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2007 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OTs

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Posted Aug 6, 2007


CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Offensive Tackles


2007 CFN All-Americans

Offensive Tackles


CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players
2007 Preview | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers
Tight Ends | Guards | Centers 
Preseason 25 Best Tackles
1. Sam Baker, Sr. USC
2. Jake Long, Sr. Michigan
3. Ryan Clady, Jr. Boise State
4. Jeremy Zuttah, Sr. Rutgers
5. Barry Richardson, Sr. Clemson
6. Andre Smith, Soph. Alabama
7. Michael Oher, Soph. Ole Miss
8. John Greco, Sr. Toledo
9. Andrew Gardner, Jr. Georgia Tech
10. Alex Boone, Jr. Ohio State
11. George Bussey, Jr. Louisville
12. Gosder Cherilus, Sr. Boston College
13. Ryan Stancheck, Jr. West Virginia
14. Kirk Barton, Sr. Ohio State
15. Tony Hills, Sr. Texas
16. Jason Boone, Sr. Utah
17. Phil Trautwein, Sr. Florida
18. Duane Brown, Sr. Virginia Tech
19. Ciron Black, Soph. LSU
20. Eugene Monroe, Jr. Virginia
21. Andrew Hartline, Jr., Central Michigan
22. Tyler Luellen, Sr. Missouri
23. Chris Clark, Sr., Southern Miss
24. Franklin Dunbar, Jr. Middle Tennessee
25. Dylan Thiry, Sr. Northwestern

2007 CFN Preseason First Team All-Americans

Sam Baker, Sr. USC
The anchor of the great USC front wall will be Baker at left tackle, a two-time All-American and arguably the most complete lineman in the country this season.  Entering his fourth year as the starter, he’s the total package, a top pass protector and improving run blocker, who’ll begin the 2007 season in the best shape of his career. He'll be a top 15 draft pick in 2008.

Jake Long, Sr. Michigan
The 6-7, 313-pound Long is one of the nation's premier tackles, having gone from very good to special after slimming down and getting quicker. A strong pass protector, he can also bury defenders in the running game. He likely would've been a top ten pick had he come out this season, and might turn into the Joe Thomas of this year and become a top three choice.

2007 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans

Ryan Clady, Jr. Boise State
The veteran line that did a phenomenal job last year gets four starters back, anchored around Clady at left tackle. The world got to see just how good he is in the Fiesta Bowl, and now the 6-6, 319-pound junior is starting to get the attention that WAC fans knew he deserved all along. A punishing run blocker, he's also tremendous in pass protection with a great combination of size, quickness and strength.

Jeremy Zuttah, Sr. Rutgers
Zuttah is a model of versatility, having started at left guard and right tackle the last two years.  With a chance to finally play the same position two years in a row, he could be special this fall. 

2007 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Alex Boone, Jr. Ohio State
The 6-8, 325-pound Boone is a rock of a tackle with first-round draft pick upside if he can have one more consistent year. His massive size makes him tough for pass rushers to get around, while he has the feet to stay with the speed defenders. Considered by some to be the best Buckeye line prospect since Orlando Pace, all eyes will be on him this year.

Andrew Gardner, Jr. Georgia Tech

Gardner is the best player on a potentially dominant line, starting his third year in a row at left tackle. A good run blocker, his real worth is in pass protection where he's able to use his athleticism to handle most speed rushers. He should be even better now that he's used to playing at around 300 pounds after coming to Tech around 250.


John Greco, Sr. Toledo

There might not be a better blocker in the MAC than the 6-5, 318-pound senior, a rock of the line for the last three years. The leader of the offense as a team captain last season, he made the successful move from the right side to the left without any trouble using his experience and strength to become an even better run blocker. Everything will revolve around him.


Michael Oher, Soph. Ole Miss
The 6-5, 325-pound junior left tackle is about to take the turn into superstardom. A tremendous athlete and a big-time recruit two years ago, he started from day one. While he's been inconsistent, especially in pass protection, he has NFL talent and the potential to be the type of blocker the offense works around.

Barry Richardson, Sr. Clemson

The line returns just one starter, but he's a good one. The 6-7, 320-pound senior likely would've been a top 50 NFL draft pick if he had left early, and he should be one of the first tackles taken next year. His claim to fame has been a near shutdown performance of NC State's Mario Williams in 2005, and he was even better last year earning first-team All-ACC honors. He'll start again at left tackle with 32 straight starts under his belt, and he'll be the one the offense works behind.

Andre Smith, Soph. Alabama

He's the real deal. Considered by many to be among the nation's top prospects last year, he didn't disappoint as a true freshman and is now on the verge of superstardom. As it turned out, yes, he really was good enough to go from high school to the pros. He's 6-4, 348 pounds, and athletic, with great feet in pass protection. The team's most dominant blocker, he also had a two-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma State in the bowl game.

 

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