Welcome to another edition of the weekly draft position rankings! In this edition, we will be taking a look at the interior offensive linemen. While not as highly thought of as in previous classes, there are still gems to be had in 2015. If you missed the post on the offensive tackles, they are located here. As previously stated, this post is where I can take questions via the comments section or hit me up on gmail at email@example.com. I have a Facebook as well (my name). With that said, onto the rankings!
1. A.J Cann 6'3 313 RS Senior South Carolina
- Cann is the best guard in the class and has been for some time now. He's a throwback to the generation of older guards who were true road graders. His best attribute is his strength but it belies a surprising amount of quickness. Cann always gives maximum effort and sports a mean streak that is unmatched in this class. His base is above average as well, flashes quick feet to reset off the snap. A veteran of the SEC with 51 career starts. Work ethic is excellent as well. The downside is that he's boxed in as a scheme specific guard due to his size and lack of foot speed on the run.
2. Tre Jackson 6'4 323 Senior Florida State
- Jackson was the least heralded OL prospect on the Seminoles line but is a solid prospect in his own right. He also was named the Senior Bowl's Most Outstanding Player. Jackson is more of a road grader type than a technician. The line really improved along with him when Cam Erving moved to center to shore up that problem area. Like all Seminole OL prospects, he is well coached as Rick Trickett has put numerous guys into all conference/all-America teams and the NFL for a good while now.
3. Laken Tomlinson 6'3 320 RS Senior Duke
- Tomlinson is from Jamaica and emigrated to the United States as a 10 year old. He didn't start playing football until his freshman year in high school. Possesses a high level of intelligence and work ethic (LT is in Duke's prestigious medical school AND doing the offseason draft process). Has underrated strength and agility. He carries the 320 pounds very well and can move to the second level quickly. He shows a good high low balance and isn't easily bullied by bigger tackles and ends. Footwork was a little sloppy for my tastes though.
4. Ali Marpet 6'4 307 Senior Hobart (Illinois)
- The Division 3 prospect continued his surprising ascent on the boards after a good showing in Indy. Marpet was probably the biggest winner out of everyone in Mobile. He more than held his own against much tougher competition. He noticeably shined during both one on ones and the team portion. Marpet has shown a lot of good things including quick feet and a surprising amount of strength as well. AM is very quick on the pull block and transitions his feet almost immediately.
5. John Miller 6'2 303 Senior Louisville
- Miller isn't the greatest athlete but is a durable, fundamentally sound, and intelligent technician of the game. He had a good showing at the Shrine Game.
1. Cam Erving 6'5 313 RS Senior Florida State
- Erving is the top center on the board, which is quite remarkable given his lack of experience at the position. He converted to center in the latter stages of 2014 after a standout career as the Seminoles' left tackle. This move solidified the underperforming line into one of the country's best units. It appeared that Erving was a center his entire life, he was that good in his transition. He has a solid body and can fire off the ball with very little wasted motion. Erving is a little bigger than your average center but it works to his advantage with his long arms. Locks on to his defender and plays to the echo of the whistle. The best athlete at center by far. He moves very well to the second level and quickly identifies the blocking assignment. Scheme and position versatility is a plus. Before converting to offensive tackle, Erving was the heir apparent to carry on the legacy of great Seminoles defensive linemen.
2. Reese Dismukes 6'3 295 Senior Auburn
- The Rimington Trophy (given to the nation's best center) winner had a standout career at Auburn. He is undersized for the position and needs to gain weight to cope with the bigger tackles. Also had an unfortunate highlight in 2014 that could rival the ButtFumble for its epic failure. In the final seconds of that wacky Texas A&M game, he snapped the ball when QB Nick Marshall wasn't looking, which resulted in a fumble and an Aggie kneeldown win. Might be better suited for a zone blocking scheme given his weight issues and Auburn's "unconventional" scheme. Impressed at the Senior Bowl.
3. Hroniss Grasu 6'3 298 RS Senior Oregon
- Grasu was the leader of the Ducks high powered attack. A good athlete with ideal burst and agility to get to the second level. Lateral agility is a plus as well. Mirrors and shuffles his feet very well when engaged with the defender. The medical history is a red flag as he missed portions of the 2014 season with injuries.
4. Shaq Mason 6'2 310 Senior Georgia Tech
- An All-ACC performer and one of the nation's most underrated guards. Obviously the run blocking portion of his game is well developed but his pass blocking leaves something to be desired (considering Tech only passes about 10 times a game, this isn't entirely unexpected). Could be a better center than guard at the next level.