2012 NFL Draft: Tracking Landing Spots for Top 25 Offensive Linemen
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
Name: James Brown
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
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)
OL No. 3: Riley Reiff, Iowa: Lions Round 1 (23)
OL No. 2: David DeCastro, Stanford: Patriots Round 1 (24)
Name: David DeCastro
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)
OL No. 10: Mitchell Schwartz, California: Round 2 (37)
OL No. 16: Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State: Round 2 (40)
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)
Name: Cordy Glenn
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)
Name: Jonathan Martin
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)
OL No. 7: Peter Konz, Wisconsin: Falcons Round 2 (55)
OL No. 5: Mike Adams, Ohio State: Steelers Round 2 (56)
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)
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)
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)
Name: Tony Bergstrom
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)
OL No. 23: Philip Blake, Baylor: Broncos Round 4 (108)
Name: Philip Blake
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)
Name: Bobby Massie
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)
Name: Brandon Mosley
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)
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)
Name: Senio Kelemete
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)
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)
Name: Matt McCants
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)
Name: David Molk
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.
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