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Mayock on OT arm length

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2012 – 11:05 am

Arm length is a coveted measurable for an offensive tackle prospect. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock explains why.

“From an offensive tackle perspective, you are typically looking for about 33, 33 and a half inches, especially if he’s going to be on the left side,” said Mayock. “Remember, Robert Gallery several years ago had 32-inch arms. Struggled on the outside. And where it shows up most is in pass protection. The longer your arms are, the better your ability to shoot the hands, get them on somebody and just continue to push a defensive end away from your quarterback.

“The shorter your arms are, mathematically, the quicker that defensive end can get the edge on you. Doesn’t sound like much, a difference in an inch or two, but it really is the difference between sometimes being able to push or rush a quarterback; who gains the edge. From an offensive tackle perspective, it’s much more important for that tackle than it is the guard because the guard is in the middle of all that trash on the field and there’s nowhere near as much room for the defensive player to maneuver.”

Here’s a list of the top 30 longest-armed offensive tackles that were at the Combine and where they’re projected in draft.

Kelechi Osemele – Iowa St. – 35 7/8″ - 2nd round
Cordy Glenn – Georgia – 35 3/4″ – 1st round
Josh Oglesby – Wisconsin – 35 5/8″ – 7th round-undrafted FA
Matt McCants – UAB – 35 3/8″ – 5th-6th round
Lamar Holmes – So. Miss. - 35 1/4″ – 6th-7th round
Paul Cornick – No. Dakota St. – 35″ – undrafted FA
Bobby Massie – Ole Miss – 35″ – 1st-2nd round
Zebrie Sanders - Florida St. – 35″ – 3rd-4th round
Donald Stephenson – Oklahoma – 34 7/8″ – 3rd round
Ronald Leary – Memphis – 34 3/4″ – 5th-6th round (projects to guard)
Justin Anderson – Georgia – 34 5/8″ – undrafted FA
Nate Potter – Boise St. – 34 5/8″ – 5th-6th round
Rokevious Watkins – So. Carolina – 34 5/8″ – undrafted FA 
James Brown – Troy - 34 1/2″ – 3rd round (projected by some to guard)
Matt Kalil – USC – 34 1/2″ – 1st round
Mike Adams – Ohio St. – 34″ – 1st-2nd round
Tom Compton – So. Dakota – 34″ – 4th-5th round
Jonathan Martin – Stanford – 34″ – 1st round
Brandon Mosley – Auburn – 34″ – 4th round
Andrew Datko – Florida St. – 33 7/8″ – 6th-7th round
Marcel Jones – Nebraska – 33 5/8″ – 7th-undrafted FA
Jeff Allen – Illinois – 33 1/2″ – 2nd-3rd round
Senio Kelemete – Washington – 33 1/2″ - 4th round (projects to guard)
Mitchell Schwartz – Cal – 33 1/2″ – 3rd round
Kelvin Beachum – SMU – 33 1/4″ – undrafted FA (projects to guard)
Riley Reiff – Iowa – 33 1/4″ – 1st round
Matt Reynolds – BYU - 33 1/4″ – 5th round
Amini Silatolu – Midwestern St. – 33″ – 2nd round (projects to guard)
Brandon Washington – Miami – 33″ – 3rd-4th round (projects to guard)
Dustin Waldron – Portland St. – 32 3/4″ – 7th round


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