2010 NFL Draft: Top Five Offensive Tackle Rankings
Offensive tackle, one of the glamour positions in the NFL Draft, is taking center stage once again.
Four left tackles are predicted to go in the top 10 by certain draft pundits and as many as seven could be taken in the first round.
Drafting a blue chip left tackle is as close as there is to a sure thing in the draft. History is loaded with examples of tackles, particularly on the left side, living up to the hype and becoming stars.
This year is no different.
Expect the tackles to go early and often once things get underway Thursday evening.
Here is a look at the top five offensive tackles in the 2010 NFL Draft.
1. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
Okung was a four-year starter for the Cowboys, earning All-Big 12 honors three times and All-American twice.
His long arms and solid footwork make him an outstanding pass protector. He was great in college against some outstanding pass rushers.
Okung is the prototypical left tackle, with size (6'5", 307-pounds), length, and athleticism.
Despite his lack of strength (38 reps in the bench), Okung tends to lean forward and get off-balance in run blocking.
Because of this, he may start his career on the right side before moving over.
Wherever he lines up, Okung should have a long, Pro-Bowl type career.
2. Trent Williams, Oklahoma
Williams has excellent fundamentals, can play on the right or left side, and was the anchor of the Sooners' offensive line for two seasons.
Williams came into his own in 2008 and twice earned All-Big 12 honors after being a part-time starter his first two seasons.
Williams moved to the left side after Phil Loadholt departed and earned first-team All-American honors.
Okung is rated as the best tackle on most draft boards, but Williams could be the first one taken.
New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan incorporates a zone blocking scheme, the same system Williams ran at Oklahoma, making him a perfect fit in Washington.
A dominant run blocker, Williams has all the tools to be a special player at the next level.
3. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Another outstanding run blocker who played in a zone blocking system.
Bulaga plays with a mean streak and is very aggressive at the point of attack. What would you expect from an Iowa tackle?
His run blocking is exceptional and scouts really took notice to him when he shut down Georgia Tech's stud DE Derrick Morgan in the Orange Bowl.
Bulaga, a three-year starter for the Hawkeyes, is a perfect blend of size, strength and athleticism.
He should make an immediate impact in the NFL.
4. Anthony Davis, Rutgers
Davis stepped in at right guard halfway through his first year to earn Freshman All-American honors.
In 2008 and '09, he started almost every game at left tackle, earning second-team then first-team All-Big East honors in those two seasons.
A subpar Combine, weight issues, and his inconsistency in college caused his stock to drop some.
Davis bounced back with a private workout with the Eagles and performed extremely well, possibly moving him back up the draft board.
If he can get his act together, the Rutgers star could be a solid pro for 10-15 years.
5. Bruce Campbell, Maryland
Campbell is one of those risk/reward type players some franchise will roll the dice on.
He is blessed with outstanding size (6'7", 314-pounds), speed and athletic ability, but he didn't play well or much at Maryland.
Campbell's stock rose with a blistering Combine (4.75 in the 40, 34 reps in the bench, and 32" vertical) that showcased his athletic ability.
Injury issues in college, poor technique, and inexperience (he started only 16 games in three years), could drop him out of the first round.
Campbell will need some time to develop, but he could turn into something special with the proper coaching and motivation.
Others to watch: Charles Brown, USC; Rodger Saffold, Indiana; Vlad Ducasse, Massachusetts; Selvish Capers, West Virginia.