2010 NFL Draft: Top Ten OL Prospects
this year boast a strong group of offensive tackles with six likely to be taken in the first round. It is not as strong in interior linemen though with only a hand full of day one centers and guards. The debate in draft rooms will be if you take the more pro ready prospect or the player with more upside.
1. Russell Okung
Like with a lot of other positions in this draft the there is a strong consensu about the who the top player is. For the offensive line that player is Russell Okung. Okung has a rare combonation experience and upside. Okung should be able to start if needed as a rookie.
2. Brian Bulaga
I might be alone in ranking Bulaga this high but I see Brian as a potential franchise left tackle. A tough a nasty blocker from a school known for producing solid pro offensive linemen is a formula for success in my book. Bulaga was a three year starter at Iowa then made the decision to skip his senior season to go pro.
While it was a bit hard to find a picture of this Bruce Campbell(instead of the cult acting Icon of the same name) he has a world of potential. I generally stay away from players who are more potential than results but Campbell has the physical tools to be the best offensive lineman in this draft. A history of smaller injuries have hurt his draft stock a little. I would be shocked if Campbell fell out of the top ten but could go as high as 4.
4. Mike Iupati
The best guard in this draft with the versatility to play some tackle. Iupati is a massive player who was taught excellent technique at the university. Iupati opened a lot eyes at the senior bowl and has been rising up draft boards ever since.
5. Anthony Davis
Davis maybe a giant but he has the athleticism of a much smaller man. Davis has a great deal of upside at tackle and has played some guard in his carreer.
6. Charles Brown
Brown is a converted tight and has more athleticism than any other lineman in the draft. Brown would fit perfectly into a zone blocking scheme.
7. Trent Williams
Williams is a bit of a contraversial prospect with many people down on him after his senior season. Williams ended up hurting his draft stock a great deal by returning to Oklahoma.
8. Selvish Capers
Capers is a bit of a project but has the tools to be successful in the pros. Keeping weight on is an issue for Capers and I doubt he will be able to start from day one.
9. Mike Johnson
Johnson is the number two guard in my book. Mike is a excellent run blocker with good quickness for the position. Johnson was a big part of Mark ingram's Heisman trophy campaign and key member of Alabama's National Championship season.
10. Maurkice Pouncy
Pouncy is a big physical center that might profile better at guard in the pros. Regardless of what position he ends up at his ability to play center will make him valuable to a team.