One of the most critical positions of the NFL is the left tackle. Assuming you have a right handed quarterback, his blindside is extremely important to protect. Left tackles like Joe Thomas, Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace are the ideal players to seek for your teams. They’ll play forever at the same exceptional level and seem to ask very little other than to pay them.
This year’s offensive tackle class isn’t overly sexy on either side, but if you feel the left side is sealed up pretty well and want some quality youth on the right side, this may be a good draft for you.
Here are the top offensive tackles of the 2015 NFL Draft:
1. Brandon Scherff (Iowa)
Scherff is the most polished tackle in the draft, having great balance and initial drop step in pass protection. He’s a franchise left tackle.
2. Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M)
Ogbuehi carries on the legacy of TAMU tackles in recent years drafted in the first round. He’s a physically gifted specimen that can play both sides immediately.
3. Andrus Peat (Stanford)
Great explosion off the snap and a dominant right tackle at the next level. Versatile enough to move inside. There’s nothing to dislike here as his pass protection is still quite bearable.
4. T.J. Clemmings (Pittsburgh)
Exceptional physical specimen, Clemmings has everything you want in a future blindside protector. Improved technique will get the guy on All Pro boards.
5. La’El Collins (LSU)
A great finisher who may project even better as a guard in the NFL. Fairly technically sound with a big frame and strong run block ability.
6. Ereck Flowers (Miami FL)
A dominant anchor as a right tackle in the run game. His length and strength are impressive.
7. Ty Sambrailo (Colorado St)
Technically sound offensive tackle with great footwork, lacking in overall physical tools. His frame has room to grow, so he will be worth the gamble.
8. Jake Fisher (Oregon)
What he lacks in quickness, he makes for in instinct. A project tackle with good bend and balance.
9. Tyrus Thompson (Oklahoma)
Thompson projects as a solid right tackle at the next level. He projects better as a guard due to his lack of foot speed. He’s got great length and decent technique.
10. Daryl Williams (Oklahoma)
A physical mauler lacking athleticism, Williams can plug up that right guard or tackle spot at least on a temporary basis.