theScore’s 2017 draft prospect rankings are compiled by NFL editor Dan Wilkins. Check back every Monday and Friday leading up to draft week for a new positional breakdown of top talents and potential sleepers.
Ramczyk is the latest in a growing group of top linemen coming out of Wisconsin. Only having one season of action after transferring from Division III could be used against him, but he was impressively quick to dominate in the Big Ten. Utilizing a combination of strength, quickness, and polished technique, Ramczyk is rock solid in nearly all aspects of pass protection and run blocking. The only real question teams should have about him stems from a January hip surgery, which kept him out of on-field workouts at the combine and at his pro day. Provided there are no long-term issues on that front, he could emerge as the favorite to be the first tackle off the board
Robinson has the kind of size and strength every team wants to see in an offensive tackle. That power shows up in his punch and ability to anchor in pass protection, as well as when he moves defenders off the ball as a run blocker. If he gets his hands on his opponent, it’s likely game over. He’ll struggle at times to get in position and match up with speed rushers, but the way he essentially neutralized Myles Garrett this season should help silence any doubts concerning that area of his game. Even if he debuts as a right tackle to ease his transition, Robinson is another long-term left tackle prospect.
Bolles is the third of what’s become a consensus top three players in an otherwise thin offensive tackle class. While his athleticism and ability to work to the second level make him a particularly strong fit for zone-blocking teams, his well-rounded skill set should intrigue any organization seeking an answer on the blind side. With the sound technique to complement those physical traits, and the demonstrated aggressiveness to finish blocks, Bolles should get first-round consideration. Adding more size to his 297-pound frame would help address strength limitations, thus giving him the chance for a long NFL career despite the fact he’ll turn 25 this spring.
Best of the rest
|5||Taylor Moton||Western Michigan|
|6||Roderick Johnson||Florida State|
- Antonio Garcia will be somewhat undersized upon moving to the NFL, and there are minor technique issues to clean up, but he’s got the ceiling to be a long-term starting tackle. He has the natural athleticism to match up with top edge talents and also flashes some nastiness playing through the whistle. Given the opportunity for NFL coaching and strength programs to maximize his potential, it should come as no surprise if Garcia vastly outplays his draft status.
- The leader of a group that paved the way for a pair of incredible seasons from Dalvin Cook, Roderick Johnson gives scouts plenty to be excited about. As with Garcia and Bolles, adding some size would help him better deal with power at the next level. That’s a development teams should be willing to see through given the athleticism and physical style of play that he’s already shown in all phases of the offensive game.
- Questions about competition level were certain to follow Julie’n Davenport with his standout college career having come in the FBS. Some projection in that regard is still required, but a strong Senior Bowl performance helped prove that he’s right there with the rest of the mid-round players at the position. Davenport has the prototypical size and physical skills for an NFL tackle.
Aviante Collins, TCU
By the latter stages of Day 3, teams are best served by taking chances on players with athletic upside. Collins should be at the top of that list among offensive linemen. Not only did the TCU product confirm his movement ability with a position-best 40 time of 4.81 seconds at the combine, but he also tied for second with 34 reps on the bench press. Coaching staffs should be eager to see whether they can use his unique traits and mold him into a consistent contributor.
Justin Senior, Mississippi State
Senior has the size and strength to get the attention of scouts. Those factors alone, in a league that is so short on capable offensive linemen, will always provide some sort of developmental potential. And why not take a flier on a player who, after three seasons starting in the SEC, is no stranger to the highest level of competition?
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