The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly coming upon us. With less than ten days until Andrew Luck’s name is called by Roger Goodell, we will be offering our position-by-position rankings with final grades on most of the draftable prospects.
Today we look at offensive tackles in the 2012 NFL Draft:
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Height: 6064 Weight: 306
Kalil is the cream of the crop in this tackle class. I wouldn’t put him in Joe Thomas territory but he will sit right outside it. He’s athletic with the polish to handle the NFL’s best edge rushers. Weighing in at 306 at the Combine helped because of questions about the bulk to overpower in the run game. He’s an immediate starter that will be drafted in the top 5.
2012 NFL Draft projection: Top 5
Final Grade: 7.1
2. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6070 Weight: 323
Mike Adams may be the most frustrating prospect in this draft. He has all the physical tools (minus lacking a little in the strength dept). His consistency, mental focus, and general want-to seem to be lacking at times. This became more evident with yesterday’s report of a failed drug test at February’s Combine. All that said, I think he has the skills to be a starting left tackle in the league.
2012 NFL Draft projection: 1-2
Final Grade: 6.4
3. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Height: 6055 Weight: 313
The former defensive end has made the transition into a top tackle. Most are really high on Reiff because of his combination of athleticism and work ethic. I, however, see significant holes that make me believe he will have to play RT in the NFL. That said, his athleticism and solid technique will allow a team to take him in the first round. He’s an end of day one guy for me.
2012 NFL Draft projection: 1