Trey Adams — Washington Huskies — The 6-8 309-pound instate prodigy is an specimen of an athlete for his size and future top NFL draft pick. He moves well in pass protection, and in the run game is a technician who uses his length and quickness to a distinct advantage. He was a freshman All-FAMerican, All-FAMerican, and an anchor along the Huskies’s line. His presence in the trenches is a reason the offense is expected to dominate once again.
Orlando Brown — Oklahoma Sooners — Another tall tackle at 6-8, however Brown is a monster of a man at 340 pounds, and uses his overall gigantic size as an advantage in both facets of his game. He overwhelms and mauls defenders in the run game, and uses his sheer size for a roundabout pass blocking style. You aren’t going through him… He’s a two time All Big 12 selection, and the next great Sooner tackle, essentially.
Oklahoma LT Orlando Brown did not allow a sack this season… and he’s returning to school in 2017 pic.twitter.com/desTrfZWXu
— CFB Film Room (@CFBFilmRoom) January 18, 2017
Tyrell Crosby — Oregon Ducks — Injury killed his 2016 season, but he’s back for another go at it for a Ducks squad much in need of some upperclassman leadership along the line. He’s am athletic tackle, well suited for Willie Taggart’s offensive attack, and at 100% is perhaps the most athletic of the crop. We expect a big bounce back from Crosby, paired with a now seasoned 2016 group of youngsters, and this gets Royce Freeman on the rebound as well.
Mitch Hyatt — Clemson Tigers — The best of a stellar Tiger line, he performed amazingly in the Tiger’s win over Alabama in the National Championship Game win, and returns for what is likely his final season as a junior. A career All-Everything performer since he started 15 games as a true freshman, he’s a stalwart pass blocker against even elite edge rushers, and shows great hands and leverage in the run game. He’s got great size at 6-5 295, and is another likely top NFL Draft pick.
Jamarco Jones — Ohio State Buckeyes — The next great thing out of Chicago’s De La Salle since the Daley Dynasty, at least on a national scale, the agile and athletic 6-5 310-pounder is an adept left tackle and terrific run blocker. On a very talented line, Jones has perhaps the highest ceiling, and that speaks volumes to his ability at the line’s toughest position. With a likely run-centric offense having Barrett under center, Jones’s athletic prowess in the run blocking scheme will shine.
— Ted Nguyen (@RaidersAnalysis) March 9, 2017
Mike McGlinchey — Notre Dame Fighting Irish — While Irish eyes are smiling this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s most certainly not because of a winning Notre Dame football team. Yet the offense, and notably the line, gives reason to at least pour some whiskey in salute. The aptly named McGlinchey is a large reason why, quite literally at above 6-7 and 310-plus pounds. He’s an athletic big man, and like others on this list uses his size and reach to a an advantage. He’s also, like many recent Irish blockers, great with his hands and a skilled approach to blocking. Hence his appearance on 2018 draft boards across the league.
Evan Plagg — Tulsa Golden Hurricane — Last season an undersized tackle dominated all comers for a Group of Five school, then showed off in the recent combine. Okay, so maybe Plagg isn’t Forrest Lamp, but he’ll have the opportunity to catch scout’s eyes in an early season tilt against Mason Rudolph and Co. in Stillwater. He’s also, like Lamp, an excellent blocker with quickness that allows him to excel as a very undersized left tackle (listed at 6-3 292). They also both have great names. The multiple-time All-Conference performer leads a solid Tulsa line, boasting several talented youngsters as well, and should pave the way for a huge season on the ground for the Golden Hurricane.
Dalton Risner — Kansas State Perhaps the nation’s most under-discussed tackle, with two dominant players at dominant schools in conference and the whole SEC, Risner stood out on a scrappy and well-coached Wildcats’ squad as a scrappy and well coached 6-5 300-pound tackle. He’s explosive out of his stance, defeating his man and cognizant to get to the next level (helpful when your quarterback scrambles like K-State quarterbacks scramble). He’s a former center, and his flexibility along the line will be huge in his NFL future, which seems quite bright at present regardless of where he “ranks” per us media dolts.
Connor Williams — Texas Longhorns — Remember the aforementioned dominant Big 12 left tackles? Connor WIlliams is one of them, and now a junior standout for the Longhorns. He’s a lean, mean and country-strong Texan who dominates with terrific athleticism and natural power in the run game and pass protection. He came in and hit the ground running as a Freshman All-FAMerican and All-Conference selection, and has looked the part of a stud ever since. He’s going to be depended on to help the Longhorns get the Herman regime off on the right foot, but his fleet feet should be of service.
Watching Texas/Cal again and noticed Connor Williams nearly driving a poor defensive back into a bleacher seat. pic.twitter.com/nKZVdGBkOO
— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) September 23, 2015
Jonah Williams — Alabama Crimson Tide — Like Connor before him in 2015, this Williams (unrelated) came in as a true freshman in 2016 and set a tackle position in stone for the Tide. The Folsom, California (hell yes) native transplanted quite well in the Tuscaloosa trenches, looking the part of a Freshman All-FAMerican, and this was opposite an first day NFL draftee to compare across the line. He is, once again, “the next great” Alabama tackle. Some schools make it look easy…
Snubs — Dejon Allen, Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors; Ryan Bates, Penn State Nittany Lions; Martez Ivey, Florida Gators; Tyler Howell, Missouri Tigers; Nathan Jacobson, UNLV Rebels; Jordan Murray, North Texas Mean Green; Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan Broncos; Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State Bulldogs; Max Scharping, NIU Huskies; Bentley Spain, North Carolina Tar Heels; Jawaan Taylor, Florida Gators