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2013 NFL Draft: OL Big Board 2

Will the Titans grab one early like many have predicted?

Could the Titans draft Fluker instead of more favored teammate Chance Warmack?
Could the Titans draft Fluker instead of more favored teammate Chance Warmack?
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

I've decided to to group the OL together again since the tackle and center class is somewhat lacking compared to the guards. Besides, most guards and centers are cross trained in case of injury and making a more presentable draft portfolio to the scouts anyway. For this exercise, I'm going to list prospects at their last primary position played in 2012. You can find my previous rankings here. Let's begin with the centers.

Centers: Frederick moves up a spot while Jones slides down due to a troubling foot injury. Frederick moved to center from guard this year and had varying degrees of success. He fits as a guard better than center but can play center in a pinch. Benavides led the way for Teddy Bridgewater to have the success that he did. He fits the mold of a classic Titans pick as he started all 4 years at UL. Holmes has continued to sink his stock with a horrible offseason almost to the point of being a seventh rounder. Freeman is another classic Titans pick as well (started 4 years and played well all 4). He's a bit undersized but has a frame to add weight. Brian Schwenke has been the high riser of the group.

Tackles: Joeckel leads a talented tackle class but his lead has slimmed significantly to the point that Eric Fisher could challenge him as the first tackle off the board. Fisher came on strong during the Senior Bowl and flat out dominated any competition he faced in practice. Lane Johnson and Terron Armstead had great Senior Bowl showings that carried over to the Combine. There might be chance of four tackles going in the top 15 this year. It's similar to the future Hall of Fame inductees' Orlando Pace and Walter Jones class. Former junior college teammates Watson and Long (seriously did anyone get a sack off these guys when they were together?) are the most intriguing and have the most upside. Wagner might be best suited for a guard role in the pros after struggling in Senior Bowl practices at tackle. Nixon and Mills are the type of guys that you pick in the mid rounds to develop them as the future starters when your current starters start to get old or leave via free agency. Oday Aboushi doesn't make an appearance this time as he's had a poor offseason and got terribly exposed in Mobile.

Guards: Johnathan Cooper gets the nod for the top spot by hair over Warmack due to his versatility. You can't go wrong with either, though. Warford has climbed to the third overall from fourth last time after a dominant Senior Bowl performance. Bailey's stock is sliding down though it's not any his fault as more and more prospects have risen up the boards. David Quessenberry and Brian Winters have flown up the boards after a good Senior Bowl and Combine showing. Winters has held the Titans interest the longest throughout the process, starting from the Senior Bowl onward. Uzzi is a sleeper prospect that held up well in the Yellow Jackets' option run heavy system.

Name H/W School Class
1. Travis Frederick 6'4 312 Wisconsin Junior
2. Barrett Jones 6'4 306 Alabama Senior
3. Mario Benavides 6'4 300 Louisville Senior
4. Brian Schwenke 6'3 314 Cal Senior
5. Dalton Freeman 6'5 285 Clemson Senior
6. Khaled Holmes 6'3 302 USC Senior
Name H/W School Class
1. Luke Joeckel 6'6 306 Texas A&M Junior
2. Eric Fisher 6'7 306 Central Michigan Senior
3. DJ Fluker 6'4 339 Alabama Junior
4. Lane Johnson 6'6 303 Oklahoma Senior
5. Menelik Watson 6'5 310 Florida State Junior
6. Kyle Long 6'6 313 Oregon Senior
7. Terron Armstead 6'4 310 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Senior
8. Ricky Wagner 6'6 320 Wisconsin Senior
9. Xavier Nixon 6'6 314 Florida Senior
10. Jordan Mills 6'5 316 Louisiana Tech Senior

Name H/W School Class
1. Johnathan Cooper 6'2 311 North Carolina Senior
2. Chance Warmack 6'2 317 Alabama Senior
3. Larry Warford 6'3 332 Kentucky Senior
4. David Quessenberry 6'5 294 San Jose State Senior
5. Dallas Thomas 6'5 306 Tennessee Senior
6. Justin Pugh 6'4 301 Syracuse Senior
7. Brian Winters 6'4 320 Kent State Senior
8. Alvin Bailey 6'3 312 Arkansas Junior
9. Omoregie Uzzi 6'3 300 Georgia Tech Senior