The 2014 NFL Draft has a very deep pool of offensive tackles from which to choose. Among the best of that pool are: the son of an NFL Hall of Famer, a player who is just scratching the surface of his immense talent, the next member of the long line of great Michigan linemen, and a player who was one of the anchors for the Alabama Crimson Tides dominant run game.
Jake Mathews Right Tackle Texas A&M University
The son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Bruce Mathews, Jake Mathews is considered to be one of the top players available in this year’s draft. Mathews is quick at the point-of-attack and uses his wingspan and mobility to control opponents when pass-blocking. Like his father, Mathews plays with great tenacity and great technique. He excels in the running game as he is athletic enough to get to the next level of the defense to help create running lanes. Projected Pick: #2 St Louis Rams
Greg Robinson Left Tackle Auburn University
Robinson is a rare combination of size, power, and body control. Standing 6’5” and weighing 320 pounds, Robinson embodies what most NFL teams look for in an offensive tackle. He is a mauler in the run game, simply overpowering his opponent and driving them back several yards. His pass-blocking skills are still a work-in-progress. He is considered to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Projected Pick: #6 Atlanta Falcons
Taylor Lewan Left Tackle University of Michigan
A former defensive lineman, Lewan has the mean streak and nasty attitude traditionally associated with offensive linemen. Lewan emerged as a leader over his last two seasons at the University of Michigan. He will need to improve his consistency and not depend on his natural athletic ability in order to succeed in the NFL. He has the ability, mentality, and size to continue the long tradition of Michigan linemen succeeding in the NFL. Projected Pick: #11 Tennessee Titans
Cyrus Kouandjio Left Tackle University of Alabama
Kouandijo has all the tools to become a perennial Pro Bowl left tackle in the NFL. His agility and athleticism allow him to thrive in pass-protection, but he is most impressive when run-blocking. He has the quickness to consistently out-juke defenders to create running lanes down field. His body placement, strong hands, and burst off the line allow him to turn and control defenders. Projected Pick: #19 Miami Dolphins
Scouts and team-owners have their work cut out for them when it comes to picking an offensive line in 2014. With these men standing out in the pool of talent, any team fortunate enough to pick one of them, will have a formidable offense line in the upcoming season.