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2016 NFL Draft rankings: Top ten offensive tackles

Ranking the top 10 offensive tackles in this year's NFL Draft class.

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1. Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) | 6-foot-5, 310 pounds

Say it with me: Laremy Tunsil is the best prospect in the country. Laremy Tunsil is the best prospect in the country. And it's not even close.

2. Taylor Decker (Ohio State) | 6-foot-7, 310 pounds

After the huge dropoff from Tunsil, you have Taylor Decker, who is special in his own right. The first thing that really jumps out at you with Decker is his impressive stature. He stands at 6-foot-7 and does a remarkable job of bending and gaining leverage at the point of attack. Decker's best position will be at right tackle, though I believe he can play either side. He exhibits above-average movement skills in pass protection and is a tenacious monster in the run game that will continue to play through the whistle. This kid might be the nastiest competitor out there.

3. Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) | 6-foot-6, 312 pounds

Stanley had a chance to declare early last year and would have been one of the first tackles off the board. His stock stays right around the same spot after returning for his Junior season and will be fighting Taylor Decker to be the second OT selected. Stanley has exceptionally long arms and large mitts that allow him to get great extension in pass protection, as well as control his opponents and turn them away from the play. Notre Dame's battle against Clemson last year was truly the first time we've seen Stanley vulnerable after getting abused by a fellow first-round talent in Shaq Lawson. He can get outworked and outplayed by bigger and stronger DEs.

4. Jack Conklin (Michigan State) | 6-foot-6, 308 pounds

If you want a more detailed report on Conklin, you can read my draft profile on him here. Conklin's physical limitations are going to prevent him from being a starting left tackle in the NFL, but I think he can be a very good, maybe even great right tackle or guard at the next level.

5. Shon Coleman (Auburn) | 6-foot-5, 307 pounds

Any time you take an offensive lineman from a system like Auburn there is cause for concern. I'm looking at you, Greg Robinson. Coleman is going to turn 25 years old as a rookie and has his share of concerns in pass protection, but he's such a monster in the run game that I think you can take him in the second or third round and thrive off of his tenacity. Coleman has plenty of upside, and I can see him developing into a Pro Bowl RT some day.

6. Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M) | 6-foot-6, 324 pounds

Like many others in this year's class, Ifedi has some insanely long arms and large hands. He's an average athlete with pedestrian lateral quickness which will limit him to the right side or at guard, but his heavy hands and nasty attitude makes him an intriguing prospect in the middle rounds. Plenty of draftniks are quick to label Ifedi as a guard in the NFL, but I believe he moves well enough to become a starting RT in the NFL.

7. Jason Spriggs (Indiana) | 6-foot-6, 301 pounds

Spriggs is by far the best athlete in this class, and he proved so during the combine. He still has a long way to go to becoming a complete player, however. Spriggs' movement skills are unparalleled for his size, but his run blocking is atrocious and his awareness when getting out to the second level is nonexistent. I fully expect him to be overdrafted as scouts and GMs will be infatuated by his measurables, though his upside is undeniable.

8. Willie Beavers (Western Michigan) | 6-foot-4, 324 pounds

I like Beavers a lot because of his versatility. He has great feet and quickness which allow him to hold his own as a left tackle, but his heavy hands and wide base makes him a candidate to play inside as well. Beavers is going to need to hit the weight room and improve his hand placement if he wants to become an NFL starter.

9. Le'Raven Clark (Texas Tech) | 6-foot-5, 316 pounds

With Le'Raven Clark, you have to understand that you're taking him on as a project that will likely need at least a year or two to develop before giving him a shot in a starting role. He had some incredibly ugly tape but flashed at times and displays great athleticism for his size. Clark's cardinal sin is his consistently awful hand placement, and he looks more interested in hugging defenders than actually blocking them.

10. Joe Haeg (North Dakota State) | 6-foot-6, 304 pounds

Haeg is a gifted athlete with poor functional strength, making him a viable candidate for a zone-blocking scheme. He was constantly driven back by bull rushes despite playing against weak FCS competition and will only see bigger and stronger players in the NFL.


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