3. OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
Combine Question: Is the guy just too large to be a left tackle you’d take early in the first round?
There might be mixed opinions on who the top offensive tackle really is in this thing, but if you’re going to go for it, you might as well go big.
However, offensive tackle has been a bit of a rough spot lately in the first round of the NFL Draft.
It’s never a bad idea – you can always go Kyle Long or Robert Gallery and kick a tackle into a guard – but for every Tyron Smith and Trent Williams, there are more Greg Robinsons, Matt Kalils and Jason Smiths who don’t get it done.
Brown might be able to erase most pass rushers, but at 6-8 and 360 pounds, he simply doesn’t quite bend like most would want for the running game.
There’s a lot to like, though. He’s athletic for a human being of this size, and he’s a terrific football player who knows how to man the position – it’s not just about his bulk.
But the risk is taking a right tackle in the top 15. The stigma has gone away from the RTO – Right Tackle Only – guys, if that’s what he is, since all five starters up front matter now more than ever. It’s more about value.