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SportsZone's 2014 NFL Draft Preview- Offensive Tackles - This Is Sports Zone

1. Greg Robinson, Auburn, HT/WT: 6’5” / 332 LBs

The 2014 NFL Draft has 4 elite players, Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack and Greg Robinson. Robinson is still a bit of a raw prospect, but his skill set as an offensive tackle is unmatched. He is already a dominant run blocker, with the ability and athleticism to get into the second level and make his blocks for his running backs. Auburn didn’t throw the ball very much, but when they did, Robinson looked very solid in pass protection, and will only continue to get better. The first tackle coming off the board is between Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson. By a pure potential stand point, I’m going with Greg Robinson.

Scouting Report:
-Dominant run blocker
-Creates big lanes for the running backs
-Left tackle body
-Strong anchor on either side of line
-Light feet
-Good blocking at the second level
-Dominant jump off the line
-Has a mean streak
-Good hands
-Inexperience in pass protection
Projected Pick: Top 3
Player Comparison: Jason Peters

2. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, HT/WT: 6’5” / 308 LBs

Matthews is the 2nd offensive tackle that I have coming off the board, he’s a big, strong anchor on the left side of the line. He excels in pass protection, and the left side is where he’ll fit best, but he also is a very good run blocker as well. He decided to return to school instead of entering last years’ draft, (where he would’ve been a first round pick) to improve his stock by showing that he can play and dominate the left tackle position. Matthews is a “Can’t Miss” prospect and will provide an immediate upgrade at left tackle for any team that selects him.

Scouting Report:
-Perfect size for OT position
-Excels at run blocking and pass protection
-Very elite footwork
-Positions himself well
-Can play both left and right tackle
-Very durable
-Very smart and instinctive
-Father is a HOF’er and brother plays in the NFL
-Polished player
-Could work a bit on run blocking
-Could add a bit more muscle to his big frame
Projected Pick: Top 10
Player Comparison: Luke Joeckel (Former Aggie)

3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan, HT/WT: 6’7” / 309 LBs

The offensive tackle position is a deep one, in this years’ draft, with at least four tackles that can be taken in the 1st round. Taylor Lewan is another one of those tackles. He’s got a big frame, at 6’7” and 309 LBs. I believe that his frame and abilities as a pass protector, along with his potential, make him a top 10 pick. There are many questions about his run blocking ability, as he doesn’t play with much push or power in the run game. I think his potential is too much for a team to pass him over in the draft for. In my opinion, he’s a boom or bust kind of guy, and it’s a bit of a risk. With the right coaching, he could be a dominant tackle in the league.

Scouting Report:
-Has ideal size
-Very good athlete
-Agility and footwork contribute to dominance in pass blocking
-Strong anchor
-Good hands
-Nasty streak
-Played against J. Clowney in bowl game and dominated
-Grabber, not a puncher
-Shows almost no power in the run game
-Doesn’t always finish his blocks
-Questions about his character
Projected Pick: Top 10
Player Comparison: Jake Long

4. Zack Martin, ND, HT/WT: 6’4” / 308 LBs

Martin is a polished player, who had a total of 52 starts for the Irish. He’s aggressive, he’s physical and he can completely dominate in pass protection and run blocking at times. He’s got loads of potential, and he had a solid career with experience to back up his play. His dominating performance at the Senior Bowl showcased his ability to play against both speed and power rushers. He’s a solid prospect, who I expect to provide an impact where ever he winds up.

Scouting Report:
-Big Mauler with a mean streak
-Very solid footwork
-Good hands
-Strong anchor
-Plays with a good, consistent pad level
-Can pick up blitzes and stunts
-Doesn’t have ideal arm length
-Struggles on the edge with elite speed rushers
-Could possibly change to guard
Projected Pick: Top 20
Player Comparison: Marshal Yanda

5. Morgan Moses, Virginia, HT/WT: 6’6” / 325 LBs

Moses really began to rise on the list of offensive tackles after a solid Senior Bowl, where he was named the top pass protecting offensive lineman. Afterwards, he immediately caught the attention of scouts and teams, and began sliding up the draft boards. I have a 2nd Round grade on him. Moses also began his career at RT before switching to LT at the beginning of the past season. I expect his transition to continue smoothly, and with proper coaching, he could develop into an elite Left Tackle, and a steal for the team that gets him.

Scouting Report:
-Prototypical HT/WT/Arm Length of LT
-Dominant physicality
-Elite strength
-Uses body to shield defenders in PP and RB
-Underrated athletically
-Long arms help to keep defenders shielded
-Good downward blocker
-Strong in the 2nd level
-Experienced collegiately
-Bends at the waist
-Balance and pad level need improvement
-Weight issues in the past
-Doesn’t always fire off the snap of the ball
Projected Pick: 2nd Round
Player Comparison: D’Brickashaw Ferguson

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