The Senior Bowl practices held at Mobile, Alabama this year offered NFL teams a chance to get an early look at the cream of the crop of offensive linemen available for the 2011 NFL Draft. I watched all of the practices that aired at East vs West Shrine Bowl, all the practices that aired for the Senior Bowl and the days of testing at the Scouting Combines. Finally, we took that information, along with the results from the college pro days, in helping to compile this list.
Of the 19 offensive linemen that appeared on Senior Bowl rosters, 15 of them will appear on this list of the 25 best offensive linemen entering the draft.
From the top 10, six of them appeared in the Senior Bowl game. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills, the NFL coaching staffs for the two squads, received the greatest amount of insight with these kids, as they were able to work with them on and off the field for the entire week.
For all of the hype about the defensive linemen and their collective talent in the 2011 draft, the offensive linemen are thought to also be a fairly deep group, and many will be selected over the first three rounds. It will be interesting to see which team, the North or the South, had the most linemen drafted in the first two days. It will also be interesting to see if either the Bills or Bengals use their insight to draft a lineman or two that they had the honor to coach.
On to the list.