College Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Pure Pass Protectors
With many offenses using a very sophisticated passing attack these days, you have to wonder how these quarterbacks are being allowed to drop back and toss the rock all of the yard. Well, that's because pass protection has been put on a big premium these days.
We all want our offensive lineman prospects to be well versed in both the run and pass but, let's face it, keeping the passer clean is extremely vital.
For this read, I'm going to give you the top 10 pure pass protectors of the 2013 national class. These guys have elite talent at kicking back and denying rushers access to their QB.
Here we go!
10. Colin McGovern
From Illinois, McGovern is a 6'6", 290-pounder. He has good athleticism to be a complete tackle and excel at both run and pass blocking.
As a pass protector, McGovern has good length, set quickness, very quick hands to stab rushers, length to stay clean and the athleticism to adjust and recover well.
He's committed to Notre Dame.
9. Kent Perkins
Perkins is a Texas native and commit that plays OT at about 6'5" and 295 pounds. He has solid athleticism, good length and good feet.
I worry at times that he can bend at the waist and chase defenders, but his technique will improve with coaching in Austin. Perkins shows RT pass blocking ability, as he is athletic enough to adjust well on an island, hand length wash upfield and good balance.
8. D.J. Park
From South Carolina, Park is a 6'5", 315-pounder who moves better you would think at first glance. His long arms help him in pass pro, as does his feel quickness and knee bend.
Park is a solid athlete for a big man, as he doesn't get rattled with quick rushers due to his knowing that he can adjust and redirect well. He's strong enough to punch to stall a rusher and should work as an early starter at South Carolina.
7. Derwin Gray, OT
Gray is from D.C. and has committed to Maryland. He can play OG or OR and came into the offseason at about 265 pounds, but has grown to about 6'5" and 280 to 290 pounds these days.
Gray has great set quickness, firing back out of his stance with good balance, foot quickness and agility. He's very athletic to recover to inside moves and seal off the interior of the pocket to force the rusher back outside.
He just needs more strength in his hand stabs.
6. Logan Tulley-Tillman
Tulley-Tillman got famous for burning an Ohio State letter, but this kid is a good football player any way you slice it. He's huge at 6'7" and 315 pounds, and he has solid set quickness, good balance and knee bend.
He can stab with some shock to stall a rusher, which gives him time to readjust his base ad to continue protecting his QB. He plays physical and nasty and will finish on rush slips to end the battle early.
He's headed to Michigan, of course.
5. Nico Falah
Falah has only played a limited amount of football, but the 6'4", 270-pounder has shown out well. He nasty and physical as both a run and pass blocker, but has also good pass protection patience.
Falah can shadow a rusher with light and quick feet, adjust well to inside pressure moves and stunts, has some length to keep a rusher from getting under his pads and can play with good agility and knee bend.
He's headed to USC.
4. Austin Golson
Golson isn't a physically imposing and dominant blocker, he just gets the job done with technique, his size and proper play placement.
He's 6'6" and about 280 pounds, and shows good hand placement in pass pro.
He can latch on, sustain well and stall a rusher from the start with a quick punch. He shadows best when he's engaged at the point of attack and has committed to Florida State.
3. Jake Raulerson
Raulerson is a Texas native and commit that who gotten himself up over the 260-pound clip with his 6'5" frame. He's versatile and nasty all over the field.
Raulerson can be a physical, short setting pass blocker that stymies a rusher at the snap. He has good length to wash upfield in his long sets and great athleticism adjust and redirect to counter moves in space.
2. Dorian Johnson
Johnson is a 6'6", 285-pounder from Pennsylvania. He's one of the elite 30 national prospects overall and is a talented pass protector.
He shows great set quickness, a good base in his set up and very good patience. He doesn't rush and really seems to be an OT that is going to have a plan on what he wants to do to a rusher downs before he does it.
Johnson has a sharp stab to stall and stymie rushers, good feet and can re-direct well to recover and adjust. He can play both RT or LT and is committed to Penn State.
1. Laremy Tunsil
Say what you want about Tunsil's strength, this guy can move with the best of 'em. He's grown to 6'6", 295 pounds this offseason and has LT ability and talent.
He can come out of his stance with knee bend, body quickness, a quick stab with good length and great balance. He can set deep with ease and adjust to quickness in space trying to get around him.
Tunsil has elite potential as a LT, showing all of the physical tools to be a franchise pass protector. He will catch versus mass and needs to hone his overall technique, but with athleticism, knee bend, movement skills, balance and feet quickness the sky is the limit for his ceiling.
Look for him to decide between Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.