Can the Jaguars give up on Luke Joeckel yet? It may seem soon, but remember, he was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. By the time the 2016 NFL Draft rolls around, that'll be three disappointing seasons, and Joeckel will be entering his contract year, anyway. So, yeah, I think Jacksonville will draft an elite left tackle, given the opportunity. Joeckel simply can't protect Blake Bortles, so the Jaguars need to find a better option before they ruin their quarterback, much like the Texans did with David Carr.
There's some strange off-the-field issue going on with Laremy Tunsil right now, but what that is exactly is unclear. I'll move him down in my mock if it turns out to be bad, but for now, he stays up here.
Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT
Rd. 1, Pk. 5
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The 49ers endured a number of surprise retirements this past offseason, one of which was to Anthony Davis. Poor protection - in addition to the massive downgrade in coaching - has transformed Colin Kaepernick into a turnover machine. Jim Harbaugh's not coming back, but the 49ers can at least find a replacement for Davis with one of the top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT
Rd. 1, Pk. 12
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Lions upgraded the guard position in the 2015 draft, but they still have a huge hole at right tackle. Riley Reiff is playing poorly as well on the blind side. I can't imagine them failing to address this void two years in a row.
Rd. 1, Pk. 18
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Alex Smith isn't very good, but his struggles haven't completely been his fault. The offensive line has been dreadful, as the entire nation witnessed in the Monday night blowout loss at Green Bay. Eric Fisher has been a huge disappointment, so like the Jaguars, Kansas City could be moving on from its 2013 first-round choice.
Here's another team that desperately needs to upgrade its offensive line. I can't believe the Panthers' front office went into the season with Michael Oher as the starting left tackle and thought that would be OK.
Pick change; previously Jack Conklin, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 1
Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
The Bears drafted a center, but they need more than just one upgrade on their horrific offensive line. They need to move Kyle Long back to guard, so why not another blocking Duck who can make that happen?
More offensive help for the Rams is needed. They already grabbed their receiver, and now they can bolster the front, which has major issues blocking.
Pick change; previously Su'a Cravens, S
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
Seattle's offensive line is an abomination. The most glaring weakness is at right tackle, where, in St. Louis, Garry Gilliam may have had the worst performances from an offensive lineman I've ever seen. I'd call him a turnstile, but that would be offensive to turnstiles.
The Lions have some young talent on the offensive line, but they could use an upgrade at tackle. If they draft a left tackle like Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley, they could move Riley Reiff to the right side.
Tunsil has been held out of every game this season for "precautionary reasons" with the NCAA investigating whether he accepted improper benefits from an agent. He is supposedly set to miss the upcoming against Florida as well.
Tunsil has a ton of natural talent to be a blind-side protector. He was dominant in 2014 and arguably the best left tackle in the nation. Not only does Tunsil shut down pass-rushers, he gets movement in the ground game.
Tunsil (6-5, 305) was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school. As a freshman, he validated the hype when he broke into the starting lineup and became an All-SEC Second-Team selection by the AP. The conference's coaches had him as an All-Freshman performer, and he was also named a Freshman All-American according to many media outlets.
Rd. 1, Pk. 6
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Tampa Bay's offensive line still needs a lot of work. A left tackle would allow Tampa Bay to move Donovan Smith to guard or right tackle. It makes sense for the Bucs to bring on a franchise left tackle to protect their investment in Jameis Winston and get more out of Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Stanley is athletic and quick. He possesses good length to him and sustains his blocks well. Stanley has the speed and agility to mirror speed rushers, and at times, he can get movement in the ground game. His significant athleticism allows him to hit blocks downfield as well. It wouldn't hurt Stanley to add more power for the next level though, and he has to improve his ability to avoid mental mistakes with penalties.
Stanley (6-5, 315) generated a ton of late-season buzz in 2014, and he put an exclamation point on it by getting the better of the top 2015 NFL Draft-eligible defensive lineman in USC's Leonard Williams in limited plays against each other. In 2013, Stanley started at right tackle and was part of a line that allowed only eight sacks on the season.
Pick change; previously Joey Bosa, DE
Rd. 1, Pk. 11
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Titans continue to set up Marcus Mariota for success. They have young talent on the line, at receiver and in the backfield. Conklin could bookend with Taylor Lewan and bump Jeremiah Poutasi to left guard.
Conklin is a well-balanced blocker who is effective at protecting the passer and opening holes in the ground game. He turned in an impressive 2014 season as the blind-side protector for Connor Cook. The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Conklin could use a little more power for the NFL, but he should add that in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Pick change; previously Jalen Ramsey, S/CB
Rd. 1, Pk. 20
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Bills signed Richie Incognito to help fill a void at guard, while right tackle may not be settled with Seantrel Henderson or Cyrus Kouandjio. Here's a long-term solution for one of those spots.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound Decker really finished the 2014 season in impressive fashion. Late in the year, he did a good job of protecting Cardale Jones and opening holes for Ezekiel Elliot. If Decker can build on his play in 2015, namely shutting down speed rushers, he could rise very high in the 2016 NFL Draft. Decker got off to a quality start against Virginia Tech.
Luke Joeckel has been a disappointment, and the Jaguars could use more talent and competition on the offensive line.
Clark was solid for Texas Tech in 2014, including his matchup versus Arkansas' Trey Flowers. Clark (6-5, 320) had a strong freshman debut in 2012 as he started 13 games at right guard. In 2013, he took over at left tackle and, once again, was selected by the media as an all-conference standout. Clark has natural abilities as a pass-protector and moves well for his size. He also has the strength to open holes in the ground game.
Pick change; previously Montravius Adams, DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 18
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
The Jets grab an understudy for D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Drango (6-5, 315) is in his fourth-straight season as the starter at left tackle for Baylor. He is a quality run-blocker who has steadily improved his pass protection. Drango may fit best as a right tackle or guard in the NFL.
Before being injured in 2013, Drango was playing at a really high level as a pass-protector for Bryce Petty. Baylor really missed him when he went out for the season with a ruptured disc in his back in mid-November that year.
The Panthers need more talent on the offensive line, and Michael Oher is not a long-term solution. Ifedi could be a starter at guard or right tackle.
Ifedi (6-5, 325) has been a steady right tackle for the Aggies and is an athletic blocker with quickness. Ifedi has more strength and nastiness to him than other recent Aggies line prospects like Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi. Some scouts think that Ifedi would be better off at guard in the NFL.
This Team needs Defense,LB's,DE's,CB's and all that good stuff.Losing Mike Lupati and then having Anthony Davis Retire in his mid 20s,Tunsil seems logical. Kapernick will be giving the ball to Carlos Hyde in 2015 and with a few off seasons i think GM Trent Bulke
will be able to get some Defense up in Santa Clare and get this Team back on track.
Worst O-Line in football but people still pick Winston to haev a good first year.So that means if you put a stud up on the Line you can get your team to the playoffs.Doug Martin has trained this summer and it has showed with him dropping more than 15 Pounds and good pick in Stanley and i decent Veteran/Young gun signed Tampa Bay will have a good 2016
It’s been two drafts in a row where Carolina truly needs a left tackle to protect Cam Newton. They at least grabbed Kelvin Benjamin and a decent guard in 2014, but reached for Devin Funchess and drafted the ordinary Daryl Williams in 2015. Though adding Ezekiel Elliot seems ideal, improving the running game does only a fraction of good when Cam Newton is continuously beat down by defenses. Decker has all the tools to be a decade long starting left tackle. Protect your franchise QB or you’ll be leaning too often on backups.
I thought that he was going to be a first rounder last year, and then I paid better attention. Still, he has potential to make for a solid interior lineman. His experience at left tackle also adds value, in case something happens to Anthony Castonzo.
The Seahawks had a solid right tackle in Justin Britt last year; then they moved him to left guard in favor of an undrafted free agent who was bullied by a great Rams defensive line. He needs to be replaced, either by Britt or Conklin, who is heavily touted for his run blocking ability. Whether he’s moved inside to guard or right tackle, a run blocker is exactly what Seattle needs for their offense to keep chugging along.