2012 NFL Draft Analysis - OTs No. 11-25
Ole Miss OT Bobby Massie
Ole Miss OT Bobby Massie
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Posted Apr 16, 2012


From a college football perspective, here's the analysis of all the top offensive tackle prospects.

2012 NFL Draft Position Rankings

OTs - No. 11-25


By Pete Fiutak

- 2012 NFL Offensive Tackle Rankings - Top Ten

11. Jeff Allen, Illinois (OG) 6-4, 307
A true tweener, he could be a decent tackle on either side or an undersized guard, but in either spot he has the tools and the talent to become a versatile starter for a long time on someone’s line. Strong and consistent, he doesn’t get knocked off his base and he doesn’t get shoved around, and he’s just athletic enough to get buy. Already a good blocker out of the box, there’s upside once he improves his body and takes to an NFL training regimen. A bit doughy for a starting tackle, he needs to hit the weights hard and learn how to job of flattening people. He’s going to be drafted as a left tackle possibility, but he’ll make his money as a right tackle unless he transforms his body.
CFN Projection: Second Round

12. Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (Jr.) 6-6, 316
With a world of talent and upside, he was a superstar recruit for Ole Miss and was expected to be a dominant presence and a mainstay for the front five. While he was good, and he grew into a nice starter, he wasn’t the dominator many expected him to become. With a great body, the right length, and excellent strength, he has the tools and the ability to become a long time starter on either side. Most of the tweaks aren’t that major and he just needs a little fine-tuning with the upside to get even stronger and better if he can light the fire. Getting better leverage on a regular basis is a must, and he has to improve against the craftier pass rushers, but there’s plenty to get excited about for one of the bigger boom-or-bust picks among the top 75 prospects.
CFN Projection: Third Round

13. Brandon Mosley, Auburn 6-5, 314
While he’s going to be a right tackle, he’s a good athlete with nice feet and the aggressiveness to complete a block. He has to hit the weight and he gets shoved around a bit, but he doesn’t get knocked around too often and he consistently held his own against the power rushers. While the pumped up tight end went through the SEC wars, he’s still a work in progress with technique and polish both needing to be addressed. There’s potential, but there’s a concern that he might be maxed out after a good but not great 2011 and with a body that probably won’t add much more weight in time to be effective. It’s going to take a few years to become a starter, but there’s a chance he could grow into decent part of a line.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

14. Mitchell Schwartz, California 6-5, 317
Versatile, he can either be an athletic guard or a solid right tackle with plenty of experience and good consistency. While he could see time on the left side if needed, he’ll be at his best when he doesn’t have to deal with the speedy rushers on the blindside. After seeing so much playing time he has his technique down and doesn’t need a ton of polish, and he’s crafty enough to make up for his mistakes by outthinking is man. There’s a huge concern about a back injury that’s going to be a problem throughout his career, and it’s enough to be a glaring red flag and possibly even knock him off some draft boards. If he’s healthy he’ll be a steady NFL starter, but how reliable can he be if he struggles with his back? Considering his lack of upside, he’s a buyer beware pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Matt McCants, UAB 6-6, 308
Long and tall, he has the right frame and the right NFL body. However, he still needs to get bigger and has to get up to about 320 to be a true left tackle. A good fighter, he’ll beat people up and has the right attitude to bury his man and make a big play happen, and he has just enough athleticism and hustle to make plays down the field. He needs help from the coaching staff to get his mechanics right and he needs to work on plenty of the finer points. Still a work in progress, he’s going to need time to develop and he’s hardly a finished product, but there’s good potential. Any time a prospect has this kind of a body and can become a left tackle, he’s worth the time and effort.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

16. Markus Zusevics, Iowa 6-5, 303
Can he work to get a bit bigger and stay there? He’s a great worker with terrific character, and he’ll do whatever a coaching staff asks to improve, but he had to work to get to over 300 pounds and he’s going to have a battle to fill out his frame a bit more. While he’s tall, he’s just not a naturally huge guy. However he’s athletic and makes up for his lack of bulk by being quick and anticipating well. Versatile, at the very least he’ll carve out a nice career as a key backup for several spots, able to play almost anywhere up front. A better football player and want-to blocker than an NFL prospect, there’s a hard ceiling on what he what he can become. He’s not for every team, but he’ll find a role as a swing blocker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

17. Tom Compton, South Dakota 6-6, 314
A good-sized tweener who could be a decent guard in the right system if he doesn’t end up locking down a right guard spot. Still scratching the surface, he could still add about ten pounds of good weight and not lose a thing, but he’s fine as is. Now it’s time to go to work to get his technique up to a high level. He has the athleticism and the upside, but his mechanics and footwork have to be broken down and built back up by an NFL offensive line coach. The tools and the attitude are all there, and as is he’ll be a good backup for a few spots, but he might need a year or two of seasoning before growing into a terrific starter. He’ll do the work needed, and he should be worth the payoff.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

18. Marcel Jones, Nebraska 6-6, 320
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and there’s a big red flag when it comes to durability, but he’s a pure tackle with the right frame and enough promise to be a good chance pick to take in the mid-rounds. He’s not going to get any bigger with a maxed out frame, but he doesn’t need more bulk to be a steady right tackle; he needs to get stronger. He only came up with 13 reps on the bench at the Combine and he could stand to be functionally stronger. While he’s not fast, he’s a good athlete who slides and moves extremely well. A great character guy, he’ll do what’s needed to make himself better, but he’ll have to take care of his body and will have to fight through some steady bumps and bruises. He was never right throughout his Husker career.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

19. John Cullen, Utah 6-5, 297
Quick and athletic, he’s a pass blocker who’ll have few problems with average speed rushers. He might not have much in the way of straight-line speed, but he’s good laterally and does a good job of attacking and not letting an end make a move. The problem is his body with little bulk and no room to get much bigger. While he’s athletic, he’s not so quick that he can’t be blown past by the better, more creative ends. A zone blocker, he’s not going to blast anyone off the ball, but he’ll be good if asked to simply wall-off defenders either as a guard or a tackle. He’s the type of lineman who isn’t for everyone, but could be had on the cheap for the right team and the right spot.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

20. Landon Walker, Clemson 6-5, 301
With the type of attitude and self-starting ability to be exactly what a coaching staff wants, he’ll get several benefits of the doubt by working his tail off to find a role on the line. A fighter and a scrapper, he’ll fight to get his man blocked and he’s smart; he doesn’t make a slew of mistakes. Big, he has a great frame but he isn’t huge and he’s not going to get much bigger. With no athleticism he’s a right tackle only and can’t be thought of on the left side, but he makes up for his issues with hustle. While he doesn’t necessarily have the tools, he’s a good football player who could be a nice late-round flier.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

21. Bradley Sowell, Ole Miss 6-7, 316
He should’ve been better. A nice prospect with size and athleticism when he came to Ole Miss, he ended up getting over a few issues to function well at an SEC level. He doesn’t make mistakes, moves well, and is consistently decent, but he never quite grew into an all-star and an anchor for a line that had the potential to be terrific. He wasn’t a blaster of a run blocker and he doesn’t seem to have the fight and fire to make himself into a killer. A pure backup, the potential is there to work him into a solid right tackle with the NFL frame and the right body to mold.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

22. Mike Harris, UCLA 6-5, 327
A good all-around blocker who can be used on either side as a true backup, but he’ll only work on the right side if he ends up making a regular contribution. With terrific size and long arms he’s great at keeping defenders at bay, and he’ll always do whatever is needed to produce. With good leadership abilities and great character he’ll always bring an honest day’s effort. However, he won’t flatten anyone and might only work in zone-blocking schemes. While he doesn’t always look the part, he’s good enough to hold his own and he doesn’t make too many mistakes. There’s no upside, but he’s work a shot as a ready-to-roll backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

23. Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss 6-5, 323
While he’s a right tackle only, he could be a solid late round flier. Bulky, he has great size and he’s a blaster of a run blocker when he’s able to get the ocean in motion. However, he needs to spend a year with an NFL conditioning coach to transform his body, and even though he did a nice job of dropping a ton of weight, he needs to be less fleshy. Great in the weight room, he’s just not functionally strong enough to hold up against the better ends, and he doesn’t move at all – he’s not going to be a consistent pass blocker. If he can bring the effort game-in-and-game-out, and if he can improve his technique, he could be a project worth developing.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

24. Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State 6-6, 320
Part guard, part tackle, he can play in a variety of roles and could come up with a nice career as a swing reserve. With great tenacity, he has the blocking ability to throw his man into the fifth row and he when he’s on, he’s a dominator. Working as a left tackle he did a nice job of keeping the immobile Brandon Weeden upright, but he was at his best as a run blocker. Not an NFL left tackle, he’s strictly a right tackle if he doesn’t end up at guard. While he has the size and the bulk, he’s just not athletic enough to be a mainstay on the outside of anyone’s line.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

25. Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin 6-7, 338
Oh what might have been. Arguably the best offensive lineman prospect the Badger program had ever brought in, he never reached his potential thanks to a slew of knee injuries. He didn’t have any luck whatsoever when it came to staying healthy, and while he was a good, productive blocker when he was on the field, he wasn’t the typical UW standout. He has the bulk to possibly work at guard, but he has no athleticism whatsoever and is strictly a right tackle only if he kicks to the outside. A great run blocker, he could find a niche somewhere, but only if he’s not asked to move too much.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
 
- 2012 NFL Offensive Tackle Rankings - Top Ten