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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Offensive Tackle

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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Offensive Tackle

Next up on my positional superlatives series are offensive tackles which features three prospects ranked among my top 50 prospects and six with day one or day two grades. The class offers a handful of guys the have the upside to start but very little in the way of depth.

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Best Prospect:  Cam Robinson, Alabama

Cam Robinson has flashes of dominance, but there are technical aspects of his game that need improvement. Robinson is a dominant drive blocker who has a devastating punch, hip roll, and leg drive that all work in unison fairly well. He creates significant movement in the ground game and can uproot opponents. A functional move blocker, Robinson is able to operate in space at an adequate level.

While Robinson can move his feet and extend his arms to keep the quarterback clean, there are substantial body control issues that must be improved upon. Despite illustrating adequate to good foot speed, there are too many reps during which Robinson’s feet get stuck in the mud, leaving him to fold at the waist when he shoots his hands. Additionally, Robinson’s football IQ comes into question, as many missed assignments and communication issues arise against stunts from the defensive line. He commits his share of false starts, too. Robinson has big time upside if he can develop consistency with his technique and mental side of the game.

Best Resume:  Roderick Johnson, Florida State

My resume grades factor the injury history, off-field concerns and accolades that a player accumulates in their collegiate career and Johnson scored best. He started 31 games without notable injury concerns or off the field issues. His final two seasons at FSU lead to impressive accolades.

  • 2016-1st Team All-ACC, ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner.
  • 2015-1st Team All-ACC, ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner.
  • 2014-Freshman All-American.

Best Size:  Cam Robinson, Alabama 

My size metric weighs all official measurements against positional averages over the last five years and Robinson scored the best. He checks in at 6062, 322 pounds with 35 ½” arms and 10 ½” hands.

Best Athlete:  Garett Bolles, Utah 

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: Utah offensive lineman Garett Bolles answers questions during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire) Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

My athleticism metric weighs all athletic testing results against positional averages over the last five years and Bolles leads the pack. It wasn’t even close.

  • 40-Yard Dash:  4.95
  • 10-Yard Split:  1.71
  • Vertical Jump: 28”
  • Broad Jump:  9’’7’’
  • 3-Cone:  7.29
  • Short-Shuttle:  4.55

Best Run Blocker:  Cam Robinson, Alabama

Robinson uproots defensive lineman with his heavy punch, hip roll and leg drive to drive them off the ball. He sinks his hips and play with good leverage.  He offers a good blend of upper and lower body strength that functions in unison to maximize his power.  Dominating drive blocker.

Best Pass Blocker:  Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

Ramczyk is smooth in his ability to mirror rushers. He executes his punch with good patience and uses his length to control rushers. He can slide his feet and ride speed rushers past the peak of the pocket. He blocks with good posture and a consistent base.

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Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011.

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