Scouting Report: Offensive Tackle Rankings

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 

2014 Offensive Tackle Rankings 

1. Greg Robinson Auburn

2. Jake Matthews Texas A&M

3. Taylor Lewan Michigan

4. Joel Bitonio Nevada

5. Zack Martin Notre Dame

6. Morgan Moses Virginia

7. Antonio Richardson Tennessee

8. Seantrel Henderson Miami

9. Ja'Wuan James Tennessee

10. Cyrus Kouandijo Alabama

Deep Draft?

     Many have touted this tackle class as one of the deeper positions in this draft. That is both true and false. The top three players, Robinson, Matthews and Lewan are all day one starters with Pro Bowl potential. Robinson does concern me with many shortcomings in his pass protection but he will be dominant in the running game. The next two players, Bitonio and Martin are both considered players who would do better moving inside to play guard. After the top five, there isn't a sure-fire order and there aren't any players who are locks to be productive starters at the next level. Moses has the best fundamentals of the group but he has incredibly slow feet and he has weight/conditioning issues. Richardson and Henderson are both great talents but also have commitment and character questions. Henderson had so many failed drug tests at Miami that many teams have taken him of their draft boards. Ja'Wuan James is a better technician than both of the players ahead of him but his feet are too slow to play left tackle and his game is too finesse to play right tackle. Finally we have Cyrus Kouandijo. His feet are so slow that I had a hard time even putting him in the 10th spot. He's got a massive frame and good run blocking skills but in the NFL today, even a right tackle has to be able to pass block. He looks like he's barely in control most of the time he's in pass protection. He may be successful at the next level if he can improve his technique but to me, he's not worth a high pick. 

     So in all we have three tackles that are sure-fire, solid starters. I believe Bitonio can play tackle at the next level so with him, we can say four. After that it's a crap shoot. I would say that there are a lot of sleepers who could excel given a set of circumstances, but each is on shaky ground.