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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OTs
BYU OT Matt Reynolds
BYU OT Matt Reynolds
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Posted Aug 11, 2011


CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Offensive Tackles


Preview 2011 - Offensive Tackles

All-Americans & Top 30 Players


2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have. 

CFN 2011 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

1. Nate Potter, Sr. Boise State
The two-time, First Team All-WAC senior is back at left tackle after a few tremendous seasons, and now it’s salary drive time. A good pro prospect, the 6-6, 300-pounder should once again be terrific in pass protection and is great on the move finishing off blocks. Injuries have been an issue, missing time as a sophomore and getting banged up early on before last season, but he’s tough, has managed to fight through the little problems, and has the versatility to play either guard or tackle.

2. Matt Reynolds, Sr. BYU
Everything on the Cougar line starts with Reynolds, who has been around so long that it only seems like he started his career protecting Steve Young and Jim McMahon. The 6-6, 322-pound senior is a two-time All-Mountain West talent who could’ve gone pro early, but he’s back as the rock and the anchor on the veteran line. One of the best offensive line prospects in school history, the former Utah Gatorade Player of the year has lived up to the hype and more. While he’s a right tackle only at the next level, he’s good enough to dominate against most collegiate pass rushers and is a blaster for the running game.

CFN 2011 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

3. Bradley Sowell, Sr. Ole Miss
The anchor of a great Rebel line is Sowell, a 6-7, 315-pound pass protector who had the unenviable task of replacing Michael Oher, and he came through with a strong year proving to be strong at burying his man in the running game while doing a great job against the speed rushers. His size is his biggest plus, and he has the athleticism to go along with it.

4. Mike Adams, Sr. Ohio State
Adams will be out for almost half the season. He could’ve and probably should’ve left early for the next level, but when he comes back to the mix he’ll be ready to take back his job after doing a strong job. At 6-8 and 308 pounds he has excellent size and a tough frame to get around, but he has to be an even more consistent pass protector and has to do more to bury his man on a regular basis. The big key when he comes back is his health after suffering shoulder and knee injuries earlier in his career, but he’ll be rested and ready to go for Nebraska.

CFN 2011 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

5. Kelechi Osemele, Sr. Iowa State
There might be some concerns on the Cyclone line and a little bit of turnover, but the star is back at left tackle. Osemele is a solid pass blocker with great size and big-time NFL potential. The 6-6, 354-pounder was better in 2009 than 2010, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors two seasons ago, but he’s a very big, very strong blocker who made the successful move from guard to tackle and now is the anchor everything will work around.

6. Andrew Datko, Sr. Florida State
The new cornerstone of the Seminole line is the 6-6, 311-pound Datko, a starter since his freshman year. A hidden gem coming out of high school, who now has a shot of playing in the NFL, he’s blossomed under the tutelage of Rick Trickett. He’s added considerable muscle over the years and uses his upper body strength to control opposing ends at the point of contact. After allowing just one sack all year, he graded second only to Hudson on the team.

BEST OF THE REST

7. Riley Reiff, Jr. Iowa
The star of the veteran line will once again be Reiff, who’ll have the spotlight on him all year from the NFL types. The left tackle isn’t massive, but he’s 6-6 and 300 pounds with a good frame and great feet. After earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors, the 21-game starter should be in the mix for a top 100 draft selection if he chooses to come out next year.

8. Blake DeChristopher, Sr. Virginia Tech
The 6-5, 312-pound DeChristopher is back for his fourth year as a starter. An intelligent and intense performer, he does his best work in small spaces and on running downs. He still needs to improve as a pass blocker, but has the power and technique to continue to be a north-south force.

9. Jeff Allen, Sr. Illinois
The star of the front five will once again be Allen, a 6-5, 315-pound weakside tackle who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. A big, strong run blocker who got bigger over the last year, he’s a leader and team captain who’s a flattening run blocker and a decent enough pass protector to be some NFL team’s starting right guard next year. The talent, the strength, and the size are all there to once again be a tremendous anchor.

10. Jonathan Martin, Jr. Stanford
About to grow into a star is the 6-6, 297-pound Martin, who’s done a remarkable job of protecting the backside of Andrew Luck. The Cardinal allowed just six sacks all year, in large part because of Martin’s ability to get out of his stance in an instant and seal off the edge. A terrific athlete, with a good punch, he’s the epitome of a franchise left tackle at the next level.

11. Levy Adcock, Sr. Oklahoma State
12. Matt Kalil, Jr. USC
13. Mike Ryan, Sr. Connecticut
14. D.J. Fluker, Soph. Alabama
15. Bobbie Massie, Jr. Ole Miss
16. Landon Walker, Sr. Clemson
17. Mitchell Schwartz, Sr. Cal
18. Zack Martin, Jr. Notre Dame
19. Justin Pugh, Soph. Syracuse
20. Cyril Richardson, Soph. Baylor
21. Emmett Cleary, Jr. Boston College
22. Al Netter, Sr. Northwestern
23. Dan Hoch, Sr. Missouri
24. Mitchell Schwartz, Sr. California
25. Quinn Barham, Sr. Penn State
26. Luke Joeckel, Soph. Texas A&M
27. Matt McCants, Sr. UAB
28. Tony Bergstrom, Sr. Utah
29. Trevor Olson, Sr. Northern Illinois
30. R.J. Mattes, Jr. NC State

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners