2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OTs
Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo
Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo
Posted Aug 17, 2010

CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Offensive Tackles

Preview 2010 - Offensive Tackles

All-Americans & Top 30 Players

2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have. 


1. Matt Reynolds, Jr. BYU
Reynolds has been one of the Mountain West's best blockers over the last few seasons as the anchor of the strong line. At 6-6 and 329 pounds, he has prototype NFL size and tremendous talent at left tackle. One of the best offensive line prospects the program has ever brought aboard, the former Utah Gatorade Player of the Year has lived up to the hype and more. While he hasn't been impossible to get by, most pass rushers haven't been able to get to the quarterback. He'll once again be the blocker everything works around.

2. Anthony Castonzo, Sr., Boston College
Consistent with its DNA, the Boston College attack will once again be built on a solid front wall returning four starters. For one final year, the cover boy will be the 6-7, 295-pound Castonzo, an All-ACC first teamer at left tackle. The total package at the position, he's started all 41 games of his Eagle career, is going to be a high draft choice in 2011, and has been nominated by the school to be a Rhodes scholar. He has the long arms, light feet, and punch to be impenetrable as a pass protector.


3. Gabe Carimi, Sr. Wisconsin
Once again, the star of the front five will be Carimi, a 6-7, 315-pound senior who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors last season as the star at left tackle. While he's not the most consistent pass protector, he's a tough run blocker who's great on the move and buries defenders when he locks on. A great athlete for his size, the hope is that he'll be better after finally getting a bum knee healthy this offseason. He'll be on the short list for All-America honors.

4. Marcus Cannon, Sr. TCU
Four starters return to the TCU line, but the one loss, all-star left tackle Marshall Newhouse, is a big one. The spot will be filled by another first-team All-Mountain West performer, Cannon, who has been a rock of a starter over the last few years at right tackle. While he's a big 6-5, 350-pound blocker, he's great in pass protection failing to allow a sack last year. Also a star on the track team as a top shot putter, he's a great athlete who's growing into a special blocker and a top NFL draft prospect. If he gets his mitts on a defender and locks on, it's over.


5. Kyle Hix, Sr. Texas
The line has to replace the starters on the left side, so the big move of this offseason was taking Hix, a veteran right tackle, and putting him in Adam Ulatoski's spot at left tackle. The 6-7, 320-pound Hix has been a fine, serviceable tackle who has been tough enough and durable enough to start 28 straight games and be a big part of the attack for the last three seasons. Now he should be better in what appears to be a more natural spot. An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, with his size and his tools, the one-time superstar recruit should be the anchor of the front with more responsibility. A good athlete with tremendous strength, the senior has the tools with the experience to finish strong.

6. James Carpenter, Sr. Alabama
Be honest; you have no idea who Carpenter is unless you're a die-hard Bama fan. All the 6-5, 300-pound senior did was take over at left tackle and very, very quietly came up with a terrific season taking over for Andre Smith. The former JUCO transfer was a superstar recruit who came close to going to Oklahoma before picking the Tide late in the game, and while he wasn't a dominator like Smith, he was terrific in pass protection and was a huge part of Mark Ingram's success. Now the Second Team All-SEC blocker will be a factor in the hunt for All-America honors and could boost up his NFL stock considerably (right now he's around a third rounder).


7. Jason Pinkston, Sr. Pitt
Pitt is set at tackle with a pair of potential all-stars, but both guards and a new center must be developed. At left tackle the Panthers have a potential All-American in the 6-4, 305-pound Pinkston. His shoulders finally healthy, he had a terrific season protecting the quarterback's backside, a key reason Pitt led the league in sacks allowed. An All-Big East first teamer, he's a terrific athlete with outstanding feet.

8. Chris Hairston, Sr., Clemson
Even with the departure of all-star LG Thomas Austin, Clemson is confident about a line that returns four regulars and a bunch of lettermen with 88 career starts. Leading the way at left tackle is the 6-7, 325-pound Hairston, a third-year starter and a person of interest for NFL types. Coming off his best season on the line, he had 46 knockdowns and graded out well enough to earn a spot on the All-ACC second team. Ideally built, with long arms and good feet, to be a blindside protector, he's now being asked to take on more of a leadership role up front.

9. Lee Ziemba, Sr. Auburn
Ziemba has been the rock of the line for the last four years starting 38 straight games and earning all-star honors last year at left tackle. At 6-8 and 319 pounds, he's very tall, very big, and very steady with nice feet and a long frame that's tough to get around. While he's built to be a key pass protector, he's tough enough to flatten defenders in the ground game. A big-time recruit three years ago, he's the anchor up front and the leader, and while he's not a brick wall against the better pass rushers, he's a great technician and wins more than his share of battles.

10. Clint Boling, Sr. Georgia
With Trinton Sturdivant suffering knee injuries over the last two seasons, Boling has become a major factor starting at left tackle over the second half of last season after seeing time as both a right tackle and a right guard. At 6-5 and 304 pounds, he has the size to play anywhere on the line, and he has the experience having gone through the SEC wars. Strong in pass protection and a bulldozer of a run blocker, he's way overdue to earn more all-star recognition at left tackle. However, he could move around if Sturdivant takes back his old job when healthy.

11. Jah Reid, Sr. UCF
12. Rob McGill, Sr. Louisiana Tech
13. Orlando Franklin, Sr. Miami
14. Derek Sherrod, Sr. Mississippi State
15. Nate Solder, Sr. Colorado
16. Blake DeChristopher, Jr. Virginia Tech
17. Mike Adams, Jr. Ohio State
18. Joseph Barksdale, Sr. LSU
19. Cory Brandon, Sr. Oklahoma
20. Bobby Massie, Soph. Ole Miss
21. DeMarcus Love, Sr. Arkansas
22. Trevor Olson, Jr. Northern Illinois
23. Josh Oglesby, Jr. Wisconsin
24. Tyron Smith, Jr. USC
25. Al Netter, Jr. Northwestern
26. Bo Thran, Sr. Oregon
27. Jeff Allen, Jr. Illinois
28. Dan Hoch, Jr. Missouri
29. Adam Grant, Sr. Arizona
30. Andrew Datko, Jr. Florida State