Cam Robinson*, OT, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 322. Arm: 35.5. 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2017): 1. 4/25/17: There is a fair amount of debate about Robinson for the NFL. One team said they had Robinson as a top-15 pick and believe that he is a Russell Okung- or Ryan Clady-caliber left tackle for the next level. Another playoff team graded Robinson late in the first round. That organization thinks a team could get by with him at left tackle, but ideally, Robinson would be a right tackle. One NFC team gave Robinson a second-round grade. That team said Robinson could have problems with speed rushers if on the blind side. They said they project him similarly to Tampa Bay's second-year left tackle Donovan Smith. This is a weak tackle draft though, so Robinson will probably go in the top-25 picks.
Overall, Robinson's pass protection was improved in 2016. His bending at the knee looked improved, his feet were better, and he was quicker in his drop. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds prior to the season and that helped him in pass blocking. Robinson was still very good in the ground game. He lacks consistency with his bending and balance, hence he isn't considered to be an elite, "top of the draft tackle" prospect. Team sources say Robinson interviewed well at the combine.
Robinson had a strong start to the 2016 season with a number of impressive performances, including games against USC and Arkansas. He held Razorbacks edge rusher Deatrich Wise Jr. to two tackles. Robinson held his own against Ole Miss, but did have an ugly play getting bull rushed by the Rebels' Marquis Haynes. Robinson had a rough start against Tennessee's Derek Barnett giving up a sack and some pressures before settling down to have a strong final three quarters versus the Volunteers edge rusher. Robinson had a good game against Texas A&M superstar Myles Garrett and kept Garrett from getting a sack.
9/3/16: Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks on the season. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback. He had some real problems with Texas A&M superstar Myles Garrett for example. However, Robinson was better down the stretch and helped open a lot of holes for Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry. Given the improvement as the season went along, it wouldn't be surprising if Robinson takes his play to another level in 2016.
There are a lot pluses to the junior's game for the next level. As a pass protector, he has the length and quickness to defend the edge. He also has quick enough feet to cut off speed rushers and also displays some ability to bend at the knees. Robinson uses his length well and adjusts wisely to blitzes. He needs to get more consistent with his bending and shuffling his feet though. He gets sloppy sometimes, and that leads to him giving up some pressures and sacks.
In the ground game, Robinson is a quality blocker. He has strength to turn defenders at the point of attack and open holes. Robinson is quick to the second level to hit blocks as well and is able to pull. He has some power at the point of attack with a physical demeanor.
Garett Bolles*, OT, Utah
Height: 6-5. Weight: 297. Arm: 34. 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2017): 1-2. 4/25/17: Bolles was on my 2018 NFL Draft addition list after a quality junior season. Many didn't expect Bolles to enter the 2017 NFL Draft after only one season at Utah, but the junior college product decided to skip his senior season. Bolles started at left tackle in 2016 and was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection for the Utes. Bolles will need to work on pass protection for NFL speed rushers. He will be also significantly older than most rookies as he turns 25 a few weeks after the 2017 NFL Draft.
Bolles has some off-the-field issues that have some teams concerned about his mental health. They wonder how the pressure of the NFL and if bad games will potentially impact him mentally. These issues could hurt his chances of going in the first round. Some teams have concerns about his mental health and some past issues with marijuana. Bolles' family has had some run-ins that also impact his off-the-field evaluation and gave him a rough upbringing that wasn't his fault. Team sources say that Bolles interviewed well at the combine, but the concerns about his mental health persist.
Ryan Ramcyzk*, OT, Wisconsin
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Arm: 33.25. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2017): 1-2. 4/25/17: Ramcyzk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. He was rock solid in pass protection and very good at opening holes in the ground game. The NFL advisory board gave Ramcyzk a first-round grade, and he decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He needed hip surgery for a torn labrum this offseason, and teams have said that the results of his medical exam from the combine and re-check gave them some reasons for concern with Ramczyk's ability to avoid lower body injuries. Teams say that Ramczyk is a good kid but they question his love of football because he quit the sport after high school for a time.
In 2013 and 2014, Ramcyzk was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point, where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramcyzk was one of the better left tackles in college football in 2016.
Ramcyzk has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, he can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. Ramcyzk gets depth in his drop as well. Sometimes though, he can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves. Ramcyzk also needs to add more strength as sources say he lacks heavy hands. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out, however, and he should get stronger in a NFL strength and conditioning program.
David Sharpe*, OT, Florida
Height: 6-6. Weight: 343. Arm: 35.38. 40 Time: 5.44. Projected Round (2017): 2-3. 4/25/17: For the NFL, Sharpe is a better run blocker and needs to develop his pass protection. Sources believe Sharpe would be better off as a right tackle in the NFL. He should have returned for his senior year, dropped some weight, and worked on improving his fundamentals in pass coverage, but Sharpe decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. However, it could have been the right decision as some team sources believe that Sharpe won't get out of the second round. There are some concerns with Sharpe, including being blind in one eye.
Sharpe is a tough run blocker who was generally reliable in pass protection. After a good first half against Tennessee's Derek Barnett, Sharpe was whipped in the second half of the Volunteers' comeback win. He also had some problems with Florida State's Demarcus Walker and Alabama's edge rushers.
9/3/16: The Gators had a lot of injuries on their offensive line in 2015 and had to move players around. Sharpe was one of those players and saw action at both tackle positions. He was a good run blocker who flashed some pass-protection skills. Sharpe needs to improve his pass blocking, but he has upside to develop. He could be a right tackle candidate and also could move inside to guard for the next level.
Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
Height: 6-6. Weight: 318. Arm: 36. Hand: 10.5. 40 Time: 5.45. Projected Round (2017): 2-4. 4/25/17: At the start of the 2016 season, there was a real buzz in the scouting community about Davenport. Area scouts and national scouts from every team visited Bucknell to see him. Sources say they believe that Davenport is likely to go on the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft. Some team sources really like him and feel he has a starting-left tackle skill set. They love his athleticism, length and upside. He needs some work developing his body, but they believe he could be a starter in the NFL.
Other team sources don't like Davenport and have him on Day 3. They point to some poor tape from his senior year that featured weak competition getting the best of him. The scouts who don't like Davenport say he has terrible technique, is very finesse, and is exceedingly raw. There were snaps where Davenport looked awful. He would play high, get pushed around, get bull rushed, and struggle with redirecting.
Thus, Davenport is very much a love/hate prospect in the scouting community. He needed a strong week at the Senior Bowl, but it didn't happen. Davenport showed nice athleticism with a good skill set, but still got pushed around because he lacks strength. His technique needs work, and he'll likely require a redshirt season in the NFL.
9/3/16: Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is listed at 6-foot-7, 315 pounds. Scouts say they think he could be an inch shorter but has excellent length with 35-plus-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet with a background in playing basketball. Athletic ability runs in the family as Davenport is cousins with Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Team sources believe that Davenport could be a future starting left tackle in the NFL.
One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that they think Davenport would be a top-20 pick if he played at a big BCS school, but because of his level of competition, he is probably more likely to be a second-round pick.
Dion Dawkins, OT/G, Temple
Height: 6-3. Weight: 317. Arm: 34.63. Hand: 9.75. 40 Time: 5.11. Projected Round (2017): 2-4. 4/25/17: Dawkins has some fans in the NFL scouting community. They feel that he has some athleticism and could turn into a good functional blocker. The sources that really like Dawkins have him graded in the second round and think he has left tackle potential for the NFL. Some other teams have him graded a round or two later and think he would be a better fit at guard in the NFL.
Still, Dawkins had a fine senior season that has him in a good position for the 2017 NFL Draft. Some sources believe that he won't get out of the second round. Dawkins had a quality week at the Senior Bowl, but showed he should be a guard in the NFL.
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
Height: 6-6. Weight: 293. Arm: 32.88. Hand: 9.88. 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2017): 2-4. 4/25/17: Garcia had a solid week at the Senior Bowl, but while he has the size to be a left or right tackle in the NFL, he has short arms. Garcia broke into the starting lineup at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and locked down the spot for the rest of his college career, minus an injury-shortened 2013 season. Some team sources have said there are concerns about Garcia and his development in the NFL. They have been deliberately vague about the nature of these developmental concerns and said they wouldn't take him before the mid-rounds because of these issues.
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 330. Arm: 33.13. Hand: 10.75. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2017): 3-4. 4/25/17: Moton was a solid offensive lineman for the Broncos the past few seasons and turned in a quality senior year at right tackle. Western Michigan fielded a superb offense with a dynamic aerial attack for a few years, and Moton's pass protection contributed to that. Moton played right tackle as a sophomore before moving to right guard as a junior.
Moton played well at the Senior Bowl. He is tough at the point of attack with strength in the ground game. For the NFL, Moton has versatile size and could be a player who is a valuable competitor at guard or tackle early in his NFL career. Right guard or right tackle could be his best position in the long term.
Roderick Johnson*, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 298. Arm: 36. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2017): 3-5. 4/25/17: In this writer's opinion, Johnson struggled in 2016 and should have returned for his senior year to get better before going pro. He turned in some underwhelming performances during 2016, including rough tapes against Ole Miss, Louisville, Miami, and Michigan.
Some NFL sources haven't been as hard on Johnson, but they aren't excited about him either. Even scouts from teams that are desperate for offensive line help aren't pining for their team to land Johnson. He hasn't been receiving first-round grades, unlike the suggestion of media hype. The optimistic team sources think Johnson is a backup player in the NFL and potential fringe starter. Other evaluators think Johnson is just not a good player.
Johnson had an ugly start to 2016 as Ole Miss and edge rusher Marquis Haynes exposed a lot of problems. Johnson was beaten for a sack and got zero movement in opening holes in the running game. The junior lacks strength and doesn't generate any push in the ground game. He ties up his blocker, but is not a force at the point of attack to push a defender out of their gap. In pass protection, Johnson has the athleticism to protect against speed rushers, but he is weak to block inside moves and gets bull rushed too easily. Even undersized speed rushers have success bull rushing him. Johnson is a finesse player who needs development.
9/3/16: A lot was made how the Seminoles' offensive line improved when Cam Erving moved to center midway through 2014, but Johnson was the reason for that move. He took over at left tackle and showed a lot of potential as a protector for Jameis Winston. Johnson was solid in 2015 and helped Dalvin Cook run wild over the ACC.
For the passing-driven NFL, Johnson has the skill set to be a competitor at left tackle. He has good size and length to protect on the edge. Johnson has some athleticism and is quick to adjust to blitzes or stunts in pass protection. Against speed rushers, Johnson can do a nice job of riding defenders around the pocket.
Johnson isn't a true bull in the ground game, but he is an effective run blocker. He is quick to get to spots on the second level and hit some blocks to spring his back for big gains. He doesn't blast defensive linemen out of their gap, but he does well holding them up and walling them off to the side to help open holes for his back.
There are a few things that Johnson needs to improve. The big issue for Johnson is improving his feet. He needs to get faster in his quick slide and bend at the knees over bending at the race. Sometimes Johnson can be sloppy in shuffling his feet, and he bends at the waist to reach after pass-rushers. He gets away with it against college defenders, but the NFL that isn't going to work, especially when going against a good rusher.
Javarius Leamon, OT, South Carolina State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 332. Arm: 35.25. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Leamon really impressed scouts in 2016. Sources say that Leamon is athletic with an above-average ability to anchor against bull rushers. He is a little finesse and will need to improve his strength for the NFL, but team evaluators feel he has the potential to grow into starting left tackle. Leamon does have some learning issues and may not be a good fit for hard coaching.
Teams are giving Leamon a draftable grade in the middle rounds of the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-7. Weight: 311. Arm: 33.25. 40 Time: 5.47. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Holden had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine and did pretty well in the pass-rushing one-on-ones. That earned him a late, injury addition to the Senior Bowl. For the NFL, Holden would fit best as a right tackle competitor even though he played left tackle for Vanderbilt. Holden made 37 straight starts to conclude his collegiate career.
Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M
Height: 6-4. Weight: 332. Arms: 33.25. 40 Time: 5.22. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Eluemunor is a big blocker who was inconsistent in 2016, although the whole of the Aggies' offensive line really struggled to protect quarterback Trevor Knight. Eluemunor did show strength as a right tackle in the ground game. He has a nice skill set with size, strength and athleticism; however, he is inexperienced and raw. That isn't surprising as Eluemunor started late in football after growing up in the United Kingdom. He is a project who needs a lot of coaching on technique.
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-5. Weight: 307. Arm: 32.63. Hand: 11.25. 40 Time: 5.23. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Sources have told me that Bisnowaty looks like he has potential with length, but they are giving him late-round grades. One source said their team would have Bisnowaty with an undrafted grade, but thought another team would probably take him on Day 3. A different team said they had Bisnowaty as a fifth- or sixth-rounder. There is some media hype about Bisnowaty, however, so perhaps he could go higher. He didn't impress at the Senior Bowl.
Bisnowaty lacks strength and doesn't get movement in the ground game, but sources feel that while he is limited athletically, he is football player who finds a way to make up for it and be effective. Bisnowaty will need at least one "redshirt" year in the NFL to get stronger in a strength and conditioning program. The teams that like him have compared him to the Ravens' Ricky Wagner.
9/3/16: Bisnowaty was banged up in 2015, but played through injuries and had a solid season. Bisnowaty has been Pittsburgh's starting left tackle the past three seasons. He is a smart player, but he could stand to get stronger for the NFL. Bisnowaty's more reliable pass blocking had him starting on the left side instead of T.J. Clemmings.
Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
Height: 6-8. Weight: 325. Arms: 34.5. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Seaton has big-time size and could be a sleeper prospect who ends up being a steal from the 2017 NFL Draft. He broke into the starting lineup in 2014 and played well. A season-ending injury cost Seaton all but three contests in 2015, but he returned to the field to have a strong senior year in 2016.
Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-6. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.31. Projected Round (2017): 4-6. 4/25/17: Magnuson had a quality senior year as Michigan's right tackle. He started 26 straight games on the right edge for the Wolverines. Magnuson was a tough run blocker. For the NFL, he will need to improve his pass protection and ability to block speed rushers.
Chad Wheeler, OT, USC
Height: 6-7. Weight: 306. Arm: 33.13. 40 Time: 5.48. Projected Round (2017): 5-7. 4/25/17: Wheeler barely played in USC's first two games of 2016 after missing most of training camp with plantar fasciitis. He was banged up during the season, but served as a decent blind-side protector for Sam Darnold. Sources have said they are grading Wheeler on the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has some talent athletically, but they have major concerns about him off the field and those could cause him to go undrafted.
9/3/16: Wheeler has been the starting left tackle over the last three seasons for USC. He was a quality left tackle for the Trojans in 2015. However, Wheeler missed the Holiday Bowl after an incident with police that caused him to be placed in protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation.
Wheeler is a skilled pass protector with quickness and athleticism on the edge. He does need to get stronger for the NFL though. Wheeler broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman at left tackle and did a quality job for the Trojans. He improved while a sophomore, both as a run blocker for Buck Allen and a pass protector for Cody Kessler, but tore knee ligaments after eight games to end his season.
Zach Banner, OT, USC
Height: 6-8. Weight: 353. Arm: 33.63. Hand: 10.75. 40 Time: 5.58. Projected Round (2017): 5-7. 4/25/17: Banner and the rest of the USC offensive line didn't impress against Alabama in the 2016 season opener. He played better after that, but dealt with an ankle injury. Sources say that Banner has some athletic talent, but he has big problems with his weight, work ethic, and lethargy. Banner had some struggles at the Senior Bowl as the fast defensive linemen gave him a lot of issues. He did have a good tape when he did well blocking UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley.
9/3/16: While he's played on the left side at times for the Trojans, Banner is probably more of a smash-mouth right tackle for the NFL. He has a lot of strength at the point attack and obviously is a massive blocker. Banner showed some athleticism by playing some basketball at USC. In 2015, he made two starts at left tackle and the other 12 games at right tackle.
Kelly Parfitt, OT, Florida Atlantic
Height: 6-6. Weight: 313. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2017): 6-FA. 4/25/17: Parfitt started out his collegiate career at Central Florida before transferring to Florida Atlantic. He projects more as a right tackle competitor.
Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 311. Arms: 33.88. Arm: 10. Projected 40 Time: 5.55. Projected Round (2017): 6-FA. 3/25/17: Senior had a so-so week at the Senior Bowl. He played mostly right tackle for Mississippi State, but moving inside to guard will probably be his NFL future. Senior has good size for guard, plus his short arms don't project well to tackle in the NFL. He could start out as a backup swing guard/tackle while developing.
Eric Smith, OT, Virginia
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.17. Projected Round (2017): 6-FA. 3/25/17: Smith played both tackle positions at Virginia, though he spent the majority of his time at right tackle. Smith was a late addition to the Senior Bowl. He has versatile size, but could be a candidate to move inside in the NFL.
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
Height: 6-10. Weight: 309. Arm: 33.38. 40 Time: 5.42. Projected Round (2017): 6-FA. 4/25/17: In the ground game, Skipper has success opening holes. While Arkansas could get away with him at left tackle, he is a right tackle prospect for the NFL. He doesn't have the feet or quickness for the blind side. Skipper can have problems with speed rushers. He struggled at the East-West Shrine in January.
Skipper was beaten for a sack when taking on TCU and defensive end Josh Carraway. Skipper had a lot of problems with Texas A&M's Myles Garrett and also got away with a cheap shot on Garrett. Skipper also had problems with Alabama. He played pretty well against Florida.
9/3/16: Skipper was a tough right tackle for the Razorbacks in 2015. He was part of a strong right side of the offensive line with guard Sebastian Tretola. That duo opened a lot of holes for running back Alex Collins. As a sophomore, Skipper was the starter at left tackle and had a decent season. He had eight starts at guard as a freshman. It will be interesting to see if Skipper moves back to left tackle as a senior since Denver Kirkland left Arkansas, but for the NFL, Skipper projects as more of a right tackle.
Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
Height: 6-8. Weight: 305. Arm: 34. Hand: 10.88. 40 Time: 5.18. Projected Round (2017): 6-FA. 4/25/17: For the NFL, McDermott would probably be a better fit at right tackle. Some team sources say they have given him a late-round developmental grade. He really struggled at the Senior Bowl. McDermott plays too high because of his height, is a waist bender, and has poor footwork that causes him to constantly reach after speed rushers.
In the 2016 season opener, McDermott was beaten by Myles Garrett for a sack and other pressures. McDermott didn't have a meltdown performance, but he didn't impress either. McDermott played better after that, but he is a project for the NFL.
9/3/16: McDermott led a strong UCLA offensive line in 2015 that only allowed 14 sacks on the season. He was a steady pass protector for Josh Rosen. In the ground game, McDermott was an effective blocker at helping to open holes for Paul Perkins. For the NFL, McDermott's measurements would make him more of a right tackle, but perhaps his senior year could prove that he is a viable left-tackle candidate.
J.J. Dielman, OT/C, Utah
Height: 6-5. Weight: 309. Arm: 32.25. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2017): 7-FA. 4/25/17: Because of an injury, Dielman was moved to center for the Utes, and he turned in quality performances for the first five games of the year. Things went off the rails though as Dielman suffered a foot injury and missed the rest of the season. Center could end up being a better fit for him than tackle in the NFL.
9/3/16: Dielman is a solid blocker for the Utes and was very good at opening holes for Devontae Booker in the ground game. For the NFL, Dielman needs to improve his pass protection. He wisely decided to return for his senior year. Moving inside to guard could be his NFL future.
Greg Pyke, OT/G, Georgia
Height: 6-6. Weight: 313. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2017): 7-FA. 4/25/17: Pyke played right tackle for the Bulldogs, but could be a better fit at guard in the NFL. He had a nice start to the 2016 season as a run blocker against North Carolina, but the Georgia offense had some mixed performances over the course of the year. Pyke and the line allowed too much pressure on Jacob Eason. Pyke had some real struggles against Florida, specifically. The senior could lack the quickness and athleticism to block on the edge in the NFL.
8/6/16: Pyke is a good run blocker who needs to improve his pass protection, but he had an up-and-down 2015 season, even being benched at one point. As a sophomore in 2014, Pyke was a Second-Team All-SEC selection and a tough run blocker for Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. Georgia averaged 257.8 yards per game that season, and Pyke was impressive at the point of attack.
Jon Heck, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2016): 7-FA. 4/25/17: Heck had a decent start to the 2016 season against Georgia. The Tar Heels kept Illinois defensive end Dawuane Smoot from registering a sack in Week 2. Heck was reliable pass protector for Mitch Trubisky, overall.
9/3/16: In speaking with sources, Heck hasn't impressed them. They feel he should move inside to guard in the NFL. Heck has been a starter at right tackle for the Tar Heels. His run blocking is ahead of his pass blocking, and he needs to improve his protection as a senior.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.