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2016 NFL Draft Top 5 Offensive Tackles

Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) lines up in position during an NCAA college football game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU won 10-7. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

2016 NFL Draft Top 5 Offensive Tackles

1). Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Arm: 34.5.
Projected 40 Time: 5.20.

He has natural knee bend with amazing quickness and agility. While Tunsil has room to add more power for the NFL, he has some natural strength and plays with great leverage. Tunsil gets movement in the ground game and has the quick feet to be a franchise left tackle. The only thing he could use is a little more power to get movement on NFL defensive linemen. Tunsil is a tap dancer on the edge who is superb at neutralizing speed rushers. Overall, looks like a franchise left tackle.

2). Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-5. Weight: 312. Arm: 35.63.
40 Time: 5.20.

Many teams question Stanley’s passion for the game, he was good in 2015, but not completely dominant. He did a nice job in pass protection, but didn’t steadily blast defenders off the line in the ground game. Stanley is a good athlete with length and quickness, but lacks power and a mean streak. He could use more strength for the NFL. Stanley had some problems with Clemson edge rusher Shaq Lawson. The lack of a mean streak is what would scare me.

3). Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 308. Arm: 35.
40 Time: 5.00.

Conklin will be a better fit on the right side as a pro. Some scouts say you could get away with him at left tackle, but will ultimately want someone more athletic on the blind side. Some teams like Conklin, but there are sources at other teams who are really down on Conklin and think he’s very overrated.

4). Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 310. Arm: 33.75.
40 Time: 5.23.

Decker is better as a run blocker than in pass protection. He had some problems with speed rushers, and that was evident in the game against Minnesota. Like Michigan State’s Jack Conklin, sources feel that Decker would be a better right tackle in the NFL. He could be a strong run blocker on the right side. Real rich to picker DEcker in the first round, but should be a solid pro.

5). Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Height: 6-5. Weight: 301. Arm: 34.13. Hand: 9.5.
40 Time: 4.94.

A few years down the road I believe spriggs will have proven himself a top 3 tackle in this draft. Spriggs played well for Indiana in 2015 and held his own against Joey Bosa of Ohio State. To start out his NFL career, Spriggs could be a better fit as a right tackle, but before too long, he could prove to be a starting left tackle. He has good feet, length, and enough athleticism to block on the edge.

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