2012 NFL Draft: Tracking Landing Spots for Top 25 Offensive Linemen

Nick HartCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Tracking Landing Spots for Top 25 Offensive Linemen

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    With the 2012 NFL Draft finally upon us, the eyes of the sporting world will be focused on New York City as the next generation of football superstars waits to hear their names called.

    Inside is a breakdown of the top 25 offensive lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft along with a comparison to a professional player.  The link's to that comparison have been provided on each slide.  The slideshow will track the top offensive lineman and where they have been drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft

OL No. 17: James Brown, Troy

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    Name: James Brown

    School: Troy

    Pro Comparison: Jon Asamoah

    A raw yet promising linemen, Brown, who played left tackle for Troy, is expected to move to guard in the NFL. Based on his size and ability as a run blocker, guard is his natural position in the NFL. With plenty of potential and athletic ability, Brown should be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft.

OL No. 19: Michael Brewster, Ohio State

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    Name: Michael Brewster

    School: Ohio St.

    Pro Comparison: Chris Meyers

    A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, Brewster is as consistent as they come, starting 48 straight games for the Buckeyes during his career. A solid player, Brewster has the ability to start at the next level, and his draft position should reflect that. Expect him to be drafted around the third-to-fourth round.

OL No. 1: Matt Kalil, USC: Vikings Round 1 (4)

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    Name: Matt Kalil

    School: USC

    Pro Comparison: Walter Jones

    Widely regarded as the top offensive tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft, Matt Kalil is coming off a stellar career as a USC Trojan.  After being named to the 2011 All-American team, Kalil is expected to be a top-5 pick.

OL No. 3: Riley Reiff, Iowa: Lions Round 1 (23)

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    Name: Riley Reiff

    School: Iowa

    Pro Comparison: Bryan Bulaga

    Following an All-Big Ten campaign in 2011, Riley Reiff is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Iowa Hawkeye, Bryan Bulaga.  As the No. 2 tackle on the board, Reiff is also expected to go in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 2: David DeCastro, Stanford: Patriots Round 1 (24)

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    Name: David DeCastro

    School: Stanford

    Pro Comparison: Steve Hutchinson

    David DeCastro is the no. 1 guard in the 2012 NFL after being unanimously named to the 2011 All-American team.  Following a career blocking for likely no. 1 pick Andrew Luck, DeCastro is expected to be taken in the first round as well.

OL No. 9: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin: Bengals Round 1 (27)

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    Name: Kevin Zeitler

    School: Wisconsin

    Pro Comparison: Ben Grubbs

    After Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler is next in the line of dominant Wisconsin offensive lineman.  A first-team All-American in 2011, Zeitler is expected to join Konz in the first round.

OL No. 10: Mitchell Schwartz, California: Round 2 (37)

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    Name: Mitchell Schwartz

    School: California

    Pro Comparison: Tyson Clabo

    Following an impressive week of workouts at the Senior Bowl, Schwartz's stock is on the rise. A smart and savvy blocker, Schwartz is expected to be drafted in the second or third round of the draft.

OL No. 16: Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State: Round 2 (40)

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    Name: Amini Silatolu

    School: Midwestern St.

    Pro Comparison: Rob Sims

    Silatolu played at Division II Midwestern State, but that doesn't mean he can't handle the NFL. With his size, 6'4" and 311 lbs, and strength, Silatolu should have no problems adjusting to the NFL. Silatolu is expected to be drafted in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, but could go as high as the first round.

OL No. 4: Cordy Glenn, Georgia: Round 2 (41)

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    Name: Cordy Glenn

    School: Georgia

    Pro Comparison: Carl Nicks

    Cordy Glenn is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Glenn tied the career starts record for offensive linemen at Georgia, with 50 starts across left guard, right guard, and left tackle. A dominant blocker similar to Carl Nicks, Glenn is expected to be selected early in the draft.  

OL No. 8: Jonathan Martin, Stanford: Dolphins Round 2 (42)

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    Name: Jonathan Martin

    School: Stanford

    Pro Comparison: Gabe Carimi

    Jonathan Martin spent his career at Stanford protecting No.1 pick Andrew Luck and is dominant in both pass protection as well as run blocking. Due to his overall ability, Martin is expected to be selected in one of the first two rounds in the draft.

OL No. 22: Jeff Allen, Illinois: Round 2 (44)

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    Name: Jeff Allen

    School: Illinois

    Pro Comparison: Brandon Moore

    A four-year starter at tackle for Illinois, Allen will move inside to guard in order to play at the next level.  A hard-nosed guy who gets the job done, Allen should be drafted in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 7: Peter Konz, Wisconsin: Falcons Round 2 (55)

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    Name: Peter Konz

    School: Wisconsin

    Pro Comparison: Ryan Kalil

    The No. 1 center prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft, Peter Konz is expected to be selected in the first round, following an All-American season at Wisconsin.  A big, strong, physical blocker, Konz is expected to start immediately in the NFL.

OL No. 5: Mike Adams, Ohio State: Steelers Round 2 (56)

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    Name:Mike Adams

    School: Ohio St.

    Pro Comparison: Phil Loadholt

    Mike Adams posses ideal size for an offensive tackle, standing 6'7" and weighing 323 lbs. Adams also has the skill, playing at an All-Big Ten level in 2011. Considering his size and ability, Adams should be an early round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 6: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State: Ravens Round 2 (60)

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    Name: Kelechi Osemele

    School: Iowa St.

    Pro Comparison: Mike Iupati

    Kelechi Osemele is strong, athletic player who dominates at the point of attack, resulting in a selection to the All-Big 12 first team in 2011.  With his size and strength, Osemele is expected to be selected in the first few rounds of the draft.

OL No. 21: Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio): Texans Round 3 (76)

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    Name: Brandon Brooks

    School: Miami (Ohio)

    Pro Comparison: Louis Vasquez

    After being snubbed by the NFL Combine, Brooks' stock has sky-rocketed. A big, strong guard prospect, Brooks has been traversing the country working out for NFL teams. With his stock still rising, Brooks could go as high as the second or third round.

OL No. 25: Tony Bergstrom, Utah: Raiders Round 3 (95)

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    Name: Tony Bergstrom

    School: Utah

    Pro Comparison: Artis Hicks

    Bergstrom, who earned first team All-Pac 12 honors in 2011, is coming off a career in which he made 37 career starts for the Utes. At 6'5" and 313 lbs, Bergstrom will play right tackle in the NFL, and should be drafted in the lower rounds during the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 11: Ben Jones, Georgia: Texans Round 4 (99)

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    Name: Ben Jones

    School: Georgia

    Pro Comparison: Eric Wood

    In 2011, Jones was a finalist for the Rimington Award, given to the best center, and an All-SEC second team selection.  A tough and consistent blocker, Jones is expected to go in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 23: Philip Blake, Baylor: Broncos Round 4 (108)

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    Name: Philip Blake

    School: Baylor

    Pro Comparison: Jason Brown

    Coming off impressive showings at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, Blake's stock is on the rise. A first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2011, Blake started all 38 games for Baylor. Expect Blake to be drafted around the fourth round.

OL No. 13: Bobby Massie, Mississippi: Cardinals Round 4 (112)

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    Name: Bobby Massie

    School: Mississippi

    Pro Comparison: William Beatty

    In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, Bobby Massie has quickly been climbing draft boards. At 6'6" and 316 lbs, Massie has the size to play left tackle, but questionable foot speed may push him to the right side, and further down in the draft; expect him to be a mid-round pick.

OL No. 15: Brandon Mosley, Auburn: Giants Round 4 (131)

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    Name: Brandon Mosley

    School: Auburn

    Pro Comparison: Jammal Brown

    Even though he was an All-SEC selection in 2011, Mosley is a prospect who is under the radar. Mosley posted an up-and-down season in 2011, starting slowly but coming on strong to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl. Mosley is expected to play right tackle in the NFL.

OL No. 12: Zebrie Sanders, Florida State: Bills Round 5 (144)

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    Name: Zebrie Sanders

    School: Florida St.

    Pro Comparison: David Stewart

    Sanders excelled in Florida State's zone blocking scheme throughout his career, making 50 starts at both tackle positions. A nominal athlete, Sanders will have to play on the right side in the NFL. Expect Sanders to be a middle round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. 

OL No. 18: Senio Kelemete, Washington: Cardinals Round 5 (151)

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    Name: Senio Kelemete

    School: Washington

    Pro Comparison: Chris Chester

    A starter at left tackle for Washington, Senio Kelemete is expected to move inside at the next level.  Even though he was an All-Pac 12 selection, Kelemete's size limits him to guard at the next level. A solid athlete with quick feet, Senio Kelemete should be selected in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 14: Brandon Washington, Miami (FL): Eagles Round 6 (200)

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    Name: Brandon Washington

    School: Miami (FL)

    Pro Comparison: Mike Brisiel

    Brandon Washington is a tough, consistent lineman who played both tackle and guard at Miami (FL).  Lacking the height to play tackle at the next level, Washington will play guard and dominate as a run blocker. He's expected to be selected in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

OL No. 20: Matt McCants, UAB: Giants Round 6 (201)

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    Name: Matt McCants

    School: UAB

    Pro Comparison: Eugene Monroe

    McCants is coming off one of the greatest careers as a linemen at UAB, making 42 career starts for the Blazers, and twice earning All-Conference selections. At 6'6" and 308 lbs, McCants has the size to play tackle in the NFL, and is expected to be selected around the fifth round. 

OL No. 24: David Molk, Michigan: Chargers Round 7 (226)

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    Name: David Molk

    School: Michigan

    Pro Comparison: Brad Meester

    Molk had a tremendous season in 2011, winning the Rimington Award and earning a selection to the first-team All-American team. While he lacks ideal size, Molk is a consistent player, and is best suited in a zone-blocking scheme. Expect Molk to be drafted in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.