NFL: Top 5 Offensive Linemen in the NFL Draft

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Protecting the Quarterback is becoming harder and harder for NFL teams, and there is a constant need for high-quality Offensive Linemen. Throw in the need to open up lanes for Running Backs, and the OL is one of the core building blocks that teams need for success.

5. Eric McCoy (Texas A&M)

Playing Center in college, McCoy has good size and showed success in both run and pass protection. He may lack strength, but he makes up for it with his body positioning and use of feet. McCoy fared better than most when facing the dominant Defensive Lines of Alabama and Clemson, and could be an early Day 2 pick. Teams could pick him up to start at either C or Guard.

4. Garrett Bradbury (North Carolina State)

Bradbury is another C who showed some success against tougher DLs in college. He generally gets a good push against his opponents, and is especially good in run blocking, while being good in pass protection too. He needs to avoid locking his arms in place and use his feet a bit better to avoid giving up ground. Like McCoy, Bradbury shouldn’t have to wait too long to hear his name called.

3. Jawaan Taylor (Florida)

Taylor played Tackle in college, and has the size and strength that is needed for the NFL. He needs to develop his awareness to avoid giving his opponents space on the inside and causing penalties. Overall he plays well in establishing both the run and pass. He uses his hands mostly well to hold off opponents, but his overall body positioning still needs work. Taylor could be a first-rounder for teams looking for a ready to play Right Tackle.

2. Andre Dillard (Washington State)

Dillard could be taken after Taylor, as there isn’t much separating them, but as a Left Tackle, he could have the overall greater value in protecting a QB’s blindside. Dillard has quick feet and he adjusts them frequently to help him hold out his opponents. While he needs to get a better push from his upper body, Dillard is especially good in the pass game. He should adjust well to also be a good run blocker.

1. Jonah Williams (Alabama)

Williams has experience at both OG and OT, and it will depend on how teams feel about his size which one he plays in the NFL. His hands are used effectively to keep opponents in front of him, and he pairs this with steady footwork. While he may at times drop back a bit too much in pass protection, he plants himself well. If he plays OG in the NFL, this will be less of an issue.

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