1. Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame) | 6’8/309
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
McGlinchey is a 6-foot-8 skyscraper with serious athletic chops. Not only did he begin his high school career as a tight end, but he was a good enough prep basketball player that HC Brian Kelly joked he had to hide from Irish basketball HC Mike Brey. Athletics runs in the family. McGlinchey is the first cousin of Matt Ryan.
In addition to his athletic gifts, McGlinchey is long and polished. He’s been one of the nation’s most dominant offensive linemen over the past few seasons. Despite his height, McGlinchey has no issues sitting back into his hips and shuffling laterally, or getting low to blast and displace on running downs. He started 39 consecutive games for the Irish and has experience at both tackle positions.
Some think he should move back to RT in the pros. I don’t think that’s necessary, though McGlinchey’s best fit probably is on the right side in an ideal scenario. Like many seniors who returned to school after spurning the NFL, McGlinchey’s game got nitpicked over the past year. No, he’s not a dominant prospect on par with, say, Joe Thomas, but McGlinchey is a Day 1 starter who will be around for a very, very long time.
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2. Connor Williams (Texas) | 6’5/296
Athletic composite percentile: 78.3%
Coming out of this past college football season, there was a bunch of smoke around the idea that Williams would be forced to kick inside to guard at the next level. To Williams’ credit, he took control of the narrative with a strong pre-draft process. While he still may move inside, depending on the needs of the team that drafts him, I think Williams can remain outside at the next level.
Williams is a nasty, athletic lineman who lacks ideal length and bulk. He was a longtime LT starter for the Longhorns, and he obviously understands what he’s doing out there. Williams is a craftsman whose tools are his strong hands and light feet.
If you watch his 2016 tape, Williams is a no-doubt first-rounder who should be OT1. If you watch his 2017 tape, Williams is a mid-rounder who may have to move inside at the next level. Which do you trust? It’s difficult to reconcile the brawler who paved the way for a 2,000-yard D’Onta Foreman season with the slow-footed, average-strength guy we saw last year. To be fair, Williams struggled with a left knee injury during the season. But he looked off even before that injury occurred, including in the losses to Maryland and USC. Last year’s performance should ding his grade a bit, but let's not toss the baby out with the bath water here. Williams can play.
3. Tyrell Crosby (Oregon) | 6’5/309
Athletic composite percentile: 23.2%
Player Comp: Russell Okung (hat tip: Jonah Tuls)
Crosby is a sure thing in a tackle class that doesn’t have many. He’s thick and powerful, and if he gets his hands on you, you’re in deep, deep trouble. Crosby isn’t as long as some of his brethren, and he’s a little chunky. He’s a natural run blocker, a malicious mauler only missing a Mortal Kombat finishing move.
His next OL coach will have to iron out the technique, especially if he remains on the outside. Crosby isn’t a stud athlete, and he can struggle with quickness. His hands and feet aren’t the issue, and he isn’t getting more athletic, so he’ll have to learn to become more of a technician. Crosby looks like a long-time starter on the right side, though he also may move inside to guard. His ceiling is the lowest of my top-5 OTs, but his floor is high enough that I consider him a top-three tackle in this grab bag class.
4. Kolton Miller (UCLA) | 6’9/309
Athletic composite percentile: 99.2%
Player Comp: Nate Solder traits (hat tip: Lance Zierlein)
Miller probably locked himself into the first-round by blowing up at the NFL Combine, running a sub-5.0 forty with a 4.49 short shuttle, a 7.34 three-cone, a 31.5-inch vertical and a Combine-record broad jump of 10-1 for an offensive lineman.
That performance and a bit more tape work caused me to bump him up my tackle list from my pre-Combine rankings. Even so, I still have reservations. For how ludicrously athletic Miller is, he shouldn’t struggle with footwork to the degree that he does. Speed rushers can give him fits, and that problem compounds when he compensates too much and gets crossed up and torched by counter moves. And because he plays so high and wide, Miller can have a hard time keeping defenders outside of his personal bubble.
Are these technical issues that can be fixed by NFL coaching? Or are they bugs that will always plague him? That’s the question NFL teams are asking themselves right now. Miller’s elite size/athleticism combination and star-turn as Josh Rosen’s blind side protector scream high first-round pick, but his on-field issues suggest that he might be more of a Day 2 value (even though he’ll almost assuredly go in Round 1).
5. Orlando Brown (Oklahoma) | 6’8/345
Athletic composite percentile: 7.5%
Player Comp: Trent Brown (hat tip: Matt Miller)
Brown is a huge, mauling tackle, just like his late father Orlando "Zeus" Brown. Junior was dominant and frequently overwhelming in college. His technique needs work. McGlinchey has no issues bending his knees despite his height; Brown does.
You won’t be able to improve the athleticism. Brown had one of the worst NFL Combine performances we’ve seen in recent years. I nicked his ranking a bit because of that, but at a certain point, you have to trust what you're seeing. And on tape, he looks like a long-term starter at RT. The lack of movement skills may hurt him in pass protection, but it’s important to note that Brown was a strong pass protector in college. He’s as big as a building, has extremely long arms and sets up quickly off the snap, three factors that will help him compensate (even if he'll never be strong in that area of the game).
6. Geron Christian (Louisville) | 6’5/298
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Player Comp: The Duane Brown starter kit (hat tip: Charlie Campbell)
This ranking is a bit of a leap of faith. Christian is a former basketball player who moves and shuffles like he’s still on the hardcourt. He’s quick, naturally athletic and he has a very good understanding of how to use his body and arms to keep defenders at distance (bigger wingspan than Mike McGlinchey or Kolton Miller).
But Christian needs work. His technique is rudimentary and he doesn’t yet know how to use his hands. Crosby and Brown are low-ceiling, high-floor prospects. Christian is the opposite. But if he hits that ceiling, he’ll turn out to be one of this class’ best tackles.
7. Jamarco Jones (Ohio State) | 6’4/299
Athletic composite percentile: 1.2%
What to do with Jamarco Jones? He’s physically unimpressive, one of the class’ shortest and lightest tackles. He’s also a terrible athlete. While Orlando Brown’s pre-Draft process was widely lampooned, Jones actually enters the draft with a lower athletic composite score (by a full 6.3%!).
It’d be convenient to discard him because of all of that, but you can’t exactly do that because he’s so darn effective on the field. How does he do it? He moves much better in pads than he does in shorts, and he was lauded by Ohio State’s offensive line coach as one of the smartest players he’d ever coached. Jones plays with great technique, and he has ludicrously long arms (his 85.125” wingspan is among the top-five of all OL in this class). Jones isn’t the sexiest of prospects, but odds are that he keeps overachieving in the NFL.
8. Brian O’Neill (Pitt) | 6’7/297
Athletic composite percentile: 84.9%
Meet the anti-Jamarco Jones.
A former tight end and prep basketball stud, O’Neill has tremendous athleticism for his size. He confirmed that at the NFL Combine (4.82 forty, 29.5-inch vertical, 4.50 short shuttle, and 7.14 three-cone). At present, he’s lacking in strength, technique and feel. For those reasons, he was a disappointment at the Senior Bowl. True boom-or-bust prospect with a Pro Bowl ceiling and a career backup floor. He’ll get taken before I’d be comfortable investing.
9. Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan) | 6’6/320
Athletic composite percentile: 9.1%
Speaking of projects! On looks alone, Okorafor would be OT1 in this class. He’s broad and thick, with no bad weight. He boasts Herculean power and quick feet. Okorafor underwhelmed during pre-Draft athletic testing, but I have no concerns about his athleticism.
Unfortunately, he remains extremely raw. He can be fooled by crafty defenders and get his feet crossed against quick-twitch edge rushers. Okorafor has only been playing football for six years, and the lack of feel is evident. He’s not even close to equaling the sum of his parts—but dang it, those parts could equal an All-Pro if everything comes together! As a Vikings fan, I went through the Willie Beavers Experience. I see a raw, knock-kneed, athletic Western Michigan tackle and break out into a cold sweat. Maybe he’s just not for me.
10. Will Richardson (NC State) | 6’6/306
Athletic composite percentile: 35.1%
Player Comp: Ju’wuan James (hat tip: Kyle Crabbs)
Richardson was a long-term starter at right tackle for the Wolfpack, and he should be a passable one in the NFL—if he can keep his nose clean. He served multiple suspensions in college.
He’s strong and tough, a bad-intentioned run blocker. Richardson lacks length and agility, so he’ll be on the right side if he remains outside. Richardson struggled with weight earlier in his career, and if he doesn’t keep it off, he won’t have a choice but to move inside.
11.Desmond Harrison (West Georgia) | 6’6/292
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Player Comp: Julien Davenport (hat tip: Matt Miller)
Harrison is extremely long and incredibly athletic, but his past is checkered with off-field issues. Dominated on a small stage at WGU. Must add weight and keep his nose clean to have a chance. Pure roll of the dice if your OL coach has a conviction that he can get the light turned on long-term. I’d rather take a swing on him in Day 3 than on O’Neill in late Round 1 or early Round 2.
12. Joseph Noteboom (TCU) | 6’5/309
Athletic composite percentile: 37.0%
A long-time stalwart along the Horned Frogs’ offensive line (40 straight starts), Noteboom is your standard-issue developmental prospect. He has decent size, decent athleticism and he clearly knows what he’s doing out there from a technical perspective. But he’s inconsistent, particularly against power ends, who can bully him backwards. Noteboom’s stock rose after a strong Senior Bowl showing. I see a solid long-term backup who could potentially develop into a passable starter.
13. Timon Parris (Stony Brook) | 6’6/311
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
This year’s tackle class runs out of easy projections quickly. If you still need a tackle on Day 3, you’re going to have to choose between a low-ceiling, high-floor career backup type or else swing for the fences on a prospect who could flame out quickly if it doesn’t come together for him. Parris is the latter kind of option.
He’s athletic and experienced, with 41 career starts. Parris also packs a punch in the run game when he’s playing under control. That comes and goes. For a tackle with nifty feet, he ironically can come across on tape as uncoordinated. Certainly unrefined. A fractured fibula ended his 2017 season early and also deprived him a chance to show his stuff during the pre-Draft process. What you’ve got here is an interesting mystery box that can be purchased fairly cheaply.
14. Brandon Parker (NC A&T)
15. Toby Weathersby (LSU)
16. Jaryd Jones-Smith (Pittsburgh)
17. Greg Senat (Wagner)
18. Zach Crabtree (Oklahoma State)
19. Matt Pryor (TCU)
20. Brett Toth (Army)
21. KC McDermott (Miami)
22. Ike Boettger (Iowa)
23. Jamar McGloster (Syracuse)
24. David Bright (Stanford)
25. Matt Diaz (Wagner)
1. Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame) | 6’5/325
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Player Comp: Steve Hutchinson (hat tip: Mel Kiper)
If you toss out position value, Nelson is the best overall player in this class.
Certainly the safest and most complete, the most likely to go to more than five Pro Bowls. He’s a prospect without warts. Nelson is athletic, thick and mean. He has obscene play power, a colossus who blasts defenders out of the frame or plants them in the ground like a mangled flower.
But he’s not some lumbering see-man, destroy-man oaf like Gregor Clegane. He’s more like Gregor Clegane if Gregor had Oberyn’s cunning and refinement. Nelson is incredibly smart on his feet, with extra eyes seemingly affixed in his ear holes. His film is a treat. He’ll pick up blitzers that he wasn’t assigned to and had no business getting to. Next-level, Hall of Fame caliber run blocker who’s a solid A- or better as a pass blocker. Should be one of the NFL’s best guards from Day 1.
2. Isaiah Wynn (Georgia) | 6’3/313
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Wynn was a superb left tackle for the Bulldogs, a critical component in the Bulldogs’ vaunted rushing attack—Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were huge benefactors of his work. Despite his short frame, Wynn didn’t have any issues dealing with the SEC’s best edge rushers. He was recognized with second-team All-American honors after Georgia’s run to the title game last year.
Wynn’s calling card is his combination of power and smooth athleticism. That combination makes him a fabulous run blocker, a technician in his movements who brings the hammer in his application. While playing tackle at Georgia, it also allowed him to overcome length concerns as a pass blocker. It’s difficult to beat him with speed or quickness because of his movement, and he has zero issues going fire-on-fire against power, what with his thunderous hands and cruise-ship anchor. Wynn allowed only 26 pressures over 2,609 college snaps, per Pro Football Focus, including just five last year while he was protecting a true freshman signal-caller.
Due to his build, Wynn will most likely be moving inside at the next level. Probably to LG, where he started 19 games in college (he started 21 at LT). In my pre-Combine rankings, where I also had Wynn ranked OG2, I noted that he was “being heavily underrated at present time.” That’s no longer the case, as Wynn has shot up boards as more have dived into his impressive film catalogue. He’s now firmly in consideration for a Round 1 call. If he slips out, he’ll be summoned to the podium almost immediately on Friday night (Day 2). Wynn projects as a Year 1 starter with perennial Pro Bowl upside.
3. Will Hernandez (UTEP) | 6’2/327
Athletic composite percentile: 66.1%
Player Comp: Richie Incognito (hat tip: Mike Mayock)
Hernandez has been drawing comparisons to four-time Pro Bowler Richie Incognito for some time now, and it was no surprise at the Senior Bowl when Hernandez revealed that he patterns his game after Incognito’s. As such, you know what he is: A big, nasty mauler who sets a thundering tone in the running game and competes like an animal. Hernandez was nearly perfect last season on a bad UTEP team—Pro Football Focus graded him as one of the nation’s best overall players.
He’s short and very thick, naturally so. Hernandez is a very good athlete, as he displayed for scouts during his pre-draft process. Hernandez’s short arms are a minor concern. He’s a far better run blocker than as a pass blocker, though his athleticism, power and competitive spirit alone should render him no worse than decent in that facet of the game.
4. Braden Smith (Auburn) | 6’6/315
Athletic composite percentile: 86.4%
Player Comp: Kevin Zeitler (hat tip: Optimum Scouting)
Like the three players listed above him, Smith will be a Day 1 starter. But Smith is the more interesting/difficult evaluation, because I have less confidence in my ability to visualize the player he’ll be in five years.
Smith is seasoned against the best competition in college football (started every game at Auburn since midway into his freshman campaign), he has pedigree (a ballyhooed, top-150 overall recruit) and he has an outstanding size/strength/athleticism combination. He also has a little tackle experience and could probably handle all five OL positions in a pinch. Auburn OL coach Herb Band calls Smith the best he’s ever coached.
It’s just that, for me, Smith isn’t as dominant on the field as you want him to be with all his gifts. And I say that knowing full well that Smith was graded as PFF’s No. 3 overall guard last year. He looks more sluggish than his testing numbers suggest and he isn’t the dominant run blocker that his profile suggests he should be.
It can be difficult to project offensive players coming out of Gus Malzahn’s scheme—was Smith not flattered by the system he played in? Or will he always underachieve to some degree relative to what you want him to be? Am I nitpicking his game just because he doesn’t have the dominant tape that Nelson, Wynn and Hernandez do? I know this: Smith will be an early NFL starter, probably from Day 1. Whether he’s a passable long-term starter or a really good one is yet to be determined.
5. Austin Corbett (Nevada) | 6’4/306
Athletic composite percentile: 41.2%
Player Comp: John Greco (hat tip: Lance Zierlein)
There’s a substantial drop-off after Smith in the guard class. My next favorite is Corbett, who developed into a four-year starter in college after beginning his career as a no-star walk-on with zero FBS offers. With the Wolfpack, Corbett took over for 2014 second-rounder Joel Bitonio at LT. Like Bitonio, Corbett is headed inside at the next level. His NFL franchise will decide whether guard or center is his next destination.
Corbett is a strong, reliable player who’s without a glaring weakness but lacks a wow trait—unless you consider intelligence (he’s working on his masters and intends on becoming an orthopedic surgeon after he retires from football). His brains translate to the field. He does exactly what is asked of him at a high technical level. He’s not the strongest, he’s not the most athletic, and he’s facing a jump in competition as he switches positions, but Corbett’s blend of size, brains, polish and work ethic should allow him to keep exceeding expectations at the next level.
6. Martinas Rankin (Mississippi State) | 6’4/308
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
I included Rankin with the tackles in my pre-Combine rankings, but I’m kicking him inside to guard based on his measurements (sub-6’5 with short 33 ¾-inch arms) and issues with edge speed. He may even wind up at center, a position Mississippi State experimented with him at during spring ball of last year.
Like Corbett, Rankin was a no-star recruit out of high school who had to work his tail off to get here (in Rankin’s case, he dominated for two years on the JUCO circuit, turning himself into the No. 1 JUCO OT in the 2015 class). Mississippi State used Rankin as a puller to great effect in the run game, and that aspect of his game will absolutely translate as an NFL guard. A high-floor prospect, Rankin has the game to start early and the positional versatility to plug holes if needed.
7. Wyatt Teller (Virginia Tech) | 6’4/314
Athletic composite percentile: 71.7%
Teller, a longtime starter, was awesome in 2016 and mediocre in 2017 as Virginia Tech’s offense took a step back. Was that a sign of things to come for Teller, or a one-year aberration?
Teller helped his cause by showing well during athletic testing in the pre-Draft process. He’s a weight room rat who isn’t lacking in play strength. Teller is a tenacious run blocker who’s bested suited for a power running scheme. Teller’s upright style, lack of agility and comes-and-goes technique leads to inconsistencies in pass protection that may never go away.
8. Cole Madison (Washington State) | 6’5/308
Athletic composite percentile: 13.5%
A 47-game starter for the Cougars at right tackle, Madison will almost assuredly be moved to guard in the pros because of his short arms and issues in pass protection. For a guy who came to Pullman as a two-star TE recruit, Madison’s athletic testing underwhelmed. Fortunately, he plays more athletically than he tests.
Madison is a try-hard guy on and off the field. He worked extremely hard to put on the weight necessary to transition to offensive line, and his motor never turns off on the field. At present, he’s a solid run blocker thanks to his quickness and effort. But he’s a mediocre pass blocker due to his dearth of power and inconsistent technique. He looks like a versatile backup who could potentially develop into a starter down the line.
9. Skyler Phillips (Idaho State) | 6’3/318
Athletic composite percentile: 48.5%
Player Comp: Andy Levitre (hat tip: Jonah Tuls)
Phillips is a powerful barbarian with a nasty attitude and thunderous hands. He signed with Idaho State after Oregon State yanked his scholarship offer late and went on to dominate at the FCS level, with outgunned opponents taking the brunt of his frustration for having been overlooked and spurned.
We know that Phillips’ run blocking is going to play in the NFL, though the degree to which it will is dependent on his ability to learn to play with a more stable base while engaged. Until that improves, crafty defenders will be able to use his momentum against him. Pass blocking will be a bigger issue, particularly against athletic interior pass rushers. Phillips is at his best in rock-em, sock-em closed-quarter confrontations. It’s best to confine his usage to those scenarios, as he’ll never be strong on the move or shuffling side-to-side.
10. Alex Cappa (Humboldt State) | 6’6/305
Athletic composite percentile: 5.4%
At D-II Humbolt State, Cappa was a head-knocking four-year starter at left tackle. His Terminator attitude and run-blocking nastiness will assuredly translate to the next level, but he’ll likely have to shift to guard due to his lack of athleticism and the issues that will cause in pass pro. Because of his experience on the outside and his OT frame, Cappa will appeal to teams looking for a versatile backup early on who could eventually develop into a starter.
11. Colby Gossett (Appalachian State) | 6’5/311
Athletic composite percentile: 20.0%
Gossett is a four-year starter who graded out exceptionally well by Pro Football Focus’ metrics in all four of his seasons on campus. Over the past two years, in over 1,500 snaps, he allowed a mere one sack.
Gossett was an exceptional run blocker in college and that part of his game translates more neatly to the NFL. He attacks defenders with power and determination. Because he lumbers and struggles with hand placement, Gossett may never be a plus pass blocker despite his length and brawn.
12. Tony Adams (NC State) | 6’1/302
Athletic composite percentile: 7.4%
Adams is short and squat. He’s a poor athlete, and he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine. He’ll likely be drafted anyway.
A 47-game RG starter for the Wolfpack, Adams didn’t give up a sack in either of the past two years. He may not be the most athletic guard, but Adams makes up for that with nifty technique, good power and strong hands. He’s on top of defenders at the snap with a quick first step, and he plays with good leverage and know-how. That recipe should allow him to keep overcoming his poor size/athleticism combination in the NFL, even if it’s just as a long-term backup.
13. Sam Jones (Arizona State) | 6’5/305
Athletic composite percentile: 9.2%
Player Comp: Pat McQuistan (hat tip: Jonah Tuls)
Despite testing poorly, Jones acquits himself on tape as a guard with nifty feet who’s highly effective on the move. He competes extremely hard, which is good, but Jones’ manic nature can get lead him into trouble when he starts lunging. Jones needs to add more bulk and strength. He’s a perfect fit for a zone-blocking team searching for a developmental prospect on Day 3. There’s also been talk of him potentially moving to center.
14. Dejon Allen (Hawaii)
15. Jamil Demby (Maine)
16. Taylor Hearn (Clemson)
17. Salesi Uhatafe (Utah)
18. Nick Gates (Nebraska)
19. Maea Teuhema (SE Louisiana)
20. Rod Taylor (Ole Miss)
21. Brendan Mahon (Penn State)
22. Aaron Stinnie (James Madison)
23. Cody O’Connell (Washington State)
24. Matt Gono (Wesley)
25. Cory Helms (South Carolina)
1. James Daniels (Iowa) | 6’3/306
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Player Comp: Ryan Kalil (hat tip: Josh Norris)
When I ranked Daniels as the class’ top center before the NFL Combine, I was in the minority. Since then, Daniels has jumped Ohio State’s Billy Price on many boards around the industry (in part because Price suffered an injury at the Combine and was unable to work out again for scouts).
HC Kirk Ferentz keeps his linemen light to prioritize quickness and movement. Daniels was just about the perfect Ferentz center. Daniels is extremely sharp, and he boasts athleticism in spades. His ability to beat his man to the spot is especially devastating because he plays angles like a pool shark and uses leverage like a politician.
Strength/bulk is really the only question here. Daniels can struggle with power in pass protection, where he can’t use his athleticism and leverage to win the shootout before his man has even drawn his pistol. Daniels played under 300 pounds in college. It was encouraging to see him up over 305 at the NFL Combine. Adding another 10 pounds or so of muscle while maintaining his movement skills shouldn’t prove overly difficult. That would help him in the strength and anchor departments. Do that and stay healthy, and multiple Pro Bowls are likely in his future.
2. Billy Price (Ohio State) | 6’4/305
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
Power is no issue for Price. Something of a weight room legend in Columbus, Price’s body builder strength extends to the field. In conjunction with his explosive first step, low center of gravity, defibrillator hands and do-harm attitude, he’s a load.
Something of a jumbo Billy Zane lookalike, off the field Price shares nothing in common with Zane’s loathsome Titanic character. Price started all 55 games while he was on campus. Urban Meyer raves about the kid.
Price doesn’t have Daniels’ feet, and he isn’t as natural. My grandfather once joked of my mother: You either get the honey, or you get the knife. If Daniels wins with honey, Price wins with the knife. That’s all well and good, but Price’s aggressiveness sometimes leads to slashing himself. He gets into bouts of lunging, leaning and head dropping like he just ran into Ichabod Crane. Though he could stand to harness his game a bit, Price has all the tools necessary to be a perennial Pro Bowler at either center or guard.
3. Frank Ragnow (Arkansas) | 6’5/312
Athletic composite percentile: N/A
A darling of Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics, Ragnow didn’t allow a single sack in 2,603 collegiate snaps and finished as PFF’s top-graded center in each of the past two years. Ragnow’s pre-Draft process has been quiet because of the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season early and then deprived him the opportunity of auditioning at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Ragnow has a great frame, and he plays with power and unmistakable resolve. Strong hands, difficult to push backwards. He’s a level below Daniels and Price only because Ragnow is an average athlete, limiting his ceiling. Athletic interior pass rushers may give him some issues in the NFL, but Ragnow won’t be intimidated. Should start from Day 1.
4. Mason Cole (Michigan) | 6’4/307
Athletic composite percentile: 12.5%
Player Comp: John Sullivan (hat tip: Optimum Scouting)
Cole not only started every game at Michigan over his four-year career, but he started all four years in high school as well. If he lands on the right team and performs well this summer, he may keep that streak going.
Cole is durable, tough and smart. He’s built long and has experience at all five OL positions. Looked more athletic on the field than he did in testing. Cole struggled with power at times for the Wolverines, and that’s the biggest area of concern as he transitions into the pros.
5. Scott Quessenberry (UCLA) | 6’4/310
Athletic composite percentile: 87.0%
Player Comp: Brad Meester (hat tip: Jonah Tuls)
Quessenberry is an outstanding athlete with great size and oodles of experience after starting for three-and-a-half years in college. Like a poor man’s James Daniels, he wins with athleticism and technique but struggles with power. His game is tailor-made for a zone-blocking scheme.
6. Coleman Shelton (Washington) | 6’4/292
Athletic composite percentile: 35.5%
Like Quessenberry, Shelton is a tall, long-time starter in the Pac-12 who can struggle with power. Shelton is a smart gamer with good feet. Athletic and strength limitations cap the ceiling. Shelton would do well to develop into a low-end starter. In the meantime, he should be able to plug in at C or G in a pinch.
7. Will Clapp (LSU) | 6’4/311
Athletic composite percentile: 10.6%
Clapp, a longtime interior anchor for the Tigers, also has extensive experience at guard. Great size. His experience shows. Clapp is intelligent and aware on the field. A lack of athleticism hampers his projection quite a bit. Should begin career as a swing backup between C and both G positions. Wouldn’t be a surprise if he developed into a starter a few years down the road.
8. Brian Allen (Michigan State) | 6’1/298
Athletic composite percentile: 6.0%
Coaches will bang the table for Allen, but scouts won’t vouch for him. Short, squatty and mean, Allen is purported to be a leader and a tone-setter. He’s a poor athlete and can only handle center because of his height and frame, two early strikes against him in his bid to make a roster in the summer.
9. Bradley Bozeman (Alabama) | 6’5/296
Athletic composite percentile: 0.8%
Player Comp: Matt Spanos (hat tip: Jonah Tuls)
Bozeman took over for Ryan Kelly and continued Alabama’s tradition of stellar center play. He’s experienced, technically sound and strong. Unfortunately, he’s also a poor athlete. Allow me to rephrase: He’s a worse athlete than Orlando Brown.
Bozeman struggles with active interior players, and that won’t change in the NFL. He looks like a long-term backup, a high-character, high-motor hardhat type who won’t embarrass himself when called upon.
10. Sean Welsh (Iowa) | 6’2/306
Athletic composite percentile: 10.7%
A strong collegiate guard, Welsh’s small frame and athletic limitations make him best suited for center at the next level. Like most Iowa linemen, he’s technically sound and a rabid competitor, and in college that helped him to overcome size, strength and athleticism deficiencies.
It won’t work as well at the next level, though Welsh does have long arms, which helps him compensate in the length category. He profiles as a three-position interior backup.
11. Austin Golson (Auburn)
12. Tejan Koroma (BYU)
13. Jake Bennett (Colorado State)
14. Evan Brown (SMU)
15. Brad Lundblade (Oklahoma State)