While the general consensus heading into the 2015 NFL draft is that it is a deep class of offensive tackles, there are no truly elite pass protectors in this year’s draft. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the OT class and explained why there’s a lot more of the ‘very good’ than the ‘great’ this year.
“As far as the offensive line class, let me put it to you this way; after Brandon Scherff, who was a tackle at Iowa and is going to get kicked inside and will probably go in the first 10 or 12 picks, after him, there’s an awful lot of question marks.
“Now, that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of talent, because there is. But I could take, for instance, Ereck Flowers (Miami), D.J. Humphries (Florida), Andrus Peat (Stanford) and T.J. Clemmings (Pitt). And all are gifted first round tackles but I can poke a hole in every one of those kids, either from a technique perspective or an off the field perspective or whatever.
“So what’s happened this year is that after Brandon Scherff and some teams like Cam Irving who could be a center, the kid from Florida State but as far as the tackle group is concerned, man, they’ve been pushed down a little bit in the first round, not because of talent, but because they’re not all ready to play day one.
“For instance, the reason I have La’el Collins as my No. 1 tackle is because out of that whole group he’s the only one where I bang the table and say: I think I know exactly what I’m getting. I’m getting a starting right tackle that can kick inside and play guard, but I’m getting a starter day one and he’s a body mover, I know what I’m getting. All those other guys have question marks, and I think they’re getting pushed down to the second half of the first round.”
That’s somewhat good news for the Bills, who could use a tackle in this year’s draft. With the top end talent this year getting pushed down to the latter half of the first round, and knowing the depth of the class, there should be a decent amount of capable prospects to choose from in rounds two and three should they choose to go in that direction.
Tags: 2015 NFL draft, Mike Mayock
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