouandjio highly. NFL teams will hold him in the same regard as he has the skill set to be a franchise left tackle and high first-round pick.
Kouandjio didn't disappoint as he had an excellent 2012 season. By the end of the year, the sophomore was a superb run-blocker and rock-solid pass-protector. Kouandjio had some early mistakes, but improved steadily. Alabama averaged 224.6 yards per game on the ground and 439.1 of total offense. He finished the season in impressive fashion with excellent outings against Georgia and Notre Dame.
There is no doubt that Kouandjio is a great athlete for his size. He is very agile and quick. Kouandjio is very fast in his kick slide and also has the power to push linemen around at the point of attack. There are big expectations for the junior in 2013 and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up being the first tackle selected.
The coaching staff worked Kouandjio, a freshman, onto the field in 2011. When he was in, the team would move shift Jones to act as a sixth lineman or, more often, lined up like a tight end on the right side. Kouandjio's outings in 2011 ended after he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Tennessee.
JuWuan James, OT, Tennessee
Height: 6-6. Weight: 311. 40 Time: 5.34. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/7/14: James has received a lot of positive buzz in the months leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. Some have projected him to be a late first-round pick, but WalterFootball.com hasn't heard that estimation from teams.
James played well for Tennessee overall in 2013, including versus South Carolina. He got some double-team help when going against Jadeveon Clowney, but James kept Clowney from recording a sack.
James is a tough run-blocker and a reliable pass-protector. He is surprisingly athletic for his size. At most colleges, Jones would have been a starting left tackle. Sources have told WalterFootball.com they see James going on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft. He could be a nice sleeper pick. James didn't impress at the Combine.
8/9/13: While other linemen have received more attention, James has been the rock on Tennessee's offensive line. He has started all 37 games of his collegiate career at right tackle. The Volunteers allowed just 18 sacks (1.5 per game) last year, and James had a strong season protecting Tyler Bray.
James also has some power at the point of attack as a run-blocker. He is a preseason All-SEC selection entering the 2013 season. James is a right-tackle prospect for the NFL, but he could move inside to guard as well.
Personal: Majoring in arts and sciences. Son of Nichelle James-Mickens and Burkley James.
Antonio Richardson*, OT, Tennessee
Height: 6-6. Weight: 336. 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2014): 2-3. 5/7/14: Richardson didn't have a good Combine. Tennessee failed to qualify for a bowl game, but the junior had a good season. Sources have said that Richardson looks like a first-round pick, but they have concerns about his injuries, specifically a micro-fracture.
Richardson's schedule this year was tough, but he generally did well. Richardson played well against Missouri's speed-rushers and did a great job of getting depth in his drop to negate their rushes. He also stonewalled bull rushes. The only Missouri rusher who was able to get some pressure going against him was Ealy. He worked himself free of Richardson on a few occasions, but never quickly enough to get a hit on the quarterback or a sack. Even on Richardson's underwhelming plays, he got enough of his rushers to give his quarterback a reasonable amount of time to throw the ball.
Against Alabama, Richardson played well overall. He did a nice job in pass protection and wasn't beat for any sacks. Richardson was jacked up for another shot at Jadeveon Clowney. Toward the beginning of the game, Clowney made some plays against him in run defense, but Richardson settled down and played well. He kept Clowney from recording a sack and did well in pass protection.
Richardson was solid against Georgia aside from a couple of bad plays. He was pushed into the pocket and almost beaten for a sack in the second quarter. Richardson was then beaten in third quarter by Ray Drew for a sack with a rush to the inside. Drew gained leverage on Richardson, who was unable to recover. After those hiccups, he was generally sound versus Georgia. Richardson had some well-executed assignments on some clutch second-half throws made by Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley.
Early in the season, Richardson had his worst game of the past two years in a loss to Florida. He was beaten by Dante Fowler for a strip-sack and had issues in the first half with the Gators' defensive linemen. Richardson played better in the second half.
8/9/13: Entering the 2012 season, Dallas Thomas was a quality tackle prospect, but Richardson's talent prompted Tennessee to move Thomas inside to guard. Richardson was excellent at protecting Tyler Bray's blind side last year. The Volunteers did a great job in pass protection with Richardson leading the way, allowing only eight sacks. He was a Second-Team All-SEC selection.
Richardson also held his own going against South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney. Richardson has size to go with some athleticism. It wouldn't surprise me to see his stock rise during his junior year. He moves really well for his size and was even used some as a fullback as a freshman in 2011.
The junior faces a challenging schedule with good pass-rushers throughout this comign season. He rematches with Clowney midway through the year. If Richardson has a dominant 2013, he could rise into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Personal: Majoring in communications. Son of Lanny Richardson.
Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 316. 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/7/14: A lot of teams have shown interest in Turner who has taken a number of pre-draft visits around the league. He received a ton of awards over his four seasons at North Dakota State. Turner was a 4-year starter and dominated his level of competition. He was put to the test at the Senior Bowl and held his own against much better competition. Turner showed some strength and athletic ability to develop in the NFL. He also did well at the Combine and helped himself.
Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 316. 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/7/14: Sources have said that Thomas graded out as a third-round pick, but that was before he tore his ACL during a private workout with the Saints. Thomas should still be selected in the mid-rounds.
Thomas had a strong start to the season against Georgia. He did a decent job as a run-blocker and a pass-protector, but didn't have his best game against Florida State and struggled versus South Carolina. Thomas had an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He did well blocking at left tackle in the one-on-ones on speed rushes. Thomas may be too undersized to play tackle in the NFL, but he could move inside to guard.
At the Combine, Thomas was impressive with his speed and agility. Some teams could consider playing him at tackle in the NFL even though he's very undersized for that position.
8/8/13: Thomas broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011. He was solid in pass protection for Tajh Boyd and in run blocking for Andre Ellington. Thomas followed that up with a quality 2012 season. He could use more power for the NFL. Thomas would be a better fit in a zone-blocking system and could be a candidate to move to center.
Personal: Secondary education major.
Cameron Fleming*, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-4. Weight: 323. 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/7/14: Fleming played well for Stanford. He was a tough run-blocker and an improving pass-protector. Fleming had some challenges with Anthony Barr, but Fleming wasn't a liability going against the best edge rusher in the Pac-12. Fleming would have been better off returning for his senior year and getting better. He had a solid Combine performance.
9/1/13: Fleming broke into the starting lineup in 2011. He had a good season blocking for Andrew Luck and Stepfan Taylor. In 2012 he moved to right tackle and was excellent at opening up holes for Taylor. With Andrus Peat on the left side, Stanford should have an excellent tackle tandem the next two seasons.
Personal: Majoring in aeronautics and astronautics. Son of Kim and Karen Fleming.
Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 309. 40 Time: 5.37. Projected Round (2014): 3-4. 5/7/14: Mewhort struggled in the 2013 season opener trying to block Buffalo's Khalil Mack, but played better after that. For the NFL, Mewhort's run blocking is better than his pass protection. He could be a better fit at right tackle.
Mewhort didn't play well against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship or Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He also had some struggles at the Senior Bowl, but Mewhort has fans in the scouting community. He didn't impress at the Combine and definitely looks like a power right tackle in the NFL.
8/9/13: Mewhort took over Mike Adams as the left tackle for Ohio State last year and had a quality season. Mewhort did a nice job of protecting Braxton Miller and opening up holes in the ground game. Mewhort has nice power and length, but could be a better fit as a right tackle in the NFL. The senior has to prove this season that he has the quickness and agility to be a left tackle.
Mewhort was the starter at right guard in 2011. He was a backup as a redshirt freshman.
Personal: Majoring in family resource management. Son of Gail and Don Mewhort.
Charles Leno Jr., OT/G, Boise State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 303. Projected 40 Time: 5.26. Projected Round (2014): 3-5. 5/7/14: Leno was a solid blocker for Boise State. He has nice athleticism and agility. Leno could use more punch at the point of attack for the NFL and would probably be a better fit at guard. He played left tackle for the Broncos. Leno was their starter at left tackle in 2013 and 2012 after Nate Potter moved on to the NFL. As a sophomore, Leno broke into the starting lineup as a right tackle.
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-5. Weight: 296. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Projected Round (2014): 3-5. 5/7/14: Unfortunately for Hurst, he broke his left leg in the bowl game against Cincinnati. The injury took him out of the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Hurst answered doubters with a solid performance against Jadeveon Clowney in the 2013 season opener. Hurst won their one-on-ones and kept Clowney from getting to the quarterback. Hurst did a good job against speed rushers this season and looks like a technician as a pass-protector. However, he was beaten for a sack on a speed rush by Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu.
Overall though, Hurst was good in pass protection. Still, he could use more power for moving defenders at the point of attack.
8/9/13: Hurst is a sleeper prospect who could rise up the rankings. He has great length to go along with good athleticism. Hurst enters his senior season having been a 3-year starter for North Carolina.
Hurst had a strong 2012 campaign protecting the blind side of Bryn Renner. Star guard Jonathan Cooper formed an excellent left side of the line with Hurst. Cooper has said that Hurst helped him to a lot of his collegiate success. Hurst is said to be extremely intelligent. He always knows what to do and where to be, and directs his teammates accordingly. Hurst was a strong run-blocker for Giovani Bernard last year.
The senior has the opportunity to make an immediate statement this season and electrify his draft stock. North Carolina's 2013 season opener is South Carolina, which will match up Hurst against phenom defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. If Hurst plays well against Clowney, the Tar Heel could help make the case to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It will be all downhill for Hurst after he gets by Clowney.
Hurst was a freshman sensation in 2010. He started 12 games at left tackle and graded out at a high level. The sophomore stayed in the lineup in 2011 and had a good season blocking for Bernard.
Personal: Majoring in exercise and sports science. Son of Tim and Susan Hurst. His father played football at Alabama.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT/G, McGill University
Height: 6-5. Weight: 321. 40 Time: 5.04. Projected Round (2014): 4-5. 5/7/14: The big Canadian has a nice buzz about him as a number of teams have shown interest. Duvernay-Tardif is expected to be the first pick in the Canadian draft. He is on his way to becoming a doctor. For the NFL, Duvernay-Tardif could fit as a guard or tackle.
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Height: 6-7. Weight: 331. 40 Time: 5.04. Projected Round (2014): 4-5. 5/7/14: Henderson was not a starter to open the 2013 season against Florida Atlantic, but he entered the game in the first half. Henderson impressed at times in that contest and against Florida, but also had some mistakes. That pattern repeated itself in other games.
Henderson hurt his draft stock some more with another suspension. After missing a game, he was reinstated to the team and continued to play in a platoon role. Henderson has a lot of potential, but seems consistently distracted from football.
At the Senior Bowl, Henderson flashed good and bad. His Combine was more of the same. He could be a good value if he lands in the right situation, and WalterFootball.com knows a lot of scouts are intrigued with his developmental talent, but Henderson hurt himself with an underwhelming performance at his pro day.
8/9/13: Henderson is massive, yet very athletic for his size. He had a rocky start to his collegiate career, but has the look of a solid player for Miami in 2013 after being the No. 1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school. Henderson's rough career has included back surgery, a suspension, a car accident that resulted in a concussion and dealing with some personal family issues.
Henderson started nine games at right tackle as a freshman in 2010. He had a back injury that knocked him out in the early going of the 2011 season. Once healthy, Henderson was backing up the starting left tackle, Brandon Washington. Henderson only started two games as a sophomore year and played only 200 snaps all season.
Henderson started seven games at right tackle in 2012 and was an All-ACC honorable mention. The junior had a solid season for the Hurricanes as a run-blocker and a pass-protector. Henderson submitted to the NFL advisory board, which suggested he wouldn't go until the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft. He wisely decided to return for his senior season. Henderson understands he has no room for error this year and has used the low draft grade as a source of motivation.
Henderson has to stay on the field this coming year and dominate to justify the hype he received as the nation's top recruit out of high school. Henderson currently looks like he would be better off staying as a right tackle.
Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-5. Weight: 297. 40 Time: 5.11. Projected Round (2014): 4-6. 5/7/14: At the Senior Bowl, Johnson had some struggles. He looks like he might be a better fit at guard. Johnson had a solid workout at the Combine.
Johnson is an undersized, but versatile, offensive lineman. He played well in 2013, including a good performance against South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Johnson started at center, guard and tackle in his career and played left tackle this year. In the NFL, he might be better off moving inside. Johnson needs to add weight, and there are some doubts about his ability to do it. He is a technician who fights through the whistle and is very intelligent.
Sources told WalterFootball.com they have Johnson grading out as a fifth- or sixth-round pick, but they could see a team that really likes him pulling the trigger in the fourth round.
Personal: Son of David and Arlene Johnson. His grandfather played for the Baltimore Colts.
Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College
Height: 6-6. Weight: 302. 40 Time: 4.97. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/7/14: Patchan is a good athlete, but he had a ton of injuries in college. That's reason why Patchan spent six years in college. He started out at Florida and was a star recruit out of high school by then Gators coach Urban Meyer. The other offensive line stars in that high school group included Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Matt Kalil (Vikings) and Mike Adams (Steelers).
Unfortunately Patchan's career didn't go smoothly. He was constantly hurt at Florida. When Patchan did play, he was very inconsistent and never played up to his athletic potential. In fact, Patchan was the offensive lineman who missed the block on Tim Tebow's concussion against Kentucky in 2009.
At Florida, Patchan had a torn ACL, broken wrist, and pectoral injury. He also was shot in a drive by shooting in Tampa and had two scooter accidents in Gainesville. Patchan transferred to Boston College for his senior season to be reunited with former Gators offensive line coach Steve Addazio.
Patchan started at left tackle in 2013 and played well. He opened up holes for Andre Williams to have a massive season. Patchan has athletic ability with power, speed and strength, but his medical history makes him hard to draft before the middle of the third day.
Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-6. Weight: 301. 40 Time: 5.01. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/7/14: Schofield was a solid right tackle for Michigan in 2013 and improved his play over previous seasons. Schofield started at right tackle and left guard during his college career. Right tackle looks like his most natural fit. Entering the next level, Schofield's run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. He had some problems with speed rushers at the Senior Bowl.
Andrew Norwell, OT/G, Ohio State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 319. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2014): 5-7. 5/7/14: Norwell was solid for Ohio State in 2013. In most games, he was very reliable as a pass-protector and run-blocker. Norwell didn't play as well against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. He didn't participate in the Combine.
8/9/13: Norwell had a strong 2012 season at left guard for the Buckeyes. The junior was impressive as a run-blocker for Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. Ohio State had a solid right tackle in Reid Fragel, but Norwell could get consideration at right tackle this season. He has the potential to rise higher in these rankings over the next year.
Norwell filled in at left tackle in 2011 when Mike Adams was suspended for the first five games, and did a respectable job. Following Adams's return, Norwell moved over to left guard to finish out his sophomore season. He was the backup at right tackle as a freshman.
Personal: Majoring in communications. Son of Julia and Ivar Norwell.
Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
Height: 6-6. Weight: 325. 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2014): 6-FA. 5/7/14: Britt produced a quality senior season playing left tackle after suffering an ACL tear in 2012. He held his own against Jadeveon Clowney and performed well against Tennessee. Overall, Britt played well against Texas A&M, but was beaten for a sack. He had some struggles against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl and a mixed performance at the East-West Shrine.
Britt played six games at right tackle and three at left tackle in 2012. He started all 13 games at left tackle the year before after Elvis Fisher was lost to a knee injury.
Britt has some athleticism, but could use more power for the NFL. He also could be a candidate to move to right tackle or inside to guard.
Personal: Son of Chris and Kelly Britt.
Luke Lucas, OT, Kansas State
Height: 6-8. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2014): 6-FA. 5/7/14: Lucas and Kansas State had a rough outing against North Dakota State to start the year. The Wildcats played better after that as Lucas helped pave the way for some big days on the ground against Louisiana-Lafayette and Massachusetts. He had some struggles with Texas and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. Lucas is a sleeper to develop at right tackle.
8/9/13: The Wildcats had a strong running game in 2012 and Lucas was one of the reasons why. The first-year starter took over at left tackle and earned All-Big XII honors. He led the way for a line that only allowed quarterback Collin Klein to be sacked 14 times. Lucas was a backup as a sophomore and freshman.
Personal: Engineering major. Son of Cornelius Lucas, III and Priscilla Jones.
Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-6. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.24. Projected Round (2014): 7-FA. 5/7/14: Oklahoma had some moderate success on offense this year. Williams helped the Sooners improve their running game and finished 2013 with an impressive performance against Alabama. Williams could fit best on the inside at guard in the NFL.
8/9/13: Williams broke into the starting lineup in 2012 at right tackle on the other side from Lane Johnson. Williams did a nice job in pass protection for Landry Jones and in run blocking.