2018 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Rankings: From The College Perspective


It’s NFL Draft time. Finally. Who are the offensive tackles who’ll matter from the 2018 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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It’s an awful, awful year for offensive tackles.

There are some okay ones, and there are plenty of decent options with starting potential, but there’s no one you need to have. In this draft, you’re better off waiting until the mid-rounds for a flier and take a better position earlier on.

There are too many projections, too many future guards, and too much mediocrity. But besides that, everything is fantastic.

15. David Bright, Stanford

6-7, 310: A bit of a tweener – able to play either guard or tackle spot in a pinch – he could have a nice career as a swing backup who’ll fill in wherever needed. With great length, he’s got tackle size, and he’s a great leader who’ll make himself ready on the inside.
Projected Round: Sixth

14. Toby Weathersby, LSU

6-6, 308: With a great combination of size and skill, he moves well, has the bulk, and could and should grow into a terrific pass protector on the right side. He’s not going to blast away for the ground game, and he’s not bulky enough, but he has the right upside to become a strong late value pick.
Projected Round: Fifth

13. Jamarco Jones, Ohio State

6-5, 310: He’s probably better than you think. There’s no drama, few mistakes, and nothing more than just a good-enough-sized, clean blocker who’ll get the job done. Okay, so he’s not explosive, and he’s not as athletic as  most would like. And he’s probably going to end up at guard, but he’ll be picked outside of the top 100, and then he’ll be in the league for a long while.
Projected Round: Fourth

12. Will Richardson, NC State

6-6, 322: He might be purely a right tackle – or possibly a guard – but he’ll be a good one if he can keep out of trouble. One of the bulkier tackles in among the top options, he moves well enough to get by, and he’s a killer when he gets a hold on a defender. There are off-the-field concerns, and he needs to change around his body type a bit, but there’s enough talent there to think he’ll be a longtime option both outside and in.
Projected Round: Fifth

11. Alex Cappa, Humbolt State

6-7, 305: While he didn’t run all that well at the Combine and didn’t do anything to stand out too much, but he’s got a good frame, he moves well in games, and he can hit. It could take a while before he can hang with the big-time talent, and he has to prove he can work at guard if he’s not ready for primetime at tackle.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

6-6, 288: While he’s a bit too light, he’s not going to bring any power, and he has to prove he can handle himself outside of the Gulf South conference, the former Texas Longhorn is extremely athletic and light on his feet. There’s a whole lot of skill, but he needs a whole lot of time and a whole lot of work. Most of all, he has to figure out how to get up his weight.
Projected Round: Fifth

9. Geron Christian, Louisville

6-6, 318: A terrific athlete for his size, he’s got quick enough feet to go along with a great frame, long arms, and good enough upside to see something big coming. Potentially just scratching the surface, he doesn’t use all his tools and talents to his maximum ability – but that’s coming with a little bit of time. Some offensive line coach is going to love the talent and body, expecting something special to develop with a wee bit of time.
Projected Round: Third

8. Brian O’Neill, Pitt

6-7, 305: Everyone knew he was athletic, and then he ripped off a 4.82 40 and showed off the fluidity and ease of movement rarely seen in a lineman. However, he has to be able to put it all together each and every snap – he’s not for everyone. The power and blasting ability aren’t there, but as long as he doesn’t have to line up and pound, and he can work in a zone-blocking offense, he’ll be great.
Projected Round: Third

7. Joseph Noteboom, TCU

6-5, 319: A solid prospect before the predraft workouts, he ran a sub-5 40 and looked athletic through the drills to up his stock. He might be just getting started, with the body to get bigger without losing a step. However, as a player, he’s good, not amazing. There isn’t any one thing that stands out, but he’s got the upside of unteachable tools.
Projected Round: Third

6. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

6-5, 325: While he saw time at left tackle, and several NFL teams would like to move him to guard, he’s going to be a right tackle. Maybe. A tough pounder of a run blocker, he gets past of lack of athleticism by being really, really strong. Okay, so he’ll be terrific if he ends up on the inside, but he has to be tried on the outside first.
Projected Round: Third

5. Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

6-6, 330: Give him a little bit of time, give him a good offensive line coach, and give him a few breaks when the mistakes come, and then get the payoff of a big, talented left tackle.

He’s still getting the hang of this whole football thing after not getting into the sport until later on, but he showed glimpses of greatness early on at Western Michigan, and then it all started to come together.

The upside is too enormous too ignore.

When he gets into a groove, he became the one the entire offense would run behind once the the running game started to dominate. Just quick enough to get on the move and make things happen down the field, he’s at his best when he’s able to line up and blast away.

Projected Round: Third
Real Value: Late Second Round, Early Third Round

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