2012 Preseason Player Rankings - Off. Tackles
Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner
Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner
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Posted Aug 21, 2012


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1. Ricky Wagner, Sr. Wisconsin
The Badger offensive line will once again be the Badger offensive line, and while it’ll have its share of all-stars, Wagner will be the one everything works around. After dominating as a right tackle in 2010, he took over for Gabe Carimi last season and started every game at left tackle. The former high school tight end is tremendously athletic a 6-6 and 332 pounds and did a wonderful job of keeping Russell Wilson clean. An honorable mention All-Big Ten performer over the last two seasons, now he’s about to get the spotlight as one of the nation’s premier all-around blockers and possibly the first offensive lineman taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2. Luke Joeckel, Jr. Texas A&M
The A&M offensive line has the potential to be the best in the nation with five starters back from a group that finished fourth in the nation in sacks allowed and paved the way for close to 200 rushing yards per game. The star on the lot is the 6-6, 310-pound Joeckel at left tackle, a good pro prospect who beefed up but still managed to be phenomenal in pass protection. A great recruit when he signed on three years ago, he was supposed to be a superstar from the moment he set foot on campus. It took a little work, but he became special and has been a rock for the offense. He’ll have a big decision to make after the season, but for now he’ll be in the mix for All-America honors.

3. Alex Hurst, Sr. LSU
The offensive line was phenomenal last year for the ground game and was excellent in pass protection. There’s a little bit of turnover, but one of the mainstays will be Hurst, a 6-6, 325-pound blaster of a run blocker with a tremendous frame and NFL athleticism. While he’ll be a right tackle or a guard at the next level, he has the ability and the skills to shine on the left side for the Tigers. One of the team’s strongest players, he’ll be an anchor the line will work around.

4. D.J. Fluker, Jr. Alabama
A wee bit unsung compared to Barrett Jones and the rest of the great players on the national championship line, Fluker will get more of the attention this season at right tackle. He started all season on the right side becoming even more of a blaster for the ground game while being a good enough pass protector to help make AJ McCarron shine. At 6-6 and 335 pounds he’s massive, and keeping his weight in check will always be a concern, but he’s a dominant big man for the ground game. His NFL paycheck will be earned as a guard, but no matter where he is he’ll be a big hitter.

5. Taylor Lewan, Jr. Michigan
Bringing stability up front for the Wolverines at left tackle is the 6-8, 302-pound Lewan, a second-team All-Big Ten choice after coming up with a solid season as a 13-game starter. More of a leader coming into this season, this will be his line with center David Molk gone, and he seems to be taking to the role. With his size, athleticism and frame he has the potential to be among the top 50 picks in next year’s draft and could be a first rounder with a great final season and if he can stay healthy.

6. Morgan Moses, Jr. Virginia
7. Braden Brown, Sr. BYU
8. Chris Faulk, Jr. LSU
9. James Hurst, Jr. North Carolina
10. Oday Aboushi, Sr. Virginia
11. Jake Matthews, Jr. Texas A&M
12. Justin Pugh, Jr. Syracuse
13. Zack Martin, Sr. Notre Dame
14. David Bakhtiari, Jr. Colorado
15. Cyrus Kouandijo, Soph. Alabama
16. Jeff Nady, Sr. Nevada
17. Seantrel Henderson, Jr. Miami
18. Jack Mewhort, Jr. Ohio State
19. Matt Summers-Gavin, Sr. California
20. Jason Weaver, Sr. Southern Miss
21. Lane Johnson, Sr. Oklahoma
22. Kevin Graf, Jr. USC
23. Xavier Nixon, Sr. Florida
24. Oscar Johnson, Sr. Louisiana Tech
25. David Yankey, Soph. Stanford
26. David Quessenberry, Sr. San Jose State
27. Dann O’Neill, Sr. Western Michigan
28. LaAdrian Waddle, Sr. Texas Tech
29. Charles Leno, Jr. Boise State
30. Leonard Bates, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette