2017 NFL Draft – Top Offensive Tackles

Offense: QB | WR | RB | FB | TE | OT | OG | C

Defense: DT | DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S

Note: These are ordered in regards to general overall rating.  This is not necessarily a reflection of predictive draft order as other variables such as scheme, coaching, etc. will alter each team’s rating of each prospect.

  1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin – An athletic offensive tackle that is just learning to master the position. Excellent shuffle, and seems to know how to use his hands, and how to bend and maintain balance. Strong and agile, he is able to work quickly to the next level and is rarely out of position. Still learning the position, but ceiling is extremely high.
  2. Cam Robinson, Alabama – Powerful, extremely strong run blocker, that also possesses the length to pass protect. Simply removes people in the run game with an elite push, but will need to work on footwork, position, and technique against speed pass rushers.  Best fits an offense or perhaps a different position that involves more run blocking or a quick passing game rather than sustained passed protection. Maybe the best offensive lineman moving forward and clearing the way for the run game.
  3. Garett Bolles, Utah – Perhaps the best run blocking offensive tackle in the draft, Bolles was a junior college transfer that has played his last year at Utah. Troubled kid that turned his life around.  Teams will do their homework on him, and if he stays the path, could be a steal in the middle of the second round.
  4. Roderick Johnson, Florida State – Excellent size, and length. At this point, a bit better as run blocker than pass protector.  Very good quickness and flexibility, and able to protect against both power and speed. Still needs to work on waist bend, but improving in that area. Prototypical size and length for an NFL left tackle.
  5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan – Excellent strength and possesses elite power.  Very versatile, and can play inside or outside. Working on his footwork as a tackle, but already a top level run blocker.
  6. Dion Dawkins, Temple – Has overcome a lot of maturity and injury issues, but has seemingly worked them all out to be a leader on the team. Excellent combination of size and athleticism. Could start at right tackle as a road grading run blocker and then move over to left tackle after a few years.
  7. Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh – Prototypical build for today’s NFL offensive tackle play. Athletic, with long arms and excellent footwork, that fires off the snap to quickly get into position against defenders.  Primarily experienced in the run game, but has shown excellent play against top level pass rushers.
  8. Antonio Garcia, Troy – Elite pass protector that has been one of the better left tackles in college football. Perfect combination of size, length, and technique that should allow him to move into a starting role very early in his NFL career. Simply doesn’t allow defenders to get by him.
  9. Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell – Very long tackle, that also has some good footwork to capitalize on his length.  Raw, and doesn’t have the core strength and girth that teams will want for his size, but projects as a short term project that could develop into an excellent tackle at the next level.
  10. Conor McDermott, UCLA – Tall left tackle prospect with great lateral movement and footwork.  Experienced in pro style system.  Major problem is his overall strength, and will need to spend time building up his body to handle the strength of defensive ends at the next level. Perhaps a project left tackle that can spend a year building up his body.

Comments: This is a group that is heavy with right tackles, and perhaps a few of these guys might be moved to guard at the next level. Garett Bolles might move into the top spot as the draft process goes forward. Julie’n Davenport has a very high ceiling, but is a developmental prospect.