With the offseason draft circuit getting closer to the finish line, it's time to take a look at several positions and how they stack up. First on the menu, the talented offensive tackle class. Who are some of the best tackles on the infamous Noles big board?
1. Laremy Tunsil 6'5 310 Junior Ole Miss
- Tunsil is this years consensus top offensive tackle and has been for a long time now. The Combine did nothing to dispute that fact. He's had an interesting 2015 as he was suspended by Ole Miss for eight games for receiving illegal benefits according to NCAA guidelines. Teams will grill him in the interview room about that incident which led to the suspension. Tunsil is a tremendously talented prospect on the field, showing that he can stick at left tackle instead of having to move to the right. Another potential red flag is that Tunsil was with Robert N on the night that the latter jumped out of the window in Atlanta. The interviews will be key.
2. Jack Conklin 6'6 308 RS Junior Michigan State
- Conklin anchors one of the best offensive lines in the country as the franchise left tackle. He's been one of the more consistent tackles so thus the high ranking over both Tunsil and Decker. He's very fundamentally sound in both the run and pass. Footwork is one of the better tools in his arsenal. Football IQ is very good. He has been the most consistent in the race for the second best tackle across the board.
3. Taylor Decker 6'7 310 Senior Ohio State
- Decker had a lot of hype coming into the 2015 season but failed to live up to it somewhat like most of his Buckeyes teammates. He has very good balance and footwork for a guy his size. Experienced at both tackle spots and can play guard if needed. Moves to the second level with some quickness. Work ethic and character are unquestioned. He comps to the Titans current left tackle Taylor Lewan. Often plays "too tall", which allows smaller and quicker pass rushers to seize the leverage and walk him back into the pocket. First round grade.
4. Ronnie Stanley 6'6 312 RS Junior Notre Dame
- Stanley has been rated as the second best tackle in the class by many evaluators but he falls to fourth on my list. The reason being that his 2015 tape was varied wildly from All America level of production to why is he even on the field. He has the ability to stay at left tackle but the tape is entirely too damning for my tastes. Mid first round pick grade regardless of inconsistencies due to immense talent.
5. Jason Spriggs 6'6 301 Senior Indiana
- Spriggs has had a monstrous draft process, blowing up at the Senior Bowl and finishing with a great Combine performance. He's had a climb up the boards similar of that to another tackle from that part of the country in former Central Michigan star Eric Fisher (now with the Chefs). While Spriggs won't go nearly as high as Fisher did, he does have some elements to his game to push him into the late first to early second conversation. He's the latest in a recent trend of tight ends converting to tackle so the athleticism is there. A good mix of technique and mean streak to combat defenders. Helped the Hoosiers to top of the Big 10 in nearly every offensive statistical category. Right tackle should be his calling card in the NFL but has the ability to play left when needed.
Best of the rest
6. Shon Coleman 6'5 307 RS Junior Auburn
7. Kyle Murphy 6'6 305 Senior Stanford
8. Germain Ifedi 6'6 324 RS Junior Texas A&M
9. Le'Raven Clark 6'5 316 RS Junior Texas Tech
10. Fahn Cooper 6'4 303 RS Senior Ole Miss