Just as with the quarterback position, the top offensive tackle in this year's class could have been the top gun in last year's class as well had he elected to turn pro. Instead Matt Kalil elected to come back to USC as a fourth year junior and his line mate for the Trojans on the other side Tyron Smith was the first tackle selected. Kalil grades out higher then any lineman to enter the draft for the past three seasons, and is head and shoulders better then any other tackle in this year's crop. There may only be one possibly two other offensive tackles that carry a first round grade into this year's draft, Iowa's Riley Reiff. After that there's a plethora of other talent that carry second or third round grades, meaning they likely have a future as a starter in the NFL, but will likely never reach the upper eshlon of the position.
Most Overrated Prospects- Jonathan Martin Stanford, Cordy Glenn Georgia
Most Underrated Prospect- Donald Stephenson Oklahoma, Zebrie Sanders Florida State
Most Likely Late Round Steal(s)- Brandon Moseley Auburn, Dennis Kelly Purdue
1. Matt Kalil USC 6'7 306- While this dancing bear may not be the biggest guy, he has the movement skills necessary to be an effective left tackle in the pass-happy NFL. Kalil could have been the top tackle selected had he turned pro after his sophomore season, instead he elected to return to USC and did nothing to hurt his pro prospects. Kalil has the best feet of any offensive tackle to enter the NFL in years, he's fundamentally sound with NFL bloodlines with his brother Ryan a Pro Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers. He doesn't over-extend, sitting back in his stance and mirroring edge rushers with solid hand placement. He isn't perfect however, he could stand to add a few pounds to his somewhat slim frame, and some scouts feel he lacks the nastiness they like in their down lineman. Despite the fact that he isn't overpowering and dominant, he is an effective pass protector, which in today's NFL is the most valuable trait sought in left tackle prospects.
Prediction- Top 5 Pick in Round 1
2. Riley Reiff Iowa 6'6 313- Reiff is another in a long line of Iowa offensive tackles to enter the NFL draft. Like his predecessors, Reiff is fundamentally sound, experienced, and particularly effective in the run game. Reiff has played both left and right tackle at Iowa and is capable of playing both at the next level, though he is said to prefer the right side. He has strong active hands, with solid arm extension. He does lack elite athleticism and at times works with too narrow of a base. A three year starter, Reiff should be able to step right in for some team as a starting right tackle, then perhaps move to the other side if necessary in the future.
Prediction- Mid 1st Round
3. Cordy Glenn Georgia 6'6 345- An exceptional athlete for a player of his enormous size, Glenn could be a plug and play right tackle, or move inside in the right offensive scheme. Not considered by anybody to be a potential left tackle, but could become a dominant force on the right side with his jarring power and exceptionally strong lower base.
Prediction- Late 1st Early 2nd round
4. Zebrie Sanders Florida State 6'6 320- Left tackle prospect with extremely long arms, strong hands and a consistently solid pass pro set. May never be an All-Pro, but could very well be some team's left tackle for the next decade.
Prediction- Late 2nd early 3rd round
5. Mike Adams Ohio State 6'7 323- Looks the part with excellent body length and an athletic build....Flexible with good movement skills....needs work on consistent technique...mush more effective against power rushers then he is against speed.
Prediction- 2nd Round
6. Donald Stephenson Oklahoma 6'6 312
7. Jonathan Martin Stanford 6'5 312
8. Bobby Massie Mississippi 6'6 316
9. Jeff Allen Illinois 6'4 307
10. Kelechi Osemele Iowa State 6'6 333
11. Mitchell Schwartz California 6'5 318
12. Brandon Moseley Auburn 6'6 314
13. Nate Potter Boise State 6'6 303
14. Dennis Kelly Purdue 6'8 321
15. Levy Adcock Oklahoma State 6'6 320
16. Tony Bergstrom Utah 6'5 313
17. Matt Reynolds BYU 6'5 302
18. Matt McCants UAB 6'6 308
19. Tom Compton South Dakota 6'5 314
20. Jeff Adams Columbia 6'6 306
21. John Cullen Utah 6'5 297
t-22. Andrew Datko Florida State 6'6 315
t-22. Markus Zusevics Iowa 6'5 303
23 Josh Ogelsby Wisconsin 6'7 338
24. Lamar Holmes Southern Mississippi 6'5 323
25. Bradley Sowell Mississippi 6'7 309