2016 CFN Preseason All-America Offensive Tackles. Who are the best and brightest offensive tackles coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Offensive Tackles
1. Cam Robinson, Jr. Alabama
The off-the-field problems were the main focus of his off-season, but now he’s back as the main man for another tremendous Alabama offensive front. The 6-7, 327-pound NFL left tackle has it all with the right blend of toughness, feet and pop for the ground game. He might not be the best of athletes compared to other pro prospects at the position, but he’s not all that far off, making up for any deficiencies with power.
2. Roderick Johnson, Jr. Florida State
Consider him a lock to take off early for the next level after this year. First, it’ll be his job to keep Deondre Francois in one piece and to blast away for Dalvin Cook as the anchor for the ground game. The 6-7, 312-pounder was named the ACC’s best blocker last year, and this year he could be the nation’s best offensive tackle.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Offensive Tackles
3. Zach Banner, Sr. USC
The massive outside blocker is almost too big at 6-9 and 360 pounds. He engulfs defenders and erases them from the field, but he has the feet to move just fine as a pass protector. While he’s got a lot of work to do, and he has to be more consistent, he’s got the ability and drive to become as star on an offense full of superstars.
4. Mike McGlinchey, Sr. Notre Dame
He’s not going to be another Ronnie Stanley, but after spending last year at right tackle he’ll move over to the left side. The 6-7, 310-pounder has the NFL tools to be a rock in pass protection, and he’s got the ability and experience to be the leader of a solid Irish line.
2016 CFN Preseason Third-Team All-America Offensive Tackles
5. Connor McDermott, Sr. UCLA
Just how good can he be? Still a bit of a work in progress, McDermott is a phenomenal pass protector who’s still growing into his talent – even if his 6-9, 310-pound body is already right for the job. A blaster when he gets his hands on a defender for the ground game, all that’s missing now is consistency.
6. Tyrell Crosby, Jr. Oregon
Someone has to help make the O go. The new star of yet another good Duck offensive front, the 6-5, 310-pounder is quick on his feet and can get physical when he has to – he’s the exact left tackle the offense needs. Get him on the move, and he’ll make the block needed to spring the big play.