As I continue this series, which looks the at basic traits needed to succeed at each position, I now get into the trenches—where things often go off the rails a little for some people.
Scouts and personnel evaluators often get hung up on a certain shape or cookie-cutter form that an offensive lineman should fit before they're in the least bit interested in them, but frankly, I don't care what the guy looks like if he can get the job done.
Some of the league's best players have been anything but prototype in shape, and as long as they had certain skills and identifiable traits, they could succeed. Playing on the offensive line is the no different. It may be nice if the guy looks exactly how the "Scouting Football for Dummies" book says he should, but in the end that is secondary to whether or not he can play the game and block somebody.
That's all we should care about.
So let's take a look at the traits we need to see in an offensive tackle at the NFL level.