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2017 Draft Preview: Offensive Linemen

Top Tackles

Ryan Ramczyk
6-6, 310, Wisconsin

He's the latest in a long line of Wisconsin offensive linemen ready to make an impact in the NFL, but Ramczyk's story is anything but traditional. He started off at technical college and considered a career in welding before resuming his football career at UW Stevens Point. The athletic lineman was an instant success after transferring to Wisconsin, starting every game at left tackle and earning all-conference honors following his lone season in the Big Ten. Has been recovering from hip surgery, which took place after the season.

Garett Bolles
6-5, 297, Utah

Like Ramczyk, Bolles' college career took some twists and turns before he emerged as a first-round prospect. He got his life in order at Snow College and then transferred to Utah, where he became an all-conference left tackle in his lone season with the Utes. Bolles possesses terrific athleticism and plays the game with a nasty attitude that scouts no doubt appreciate.  

Cam Robinson
6-6, 322, Alabama

Robinson started every game of his decorated three-year career at left tackle for the Crimson Tide, a program that continues to churn out NFL-ready hog mollies. He won the Outland Trophy – given to the nation's top offensive lineman – as a junior in 2016. Robinson is known as a mauler in the run game, but there are questions about his ability to hold up in pass protection.

Antonio Garcia
6-6, 302, Troy

A four-year player with 36 starts at left tackle, Garcia was an all-conference selection as a senior. Has tremendous feet, which are the foundation for his success against edge rushers. Evaluators have some concern about his weight and power as he transitions to the next level.

Top Guards

Forrest Lamp
6-4, 309, Western Kentucky

Lamp was a standout left tackle for the Hilltoppers, but he's viewed as a guard with the ability to play outside if needed at the next level. Scouts love his consistent technique and mobility. Was one of the top performers in both the 40-yard dash (5.0) and bench press (34 reps) at the Combine and could be taken late in Round One.

Dan Feeney
6-4, 305, Indiana

The four-year starter was a model of consistency for the Hoosiers, earning All-America honors. Feeney has scored his marks with toughness and tenacity and will likely come off the board in Round Two.


Top Centers

Pat Elflein
6-3, 303, Ohio State

After two very productive years at guard, Elflein moved to center as a senior and took home the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top center. Known as a tremendous leader. Not known for his athleticism, but can be a force in the run game.

Ethan Pocic
6-6, 310, Louisiana State

Pocic has experience at tackle, guard and center, bringing value to a team with his versatility and leadership. Made 27 of his 37 career starts for the Tigers at center. Moves well at his size, but must prove he can develop the strength needed to succeed in the NFL.

Look back: Offensive tackles taken at No. 8

2016: Jack Conklin, 8th overall to Titans

2009: Eugene Monroe, 8th overall to Jaguars

2003: Jordan Gross, 8th overall to Panthers

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