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My Best Offensive Tackles for 2017

1. Connor Williams – Texas: Most draft experts have Connor Williams going as the first Offensive lineman picked in 2018. He came to Texas as an unheralded 6-5, 250 rated nearly 60 at his position by ESPN and others. Williams started the moment he stepped on campus at Left Tackle and the Longhorns Offensive Line troubles finally come to an end. Williams is up to around 6-5. 320 and very dominating. Really exceptional run blocker, but great as a Quarterback’s blind side protector in the passing game. Could be a top 10 pick in the next NFL draft if he plays as well as he is capable in the 2017 season.

2. Orlando Brown – Oklahoma: Giant of a man and not as slow as you think. Brown is an amazing

6-8, 340 and handles his height and weight very well. The Oklahoma Sooners return every starter in their Offensive Line. They return everybody but Bob Stoops who decided out of the blue to just retire. Brown really does move well for a 340 pound man and the Sooners even pulled him at times. He’s an excellent pass protector which is why they have him at Left Tackle instead of on the right side. He was a 2nd team All American and a 2nd generation NFL player when he declares. His father Orlando Brown played in the NFL for more than 10 years.

3. Mitch Hyatt – Clemson: Why am I the only one picking this guy? Hyatt has been kicking tail since his sophomore year in high school when he dominated the top rated player in the country, Nkemdiche. Hyatt always seems to get the job done regardless of who he plays against. Started the moment he arrived on the Clemson campus and has been injury free, not missing a game. He’s 6-5, 295 and his size is working well for him so why be bigger and possibly slower?

4. Jonah Williams – Alabama: Recruiting doesn’t matter? Tell that to the teams that have to play Alabama every year. Williams was one of the top ranked Offensive Tackle prospects and only living in California probably dropped him a couple of spots. He started in the Spring for the Tide and the very first game at Right Tackle. He now replaces Cam Robinson at the Left Tackle. He’s not as big as Robinson and some others at 6-5, 295, but he is solid. He doesn’t pack much fat on his frame and a great run or pass blocker. Similar in some ways to Mitch Hyatt of Clemson.

5. Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh: My kind of Offensive Lineman, he is 6-5, 300 and very fluid and as a former Tight End he is very athletic. O’Neill can move, he’s got great feet and quickness plus a lot of toughness and desire in him. This season, with the loss of Adam Bisnowaty, Brian O’Neill moves over to the Left Tackle and protects new grad transfer Quarterback Max Browne from USC. He came in and redshirted as a true freshman and then switched to Tackle from Tight because of a lack of depth in the Offensive Line. This guy could be very good for a long time.

6. Mike McGlinchey –  Notre Dame: 6-7, 310, a Cousin of Quarterback Matt Ryan of Atlanta Falcons. McGlinchey is a long term starter with his first starts coming on the right side before he moved over to the left side to replace 1st round pick Ronnie Stanley. Moves really well for a big man and is excellent at both the run and the pass blocking. Teams with Left Guard Quenton Nelson to form a fantastic one two punch on the left side of the Offensive Line for the Fighting Irish. Notre

Dame was unable to do much about it to use it to their advantage last season. McGlinchey should definitely go in the 1st round this season and it would be cool to see him go to the Atlanta Falcons where he could block for cousin Ryan.

7. Trey Adams – Washington: Adams started as a true freshman at about 270 pounds but he has muscled up and is about 6-7, 320 now. As a sophomore last season, Adams started every game at Left Tackle and was a 1st team All Pac 12 and a 2nd team All American. If Adams announces after this season for the NFL, he could be a 1st round pick. He’s tall and lean for 320 and he moves really well. Washington got beat up by Alabama pretty good in the Peach Bowl, but Trey Adams held his own. He could be a little more aggressive and meaner, but still a very good player with good feet.

8. Braden Smith – Auburn: Fantastic guard, but moved to Right Tackle in the Spring. Hopefully, things will work out for him. He’s a good player with great intensity and desire and good feet. He’s built kind of funny with shorter legs, but he uses those legs to just drive opponents off the line of scrimmage. I think Offensive Guard is his best position, but Auburn used him in a Tight End position when they brought in 6 Offensive Linemen and he did really well from the outside, also. He’s a guy that I will want to watch very closely from his new Right Tackle position.

9. Zack Bailey – South Carolina: My 2nd rated Offensive Guard, but moved to Right Tackle in the Spring. Maybe he should be rated at both because he is just that good. He’s about 6-5, 305 with the

standard feet and great balance. Like Smith, he will need to be focused on this Fall to see how he’s done with his move to Offensive Tackle.

10. Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan: Okarofor and his teammates went unbeaten last year until they met Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl, but who would have thought Western Michigan would ever play in the Cotton Bowl. Okarofor is back for his senior season and the 6-6, 330 lost a lot of his better teammates. He also lost his fantastic coach, PJ Fleck.  However, even without the stars and the great coach, Okorafor is still the same talented player with a huge upside. Teammate Wide Receiver Corey Davis was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 5th pick of the 1st round in last year’s NFL draft, so the scouts surely know about Okorafor and while he probably does not go nearly that early, he should be drafted.

Others that are right there: 

Rick Leonard – FSU: he was terrible at the beginning of the year but improved. He played really well in last 3 games after he moved back in the lineup. He is an athlete and was good enough to log playing time at Defensive End for the Seminoles before moving to Offensive Tackle. He is only in his second year as an Offensive Tackle and has shown athleticism while slowly improving. Florida State recently moved him to Left Tackle from the right side and that shows some confidence that they have in him. I liked Leonard all along because he is a former Defensive End which means he is athletic. Alabama will either expose him, or establish him as a future NFL star.

Cole Chewins – Michigan State: 6-8, 285 there’s something very Jack Conklin like with this young prospect. Conklin was not rated and neither was Chewins and Michigan State head coach offered Chewins a gray shirt which he accepted even though he was committed to Miami of Ohio. Chewins should start at Left Tackle this season as a redshirt freshman. Very similar story to the great Jack Conklin. Tennessee Titans agree about Conklin their starting Tackle. Chewins and starting Right Tackle Luke Campbell

Aaron Cochran – Oklahoma State: Cochran started last season at Cal at the Left Tackle position. Another monster of a man at 6-8, 350. Should come in and help the Cowboys right away.

Michael Dieter – Wisconsin: Moved from Center to Left Tackle. The one thing I always liked about Dieter was his quickness and athletic ability at Center and he will use that at Tackle to be one of the best in the nation. Only I have not seen him there as of yet. Come on football season.

Jeromy Irwin – Colorado: The 6-4, 295 senior is a large part of the restoration of the Colorado program. Colorado’s Line is lean and mean with most of them around the same size as Irwin. Last

year may not have been a fluke at Colorado and they could be good for years to come.

Tyrell Crosby – Oregon: The 6-5, 310 reliable Offensive Tackle missed nearly all of his junior season in 2016, but he should be back and hopefully better than ever. He missed the first game last season and then hurt his foot against Nebraska. He was once projected as a 1st or 2nd round pick and then he missed the season and elected to return. Foot injuries are hard to get over, but hopefully he returns full speed. The Ducks Offensive Line struggled last year with mostly freshmen playing and Crosby should be the vocal leader last year.

Jamarco Jones – Ohio State: Chicago’s Jones was a 2nd team All Big 10 last season. The Buckeyes had a few issues up front last season, but the 6-5, 310 Jones is going into his senior season and his 2nd as a starter.

Matthew Peart – UConn: 6-7, 305 long and lean freshman in 2016, I really like this kid. He redshirted as a true freshman from the Bronx and then moved right into the starting lineup his second season. Loads of potential for Peart.

Brock Ruble – FSU: 6-8, 320: Has played sporadically for the Seminoles splitting time with Rick Leonard. If the coaches follow through with Leonard to Left Tackle talk, then Ruble starts at Right Tackle.

Coy Cronk – Indiana: Cronk was a true freshman last season and started most of the year. The Hoosiers under Kevin Wilson always had a good Offensive Line, but Wilson is a Buckeye now. It will be interesting to see how Cronk develops as a Left Tackle for Indiana.

Others to watch:

Brian Wallace – Arkansas: Huge and probably moves to Left Tackle next year from Right Tackle. Not quick enough for big time pass rushers right now. But, good run blocker. 6-6, 335

Archie Lewis – Boise State

Ryan Hunter – Bowling Green 6-4, 320

Joe Austin – Central Michigan 6-6, 290

Derek Edwards – Central Michigan 6-5, 300

Ryan Stout – Cincinnati

Korey Cunningham – Cincinnati

Sean Pollard – Clemson: true freshman 6-5, 315 he was rated as the 10th best OG in the 2016

recruiting class and was an early enrollee. He looked awful in the spring against Clemson’s DL but he came on in the Fall and showed excellent promise, When Jake Fruhmorgen left, Pollard stepped up. Great human being and no program will ever have any problem with Sean Pollard. He is kind of stiff in the hips, but he gets the job done.

Aaron Haigler – Colorado: Was a freshman last season, with good potential long run.

Messiah Rice – East Carolina: Big man, horrible feet. Leans too far out in pass protection, but is he the real Messiah?

Brandon Smith – East Carolina 6-8, 325 giant of a man and he’s got pretty quick feet from the one game I saw against NC state. need to see more.

Jawaan Taylor – Florida 6-5, 340

Boone Myers – Iowa

Ike Boettger – Iowa

Dalton Risner – Kansas State: All Big 12, not natural talent but very well coached, obviously.

Cole Mosier – Kentucky

Kyle Meadows – Kentucky

Joshua Outlaw – La Tech

D’Aquin Withrow – Louisiana Lafayette

Thomas Eastwood – La Monroe

Geron Christian – Louisville

Lukayus McNeal – Louisville

KJ Malone – LSU

Toby Weathersby – LSU

Sandley Jean-Felix – Marshall

Damian Prince – Maryland

Jack Driscoll – UMass: freshman that runs really well. He should move to the left side

Donnell Greene – Minnesota 6-7, 345

Gregory Little – Ole Miss

Alex Givens – Ole Miss

Martinas Rankin – Miss State

Tyler Howell – Missouri 6-8, 320

Paul Adams – Missouri

Nick Gates – Nebraska

Cole Conrad – Nebraska

Sage Doxtater – New Mexico State

Sebastion Anderson – NM State

Bentley Spain – North Carolina

Terrone Prescod – NC State

Max Scharping – Northern Illinois

Blake Hance – Northwestern

Alex Bars – Notre Dame

Mason Cole – Michigan: 4 year starter at Michigan at either Left Tackle or Center.

Joe Lowery – Ohio:

Bobby Evans – Oklahoma:  really good tackle and part of one of the best OL’s in college.

Brady Aiello – Oregon

Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon

Blake Brandel – Oregon State

Ryan Bates – Penn State: A true freshman last season that came in and made a difference. He should be at Left Guard this season.

Chasz Wright – Penn State:

Matt McCann – Purdue

Grant Hermanns – Purdue: A current redshirt freshman. came to purdue at about 260 and is up to 295 at 6-7. He looks the part and could be a great one. Seems to have the work ethic. coaches are excited about him.

Tariq Cole – Rutgers: honorable mention all big 10 last year. huge legs with quick feet and moves really well. Good run blocker and pass blocker.

Kamaal Seymour – Rutgers: kind of surprised by Seymour. He looks really good, has massive legs and arms and slender torso. He uses his hands well and keeps defenders off of him and moves his feet really well, clearly he is strong and can dominate.

Nate Velichko – San Jose State

Marcus Norman – _ USF

Ty Pollard – Southern Miss

Cody Conway – Syracuse

Joseph Noteboom – TCU

Leon Johnson – Temple

Drew Richmond – Tennessee: Right Tackle

Brett Kendrick – Tenn: Left Tackle for the Vols. 6-6, 320

Elijah Nkansah – Toledo

Kyle Saxelid – UNLV

Justin Skule – Vanderbilt

Jack English – Virginia

Yosuah Nijman – Va Tech

Ryan Anderson – Wake Forest

Cody Madison – Washington State

Colton McKivitz – West Virginia

David Edwards – Wisconsin

Zach Wallace – Wyoming

Luke Campbell – Michigan State:

David Bright – Stanford

Casey Tucker – Stanford:

KC McDermott – Miami: