Around this time every year 32 NFL teams look to add the future stars of the league to their rosters. This includes the next generation of passers, runners, hard hitters and even the less glamorous prospects...the offensive linemen. Like it or not, Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson couldn't do what they do without the offensive line. A smart personnel department knows this.
So what do they look for in offensive linemen? Ideally they look for somebody big. They have to have the strength to push around some of the biggest and best athletes in the world. They must have nimble feet and agility to stay in front of the quickest defenders in the league. They have to be smart enough to recognize blitzes and understand blocking schemes. There's a much appreciated bonus if they have the killer instinct to block through the whistle. And hopefully they have the length and athletic ability to play on the edge, as a blindside protector.
There are so many things that go into evaluating offensive linemen. So how do you decide who can play tackle? And how do you decide who fits your scheme?
In the following slides, I will compare nine offensive tackle prospects from the 2012 NFL draft.