This class looks pretty enticing to a tackle-needy
5. Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine Bluff, 6-5, 306: His stock has shot up since the end of the season. Armstead played well in the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl, and he had an impressive workout (he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash). A native of downstate Cahokia, Ill., Armstead played at a smaller college and did not dominate consistently. He needs to develop strength. He isn't polished, but his athleticism is excellent. His feet are very quick, quick enough to play left tackle. If he takes to NFL coaching, he can be an outstanding pro.
6. Kyle Long, Oregon, 6-6, 313: He is the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and the brother of
9. David Bakhtiari, Colorado, 6-4, 299: He has the feet to play left tackle, but he might not have the length. Some teams consider the early draft entree a guard or even a center. He played tackle at Colorado and was up and down. He is a raw prospect who needs to add bulk and strength. He has some natural punch and explosiveness to build on. He has good initial quickness.
10. Brennan Williams, North Carolina, 6-6, 318: He is coming off a shoulder surgery that knocked him out for the season. Williams is big and athletic and was thought of pretty highly before his injury. He can recover after a misstep. He is athletic enough to be a starter at right tackle, and also might have the flexibility to be used at guard. He plays with good effort. He uses his hands well. Williams needs technique refinement, and might need a little time to develop.
11. Xavier Nixon, Florida, 6-6, 321: He is a very large, pretty athletic blocker who can pass protect. His run blocking is below average, however, and he does not always anchor well. He has been an inconsistent player over his career and he is prone to mental errors. As a result, some might see him as an NFL backup at tackle, or possibly a guard.
12. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, 6-6, 308: He is a similar prospect to
13. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 6-5, 306: He probably is either a right tackle or guard, though one national scout said he thinks Thomas could play left tackle. He has experience at guard and tackle. He is not the most physical blocker, and it shows up in the run game. One front office man compares him to
14. Chris Faulk, Louisiana State, 6-6, 331: He is a huge man who is difficult to get around. One front office man thinks Faulk lacks the athleticism to play tackle, and is too big for guard. He struggles on pulling blocks. He is a physical blocker with long arms and can help a team in the running game. Faulk missed almost all of the 2012 season with a torn ACL. Getting heavy might be an issue.
15. Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6, 308: He played on the left side in college but is likely a right tackle or guard in the NFL. Aboushi is tough and competitive and an above-average athlete, but lacks strength and balance. His pass protection is average. He is a little short-armed. He gets a little sloppy with his technique at times.
16. Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 306: His stock is up after testing well at the combine. Painter is athletic and has long arms. There is a chance he could develop into a solid starter, but he probably will take some time. He also has experience at guard and could end up there.
17. Nick Becton, Virginia Tech, 6-5, 323: Becton has a big, strong lower body, and he plays with heavy hands. He anchors well, and can control the point of attack. "He is the kind of lineman the
18. Reid Fragel, Ohio State, 6-8, 308: He is a former tight end who has only one year of experience at tackle. Fragel isn't the most physical blocker, but he is a very good athlete. He is raw and needs to get with a patient, effective teacher. He was an undisciplined player at times, probably because of his inexperience.
19. Luke Marquardt, Asuza Pacific, 6-9, 315: As the draft approaches, there has been some buzz about him. Offensive line coaches have taken a liking to Marquardt. He is a former tight end who grew into an offensive tackle. Coached by NFL Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater, Marquardt has developed at a nice pace. He has decent quickness for his size. Marquardt is a little too tall, and he sometimes allows defenders to get under his pads. He is coming off a broken foot.
20. Jordan Devey, Memphis, 6-7, 317: He caught the attention of NFL scouts at the East-West Shrine game. Devey has played left tackle, right tackle and guard. He did not play football in high school, instead playing the tuba in the school band. After graduating, he went on a church mission before enrolling in college and taking up the sport. He is 25, considerably older than most rookies.
21. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas, 6-5, 298: He is a tough blocker who would fit in a zone scheme because of his ability to move and play well in space. He started out as a tight end, and also played some defensive end. Scouts see him as a right tackle, and a probable backup in the NFL. Hawkinson started 48 games at Kansas.
22. David Quessenberry, San Jose State, 6-5, 302: He is smart, competitive and tough, but limited as an athlete. He is an aggressive blocker who plays to the echo of the whistle. He has been a solid left tackle for three years. Improved lower body strength would help him. Quessenberry is yet another former tight end.
23. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech, 6-5, 316: He is a thick, powerful, aggressive blocker who can make space for running backs. His athleticism isn't the best, and he subsequently will lunge at times. He is the cousin of
24. Emmett Cleary, Boston College, 6-7, 316: He is a college left tackle who likely will have to play right tackle in the NFL, according to scouts. He also could be a backup as guard. He is a typical Boston College blocker — tough, heady and physical, but not quick-footed. With his size, there likely is a place in the NFL for this St. Viator High School grad.
Terron Jones, Alabama State
Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M
Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State
Patrick Ward, Northwestern
Bradon Brown, Brigham Young
John Wetzel, Boston College
Mark Jackson, Glenville State
Carter Bykowski, Iowa State
Oscar Johnson, Louisiana Tech
Jason Weaver, Southern Mississippi
Matt Sewell, McMaster
Dann O'Neill, Western Michigan
Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M
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