Who are the best offensive tackles coming into the 2018 college football season? Here are the projected 30 top college players.
Preview 2018: Top 30 Offensive Tackles
Based on projections for this college season and production – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential – here are the 30 best interior offensive linemen coming into the season. Keep in mind, some of these players might end up moving positions where needed by the start of the season.
30. Wyatt Miller, Sr. UCF
One of the main pass protectors for McKenzie Milton and the high-powered UCF passing game, now he has to get ready for the new, quicker-paced offense. A right tackle for the last three seasons, the 6-4, 306-pounder could move over to the left side, but he’ll be an all-star at either spot.
29. Ryan Bates, Jr. Penn State
Can he grow into a special blocker in his final season? He’s not huge at 6-4 and 301 pounds, but he was good enough to get some all-conference consideration despite missing a chunk of games. The Nittany Lion line hasn’t been anything special over the last few seasons, but in his senior year, Bates has to help change that.
28. Koda Martin, Sr. Syracuse
It’s been an interesting offseason. Martin suffered what he described as heat stroke during a practice, and later chose to move to Syracuse as a grad transfer – his dad is an assistant coach under Dino Babers. The 6-6, 310-pounder might just solve the Orange problems in pass protection right out of the box.
27. Yodny Cajuste, Sr. West Virginia
Someone has to protect Will Grier. The 6-5, 321-pound Cajuste is an All-Big 12 talent with a great frame and the experience on the outside to be the leader on the Mountaineer front. Well past a knee injury that cost him almost all of 2016 he should be even better.
26. Navaughn Donaldson, Soph. Miami
He’d be much higher on the list of guards – and he might end up working on the inside again. An all-star guard in his true freshman season, the 6-6, 340-pounder is built to be a force on the interior, but now he’ll be a massive blaster at right tackle – for now.
25. Justin Herron, Sr. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons return a terrific line full of possible all-stars. The 6-5, 290-pound Herron should be the best of the lot working at left tackle. The All-ACC performer in the classroom might not be a destroyer for the ground game, but he can move, and he doesn’t make mistakes.
24. Tyler Roemer, Soph. San Diego State
Someone has to pave the way for the amazing Aztec ground game, and the best young talent is the 6-7, 315-pounder at left tackle. He’s got an NFL frame and he knows how to destroy his man, helping get Rashaad Penny to over 2,000 yards.
23. Andre Dillard, Sr. Washington State
The 6-5, 305-pound All-Pac-12 performer fits exactly what the Wazzu offense needs from its tackle. A two year starter on the left side, the pressure is on to be even better for a rebuilding attack with a new quarterback.
22. Marcus Norman, Jr. USF
The starting right tackle over the last few seasons earned all-star honors as one of the American Athletic Conference’s better run blockers. At 6-6 and 301 pounds he’s not all that big, but he generates a push.
21. Luke Campbell, Soph. Michigan State
At 6-5 and 290 pounds, he’s not massive, but he’s growing into an important blocker for an offense with all the firepower and talent to win the Big Ten title. The starting right tackle last season, now he’ll likely move to the left side. He’s not massive, but he can hit.
20. Victor Johnson, Jr. Appalachian State
The starter at left tackle over the last two seasons, he’ll anchor the Sun Belt’s best line. The all-star is a 6-5, 290-pound killer of a pass protector. He might not be bulky, but he has the feet.
19. Trevon Tate, Sr. Memphis
Versatile enough to play either tackle spot, the 6-4, 295-pounder has been an important part of the amazing Memphis offenses over the last few seasons. A First-Team All-American Athletic Conference force, he’s experienced and steady.
18. Chris Lindstrom, Sr. Boston College
The guard turned into a terrific tackle. A two year starter on the inside at right guard, he moved outside to tackle and earned All-ACC honors as the best blocker for AJ Dillon and a ground game that took over in the second half of the year.
17. Max Scharping, Sr. Northern Illinois
Arguably the MAC’s best blocker over the last few years, the 6-6, 320-pounder has the right size and the right toughness to be a force in pass protection on either side. An all-conference performer at both the right and left sides, he’s durable, consistent, and very, very smart.
16. Saahdiq Charles, Soph. LSU
About to grow into the next star LSU offensive lineman, the 6-5, 321-pounder is just getting started. The former high school defensive tackle might still need some seasoning and time, but once it all comes together, look out. If everything keeps progressing, he’s going to be a perennial All-SEC star on the left side.
15. Calvin Anderson, Sr. Texas
One of the biggest grad transfers in the cycle, he broke hearts at several places by choosing Texas. The former Rice star is a 6-5, 300-pound technician with NFL upside. He’s missing the bulk and the power, but he’s got the talent to step in and shine as a new starter on the outside.
14. Reggie Bain, Sr. Florida Atlantic
Someone has to pound away for Devin Singletary and the amazing Owl attack. Bain overcame missing the 2016 season hurt after an accident, and he was brilliant on the way to First Team All-Conference USA honors. The 6-4, 300-pounder can bring the thump.
13. Prince Tega Wanogho, Jr. Auburn
One of college football’s most interesting stories, he came to Auburn as a ridiculously athletic defensive player, and he has grown into potentially big-time pro prospect for the offensive side. The 6-7, 307-pounder is just now putting it all together, but the All-SEC star in the classroom will soon be an all-star on the field, too.
12. Isaiah Prince, Sr. Ohio State
It’s been a rocky run, but now he’s about to step up and shine as the star of the Buckeye offensive front. The big-time recruit had a hard time out of the gate, settled in at right tackle, and now is a good pro prospect on the left side – even though he’ll probably be on the right in the pros – with 6-7, 310-pound size and two years of starting experience.
11. Bobby Evans, Jr. Oklahoma
Can he be the new star blocker on the outside of the Sooner line? The interior is going to be amazing, but without Orlando Brown, the tackles are a wee bit of a question. The 6-5, 299-pound Evans will do just fine, starting the last two seasons earning all-star honors. He’s not Brown when it comes to flattening people, but he can move.