2013 NFL Pre-Combine
OT Rankings - No. 11 to 25
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CFN Pre-Combine OT Rankings, Top Ten
11. Reid Fragel, Ohio State 6-7, 290 Proj. 4
Positives: The former tight end has excellent athleticism and a world of upside. He’s new to tackle and is still learning the nuances. … Strong and great at beating up his man. He moves well and is tough when he gets his hands on a defender. … Never gives up on a play. He has a great motor and makes up for his mistakes with hustle and want-to.
Negatives: It might be a while. He has the potential to be great, but it’s going to take some time and some growing pains. … Needs to add a bunch of weight. He might have to pack on at least 20 pounds to get up to NFL starting standards. … He might be a right tackle only to start. He hasn’t been tried out enough on the left side.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? It will take a few years to become a factor, but there are too many good parts to his game not to take a chance.
12. Brennan Williams, North Carolina 6-6, 315 Proj. 5
Positives: A fantastic run blocker. He’s not necessarily built like a road grader, but he can destroy his man. … Really tall with a great frame. He’s destined to play right tackle, and he could get up to 325 pounds without losing a thing. … Gets surprisingly low for his size. Bends well and gets good leverage.
Negatives: An elite high school prospect who didn’t quite become an All-America dominator. He was very good, but this might be it. … While he’s built to be a left tackle, he doesn’t have the athleticism and quickness. He’s a right tackle, and he might not have the right make-up to become a guard. … Needs to be technically perfect to make up for other problems, and he’s just not. He has to be more consistent.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A good right tackle who’ll hold down a job for a long time. He won’t go to any Pro Bowls, but he’ll be solid.
13. Terron Armstrong, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 6-5, 304 Proj. 3
Positives: Terrific upside. The talent has always been there, and he’s just now emerging. Given a little time, the tools are all in place to be phenomenal. … A great athlete with left tackle potential. He’ll work on the right side, but he’ll be good enough to be tried out on the left. … Moves extremely well. In some way he’ll end up being right for any style.
Negatives: He needs more time against the better talent. He showed well this offseason when he got his chances, but he’s going to need time and seasoning. … Even at Arkansas Pine-Bluff he struggled a wee bit at times against the speedier pass rushers. He didn’t always use his feet well enough. … Needs to add a bit more bulk. He has to get up to around 320 pounds.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? The track star will need a little time, and then he’ll emerge as a good right tackle for several years.
14. Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M 6-5, 330 (OG) Proj. 5
Positives: Played well at Kansas State before getting hurt. He wasn’t just a good producer at the lower level, he proved himself in the Big 12. … Great size and terrific length. He has the right body and the right strength to be a big-time run blocker. … Potentially a terrific guard. At the very least he could be a key backup in several spots.
Negatives: Might be a guard. He doesn’t have the quickness and athleticism to handle NFL speed rushers on the outside. … Slight injury problems. He’s a few years removed from an Achilles heel injury, but it’s still a concern. … He’s a project. There’s great potential, but he needs a lot of work.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A still-emerging project, he’ll be tried and tried again at right tackle before spending most of his career at guard.
15. Xavier Nixon, Florida 6-6, 310 Proj. 5
Positives: Has the size and a world of upside. The talent and potential are there, but it all needs to be worked with and unlocked. With a little technique work, he could be a steal. … Strong. He’s great for the ground game and can line up now and blast away. … Great frame and good athleticism. The raw tools are there.
Negatives: Never lived up to his big-time billing. He was supposed to grow into a star, and it didn’t happen. He was as big a superstar prospect as it gets. … Misses too much. He doesn’t use his feet as well as he should, lunging and grabbing too often. … He needs to get into an NFL weight room and with a pro conditioning coach. He needs to transform his body.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? It’s all up to him. If he wants it, and if he’s with the right coach, he could be fantastic.
16. Mark Jackson, Glenville State 6-6, 335 (OG) Proj. 5
Positives: Prototype NFL body. Massive with the size to engulf defenders and the ability to move inside to guard if needed. … Moves well for a player of his size. Decent feet and good enough quickness to work with. … When he wants to, he destroys his man. Has the strength to dominate at times.
Negatives: Can he give the 100% effort all of the time? He was able to take plays off at the lower level, getting by on his size and tools. … Lower level production. He did his job, but he was a D-II lineman after starting out his career at Illinois. He never played a down in the Big Ten. … Needs maturing in his game. He has the basics, but he needs to sharpen up in a big way.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A project worth developing. He’ll show enough flashes to hang around at tackle before kicking inside to guard.
17. Chris Faulk, LSU 6-5, 325 Proj. 4
Positives: Great size and the potential to have a prototype look. He might have the dreaded Right Tackle Only tag, but he could be a great one. … Once he has a defender in his hands, it’s over. He can bury his man. … Great strength and power. He’s a blaster who could eventually move to guard without a problem.
Negatives: Missed all of last year hurt. Major question marks about his health and whether or not he can progress. … Doesn’t move all that well to begin with, and now there are injury issues. Not quick enough against the speed rushers. … Mediocre recovery skills. He needs to lock on from the start and not play catch-up.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’s a chance worth taking. He’ll never be a left tackle, but he could be an extremely talented right tackle once he’s 100%.
18. Dann O’Neill, Western Michigan 6-7, 315 Proj. 6
Positives: Great height and terrific frame. Long arms and tough to get around. … A strong run blocker who gets after it. He likes to get the blast his man. … Gets out in a hurry. Good enough on the move to be used in a variety of ways.
Negatives: Just not that quick out of his stance. Height is a bit of a problem in his case; he’s better when he gets his hands on a defender right away. … Not all that quick. Limited lateral movement. … Not a great base. Can be hit by the stronger defenders who get leverage.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Great size and good talent will make him a late round steal. He’ll be a rock-solid backup.
19. Joe Caprioglio, Colorado State 6-6, 310 Proj. 5
Positives: The look is there. He has the right frame and the right body of an NFL tackle. … While he might be inconsistent for the ground game, he has good enough raw strength to work with. The basic tools are there to move to guard if needed. … Always working. Doesn’t take a play off and is the type of blocker who always gives the full effort on every play.
Negatives: Not the same player after a torn ACL. He’s still trying to get back to his form. … He wasn’t all that quick and smooth before getting hurt, and then he became more of a laborer. … Just not physical enough when he has to be. He’ll hit, but he won’t crush his man.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He might be a different player once his leg gets a little more time to heal. He’ll see time at right tackle.
20. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas 6-5, 304 Proj. 6
Positives: Still improving. Already a solid all-around blocker and he’s just now coming into his own. There’s upside. … A good enough athlete to be tested out on the left side. He’s probably going to be a right tackle, but he has the feet to work at either job. … A regular. He was durable enough to grow into one of the team’s key starters up front.
Negatives: Not a physical enough run blocker. He has to get functionally stronger and has to add at least 15 more pounds of good muscle. … His technique still needs work despite the time logged in. Has to use his feet a bit better on a consistent basis. … Doesn’t have the power to work inside. It’s going to be right tackle or nothing.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be tried out for a few years, but only at right tackle.
21. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech 6-5, 318 Proj. 5
22. R.J. Dill, Rutgers 6-6, 316 Proj. 6
23. Braden Brown, BYU 6-6, 305 Proj. 6
24. LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech 6-6, 325 Proj. 7
25. Emmett Cleary, Boston College 6-7, 315 Proj. 7
CFN Pre-Combine OT Rankings, Top Ten