After this mornings look at running backs I know turn my attention to the interior of the offensive line. It is no secret that there is a massive shortage of quality offensive linemen at the next level. However this class should offer some teams hope, there are quality linemen to be had throughout. Here are my top 5…
5. Dru Samia – Oklahoma
A smaller guy who doesn’t seem to get beat by power rushers. Agile and intelligent with good blocking technique. Another guard that fits well in a zone running scheme, I have questions about his vertical blocking ability. He isn’t the strongest lineman and has been bullied by big interior guys in the past but rarely gets blown up at the POA. Really savvy hand strike timing and placement makes him win against the competition.
4. Erik McCoy – Texas A&M
A long levered blocker who doesn’t have a weakness against any kind of rusher. Has had success in zone based schemes at Texas A&M but traits project him well in power schemes also. Clean footwork and decent hand placement combine with top functional strength to form a really solid draft prospect. Really good in space, but sometimes gets mentally bent up. Showed out well against top competition in college. Really solid day 2 pick.
3. Chris Lindstrom – Boston College
A strong starter on the BC offensive line that opened huge holes for second year back AJ Dillon. Lindstrom excels at any spot in the middle of the line and can wreck havoc at the second level. Pass protection is solid enough to start early on in his career.
2. Garrett Bradbury – NC State
A high floor prospect who will translate to the pros with success in a zone blocking scheme. Bradbury has possibly the brightest range of skills in this class. Comfortable at guard or centre, but figures to excel at the latter of the position in the NFL.
1. Cody Ford – Oklahoma
Ford was an intelligent blocker for the last two Heisman winning Quarterbacks in college. His traits suit a move inside where he can block in almost any system. Ford possesses incredible intelligence for the position, it allowed him to work brilliantly in space when Kyler Murray left the pocket this last season.
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