Most NFL draft analysts project up to four offensive tackles coming off the board in round one this spring. Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley and Michigan State OT Jack Conklin are seen as first round locks. The fourth potential first round tackle is Ohio State’s Taylor Decker. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper however, isn’t convinced he’s a first round lock.
When asked about potential day two (rounds 2 & 3) offensive tackles that could be available in the early stages of round two here were Kiper’s suggestions.
“Taylor Decker, Ohio State, he played left tackle, but he’s probably a right tackle in the NFL,” said Kiper. “Not a lock to be a first. (Shon) Coleman from Auburn would be in that mix as well, and then Pearce Slater is an under the radar guy from San Diego State in the later rounds.”
Among the other projected second-round caliber tackles include Indiana’s Jason Spriggs, Texas A&M’s Germain Ifedi and Texas Tech’s Le’Raven Clark.
Buffalo is widely anticipated to be focused on the defensive side of the ball in this draft, but offensive tackle is a position that could be addressed by the Bills with uncertainty at right tackle. Jordan Mills is a restricted free agent and Seantrel Henderson is dealing with an undisclosed illness that kept him out of the last four games of the season.
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Tags: 2016 NFL draft, offensive tackle
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