Whilst scrolling through pages and pages of the ever popular scouting accounts on twitter, it appears that offensive tackle could be a haven for mid to late round starters in the draft. With that in mind, I thought how many Ryan Ramczyk’s are available and where.
After reading a Peter King article from 2016, the differences in drafting tackles in 1995-2000 era versus now are like chalk and cheese. The full article is below and I would recommend giving it a read.
So with all this information in hand and the Broncos needing a right tackle or an elite left tackle, and move last years 1st rounder Garett Bolles to right tackle, let’s take a minute to think about the left defensive ends they will be going up against :
Raiders have a top 5 end in Khalil Mack
Chargers have a top 10 ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram
Chiefs have Chris Jones
All are agile with quick first steps and very good finesse or power moves.
My top 5 Tackles
Mike McGlinchey – T Notre Dame
If the Broncos go down the replacing Bolles at left tackle McGlinchey is the only real candidate in the 2018 draft. With a 6 foot 7 and 312 pounds frame to go with his excellent athleticism, speed and strength, McGlinchey is not only a fantastic pass blocker and blindside protector but a willing and able run blocker. In a game Vs Boston College and the very highly touted end Harold Landry, McGlnchey won every time they paired off with each other.
Draft – Late 1st round
NFL Comparison – Jared Veldheer
Brandon Parker – T North Carolina A&T
Impressive at the Senior Bowl and an NFL ready skillset, Parker with a touch of development will be a starter at right tackle for the next 10 years. 6 foot 7 and 305 pounds he’s athletic, strong and has good length for the right tackle position. In a poor tackle class somebody like Parker could be the find of the draft if he develops quickly enough during camp.
Draft – Rounds 4-7
NFL Comparison – Jermey Parnell
Brian O’Neill – T Pitt
The key word for O’Neill – Interesting. Converted tackle from a high school WR O’Neill has played left tackle and right tackle with 1 glaring issue whilst playing both positions – Strength. As you would expect O’Neill has athleticism on his side and good footwork. At the Senior Bowl he got pushed around by the better ends and his footwork helped get him out of trouble on a few occasions. Will be interesting to see what a pro strength and conditioning unit from an NFL team can do with him. With a 6 foot 6 frame and 297 pounds of weight if he can add 30 pounds he may well be the right tackle of the future.
Draft – Rounds 4-7
NFL Comparison – Jake Fisher
Geron Christian – T Louisville
An intriguing prospect with all the physical tools but far too inconsistent to be a high round prospect. Extremely agile with athleticism to spare to go along with his 6 foot 5 318 pound frame. He oversets on the edge allowing for far too much inside pressure, slow to redirect on inside or outside rushs and gives up a lot of pressures in general. Good length arms and excellent footwork. With time to learn and a patient coach Christian could develop nicely into anything he wants.
Draft – 3-5
NFL Comparison – Duane Brown/Jordan Mills
Jamarco Jones – T Ohio State
Jones is another of the marmite tackles. You either love him as a mid round prospect or you hate him and hes a 7th if he’s lucky. 6 foot 4 and 310 pounds doesn’t jump off the page at you and neither do any of his skillsets, however he is really effecient at just getting the job done. Everything he does is very balanced either pass protecting or run blocking, lacks athleticism of others in the class and needs to continue his weight room ethics to keep getting stronger. He does work hard and agile against double teams and has very good hands with punch and slide.
NFL Comparison – Max Starks/Michael Oher
Like I mentioned before I’m not a scout, I enjoy reading what I can and I try to imagine them in Broncos uniforms and try to piece together what a draft would look like if I was a GM.