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2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Rankings

Posted by Brad On May - 22 - 2013
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The 2013 NFL Draft saw three offensive tackles off the board in the top four picks and the run continued with eight off the board in the top 100 selections. As the NFL continues to turn the offensive page to high tempo, passing attacks – pass protectors continue to increase draft value.

The 2014 NFL Draft should be filled with quality pass protectors as the senior class feature two tackles that were widely thought to be headed out of school to join the ranks of the NFL. Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan opted to stay in school and could provide a tandem of top ten tackles.

The underclassmen tackles will feature a high ceiling prospect in Cyrus Kouandijo but it’s far from a complete class and lacks depth beyond a couple of junior tackles.

After the break check out our 2014 NFL Draft offensive tackle rankings.

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1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Matthews opted to return to A&M for his senior season as he was the starter on the right side for three years. Matthews will get a shot to prove he can play the left side after being relegated to right tackle duties because of Luke Joeckel’s presence. Matthews was a stalwart on the right side and could prove to be worthy of a top three selection if he can hold down the fort on the left side this season.

2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Lewan is a nasty, physical blocker with the work ethic to be a great one. I had a chance to see Lewan’s work ethic this spring. Lewan was consistently the last U of M player off the practice field – getting extra work in after practice with coaches and doing additional conditioning. That said, Lewan looks like a right tackle at the next level, albeit a very good one.

3. James Hurst, North Carolina

This is my pick to rise throughout the season. Hurst is an experienced starter on a very good UNC line that has the feet and length to be a franchise LT at the next level. At this point he’s neck and neck with Lewan and I wouldn’t be surprised if he challenged for a spot in the top ten when it’s all said and done.

4. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

Mewhort is a former guard that took over the left tackle duties with the departure of Mike Adams. Mewhort was solid last season but needs to prove he has the feet to play on the left side at the next level. He’s a tall prospect with some leverage issues but Ed Warriner is one of the best in the business and should have Mewhort’s technique up to par this season.

5. Zack Martin, Notre Dame

I’m not sure that Martin finds a home at tackle in the NFL but has the goods to be a very good guard prospect at the next level. He was much improved in 2012 and with continued improvement could make a case to play right tackle.

6. Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

Groy’s versatility should help him in a major way come evaluation time. He’s played all over the Wisky line and will move to left tackle for his senior season. Groy was very good at left tackle last season (better than Ricky Wagner) in two contests. If Groy proves consistent in edge space, he’ll be flying up draft boards.

7. JuWaun James, Tennessee

James is drastically undervalued – probably even in our rankings. He’s a highly experienced starter that will make near fifty collegiate starts after all is said and done. James is a collegiate right tackle that could make the move inside at the next level. He’s powerful at the point of attack but lacks the feet to a great pass protector on the edge.

8. Austin Wentworth, Fresno State

Wentworth spent his first full season on the left side last year and held up admirably. He’s played right tackle and right guard and could play any of those spots at the next level. Another season protecting the blindside of Derek Carr will help Wentworth in the eyes of NFL talent evaluators.

9. Seantrel Henderson, Miami

One of the most highly recruited tackles in recent memory has struggled to make the transition to the “bigger pond.” Henderson has played mostly on the right side at Miami but struggled through a back injury, a suspension, and a car accident. He’s got an NFL frame to go with nice athleticism for his size but teams will be worried about maturity issues that have popped up over his career – dating back to high school.

10. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt

11. Morgan Moses, Virginia

12. Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

13. Donald Hawkins, Texas

14. Jake Olson, Central Michigan **Watch out for Olson – plagued by injuries but skill set to be a a very nice LT.

15. Bryce Quigley, San Diego State

16. Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska

17. Ed Olson, Minnesota

18. Kenarious Gates, Georgia

19. Danny Kistler Jr., Montana

Click here to check out the underclassmen offensive tackles

  • Bex_R1986

    It’s all speculation this early, but I’m thinking Kouandjio could be the top OT picked next year. Richardson worried me with a lot of penalties and frequent lacks of focus that I’m not putting him that high just yet, despite his good performance against Clowney, and with Matthews I’m not convinced at this point with his footwork for LT yet, though love his effort, strength and recovery/re-anchoring. All subject to change of course, and I expect my opinion will be different in May!

    Totally agree with Hurst, he’s headed for a high pick, but with a large number of skill guys likely to fill the top end of the draft he may just miss out on top 10. I’ve made a pre-season board and he’s starting off at No. 22.

    Two guys I’m going to have to work hard to be objective about are Zack Martin and Ed Olson, because I loved watching them last year. I’ll be hoping both can show enough improvement in their senior years to show they can project to OT in the NFL.

    I know what you mean about depth this year, but there are potential gems to be found! My pick to get some next level consideration is Brandon White from West Georgia, who looks to have NFL potential. He’d be a RT only and would need a couple years to develop, but the upside is there.

    If Wes Johnson of Vanderbilt was 20 lbs heavier, I’d say he could push for a day 2 selection, unfortunately he’s never managed to put on the weight.

    • bradc11

      Cyrus is going to have to improve this season…I didn’t see a top 10 tackle on tape. No doubt he has the tools to be a great one but has to take steps forward this season. On the flip side, I thought Richardson was NFL ready. I didn’t notice the penalty issue but I’ll be watching a whole lot more of him.

      I think Martin may slide inside at the next level. Olson is an intriguing one to watch this season. I think he’s a nice sleeper that could emerge into a second tier tackle in this class.

      Haven’t seen any of White but have heard his name around several circles. West Georgia tape will be tough for me to come across but I may make it stop if he plays well to start the season.

      Loved what I’ve seen of Wes Johnson and I actually think he could be the future of the tackle spot. Those slimmer 285-290 guys in up-tempo zone schemes. I think he winds up in the 2nd-3rd rd range.

      • Bex_R1986

        That’s really interesting about Johnson, that the weight may not be an issue. That’s pretty much the only negative I had of him. He’s as close to perfect a technician as anyone in this draft, so if you foresee his body type being not an issue, or even a positive, then he definitely gets a 2nd round grade at the minimum.

        I saw one full 60 minute game that West Georgia played last year, and focused entirely on White during their offensive possessions. You just look at his natural talents and think with a little better coaching he could really develop. He’s devastating in the run game already, and when he gets his hands and feet in sync he wins the pass protect, though the technique at this stage occasionally let him down.

  • Braeden

    What about The OT from UCLA Xavier Su’a-Filo? I think he is a solid prospect. Or do you see him kicking inside to OG?

    • bradc11

      I had him at guard…up today. Nice player that I think could develop into a first round guard, I expect big things from him this year.