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2013 Draft
Offensive Tackles
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1 *Luke Joeckel OT 1 Texas A&M Jr 6060 306 1st

Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - The Gold Standard at OT and possibly the top BPA pick in the draft.

Pre-Combine Forty - 5.16. Combine Forty - 5.30. Ten - 1.81, Reps - 27.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Joeckel — who I have going No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs in my latest mock draft — stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Tony Sparano, who is now the offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders, worked out Joeckel, who went through drills for around an hour.

PFW Audibles - "...has to get a lot stronger. He's the safest pick in the draft, but the system helps him out a lot there. They get the ball out so fast and, when they do have pressure, the guy (Johnny Manziel) just runs all over. When you factor (Joeckel's) movement and intangibles, though, it does not get much better.

Based on - Prototypical build for LT/ relatively lean, tapered build, long arms and a thick lower half.  Smooth out of his stance in pass pro. Eases back and catches the defender easily,with excellent lateral agility and balance to handle speed and counter-moves, as well as the core strength to absorb the bull rush. Plays with excellent fundamentals. Keeps his knees bent, butt down and both his head and hands up. Alert. Recognizes stunts and zone-blitzes efficiently and without panic.

Demonstrates rare poise when initially beaten, with a late burst and quick, strong hands to recover. Quick off the snap when run-blocking, demonstrating not only the burst to gain the advantage over defensive linemen in short-yardage situations but the mobility to block effectively at the second level. Keeps his hands inside the defenders' chest and keeps his feet moving on contact.  Quick, effective cut-blocker. Durable. Started all 37 games of his collegiate career, each at left tackle. Could still show a little more nastiness/lets defender escape initial block rather than finishing them off.  Sometimes allows his hands to slip to the side or lower back of the defender when blocking on the move. Was protected a bit by two mobile quarterbacks (Tannehill and Manziel). Compared to Joe Thomas – prospective All Pro.

6 Eric Fisher OT 2 Central Michigan Sr 6072 306 1st

Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Said to have "owned" every defender who opposed him in Senior Bowl drills. Level of competition makes some question whether he's a "safe" enough pick at #7, but - In absolute terms - I thought he looked like a Top 10 athlete. Many mocks have Fisher going to the Cardinals at #7 and, should that happen, I'd be very very happy.

Pre-Combine Forty - 5.36. Combine Forty - 5.05. Ten -  1.70. Reps - 27.

Pro Day (Brandt -’s Bucky Brooks had him going No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest mock draft — was the main attraction and did not discourage the continuing rise of his draft stock.

Based on - Balanced athlete. Nimble feet / plays with excellent coordination and length . A smooth mover in any direction and breaks down well in space to handle speed rushers/shows eye discipline to mirror defenders. Added "good" weight / plays with a strong frame and core. A fiery competitor who plays with more pop than expected, delivering power in the run game. Looks comfortable in pass pro and has worked hard to improve his technique and instincts at the position.

Lacks elite upper- and lower-body strength. Because of his height, he’ll sometimes allow his pads to and can be walked backwards. Didn't face many NFL-caliber pass rushers while at Central Michigan.

11 Lane Johnson OT 3 Oklahoma Sr 6060 303 1st
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Won the Workout Warrior battle among OT's with a 4.72 Forty and 28 lifts and could blow away some stat-obsessed GM. Even his Ten-split is clearly better than Joeckel's or Fishers.  Nearly as good as Fisher back in the football world, but has more in the way of fundamentals he needs to work on. Still rough around the edges but with a solid upside.

Pre-Combine Forty -
5.04.  Combine - Forty- 4.72. Ten - 1.61. Reps -28.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Since there were no NFL offensive line coaches on hand to work him out, Johnson only got measured and weighed at the pro day, and stood on his numbers from the combine. Johnson is expected to be selected in the top half of the first round.

PFW Audibles - "...not very strong. He's really a developmental guy that you'd like to spend a year in the weight room. He has feet - he just hasn't filled out yet. He can bend. He started out as a tight end. He has a lot of upside."

Based on - Looks the part ( large frame and long arms). Quick feet to mirror and an effortless kick-slide. Explosive off the snap and sets up quickly, using his extremely wide base to cover a large area. Digs his cleats in the turf and lowers his butt in pass pro with a strong upper body to control defenders. Uses his length well to keep rushers at bay and physical limbs to eliminate defenders with his nasty attitude. Has large, powerful hands and usually keeps them inside. Natural bender with flexible joints, contorting his frame and selling out for blocks. Locks out and seals defenders on the edge, and does a nice job engaging in space to create run lanes. Has the competitive drive that scouts want for the position and the upside to continue to develop at the position

Could pack on some more muscle to his frame and strengthen his anchor. Will play undisciplined at times and overextend himself in space. Gets in trouble when he stops his feet / technique needs refinement. Must keep his feet underneath him to better sustain and not fall off blocks. Must keep his eyes elevated in the run game and improve his blocking angles. A tad mechanical / hand placement can get sloppy at times. Only played on the OL for two seasons and is still rough around the edges. Compared to Joe Staley - they have similar athletic backgrounds and the mobility that makes them impressive in pass pro and blocking on the move.

29 DJ Fluker OT 4 Alabama rJr 6045 339 1st-2nd

Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Planet Person - Projected as a road-grader right tackle. More of a Cincy/Andre Smith type of OL.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.32. Combine Forty- 5.31. Ten - 1.83. Reps -21.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Fluker only did position drills, and will work out again on April 11.

Based on - Powerful run blocker. Combination of size and power make him a formidable prospect who should only get better. For a drive-blocking, power-based team, Fluker ranks as one of the top RT prospects in the country. Strictly a right tackle or perhaps guard prospect /lacks the agility or balance necessary to handle NFL speed rushers on a consistent basis. Even as a run blocker he tends to drop his head and stop his feet as he makes contact. Compared to James Carpenter, Seahawks – But due to his massive size and upside, Fluker will often earn comparisons to Andre Smith.

43 Oday Aboushi OT 5 Virginia Sr 6053 308 2nd
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Didn't impress me all that much.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.23. Combine Forty- 5.45 Ten - 1.89. Reps - 17.

Pro day (Brandt) - Aboushi — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 5.41 and 5.42 seconds. He performed 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He’s strong, but probably will need to be moved inside to play guard in the NFL.

PFW Audibles - "...does not have left tackle movement. Someone might keep him there out of necessity, but he'll struggle."

Based on - Good size and athleticism / holds his own in pass pro, but needs to improve his consistency as a run blocker. His own biggest critic - always watching and critiquing his work in order to improve.  (earned praise from the coaching staff for his dedication).  Must cut down on the penalties and mental errors, but has a pro future with the potential to be a top-64 pick.
47 *Justin Pugh OT 6 Syracuse rJr 6044 307 2nd
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - High ceiling. Needs to get stronger. Shoulder injury. Nice Ten-split.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.12. Combine Forty- 5.14 Ten - 1.67. Reps - DNL

Pro Day (Brandt) - Pugh kept his numbers from the combine, with the exception of the bench press (22 strength lifts of 225 pounds).

PFW Audibles - "...(his) feet are so good that you don't want to waste him at guard. Will his short arms force him inside? They could, but we have a lot of insight into the program and the coaches swear he can play the angles well enough to stay outside. You can be prepared to move him, but you have to at least try him (at left tackle) to start."

Based on  - Experienced…Effortless mover for size with good body control and coordination to take on blocks and mirror rushers in space. Good combination of speed and athleticism to reach the second level as fast as any offensive lineman in this class. High ceiling. Has the mobility and body control to protect the edge, but he has suspect core strength and struggles to properly use his hands to control rushers at POA. Lacks the length and growth potential to convince NFL teams he can stay at left tackle. Must continue to fill out his frame and spend more time in the weight room. (Left shoulder injury from 2012 warrants medical evaluation).

48 Kyle Long OT 7 Oregon Sr 6061 313 2nd
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Bloodlines alone are intriguing. Only guy above him to break 5.00 for the forty was Lane Johnson. Moving up the boards. Dad and brother say he has the most natural talent of the bunch.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.04. Combine Forty- 4.94. Ten - 1.68. Reps -DNL.

Pro Day (Brandt) — Long had a 28-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He hasn’t bench pressed at either the combine or pro day. Kyle is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. Kyle played just one season at Oregon after deciding to pursue football following a concentration on baseball as a left-handed pitcher.

PFW Audibles (as a guard) - "...I didn't like the way (he) was messing around at practice. he looked like a knucklehead. I think he is more like a guard than a tackle. He was just always talking and (screwing) off - there was just something missing from that look."

Based on -Still very raw, but according to his father and brother, he was blessed with the most natural talent of the three and the NFL will love his upside. Not even ranked entering the season, Kyle is moving up draft boards and will add another name to the Long’s NFL family tree.

60 Dallas Thomas OT 8 Tennessee rSr 6050 306 2nd
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Played guard but could move back outside. Athletic and un-tubby-like in his play. Knee bender. May lack the quick feet to move outside. More a power-blocker than zone-guy. Strong intangibles.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.08. Combine Forty- DNP. Ten - DNP. Reps - DNL.

Pro Day (Brandt) - No write up on Thomas. (Attention was mostly on QB's and receivers).

Based on - Naturally large man with even weight distribution and the long arms to make the transition back outside to offensive tackle. Not your typical rotund blocker – he’s an impressive athlete who plays with very good initial quickness and top flexibility and balance. Plays with excellent knee bend and the spring to easily move left and right stay squared-up with quicker pass rushers. Uses an explosive punch in the running game. Steps up quickly to seal off the reeling defender and erase him from the play. Good effort to get to the second level. Mentally and physically tough and team-oriented.

Moved inside from tackle because of his susceptibility to speed rushers. Often stopped moving his feet so that his punch doesn't stop the pass rush entirely and leaves himself vulnerable to an outside speed rush or quick counter back inside. Can get himself in trouble by playing too low, giving savvy defenders ample opportunity to simply "swim" over the top of him with a quick arm-over move. Has a consistent hitch when pulling / much better suited to a power drive-blocking scheme than a zone-blocking attack .Compared to Marshall Newhouse, with the size and athleticism to handle a variety of roles up front and as a dependable, hard-working player. A 'tweener, however, whose best assets may be in his versatility and toughness.

68 *David Bakhtiari OT 9 Colorado rJr 6042 299 2nd-3rd

Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Good athleticism. Not as big as some teams might want.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.27. Combine Forty- 5.09 Ten - 1.79. Reps - 28.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Bakhtiari stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just did position drills. The Cincinnati Bengals had an assistant offensive line coach on hand to work Bakhtiari out.

Based on -  Has the initial quickness, balance and upper body strength to control opponents. Good bloodlines. (his brother has been on an off the 49ers' roster).

77 *Chris Faulk OT 10 LSU rJr 6050 331 2nd-3rd

Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Size suggests he may have weight and conditioning issues, but his resume is sound and he could fit a newer, bigger LT prototype.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.08. Combine Forty- DNP. Ten - DNP. Reps - 25.

Pro Day (Brandt) - He had knee surgery last fall and only did positional drills.

Based on - Very smooth out of his stance. Eases to his left, latches on with strong hands and has the lateral agility and balance to sustain blocks in pass pro. Long armed with surprising flexibility to reach speed rushers. Can handle speed rushers when left one on one, rarely allowing any pressure off the edge. Physical and determined as a run blocker, coming off the ball with good pad level and consistently driving his opponent off the ball.

Health, weight and conditioning a concern.  Compared to Andrew Whitworth  - both lack the body type normally associated with dominant blind-side pass protectors in today's NFL, but Whitworth, has developed into one of the league's better LT’s.

106 *Menelik Watson OT 11 Florida State Jr 6051 310 3rd-4th
Combine Forty- 5.29 Ten - 1.80. Reps - DNL.

Pro Day (Brandt) - He recorded a 27.5-inch vertical jump and 19 strength lifts. Watson played right tackle at Florida State but the feeling is he can play left tackle. He reminds people of boxer Lennox Lewis because of his accent and gold tooth. This is a kid who has only player one year of football. He’s from Manchester, England, and very good offensive lineman.

PFW     Audibles - " overaged, not a U.S. citizen and plays very tall. He is going to work out like a phenom and has all the ability. The question is whether you can get it out of him.
114 Brennan Williams OT 12 North Carolina Sr 6060 318 3rd-4th
Combine Forty- DNP. Ten - DNP. Reps - DNL.
135 Rick Wagner OT 14 Wisconsin rSr 6057 308 4th-5th
BRS (Gollin) - Mitch watched tape of Wisc. games and Wagner stood out. Good late round "steal?"

Combine Forty- 5.17. Ten - 1.77. Reps - 20.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Frederick stood on his numbers from the combine. Frederick’s versatility on the offensive line — he has started at both guard and center, and performed at a high level in doing so — makes him a desirable pro prospect.
154 Xavier Nixon OT 15 Florida Sr 6060 321 5th
Combine Forty- DNP. Ten - DNP. Reps - DNL.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Nixon didn’t do any of the running drills due to a right hamstring, but he did put up 225 pounds 19 times and went through the positional workouts.

167 David Quessenberry OT 16 San Jose State rSr 6047 302 5th
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - I liked him a lot in Senior Bowl practices (a poor man's Fisher). He simply matched up well against defenders in drills and never let them get past him. Definitely figures to be rated much higher than currently.

Pre-Combine Forty: 5.18. Combine Forty- 5.08. Ten - 1.72. Reps - 25. - No write up
178 Terron Armstead OT 17 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sr 6046 306 5th-6th
Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Blew away everyone in the Forty and Ten yard dashes and the Bench Press.

Combine Forty- 4.71. Ten - 1.64. Reps - 31.

Pro Day (Brandt) - Terron Armstead‘s impressive run-up to the 2013 NFL Draft continued Monday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s pro day. New San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris put Armstead through a workout that went on for about an hour. Armstead — who was among the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine — only participated in the position drills. Armstead looked outstanding in the workouts, and now has some private workouts scheduled, including one with the Dallas Cowboys. Armstead has a very good chance of being one of the top 60 players selected in the draft.


188 Reid Fragel OT 18 Ohio State Sr 6075 308 5th-6th
Combine Forty- 5.14. Ten - 176. Reps - 33.

Pro Day (Brandt) - No mention in write-up.
217 Garrett Gilkey OT 19 Chadron State Sr 6057 318 6th-7th
 Big Red Sheet (Gollin) - Developmental project. Big fella who anchored well against John Jenkins. Knee-bender.  Plays nasty. Level of competition an issue. "Goofy" disposition (my kind of guy).  May be better off inside or at RT.

Pre-Combine Forty: NA. Combine Forty- 5.33. Ten - 1.72. Reps - 28.

Based on NFL Draft Scouts - Looks the part. Naturally large man with good weight distribution and long limbs. Good initial quickness and good lateral agility off the snap. Bends at the knees and plays on the balls of his feet, making him more nimble than you’d expect. At Senior Bowl, he showed much greater use of leverage and overall physicality than he'd previously shown on tape at tackle, anchoring well against even Georgia's mammoth nose guard John Jenkins. Has an on-off switch (easy-going, good-natured off the field but showing grit in his play against top competition). Flashed some nastiness. Intriguing developmental prospect with the athleticism and work ethic to believe that his best football is still ahead of him.

Level of competition concerns (negated somewhat by his Senior Bowl week performance. ‘Tweener (Too short and not quick enough to play LT/too tall to play guard - might have to be a developmental strong-side tackle prospect). Tends to play high/ can be bull rushed into the pocket. "Goofy" personality – may lack the "fire in the belly" some teams look for in an OL. Compared to Jeff Linkenbach, who was asked to make the transition inside from LT. Best chance likely will be on the inside where he can be better protected. Could emerge as a developmental starter just as Linkenbach has..

243 Jordan Mills OT 20 Louisiana Tech Sr 6050 316 7th
Pre-Combine Forty: 5.33. Combine Forty- 5.37. Ten - 1.77. Reps - 20. - No write up

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