Welcome to another edition of the weekly draft position rankings! This week, we'll be taking a look at the offensive tackles. The class of 2015 is a very top heavy bunch with a few gems involved in the mix. Also, I'll be breaking down the guards and centers in a separate post later this week. As previously stated, this post is where I can take questions via the comments section or hit me up on gmail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a Facebook as well (my name). With that said, onto the rankings!
1. La'el Collins 6'4 305 Senior LSU
- Collins is the top tackle on the board. He possesses quick feet for a guy his size and has the long arms to stick at tackle. Fires off the snap very well and can get to the second level with average athleticism. Collins' hand usage is above average and once he engages his defender, it's over for the defender. He can mirror the defender effectively using those long arms. However, he profiles better as a guard using his short and stocky build along with his power blocking. Raw as a pass blocker, he still needs work in that facet of the game. Doesn't possess the ideal frame of a franchise left tackle but he can make a long career of it as a guard in the pros. A veteran with 38 starts at left tackle in the SEC. Work ethic and character are excellent as well.
2. Brandon Scherff 6'5 319 RS Senior Iowa
- Scherff was the 2014 Outland Trophy winner (given the to nation's best lineman). He's a road grader type of lineman who is the most technically refined at the tackle position. Has above average hand usage and a good base to operate from. Not the greatest athlete but great technique masks his issues with athleticism. A true shutdown left tackle, he rarely allows a sack and punishes the defender. At home as a run blocker, he relishes the contact and has enough agility to get to the defender at the second level. Injury history is quite extensive as he's suffered a simultaneous broken leg and ankle along with a torn knee. Work ethic is off the charts and great football IQ. Could be a better fit at guard at the next level.
3. Ereck Flowers 6'6 329 Junior Miami
- Flowers was a constant fixture on the OL for a moribund Hurricanes program looking to recapture its former glory years. He started as a freshman at right tackle (whether that's pure talent or the lack of it on Miami's part, it's unknown). He's a mauling road grader type but has a chance to stick at tackle. Fires off the snap very well and could be one of the best in the country at it. A good wide base helps him pass block and keep the undersized ends at bay. A huge frame as well. Scheme versatile and football IQ is very good. Ideal fit as a zone blocker. He has a tendency to play high and isn't the most refined blocker in the class. Relies on pure talent and strength to get by more than anything. Needs coaching up and Miami wasn't in a position to provide him that due to the horrible state of the program.
4. Andrus Peat 6'7 313 Junior Stanford
- Peat is a massive mountain of a man. He's the most fluid athlete in the class of tackles by far. Very balanced and knows how to mirror the rusher effectively. A good athlete that can get to the second level quickly. He's the most technically refined prospect this year. Has an arsenal of counter moves once the rusher makes his move. Has a habit of playing too high, which allows the rusher to beat his moves and drive Peat back. Long arms help as well. NFL bloodlines as father Todd played several seasons. Mentality can be a big question as he's not as edgy as one would like. Given the recent Johnathan Martin situation in Miami, teams would be wise to check on his mental state to see if he can handle the rigors of NFL life.
5. Jake Fisher 6'6 306 Senior Oregon
- The franchise left tackle for the Ducks' high powered offensive theatrics. He has experience at both tackle spots but transitioned to left as a result of injury to the previous starter in fall camp. A good base to operate from. Good enough athlete that has quick feet and balance. He mirrors the rusher well with average hand usage and long arms. Fluid hips allows for a quick transition from the snap to second level blocking. Technique is above average. Medical history is a big question as he missed significant chunks of 2014 with leg injuries. Needs to add weight to maintain his frame in the league. Right tackle is the preferred destination for him over the left.
Best of the rest
6. T.J. Clemmings 6'5 309 RS Senior Pittsburgh
7. Daryl Williams 6'5 327 RS Senior Oklahoma
8. Donovan Smith 6'6 338 RS Junior Penn State
9. Cedric Ogbuehi 6'5 306 RS Senior Texas A&M
10. Rob Havenstein 6'7 321 RS Senior Wisconsin