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Monday, March 18, 2013


With the intense part of free agency passing by, expect national reporters to start focusing on teams' interests in certain draft prospects. We will do our best to filter through the smoke screens and find worthwhile information connected with your favorite draftable players and teams.

But in the meantime, Kay Adams (@heykayadams) and I (@JoshNorris) ran through my top offensive tackles and interior offensive linemen in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Rankings: Top Five Offensive Tackles and Guards/Centers

 

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Offensive Tackles:


1. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

 

Where he wins: Long left tackle that finds contact through his hands with quick extension. Flashes nastiness as a drive blocker or when finishing off blocks in pass protection. Still filling out frame, but doesn't have to.


2. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

 

Where he wins: Technically sound player with good knee bend and athletic footwork to mirror or halt his opposition’s momentum. Punch and arm extension helps absorb power and he should be a quality left tackle for a long time.


3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

 

Where he wins: Athleticism to mirror is excellent. Despite lean frame, can handle physical play on first contact and resets well with footwork. Lands multiple punches if he can’t gain the inside latch.


4. Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

 

Where he wins: Extremely fluid mover when asked to work in space, lead block, and hit second level targets. Athletic feet to mirror laterally, bend at the knee, anchor and redirect. Showed same kind of skill against top competition as he did versus FCS.


5. D.J. Fluker, Alabama

 

Where he wins: Powerful, mauling run blocking right tackle. When his hands get on you in proper positioning, it is over. Long arms and solid build help engulf the opposition. Athletic forward mover for his size.

 

Interior Offensive Linemen:


1. Chance Warmack, Alabama

 

Where he wins: Everywhere. Crushing blocker with an attitude to finish. Fluid mover for his size and gets in correct body position to seal off lanes. Technically sound player that could likely play either guard spot.


2. Jonathan Cooper, UNC

 

Where he wins: Outstanding pulling or trapping guard. Moves so well in space and an extremely comfortable athlete. Shows good hand strength when getting inside punch. Would excel in an offense that requires mobile guards.


3. Larry Warford, Kentucky

 

Where he wins: A punishing, powerful blocker with a strong grip to control his opponent. Flashes proper posture but can win with brute strength and athleticism for his size when things break down. Projects to a power running team.


4. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

 

Where he wins: Has experience and high level play at both left tackle and left guard. Great knee bend and posture to stay balanced. Strong grip to sustain his block against pass rushers that fire gaps. Consistently uses hands to punch on first contact.


5. Kyle Long, Oregon

 

Where he wins: Shows natural aggression from left tackle or guard. Obviously and athletic player for his size, moves laterally quite well. Uses opposition’s momentum against them, rides shoulder to drive out of play in running game.



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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