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1. Greg Robinson, Auburn
A mammoth left tackle prospect comparable to Jonathan Ogden and Walter Jones, Robinson is the best run-blocking tackle prospect of this current decade. He’s a phenomenal athlete despite his size. He has long arms (35 inches) and routinely pushes defenders off the ball. He does a great job of getting out of his stance and reacts quickly to defensive adjustments. He may not be quite as ready as Jake Matthews is to contribute immediately, as Matthews is a better pass protector right now, but the sky is the limit for Robinson. He has the prototype measurables and the tenacity of a franchise left tackle. He’s a blue-chip prospect in every sense.
2. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Versatile enough to play left or right tackle, Matthews is from the infamous Matthews Family Tree. He is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, nephew of former Cleveland linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., and cousin of current Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III. The Texas A&M prospect is a refined technician and drives opponents off the ball in the run game. He’s also athletic enough to reach the second level. In pass protection, he consistently leads speed rushers upfield or stonewalls them at the line of scrimmage. Overall, Matthews is arguably a better prospect than former teammate Luke Joeckel, who went No. 2 overall to Jacksonville last year. He’s big, strong, and plays with a mean streak. He’ll push for immediate playing time.
3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Lewan plays with a nasty streak, finishing his blocks with authority. He has the athleticism to get to the second level, evident by his 1.64 10-yard split. He graded out better as a junior, even though he was a second-team AP All-American as a senior. Much of that had to do with the overall play of Michigan’s offensive line in 2013. The responsibility was on Lewan to anchor the whole thing. In conclusion, Lewan would be the top tackle prospect in most classes, but Robinson’s upside and Matthews’ consistency somewhat overshadow him. The gap between the three is not very large, though.
4. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Maybe the most polished offensive lineman in the draft, Martin started 53 consecutive games for the Fighting Irish. His short arms (under 33 inches) will probably keep him from playing left tackle, but he moves well and plays with a mean streak. An outstanding Senior Bowl elevated him into the first round. His best position is right tackle, but he could also kick inside and play guard.
5. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
Versatility sets Su’a-Filo apart from most offensive lineman. He can play every position on the offensive line, though playing left tackle in the pros seems like a long shot. Su’a-Filo is a terrific athlete, making him appealing to zone teams. In fact, he moves like a tight end. Many project him to guard, but he’s not very different from Martin. In fact, I’m not sure he has the power to play inside. His best position is on the edge.
6. Cameron Fleming, Stanford
A right tackle suited for a gap scheme, Fleming was a three-year starter at Stanford and is very assignment sound. That experience will help him play early in his career, as Stanford is one of the best programs in college football at developing offensive lineman. He is a very good run blocker, using his power to knock defenders off the ball. He’s not a great athlete, but his size, power and experience compensates for that flaw.
7. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
At the combine, Kouandjio failed several physicals because of failed knee surgery. He worked out anyways, but disappointed. The renowned Dr. James Andrews, who didn’t perform the surgery, recently cleared him. Kouandjio is a limited athlete, but he‘s a massive player with long arms. He played left tackle at Alabama, but he’ll switch to the other side in the pros, settling in as a gap-scheme mauler. Between his medical red flags and his poor performance against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Kouandjio is trending downward.
8. Morgan Moses, West Virginia
Good size and power makes Moses an intriguing second or third-round prospect. Depending on a team’s specific need, I could see somebody targeting him in the backend of round one. He’s a good pass and run blocker, using his long arms to take defenders out of the play. He could conceivably play left tackle, but his sloppy footwork makes him suited for the right side.
9. James Hurst, North Carolina
Hurst is still recovering from a broken leg, which he suffered in a bowl game. His 2014 availability remains uncertain, as a result. While I wouldn’t doubt his effort in playing the left side as a pro, his lack of athleticism will have coaches projecting him to the right side. He could even kick inside. He doesn’t exactly look the part (296 pounds), but he’s an aggressive run blocker with smooth pass-blocking traits. In fact, he held his own against South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
10. Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Bitonio has great movement skills. He consistently reaches the second level and displays excellent technique. However, he lacks the length of a prototype left tackle and the size to play guard. As a pro, he may only be a right tackle, though I don’t doubt his grit to play guard. Regardless, he’s assignment sound, strong and reliable. He could start at right tackle early in his career.
Best of the Rest
Seantrel Henderson, Miami (FL)
Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
Michael Scofield, Michigan