One can only assume that the Detroit Lions are still in the market for an offensive lineman. Whether it's offensive guard or offensive tackle, they need to add some young and talented players into the mix.
If you look at this year's OT class, everyone's rankings are going to be different. Each prospect comes with his fair share of strengths and weaknesses, and there is no clear-cut list. It all depends on what you look for in an O-lineman. Here are my top 10 OTs in this year's NFL Draft:
1. T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh) | 6-foot-5, 309 pounds
Clemmings is relatively new to the offensive tackle position, but extremely talented nonetheless. He is a road grader in the run game, but struggles in pass protection. He has a ton of upside, and with the right coaching, I believe he’s a Pro Bowl OT down the road. For now, he’ll likely serve as a guard in the NFL.
2. La'el Collins (LSU) | 6-foot-4, 305 pounds
Collins looks like a guard but moves very well for his size. He has the ability to play left tackle, though he will most likely be projected on the right side or at guard in the NFL. Like Clemmings, he’s very tenacious and a mauler versus the run. He looks great on tape and was successful against top-talented D-linemen from the SEC.
3. Andrus Peat (Stanford) | 6-foot-7, 313 pounds
Yet another OT prospect with a ton of strength and one of the biggest frames at his position. Peat will dominate the run game at any position. He’ll need to work on his technique in pass protection, as he tends to get beaten off the edge almost regularly, but at the very least he will compete for a starting right tackle job as a rookie.
4. D.J. Humphries (Florida) | 6-foot-5, 307 pounds
Humphries has really seen his stock rise since the combine. He posted some nice numbers and also reached a respectable weight after playing at 282 pounds as a junior. He missed some time due to leg injuries, but when healthy he looks great moving his feet and mirroring his opponents’ movements. Humphries is raw, but he has all the tools you want to work with when developing an OT.
5. Jake Fisher (Oregon) | 6-foot-6, 306 pounds
Fisher is athletically gifted and moves more like a tight end than an OT. He has arguably the best footwork in this class, but lacks strength and consistency with his hand placement. As it stands, I think Fisher is definitely the most polished pass protector in the draft, but I’d like to see him bring some added tenacity versus the run.
6. Ereck Flowers (Miami [FL]) | 6-foot-6, 329 pounds
Flowers is freakishly strong and an absolute mauler in the run game. He posted the highest amount of bench reps of any position at the combine. My biggest concern with him is whether or not he’ll be able to stay on the left side in the NFL. He has serious issues with his balance and looks sloppy with his footwork.
7. Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) | 6-foot-5, 306 pounds
Prior to his ACL injury, Ogbuehi was considered one of the top OT prospects in this year’s class. Many scouts will tell you that they love his feet and hate his hands. He needs to work on hand placement and timing, and I’d also like to see him add some more muscle to his frame. He’ll likely slide down teams’ boards due to his injury concerns, but I consider him to be a steal for someone in the third or fourth round.
8. Daryl Williams (Oklahoma) | 6-foot-5, 327 pounds
Williams primarily played right tackle for the Sooners, and I expect him to stay there in the NFL. He shows a ton of tenacity and constantly opens up holes in the run game. I could also see him being a dominant guard in the NFL, if for some reason things don’t work out at RT.
9. Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin) | 6-foot-7, 321 pounds
Havenstein boasts a mammoth frame, and looks even taller than his listed height. He isn’t very gifted athletically, and he’s limited to playing just right tackle in the NFL, but he’s very efficient and reliable.
10. Ty Sambrailo (Colorado State) | 6-foot-6, 311 pounds
Sambrailo got experience at left tackle, right tackle and right guard at Colorado State. He is a very intelligent blocker who is always looking for someone to block. He’s not very athletic, and his strength tends to just be "good enough," so it may be hard for some teams to project where he’ll play in the NFL.