Rd. 1, Pk. 8
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Teams that spend early picks on quarterbacks tend to double up on offense, and I think Mike McGlinchey makes the most sense if Cleveland were to follow that trend. The Browns have a big hole at right tackle that McGlinchey could fill. Joe Thomas turns 33 in December, so McGlinchey could eventually take over the blind spot once Thomas retires.
The Cowboys have two liabilities up front, but this pick, as one NFL Hall of Famer once said, can kill two stones with one bird. Drafting Orlando Brown to play right tackle would move La'el Collins inside to left guard, which seems like his natural position.
Rd. 1, Pk. 32
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
The Eagles may never have Jason Peters on the field again after he tore both his ACL and MCL against the Redskins. It's unfortunate for them, but they'll have to find a new offensive tackle to pair with Lane Johnson.
Rd. 2, Pk. 4
Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
It's not exactly breaking news that the Colts need offensive line help. They'll have to spend an early pick on a blocker to help protect Andrew Luck.
The Broncos have to find a new quarterback, but I imagine they'll go the veteran route, acquiring Kirk Cousins or Eli Manning. If so, they'll need a new tackle to protect them.
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
No one should be surprised if the Bengals double up on offensive tackles in the first couple of rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft, based on how the offensive line has performed.
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Isaiah Wynn, OT/G/C, Georgia
The Bills need to improve the right side of the offensive line. Perhaps Dion Dawkins will be able to properly replace Jordan Mills sometime soon. Right guard John Miller must also be upgraded.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Giants obviously need to do something about their poor offensive line. They've suffered countless injuries this year, but they still wouldn't be very competitve if everyone were healthy because of their poor blocking.
Connor Williams has taken a dive in this mock draft update as a result of Charlie's report in the NFL Hot Press that teams have a mid-round grade on the Texas tackle.
Rd. 3, Pk. 5
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Here's another offensive line upgrade for the Chargers. They need better play at right tackle and a long-term plan on the blind side.
Pick change; previously Billy Price, C/G
Rd. 3, Pk. 23
Martez Ivey, OT/G, Florida
The Texans must find the best offensive linemen possible to protect Deshaun Watson, as their franchise quarterback will be coming off a torn ACL.
After losing Ricky Wagner in free agency, Baltimore could use a right tackle to pair with Ronnie Stanley. I've heard from sources that the Ravens are high on Robinson and have him as their top-rated offensive tackle.
Robinson (6-6, 322) played well in 2016 overall, consistently opening holes in the ground game and showing improved technique in pass protection. He shut down Arkansas' Deatrich Wise Jr., and there was only one ugly play where Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes bull rushed Robinson. Against Tennessee, Derek Barnett beat Robinson for a strip-sack and some other pressures. Robinson had some wins as well, but it showed that Robinson isn't an elite, "top of the draft," shutdown left tackle prospect. He had a better game against Myles Garrett, keeping the Aggies' superstar from recording a sack. Robinson looked quicker and more athletic during 2016 than in past years. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds over last offseason, and that definitely paid off.
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014 and started every game at left tackle after arriving at Alabama. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks in 2014. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback, especially early in the year. He was better down the stretch, however, and it wasn't all that surprising that he took his play to another level in 2016.
For the NFL, Robinson could be best in the long run at right tackle. If he plays left tackle, he could be above-average. Some sources have compared him to the Buccaneers' Donovan Smith. Robinson provides an impact as a run blocker and has the potential to be a reliable pass protector. On a different note, he was able to skate on an arrest over the offseason before the 2016 season for possession of pot and an illegal gun.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos could use a left tackle to protect Paxton Lynch, and Bolles could be the target of teams trading up for him.
In his one season at Utah, Bolles (6-5, 297) showed that he is really talented with quick feet and athleticism on the edge. He also is tough in the ground game and plays with a physical mean streak. Bolles had a rough upbringing and some off-the-field issues, but a number of teams say he interviewed well at the combine and they feel he has matured. Some do have concerns about his ongoing mental health, however.
Bolles will need to work on pass protection for NFL speed rushers. He will also be significantly older than most rookies as he turns 25 a few weeks after the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Tom Coughlin's wants the Jaguars to improve their rushing attack and be a tougher, more physical team. They traded for Brandon Albert, but they can't count on the oft-injured veteran to be their long-term left tackle.
Team sources say the medical report on Ramczyk had some concerns. Some teams also question his love for football after he quit the sport after high school. Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he 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. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016.
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) 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, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
David Sharpe, OT, Florida
The Panthers could use a right tackle candidate considering the uncertain status for Michael Oher.
Sharpe was a solid left tackle for the Gators. He is a good run blocker and a better athlete with more quickness than one would think. Sharpe had a good first half against Tennessee's Derek Barnett before struggling in the second half.
For the NFL, Sharpe would probably be best as a guard or right tackle. As a sophomore in 2015, Sharpe saw action at both tackle positions. He was a good run blocker who flashed some pass-protection skills. Sharpe (6-6, 343) needs to improve his pass blocking for the NFL, but he has upside to develop. Sharpe needs to keep his weight in check and avoid lethargy.
The Jaguars could use multiple additions to their weak offensive line.
Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and possesses excellent length with 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet and a background in playing basketball. He needs to add a lot of strength, however, as he plays too high and can get pushed around. Davenport also struggles with redirecting and can get bull rushed. He needs some developmental time in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
The Rams could use more offensive line talent to help Todd Gurley and Jared Goff.
Moton (6-5, 330) was a solid offensive lineman for the Broncos the past few seasons and put together 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. As a sophomore, Moton played right tackle before moving to right guard as a junior. He has versatile size for the NFL and could be a player who is a valuable competitor at guard or right tackle early in his NFL career.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
The Chargers could use more offensive line talent. Garcia could compete at guard or tackle.
Garcia (6-6, 302) flashed a good physical skill set at the Senior Bowl, but some team sources say there are some developmental issues with Garcia that cause them to have him as a mid-rounder. He possesses the size to be a left or right tackle in the NFL. 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.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Dion Dawkins, G/OT, Temple
Buffalo could use more competition at right tackle.
The 6-foot-3, 317 pound Dawkins has some fans in the NFL scouting community. They feel that Dawkins has some athleticism and could turn into a good functional blocker. The sources that really like Dawkins have him graded in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and think he has 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 to put himself in position to get drafted come April.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
The Giants get some offensive line competition.
Johnson (6-7, 298) has athletic potential, but he needs a lot of work. He lacks strength and doesn't generate any push in the ground game. Johnson 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 at blocking inside moves and gets bull rushed too easily. Even undersized speed rushers have success when bull rushing him. Johnson is a finesse player who needs development, but he has natural size and athletic ability to work with.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
The Bucs could use more offensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
William Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
The Texans badly need offensive tackle talent and could use multiple offensive line additions.
Sources have told me that the Buccaneers have had preliminary contract-extension talks with left guard Kevin Pamphile, which is wise of Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht because Pamphile is an underrated player and there will be an expensive guard market next year in free agency. I think Ari Marpet is going to be an excellent center for Tampa Bay, and J.R. Sweezy should lock down right guard. However, Donovan Smith has been somewhat inconsistent and Demar Dotson, who turns 32 this coming season, wasn't as good last year. If the Bucs' tackles don't play well this year, the team could take a left tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft and move Smith to the right side to upgrade two spots. Dotson has a cheap contract and could still be a valuable as a swing tackle backup. Getting a young tackle makes sense considering before too long Tampa Bay will be investing well over $100 million into an extension for Jameis Winston. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before last season. <br> <br>
McGlinchey has excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. 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. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. His performance in 2016 protecting DeShone Kizer is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey (6-7, 310) is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. In 2015, he showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts.
Sources have told me that the Buccaneers have had preliminary contract-extension talks with left guard Kevin Pamphile, which is wise of Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht because Pamphile is an underrated player and there will be an expensive guard market next year in free agency. I think Ari Marpet is going to be an excellent center for Tampa Bay, and J.R. Sweezy should lock down right guard. However, Donovan Smith has been somewhat inconsistent and Demar Dotson, who turns 32 this coming season, wasn't as good last year. Thus, getting a young tackle makes sense considering before too long Tampa Bay will be investing well over $100 million into Jameis Winston. <br> <br>
If the Bucs' tackles don't play well this year, the team could take a left tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft and move Smith to the right side to upgrade two spots. Dotson has a cheap contract and could still be a valuable as a swing tackle backup. <br> <br>
Williams (6-6, 290) started at left tackle as a freshman and sophomore for the Longhorns. He was a steady pass protector and a consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness, and athleticism. It would be good to see him become stronger and show more heavy hands.
What can I say, I am a sucker for offensive linemen and how important their are for a good offense. Just look at well the Cowboys played with one of the top lines and same can be said for the Raiders who invested smartly for Derek Carr's protection, which helped with his jump in production. With Donald Penn aging and an upcoming free agent to go along with Carr's new big contract the Raiders will be forced to fix that issue through the draft. Rankin received second round grades this past draft, but smartly returned to school to hone his skills. If he continues to prove himself against the SEC defenders I can see his stock rising. Side Note: Yes, I have the Raiders missing the playoffs and I know everyone's favorite dark horse team has them as sleeper Super Bowl contenders. However, look at their schedule that is littered with East coast trips where they go back and forth at home and on the road. Plus, their division being one of the toughest I can see them being in a tough position to get back in the playoffs.
Last Weeks Selection: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
The Broncos could use more offensive line help. Here's a tackle or guard competitor. I don't think Mitch Hyatt is good, but I thought the same about Ty Sambrailo coming out and Denver took him in the second round. <br> <br>
Hyatt is a third-year starter at left tackle for Clemson. As I reported in <a href="/NFLHotPress/Article/225">the Hot Press</a>, scouts from NFL teams have been disappointed in Hyatt's play this season and some sources say they have been grading Hyatt on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft. The biggest issue for Hyatt for the NFL is a lack of strength. He is listed at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, but the junior has been getting pushed around in 2017. Some are grading Hyatt in the fourth round and may drop him lower, but they acknowledge that tackles rise during the leadup to drafts, so it wouldn't surprise them if a team reaches on Hyatt in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The best move for Hyatt might be returning his senior year and getting stronger for the NFL.
The Bucs could stand to improve their edge protection for Jameis Winston. Donovan Smith could be better as a right tackle, while Demar Dotson is aging, but signed cheaply. Dotson would make for a good swing-tackle backup. <br> <br>
Brown (6-8, 360) is a massive blocker who has been a physical blocker for the Sooners. He opened a lot of holes for Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in 2016. Brown has done the same for others as a starter over the past few seasons. <br> <br>
Brown uses his strength and physicality to toss a lot of defenders to the ground as he can be a flat-out bully on the field. However, he needs to improve his pass protection for the NFL. Some team sources say they don't see Brown as a first-rounder; they think he will be a second-round pick and a starting right tackle at the next level.