Profiles: Top Offensive Linemen in 2013 NFL Draft

Profiles: Top Offensive Linemen in 2013 NFL Draft

Profiles: Top Offensive Linemen in 2013 NFL Draft

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 12:32 PM

Tackles:

Luke Joeckel, junior, Texas A&M: Rated as top prospect for all positions by several analysts ... Strong, aggressive, but also mobile ... Solid fundamentals ... Should be starter from Day 1 and for long time.

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan: Big performance at Senior Bowl and in workouts enhanced his status ... Could play on left side or right ... Excels as pass blocker, but is no slouch in run game, either ... Has strong leadership skills.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Also can play left or right tackle ... Tall for this position, but has flexibility and nice surge off ball ... A former tight end who went from junior college to backup with Sooners to standout.

D.J. Fluker, Alabama: No fluke that he’s played on last two national champions ... One of best run blockers in America ... Needs to upgrade his pass blocking ... Probably projects as right tackle in NFL.

Menelik Watson, junior, Florida State: Football was fourth sport ... Native of England who played soccer, boxed and planned college basketball career ... Learned American football’s intricacies at junior college, then made big impact for FSU.

Guards:

Chance Warmack, G, Alabama: Best blocker on college football’s best team ... Played for three national champs ... Surges off snap to establish his territory ... Will handle big defenders inside, but could struggle with speed rushers.

Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina: Unlike Warmack, Cooper should do well as pulling guard ... Good pass protector because of agility ... Probably needs to get stronger for heavy work inside.

Larry Warford, G, Kentucky: Solid player on bad team ... Huge man at 6-3, 333, uses his size well ... Somewhat mobile for his size ... Has nasty streak on field that serves him well.

Kyle Long, G, Oregon: Son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, brother of Rams DE Chris Long ... A bit inexperienced—baseball was his No. 1 sport—but coachable ... Could be long-range project, but has bloodlines to succeed.

Centers:

Barrett Jones, Alabama: Among nation’s most versatile players—linemen or otherwise ... Comes at defenders every play, even will bark at teammates in heat of game ... Played all over O-line for ‘Bama, won Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy.

Travis Frederick, junior, Wisconsin: Badgers do linemen well, and Frederick is versatile prospect ... Can also play guard ... Strong, but with enough mobility to make blocks toward outside ... Has a lot to learn as pass protector.

Brian Schwenke, California: Improved throughout college career ... Gets off ball well ... Well-coached player who relies on strong technique as well as mobility ... Not as powerful as he’ll need to become.

 

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