1. Cody Whitehair (Kansas State): He’s able to play both his usual guard position and he can play either left or right tackle. Whitehair had the adequate size for the position (6’4, 301 pounds) and will use his wide base to handle the speed coming off the edge. He can also remain balanced and sink his hips at the point of attack. He displays good hands and can push defenders away from the ball carrier. He plays with “veteran awareness” on the line and displays the vision and awareness to recognize pressures pre-snap.
2. Vadal Alexander (LSU): He was a first-team ALL SEC pick as a senior. Since his freshman year, he’s lost a total of 30 pounds has a tremendous future ahead of him. I like how aggressive he is on the field. He’s a people mover. He shoves defenders all over the field and he stays physical and nasty until the whistle blows. He holds his own very well at the point of attack, has great mobility to get into space and eliminate linebackers in the running game and adjusts well with stunts and twists coming from the defensive line.
3. Joshua Garnett (Stanford): He was the recipient of the Outland Trophy (the nation’s best interior linemen) and according to scouts, he could play multiple positions on the offensive line depending on the scheme presented. He also has the size, power and experience that NFL scouts look for. The stout core and long arms he possesses makes him a very impactful blocker, also an intimidating blocker. He has the quickness to pull and block on that second level. He has strong hands and looks to pancake a defender each play.
4. Christian Westerman (Arizona State): He’s a very reliable and passionate football player that started 25 of the last 26 games for Arizona State. He’s a very active guard with choppy feet to shift his weight around in pass protection. What really stood out to me was how powerful he is out the stance. He has such a quick punch and gets to work right away winning a majority of his one on one battles and also has the upper-body strength to control defenders and blitzers.
5. Landon Turner (North Carolina): He was recognized with ACC first-team honors and he was the only four-time ACC offensive linemen of the week. He’s an imposing blocker with a thick lower body and core strength that allows him to control, latch and drive defenders. He anchors well and squares up to his target. He once had a game with double-digit “pancake blocks”, 17 to be exact. He’s able to get up the field in space open holes for running backs to gain yards.