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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Interior Offensive Line

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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Interior Offensive Line

Next up on my positional superlatives series are interior offensive lineman (guards and centers) which features five prospects ranked among my top 50 prospects and eight with day one or day two grades. While the depth the class offers little appeal, there are some prospects with quality starter appeal.

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Best Prospect:  Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

A left tackle at Western Kentucky, Lamp projects to move inside to guard at the next level. He should instantly become a dominant pass protector. His strong footwork, ability to absorb contact, and technique with his hands will help him control rushers. He has a strong anchor to absorb contact and make sure the pocket remains at the proper depth. His movement skills and overall technique are exciting and should fit very well in a zone-heavy running scheme.

Lamp works angles and body positioning at a high level and is extremely competitive. Lamp projects as a plug-and-play starter who should have a long shelf life.

Best Resume:  Pat Elflein, Ohio State

01 November 2014: offensive lineman Pat Elflein #65 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

My resume grades factor the injury history, off-field concerns and accolades that a player accumulates in their collegiate career and Elflein scored the highest. He did miss most of the 2012 season with a foot injury but went on to starter 42 games with no off the field issues. He went on to have 3 seasons of high quality accolades.

  • 2016-1st Team All-Big 10, Rimington Award, Consensus All-American, Outland Trophy Finalist, Big 10 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
  • 2015-1st Team All-Big 10.
  • 2014-1st Team All-Big 10

Best Size:  Damien Mama, USC

My size metric weighs all official measurements against positional averages over the last five years and Mama scored the best. He checks in at 6034, 334 pounds with 35” arms and 11” hands.

Best Athlete:  Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

My athleticism metric weighs all athletic testing results against positional averages over the last five years and Lamp leads the pack.

  • 40-Yard Dash:  4.98
  • 10-Yard Split:  1.75
  • Bench Press:  34
  • Vertical Jump: 27 ½”
  • Broad Jump:  9’3’’
  • 3-Cone:  7.55
  • Short-Shuttle:  4.62

Best Run Blocker:  Pat Elflein, Ohio State

Elflein is a powerful blocker that plays with leverage, pop in his hands, hip roll, and leg drive. His base is consistent and he can re-leverage his hips and accelerate his feet. He sustains blocks with good body control and hand fits. He works his body positioning and walls off his man and is a dominant people mover.

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Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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