After a thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report national recruiting analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the 2017 class. Here, we present the Top Offensive Linemen.
Athleticism is now a non-negotiable trait for players who do the dirty work along the offensive line.
Whether lining up in the interior or dealing with fast-twitch pass-rushers on the outside, players who protect the line of scrimmage for the offense must be able to mix size with agility across the front line.
The 2017 crop of offensive linemen dominate the early portion of the nation’s Top 100 overall prospects.
5-star offensive tackle and current Ohio State pledge Josh Myers paces the field, but he’s joined by 16 other offensive linemen who have already flashed on the radar of colleges across the nation, including five additional players currently pegged as 5-star prospects.
The latest edition of the future CFB 100 series focuses on the top offensive linemen in the 2017 class.
Bleacher Report scored the top offensive guards and centers on key metrics such as strength (20 points), pass protection (30 points), run blocking (40 points) and explosion (10 points). Offensive tackles were graded on their hands (25 points), power (15 points), lateral quickness (25 points), pass protection (25 points) and run blocking (10 points).
The cumulative figures from those traits resulted in our overall grade of each prospect.
How do the nation’s top offensive linemen grade out?
Note: OT denotes offensive tackle and OG denotes offensive guard.