I’ve spent the last three posts bragging about the talent and depth at running back, wide receiver and tight end. The offensive line group is a completely different story. It’s a bad year if you are one of the teams that needs to draft someone to compete for a starting spot this year. I don’t see an offensive tackle going in the top 20 this year, which would be the first time that has happened since the merger in 1970.
For the Eagles perspective, the have five quality starters up front right now and a couple of depth guys who could compete for a starting job as well. They could use another tackle, someone who can either take over for Jason Peters in a year or two or Lane Johnson should he have yet another PED suspension.
This all depends on how you feel about Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The coaches seem to really like him, but I’ve always felt he was a step to slow and a bit too stiff to start at offensive tackle in this league. I’d like to see the Eagles take an offensive tackle with upside at some point in this draft, but it certainly isn’t a need for them at this point.
Offensive Line Rankings
1) Garrett Bolles OT/Utah- Bolles is similar to Lane Johnson coming out, he’s just not quite that athletic and not nearly as refined. He moves well for his size, he has a nasty streak and he has the frame to put on at least 20 extra pounds. He may or may not be a day one starter at left tackle, but I’d have no concerns with him starting at right tackle in September in any scheme.
2) Ryan Ramczyk OT/Wisconsin- The exact opposite of what you would think a Wisconsin offensive line prospect would be. He’s athletic, outstanding in pass protection, but not a mauler in the run game. He’s another guy who should be able to start at tackle right away.
3) Taylor Moton OT/Western Michigan- A day one starter at right tackle that will add just the right amount of nasty to your run game.
4) Cam Robinson OT/Alabama- The only prospect I saw on tape that could slow down Myles Garrett and that’s why I think it’s crazy that draft experts question his ability to play left tackle. He’s an ideal tackle in a more traditional blocking scheme. He has a ton of power, but won’t make a living going upfield or playing in a zone blocking scheme.
5) Dan Feeney OG/Indiana- Good all-around guard who can play in any blocking scheme who excels in both the run and pass game. Not an elite athlete, but looks pretty natural blocking upfield.
6) Forest Lamp OG/Western Kentucky- Gets compared to Zack Martin a lot, but there only similarity is that they played left tackle in college and will make the switch to guard in the NFL. Lamp isn’t the mauler Martin was coming out, but he’s just as athletic. He will be able to handle both the stronger and quicker interior rushers at the next level, he’s just not the guy you build your run game around.
7) Antonio Garcia OT/Troy- Garcia is a bit of an asshole and that’s really the best way to describe his game. He’s a left tackle that will block you through the whistle and a lot of times a few seconds after that. I was concerned with his weight a little bit after the Senior Bowl where he weighed in at just 293 pounds, but he quickly got that up to 302 for the combine so I expect him to eventually play closer to 310 which fits his style just find.
8) Nico Siragusa OG/San Diego State- He’s ranked a lot higher than you will see him elsewhere because of how well he would fit into Doug Pederson’s offense. Pederson loves to pull his guards and get them out in front in the run game. Siragusa was the best pulling guard I saw on tape this year.
9) Ethan Pocic OC/LSU- A 6’6 center is pretty rare, but he never gets in the way of passes and he uses his length to his advantage in pass protection. He’s a powerful center with a good track record of holding his own in the SEC, easily the top center in this draft.
10) Roderick Johnson OT/Florida State- A really long tackle, but surprisingly not a stiff one. The biggest issue I have with Johnson is when he goes up against quicker edge rushers. That’s why I have him ranked lower than most and it’s why I think he will start out at right tackle until he cleans up some of his tech issues.
11) Julie’n Davenport OT/Bucknell- This kid has the biggest upside of all the tackles in this class. He’s a small school kid with an insane amount of length(36 1/2 inch arms, 6’7) and quickness(7.57 3-cone), but what really got my attention is how nasty of a blocker he can be in the run game.
12) Pat Elflein OG/C/Ohio State- I liked his 2015 tape better when he was a guard as opposed to his tape from this past season when they moved him to center. He’s a nice movement guard who won’t be a great fit everywhere. He’s a mover, not a mauler who has more value because he can play all three interior line spots.
13) Adam Bisnowaty OG/Pittsburgh- Reminds me of a Matt Tobin, with more upside. Decent athlete, versatile enough to play four different line spots and athletic enough to do well in multiple blocking schemes.
14) Dorian Johnson OG/Pittsburgh- Does a lot of things on tape I like, nothing I love. Does his job consistently, but isn’t the guard you build your run game around. Good upfield blocker, but not a special athlete for the position. Good technique and a good combo blocker. Projects as a borderline starter to quality backup at the next level.
15) Ben Braden OT/OG/Michigan- Played both tackle and guard at Michigan and probably will do the same as a utility backup in the NFL. He’s scheme versatile, finishes his blocks and moves pretty well for a 330 pounder.
16) Dion Dawkins OG/Temple- Scouts love this kid, but I didn’t see him finish his blocks consistently and the athleticism he showed at the combine(1.80 10 yard, 7.30 3-cone) wasn’t evident on tape. He’s also a college tackle making the switch to guard at the next level so there is some concern he will be a bit of a tweener if he doesn’t adjust well to his new position.
17) Kyle Fuller OC/Baylor- A great upfield blocker, so-so everywhere else. A bit of a project, but for an offense that utilizes a lot of zone runs and screens, he will be worth a late round pick.
18) Tyler Orlosky OC/West Virginia- Sets a strong base for a lineman under 300 pounds. Good awareness when blocking at the second level, but not a great athlete. Projects as a backup right now, but if he put on 10-20 pounds I think he could start in this league a few years down the road.
19) Ethan Cooper OG/IUP- A fluid athlete with a really strong lower body that helps him anchor his line. Hard to get a good read on his potential because of the level of competition he faced, but he always stood out.