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Top Five 2015 NFL Draft Prospects- Offensive Tackle

Updated on January 29, 2015

These guys will protect the edges of the offensive line and keep the quarterbacks safe. Today I rank the top five offensive tackle prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.

1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Bio: After breaking his leg as a sophomore, Brandon Scherff recovered to become one of the top tackles in the nation by his junior year. As a senior, he one the Outland trophy as the nations best interior lineman.

Strengths: Ideal upper body strength, along with proper hand placement and good knee bend. A force of a run blocker. Balanced with a naturally wide base and light feet, controlling his momentum well. Outstanding drive blocker with the punch to jolt and drive his man where he wants with above average hand use to attack rushers, keeping separation between him and his target. Strong hands to latch on and control opponents when pass blocking. Impressive power to stop pass rushers.

Weaknesses: Tight in the hip and joints. Finds trouble when relying upon his strength, occasionally settling onto his heels rather than playing on the balls of his feet, which makes him susceptible to speed rushes upfield and quick counters back to the inside. Skill set better suited for right tackle.

Projected Round: 1

2. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

Bio: Cedric Ogbuehi continued the streak of great Aggie tackles like Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. He started out as a guard in his sophomore season then moved to tackle as a junior.

Strengths: Possesses broad shoulders, a trim middle and excellent first-step quickness and balance. Has easy knee bend and lateral agility. Possesses vines for arms and strong hands to latch and control, as well as the core flexibility to anchor. He is light on his feet and can adjust in space when run blocking at the second level and, because of his rare combination of agility and length, is one of those few tackles capable of recovering if initially beaten off the snap. Image of prototypical tackle.

Weaknesses: Poor upper body technique in pass protection with inconsistent hand placement and a streaky punch, leaving him off balance and allowing rushers to attack his chest. Has a tendency to get too high off the snap when drive blocking, which leaves him vulnerable to swim moves over the top. Too much of a pacifist as of late and shows questionable work ethic.

Projected Round: 1

3. Andrus Peat, Stanford

Bio: At Stanford, Andrus Peat had a rare combination of strength and speed. Starting since he was a freshman, he has played well alongside other NFL caliber offensive lineman.

Strengths: Possesses long arms, broad shoulders and good weight distribution with tree trunks for thighs. Gains an immediate advantage on his opponent with surprising quickness off the snap. Balanced and light on his feet to slip out to the second level and can adjust to moving targets. Has the agility to slip wide to his left, sealing off speed rushers trying to turn the corner, as well the strength to latch and control defenders in pass protection. Shows great patience and is rarely eager to make a move.

Weaknesses: Comes off the ball too high and doesn't explode through his hips to drive opponents backward, settling to turn and seal. In pass pro, he will occasionally get lazy and bend at the waist, leaning into pass rushers making him susceptible to counter moves on the interior. Occasionally lapses in technique from game to game.

Projected Round: 1

4. T.J. Clemmings, Pitt

Bio: After being recruited to play defensive end for Pitt, T.J. Clemmings switched to tackle before the teams bowl game in 2012. He went on to start every game at right tackle for the Panthers as a junior and senior.

Strengths: Shows great fluidity, quickness and athleticism that are ideal for a next-level tackle. Uses his wide base to cut off edge rushers and adjust to multiple rushers coming his way. Utilizes long arms and a rapid, fluid kick slide to stall and mirror opponents on the edge and is surprisingly consistent with his technique and footwork. Possesses good natural flexibility in his lower half to bend on contact, and as a run blocker can fire through to the second level where he has the ability to square up and target effectively in space.

Weaknesses: Looks more the part of a left tackle prospect than a right tackle considering his finesse style and leaner frame. Needs to improve hand placement as a pass blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times. Technique can still be raw at times having only played tackle for two years.

Projected Round: 1

5. La'el Collins, LSU

Bio: As a freshman, La'el Collins was the teams starter at left guard. By his junior year, he was the Tiger's starting left tackle.

Strengths: Has a square build that makes him appear better suited to guard. His frame belies his quick feet, an attribute that when combined with his long arms, impressive strength and aggression make him a devastating run blocker. Surprisingly quick to the second level and has good body control to adjust to moving targets. Shows good initial quickness in his kick-slide and uses his long reach to maintain the arc in pass protection.

Weaknesses: Doesn't possess elite balance and can be challenged by speed rushers. He'll overcompensate occasionally and leave the inside open for counters. His aggression leads to mistakes. Rather than patiently waiting for defenders to come to him he will lunge making himself top heavy and prone to slipping down the body of his opponent.

Projected Round: 1

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