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Top 10 Offensive Tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft
By Matt Horkman

1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Many consider Scherff a guard, but he has the size, strength and movement skills to play NFL tackle. He explodes out of his stance, displaying sound technique. His strength is outstanding. He’s known for his weight room accomplishments at the University of Iowa. More important, it translates to the field. He is a powerful run blocker, knocking defenders off the ball. Additionally, his drive blocking is menacing. Once he gets his big hands into position, it is game over. As a pass protector, he does a fine job of leading opposing rushers up-field. He doesn’t commit many penalties and is rarely out of position. Overall, whether it’s at guard or tackle, Scherff has the physical tools and discipline to become the foundation of an NFL offensive line.

2. Jake Fisher, Oregon
The protector of Marcus Mariota’s blind size, Fisher possesses good size (6-foot-6, 307) and length. At the NFL Scouting combine, he displayed left tackle athleticism, clocking in the best 10-yard split among offensive line (1.75) and moving well in individual drills. His relatively clean tape reinforces his movement skills. He’s a terrific pass blocker, displaying explosiveness out of his stance. He does a fine job of finishing his blocks, especially in the running game. Simply put, Fisher demonstrates the attributes of a starting caliber NFL tackle.

3. La’el Collins, LSU
As a pro, Collins can project as a tackle or a guard. He anchors well, though his footwork needs a lot of work. He’s a solid pass protector, and an even better run blocker. Collins could be a menacing guard or a very good tackle in the NFL. If he cleans up his footwork and overcomes his athleticism, he could even play left tackle.

4. D.J. Humphries, Florida
Humphries is the prototype tackle for today’s NFL. He’s a good pass protector with good size, footwork, and athleticism. He’s inexperience, however. He made just 19 starters. In addition, he just recently bulked up. Will he be able to play as well at 300-plus pounds? Still, there’s no questioning his upside. With good coaching and experience, Humphries could develop into a solid NFL tackle.

5. Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)Ereck Flowers
Flowers looks the part on paper. He has long arms (34 inches) and is wickedly strong. At the NFL Scouting combine, he did 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. He’s a good run blocker, displaying the power to overwhelm his opponents. He also has good athleticism. His 10-yard split was a 1.78. His pass protection is decent, though there’s no reason why it can’t potentially improve. Sometimes he plays off balance. Penalties could also be an issue, as he grabs too much.

6. Andrus Peat, Stanford
Peat is a mauling run blocker. He possesses good size, length, and backs it all up with power. Despite his size, he shows nimble movement skills. In other words, he shouldn’t struggle getting to the second level. He’s inconsistent, though. On paper, he should be more dominating. Is this a disturbing trend or is his best football ahead of him?

7. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
On paper, Clemmings is an ideal left tackle prospect. However, his skills still need developing, something coaches and general managers discovered throughout the pre-draft process. He had a poor Senior Bowl, and his combine workout wasn’t as good as advertised. He played defense before becoming a two-year starter at right tackle. He has long arms (34 inches), and his footwork is fantastic. He needs to work on his hand placement and on adjusting to inside moves. Clemmings is a project. Whoever drafts him will need to show patience as it’ll take time and energy to develop him.

8. Donovan Smith, Penn State
A great week at the Senior Bowl helped Smith’s stock. He’s versatile enough to play right or left tackle. He has outstanding size and power, which benefits him as a run blocker. He’s slow out of his stance, though, which makes him susceptible to getting beat along the edges.

9. Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 324 pounds, Havenstein’s massive size can overwhelm opponents. He has long arms (34 inches) and he shown the ability to be a mauler as a run blocker. His pass blocking, however, is a work in progress. Sometimes he overextends himself, which is common for taller offensive lineman. Still, if he cleans up his pass protecting woes, he has the size and strength to become a starting right tackle.

10. Tyson Sambrailo, Colorado State
Sambrailo doesn’t demonstrate a lot of power. Additionally, he struggles with his hand placement. Still, he’s a good run blocker with pretty good athleticism. If he can improve as a pass protector, he could settle in as a starting right tackle.

Honorable Mentions
Trenton Brown, Florida
Andrew Donnal, Iowa
Sean Hickey, Syracuse
Jeremiah Poutaski, Utah
Corey Robinson, South Carolina

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