2013 NFL Draft - Offensive Tackles

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Posted Apr 12, 2013


From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top offensive tackle prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Off. Tackles - Top 5


By Pete Fiutak
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2014 Top OT Prospects
1. Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama (Jr.)
2. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
4. David Yankey, Stanford (Jr.)
5. James Hurst, North Carolina
6. Seantrel Henderson, Miami
7. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (Jr.)
8. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
9. Aundrey Walker, USC (Jr.)
10. Morgan Moses, Virginia
11. Greg Robinson, Auburn (Soph.)
12. Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin (Jr.)
13. Chaz Green, Florida (Jr.)
14. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
15. Brandon Scherff, Iowa (Jr.) 

2012 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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2011 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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This Class Is … fantastic. In a mediocre draft overall, here’s where the talent is.

There’s a great chance that as many as six tackles could find their way into the first round, but it’ll be more like four with Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson top ten picks and D.J. Fluker an almost certain top 20 selection.

Tackle has become a glamour position over the last several years, and it’s also become one of the safest high selections. This year, Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson and Fluker are Day One types who’ll instantly upgrade any line, but more than usual, the mid-level types have tremendous upside. Before, teams usually had to go for size or athleticism, but more and more, big tight ends are converting to tackle and bringing all the tools.

This year, a slew of small school prospects have a world of upside with a little bit of time, while huge maulers like Louisiana Tech’s Jordan Milles and Ohio State’s Reid Fragel could be mid-round steals with a little bit of time and tweaking.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Menelik Watson, Florida State
Most Underrated … Emmett Cleary, Boston College
Most Overrated … Xavier Nixon, Florida
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Adrian Campbell, Tarleton State

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (Jr.) 6-6, 306
A pure technician, he’s a the prototype for how to be a tackle doing everything right with flawless technique, the right feet, the right hand pop and the ability to handle himself well against any time of pass rusher. He can’t be outsmarted by the creative ones, and he won’t be outhustled by the high-motor types, making it look easy in both the Big 12 and SEC. Athletic and quick off the blocks, he’s a left tackle who can sit on a line for the next ten years and be a franchise blocker to work everything around.

While he’s not necessarily a finesse blocker, he’s not going to destroy his man and throw him into the ninth row, walling off his guy rather than burying him. As good as he already is, he still needs to get a bit stronger and bigger, and there might be question marks about his quickness and athleticism if he gets up to 320 or so. At the moment, he’s not an intimidating force and he’s not going to scare an NFL defensive lineman, but he’s going to be special for a long, long time protecting someone’s blind side.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan 6-7, 306
All of a sudden, he became the hottest prospect throughout the offseason prospect, and while Luke Joeckel is the No. 1 tackle on the board, there are whispers that it’s not crazy to consider Fisher even better with a higher ceiling. Very tall with a prototype frame and huge wingspan, he’s impossible to get around and he could turn out to be a long time Pro Bowl performer as a star pass blocker. As good as he already might be, he could get far better needing more time in the weight room and with the ability to fill out his frame a bit more. However, he already busted his tail to start adding more weight just to get up to over 300.

He’ll have problems early on with the bull rushers and he’s not going to be a power blocker who’ll destroy his man, but he’s a technician who’s more than fine once he gets engaged – it’s over if he’s able to get low. He’ll always get after the block and will never take a play off with the right attitude to be an NFL cornerstone blocker.
CFN Projection: First Round

3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma 6-6, 303
There was a time when tight ends would love to have worked out like Johnson did this offseason. Ridiculously fast and athletic for an offensive lineman, he went from being a good prospect to a must-have with a few big workouts and a great Combine. Not just an athlete, he has the technique and the tools to do everything right. He might not have quite the overall skills of Luke Joeckel or the upside of Eric Fisher, but blockers with his talents are rare. He could stand to be a bit bigger and isn’t going to be a powerful blocker, and he might need more time to grow into an NFL talent – there’s an obvious big jump from the Big 12 to the next level. He’s still learning on the fly and he’s not a finished product, but in time he should become a special all-around blocker. However, considering where he’s likely going to be taken, he could be a slight disappointment right away – that will quickly change.
CFN Projection: First Round

4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama (Jr.) 6-4, 339
Unlike most of the other top tackles, Fluker is a blow up blocker with immense size and destructive abilities as a run blocker. Even though he’s big – too big – he moves well for his size and throws his man around like a rag doll when he locks on. Now he has to make sure he doesn’t get too big, able to balloon up to well over 350 pounds if he looks at a double cheeseburger the wrong way. While he’s going to be used as a tackle, he can’t play on the left side and has a long future as a guard, he’ll be great for a mashing ground attack with good upside for decent passing games. Don’t be shocked if the team that drafts him claims he was its top tackle on the board – and don’t be shocked if it’s for real.
CFN Projection: First Round

5. Menelik Watson, Florida State (Jr.) 6-5, 310
All the raw tools are there, and unlike several of the other top tackle prospects, he has the size and raw bulk. Huge with prototype size and the right frame, he has rare ability with the upside to grow into a starting role on the left side while being able to shine on the right. While he might be big and bulky, he has no problems getting on the move and recovers well when he misses a step. Now he needs technique work to hone his skills. While the hope will be to throw him to the wolves right away, he’ll probably need a year or two before he’s ready to handle the full-time gig on the left side. A basketball-playing native of England, he’s still learning how to play football, but the upside is limitless. He could be had for the cheap, but given time, the potential is there to become a Pro Bowl talent.
CFN Projection: Second Round

- 2013 NFL Offensive Tackle Rankings - No. 6-25