2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Off. Tackles
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
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Posted Aug 8, 2013


CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Offensive Tackles


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2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings  
Preview 2013 | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
Tight Ends | Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers
Cornerbacks | Safeties | Punters | Placekickers | Returners 

1. Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr. Alabama
The 6-6, 310-pound Kouandjio slimmed down a wee bit, but he could carry himself at 325 without much of a problem if he needs to for the next level. For now, though, he’s going to be a rock of a pass protector at left tackle as he shows off for the NFL scouts as, possibly, a top five overall pick. Better than the No. 1 pick of 2012, Eric Fisher, it’s not crazy to suggest that he’d be the top overall selection if he could’ve come out last year even though he’s not all that far from a torn ACL suffered as a freshman. He’s the prototype with quickness off the snap, size and the right frame to erase the next-level caliber SEC speed rushers, the power guys, and everyone in between.

2. Jake Matthews, Sr. Texas A&M
The early loss of Luke Joeckel was hardly unexpected, but keeping Matthews around to replace him on the left side was a shocker. Matthews would’ve gone in the first round had he decided to come out early, and next year he’ll likely battle with Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandijo for the honor being the first offensive tackle selected. A technician, the 6-5, 305-pounder is terrific on the move with great feet and recovery ability. While he’s not going to obliterate his man like Joeckel could, he’s a perfect fit for a zone-blocking scheme. If he’s able to add another ten pounds of good muscle to his frame, and show he can handle himself well on the left side after dominating on the right, he’ll be in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick.

3. James Hurst, Sr. North Carolina
Hurst is poised to become the unrivaled anchor of the Carolina O-line. The 6-7, 305-pounder has been named All-ACC Second Team in consecutive years, ensuring that QB Bryn Renner gets the time needed to check down his receivers. Hurst has become a fixture in the trenches for the Tar Heels, using his long arms and light feet to keep some of the league’s better pass rushers from getting out of their blocks. No. 68 was a key cog in a line that ranked No. 9 nationally in sacks allowed in 2012.

4. La’el Collins, Jr. LSU
Perhaps the best NFL prospect on this Tigers roster, the 6-5, 320-pound Collins will take over at left tackle. This is the natural position for the junior, who according to those in Baton Rouge slipped right back into the role after a year spent at left guard. Already with 20 starts to his credit, the powerful run blocker had the best game of his career last season against Alabama. Collins arrived in Baton Rouge with high expectations, with several recruiting agencies calling him the best offensive lineman ever from the state of Louisiana. Now back at left tackle, all eyes will be on the junior Collins.

5. Taylor Lewan, Sr. Michigan
Lewan put off NFL millions to spend one more year as the anchor at left tackle. The All-American and First Team All-Big Ten blocker has 6-8, 308-pound size and a huge frame to get around. He might not be a Jake Long-like killer who’ll throw his man into the fifth row, but he’s a good technician with great athleticism. The leader up front, this is his line to work around.

6. Zack Martin, Sr. Notre Dame
7. Eric Lefeld, Jr. Cincinnati
8. Antonio Richardson, Jr. Tennessee
9. Morgan Moses, Sr. Virginia
10. Kaleb Johnson, Jr. Rutgers
11. Brandon Thomas, Sr. Clemson
12. Brandon Scherff, Jr. Iowa
13. Cameron Erving, Jr. Florida State
14. Ju’Wuan James, Sr. Tennessee
15. Ed Olson, Sr. Minnesota
16. Rob Havensein, Jr. Wisconsin
17. Fou Fonoti, Sr. Michigan State
18. Le’Raven Clark, Soph. Texas Tech
19. Ryan Groy, Sr. Wisconsin
20. Jack Mewhort, Sr. Ohio State
21. Jake Fisher, Jr. Oregon
22. Christian Lombard, Sr. Notre Dame
23. Seantrel Henderson, Sr. Miami
24. Tyler Loos, Jr. NIU
25. Wesley Johnson, Sr. Vanderbilt
26. Kevin Graf, Sr. USC
27. Jake Olson, Sr. Central Michigan
28. Spencer Drango, Soph. Baylor
29. Jeremiah Poutasi, Soph. Utah
30. Kenarious Gates, Sr. Georgia