Draft preview: Offensive tackles

MIKE MAYOCK'S TOP FIVE

La'el Collins
6-4, 305, Louisiana State

Collins thrived as the Tigers' left tackle for the previous two seasons, but some evaluators believe he's best suited to play right tackle or guard in the NFL. Everyone agrees, however, that Collins plays with tremendous physicality and finishes plays as well as any lineman in the draft.

T.J. Clemmings
6-5, 309, Pittsburgh

After struggling to make an impact as a defensive lineman, Clemmings moved to the offensive line and set himself up for an NFL future. Started 26 games at right tackle in his final two seasons and was a second-team All-American as a senior. Still refining his technique and learning how to play the position, but scouts believe Clemmings has what it takes to be an NFL tackle.

Andrus Peat
6-7, 313, Stanford

Peat was the starting left tackle at Stanford for two seasons and most believe he's prepared to be a left tackle at the next level. Generates power with an extremely strong lower body. His father, Todd, was an offensive lineman who played six seasons in the NFL.

Ereck Flowers
6-6, 329, Miami (Fla.)

A two-year starter at left tackle for the Hurricanes, Flowers is a mauler with surprising athleticism. Strength is in the run game, but scouts think the potential is there for him to develop into a reliable pass-protector.

D.J. Humphries
6-5, 307, Florida

The Charlotte native started 19 games at Florida and surprised some by declaring for the draft after his junior season. Humphries is arguably the most athletically gifted of the tackles listed, and for that reason, many believe he has one of the highest ceilings.  

Cedric Ogbuehi
6-5, 306, Texas A&M

Mayock has Ogbuehi tied with Humphries for the fifth spot. The Aggies' left tackle tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Liberty Bowl against West Virginia. A four-year contributor who started games at left tackle, right tackle and guard for a program that has produced several talented offensive tackles in recent years. Significant knee injury impacts his draft stock but could still be a second or third-round pick.

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COMBINE STANDOUT

Jake Fisher
6-6, 306, Oregon

Fisher's athleticism was on display at the combine. He was the top performer among offensive linemen in the three-cone drill (7.25) and 20-yard shuttle (4.33). He also ran the fastest 40-yard dash among offensive tackles (5.01). The Ducks' three-year starter could emerge as a late first-round pick.

LOCAL WORTH A LOOK

Corey Robinson
6-7, 324, South Carolina

Robinson started 35 games at left tackle for the Gamecocks and has the strength and measurables to intrigue NFL teams. Projected to be a day three selection.

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