1. Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss): He is the projected number one pick in this draft class and his performance at the combine solidified that. He’s battled some injuries during his time at Ole Miss, but he lived up to all the hype that was surrounding him as a recruit. He allowed only one sack while he was a freshman. At 6’5 and 310 pounds, I’ve never seen a man his size so fluid and smooth on his feet. He’s a very athletic guy with tremendous balance and change of direction. He can withstand rip moves and holds his ground at the point of attack. He displays very strong hands and most importantly as an offensive linemen, he squares up and remains low at all times. We could be looking at a franchise tackle for many years in the NFL.
2. Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame): He’s what I call a “dancing bear”. He has the athleticism to set up, seal the edge and hold his ground at the position. He has long arms and that comes in handy as he is able to protect himself against the fastest pass rushers and he also has a very fluid slide in his footwork. He plays on the balls of his feet, keeps his knees bent, displays good lateral agility and has the balance to mirror against pass rushers. With having heavy hands, he’s able to control and catch opponents. He shows great strength in pass blocking, especially in short yardage situations as he is able to drive defenders off the football and down the field and open holes for the running back to shift through.
3. Jack Conklin (Michigan State): He was a late bloomer and wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. That didn’t stop him as he worked his way to a scholarship at Michigan State and is now being considered amongst one of the best offensive linemen in the draft class of 2016. Jack Conklin is well-built with an excellent core strength and center of gravity to stay squared up when contact is coming his way. He has a very wide base with good lower body power to control the point of attack. He controls himself well in space and picks up speed on the edge well. If I had to compare him to a pro, it’d be Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals.
4. Taylor Decker (Ohio State): When I watched the tape on him, the immediate thing I took away was the physical nature he shows when he blocks. He’s a phenomenal drive blocker. He’s balanced in his movements up front and shifts his weight well to shuffle and recover. He also can get out in space and block a linebacker if necessary. He’s a leader and was the anchor of that offensive line in Columbus. He leads by example and he’s vocal. He’s started 14 games at right tackle and started all 15 games at left tackle during Ohio State’s run to a championship.
5. Jason Spriggs (Indiana): He was once a tight end and once he changed positions, he improved each season. He was a four-year starter at Indiana and he held his own against some of the best pass rushers in the Big Ten such as Joey Bosa and Shillque Callhoun. He’s great when it comes to pass protection. He can cover the necessary ground and has the footwork to stay with the pass rusher. At 6’6 and 305 pounds, he has the size that most scouts are looking for as well as initial quickness off the line. Numbers don’t lie. Spriggs gave up a total of two sacks together in 2015.
Teams In Need Of Offensive Tackles: Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens.