Trey Adams*, OT, Washington
Height: 6-7. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 1. 9/16/17: Adams has been solid for Washington. He didn't have a flawless season opener against Rutgers, but showed good length, quickness, athleticism and agility.
9/1/17: During the summer leading up to fall camp, scouting sources with NFL teams who had gone ahead to work the 2018 class during the spring told me that they thought Adams had the potential to be an elite prospect. Sources say that they think that Adams could emerge as one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft and had him in the top three of all players entering the season. They compared Adams' size and athleticism to Taylor Lewan coming out of Michigan, and also said that Adams has good technique to go with his impressive skill set.
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 in 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping his quarterback, Jake Browning, protected. Adams was excellent against Alabama in the playoff game. In pass protection, Adams shows serious athletic ability for a big-bodied offensive tackle. He is quick, agile, and very athletic playing in space. Adams uses his quick feet and length to neutralize speed rushes, and has an impressive ability to get depth in his drop. He does a superb job of keeping his feet moving and is able to play the typewriter while gliding with edge rushers.
As a run blocker, Adams can create a push at the point of attack. He is a true bull who overwhelms defenders at the point of attack, and he is able to knock defenders back to open holes in their gaps. Adams' speed and athletic ability can be seen as he is quick to hit blocks on the perimeter and the second level.
Connor Williams*, OT, Texas
Height: 6-6. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 1. 9/16/17: Williams had a disappointing season opener against Maryland, getting flagged for numerous holds including some that canceled out big plays for his team. He allowed some pressures and hits, too. Williams is a good athlete on the edge, but he should continue to get stronger in his base.
9/1/17: Williams broke into the starting lineup at left tackle as a freshman for the Longhorns in 2015 and locked down the position. He improved as a sophomore as he was a steady pass protector and consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness and athleticism. He needed to add more power, and he is supposedly up to 315 pounds entering the 2017 season. Scouting sources say that at this point, they see Williams as a first-round offensive tackle.
In pass protection, Williams is a good athlete with quickness on the edge. He has length with long arms and height to make it hard for edge rushers to get around him. Williams has quick feet, balance, and gets depth in his kick slide to neutralize edge rushers. Even though Williams wasn't overly powerful last year, he showed a nice ability to sustain his blocks in pass protection.
As a run blocker, Williams is excellent at using his quickness to fire to the second level to hit blocks to spring his running back for some long runs. Williams uses his athleticism to hit blocks in space and is superb at hitting blocks on linebackers to create lanes for the ball-carrier.
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-7. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2018): 1. 9/16/17: McGlinchey has been solid to star his senior year. He gave up a few pressures against Georgia and showed a lack of awareness on a couple of plays, but overall, McGlinchey played well against the Bulldogs until the end of the fourth quarter, when he was beaten by a speed rush for a sack-fumble with 90 seconds remaining to clinch a one-point win for Georgia. Prior to that play, McGlinchey did very well in one-on-one pass protection on the blind side. He still had one false start, but looks more disciplined in that regard this year.
9/1/17: McGlinchey could have been the closest thing to a franchise left tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his senior year. McGlinchey wouldn't have been one of the best tackle prospects to come out in years, but he was a very good prospect with upside to be an impactful left tackle.
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position in previous seasons. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. In pass protection, McGlinchey looks like a natural at left tackle, showing excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. He also displays a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. The one consistent problem for McGlinchey is a lot of false start penalties. His 2016 performance suggests that he is a future starting left tackle for the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey broke into starting lineup during his sophomore year, putting together an impressive season as a pass protector at right tackle. He showed nice athleticism and the strength to open holes in the ground game.
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 1-2. 9/16/17: Rankin and Mississippi State rolled some easy opponents to open 2017.
9/1/17: Rankin had a strong 2016 season as a run blocker and pass protector for Mississippi State. He received a second-round estimation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board for the 2017 NFL Draft, and he could definitely push that higher with a strong 2017 season.
Martez Ivey*, OT/G, Florida
Height: 6-5. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 9/16/17: Ivey had a mixed performance in the season opener against Michigan. It was his first game at left tackle, so he could easily get better as he gains experience. Some team sources feel that Ivey's body type and play might fit best at guard in the NFL, but clearly, Ivey deserves more time to show what he can do at tackle.
9/1/17: Ivey blocked well as a sophomore, showing improvements in pass protection and run blocking. The key for him is to stay healthy and gain experience, as he has a ton of potential. Ivey was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and validated the ranking with an impressive freshman season. He was an effective starter at guard for Florida with natural athleticism.
Ivey (6-5, 312) could use more power for the NFL, but he was only 18-19 during his first two seasons. He has plenty of time to get stronger despite having shoulder surgery after the 2015 season. Ivey is moving to left tackle in 2017 after David Sharpe skipped his senior year to move on to the NFL.
Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 9/16/17: Jones has been solid to open the season, minus a few plays were he was beaten and allowed his quarterback to get sacked or hit. Jones is a balanced player as a run blocker and pass protector. He is not a twitchy athlete who is especially powerful or heavy handed. Jones isn't a first-round talent, but he is a solid blind-side protector who could be a nice second-day pick from the 2018 NFL Draft.
9/1/17: With Taylor Decker in the NFL, Jones took over at left tackle for the Buckeyes in 2016. Jones had a solid season and showed improvement throughout the year. He could be poised to rise as a senior as he has a lot of athletic ability and has worked hard to get stronger with better weight distribution.
Mitch Hyatt*, OT, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 5.12. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 9/16/17: Hyatt has blocked well for Clemson and is an adept pass protector. He needs to get stronger for the NFL.
9/1/17: Hyatt played well in 2016 and did his job to keep Deshaun Watson healthy. Hyatt had an impressive freshman season as the blind-side protector for Watson in 2015 as well. Not only did he help protect Watson, Hyatt did a nice job of opening holes for Wayne Gallman.
Hyatt could use more strength for the NFL, but he is still a young player with time to develop. Hyatt also could be a candidate to move inside as a pro.
Orlando Brown*, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-8. Weight: 360. Projected 40 Time: 5.45. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 9/16/17: Brown and Oklahoma had an impressive performance to win at Ohio State in Week 2.
9/1/17: Brown has been a starting left tackle for Oklahoma, but for the NFL, he is more of a right tackle competitor. Brown was a tough run blocker for the Sooners in 2016, opening a lot of holes for their talented tandem of running backs. He spent 2015 and 2016 at left tackle, but he's too tall for that spot in the NFL. Brown could be a good right tackle candidate in his draft class.
Brock Ruble*, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-8. Weight: 319. Projected 40 Time: 5.39. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 9/16/17: Ruble was decent in the season opener against Alabama, but allowed more pressure than one would like to see. Florida State had its game in Week 2 canceled.
9/1/17: Ruble is a solid run blocking tackle who has the potential to improve after gaining some experience. He made six starts as a redshirt freshman in 2015. In 2016, Ruble was the backup for a few games, but ended up starting the majority of the season at right tackle for Florida State. He was a good run blocker for Dalvin Cook. Even though left tackle Roderick Johnson moved on to the NFL, Ruble isn't expected to move from the right side. Given his height and stature, he should stay at right tackle as a pro.
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 9/16/17: Crosby has been working off some rust after missing almost all of 2016, but he still has opened a lot of holes for running back Royce Freeman, who has been racking up a lot of yards this season.
9/1/17: There was some hype and excitement heading into the 2016 season about Crosby, but his season was dashed after he only played in two full games due to suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 3. Crosby has a good skill set and could rise if he plays well while avoiding injury as a senior.
Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/16/17: Parris is being scouted by NFL teams this fall and performing well at an All-Star game against top competition would really help his draft stock.
9/1/17: In August of 2016, WalterFootball.com was the first to write about Bucknell offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport being a pro prospect. This summer, sources told me that this year's version of Davenport could be Parris.
Parris started at right tackle for the Seawolves as a freshman in 2014. He moved to left tackle the next year and has started there ever since. Parris was an All-CAA selection for both 2015 and 2016. While Parris has a lot to prove in terms of his work ethic and dedication to football, NFL evaluators see the skill set to make him worth scouting.
Bentley Spain, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/16/17: Spain had a nice performance against Louisville in Week 2 to help contain Louisville's edge rushers, including NFL prospect James Hearns.
9/1/17: Spain has been a solid left tackle for North Carolina for the past two seasons. He was improved as a junior and did a good job of protecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky. On the edge, Spain has length and athleticism, but he could stand to continue to get stronger to take on NFL defensive linemen.
Casey Tucker, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 9/16/17: Tucker has yet to play in 2017.
9/1/17: Tucker turned in some good and bad performances in 2016 and was wise to return for his senior year. He was banged up last season and missed time with an injury. After serving as a backup as a freshman, Tucker took over at right tackle for the Cardinal in 2015. He improved throughout the season and was part of a line that went on a tear late that year, helping Christian McCaffrey rip defenses apart. Tucker has upside to develop.
Geron Christian*, OT, Louisville
Height: 6-6. Weight: 314. Projected 40 Time: 5.40. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/16/17: Christian has athleticism but is inconsistent and can get pushed around.
9/1/17: Christian made his way onto the field as a freshman starter and had an impressive debut for Louisville. In 2016, he had some good games protecting Lamar Jackson while having some issues in other contests. Christian needs to become more consistent as a junior.
Toby Weathersby*, OT, LSU
Height: 6-7. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/16/17: Weathersby has played well for LSU in the early going while not seeing a tough challenge yet. He has helped the Tigers break in some new linemen this year.
9/1/17: Weathersby was a solid right tackle at times for for the Tigers in 2016. He is a good athlete with the potential to get stronger. After starting early in the year, he dealt with an ankle injury that cost him four games. Once he returned to the field, he rotated into the game. Staying healthy and on the field is critical for Weathersby to develop.
Ike Boettger, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 9/16/17: Boettger is out for the season with an Achilles injury. He could attempt to get a medical redshirt and return to Iowa for 2018.
9/1/17: Boettger was a potential tight end when he went to Iowa, but 85 pounds later, he has settled in at tackle. Boettger has played well on the right side, opening holes Akrum Wadley. That duo should put together another impressive season in 2017.
David Bright, OT/G, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 293. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 9/16/17: Bright needs to gain more weight and strength for the NFL.
9/1/17: Bright started at right tackle in six games for Stanford with four starts at left guard during his 2016 season. Bright was a solid run blocker, but he needs to improve his pass protection. Gaining weight for the NFL is also a necessity.
K.C. McDermott, OT/G, Miami
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.29. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 9/16/17: McDermott and Miami have only played one game. Week 2 was canceled and Week 3 was moved to October.
9/1/17: McDermott started at left guard for the Hurricanes last season and was a significant part of Miami showing a big improvement in its rushing offense over 2015. However, Miami's line still allowed too much pressure on quarterback Brad Kaaya. McDermott turned in some underwhelming play in a few games. Improving his pass protection as a senior is critical for his NFL hopes.
McDermott started at guard and right tackle for Miami during the 2015 season. The offensive line had issues that season as the Hurricanes had one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation. While they didn't allow a lot of sacks, there was still too much pressure on Kaaya. McDermott could be better off at guard in the NFL.
Grant Newsome*, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-7. Weight: 318. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 9/16/17: Newsome hasn't played yet this season.
9/1/17: Newsome was Michigan's starting left tackle early in 2016 off to a good start to the season. He turned in quality performances against Central Florida and Penn State before going out for the year with a leg injury against Wisconsin at the start of October. The injury was so serious that Newsome was said to be minutes from losing his right leg. Newsome is doubtful he will play in 2017 and is more likely targeting 2018 for a return to the field.
Brendan Mahon, OT/G, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 9/16/17: Mahon has blocked well and opened holes for Saquon Barkley this season.
9/1/17: Mahon started at left tackle for Penn State in 2016, but he struggled in pass protection, including an ugly game against Pittsburgh. However, Mahon and the Nittany Lions' offensive line performed much better as run blockers for Saquon Barkley. Mahon improved as the season progressed.
In 2015, Mahon started at guard and tackle for Penn State. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. At times he played well, but he needs to improve his pass protection and consistency. As a freshman, Mahon started at left guard. The Penn State offensive line allowed Christian Hackenberg to be sacked more than 80 times over those two seasons.