NFL Draft Bible Founder and College Gridiron Showcase Director of Player Personnel Ric Serritella continues his NFL Draft positional preview series with the top offensive line prospects in the nation. For a full list of player scouting reports, be sure to check out our profile database, here.
Mitch Hyatt (6-5/305), OT, Clemson, Jr. – An athletic, finesse blocker, Hyatt excels in pass protection and possesses a sound kick slide, to go along with great waist/knee bend. He has started at left tackle since his true freshman season, played in two national championships (potentially three) and will have finished his Tigers career starting nearly 40 consecutive games, making him one of the more accomplished offensive line prospects in the country.
Geron Christian (6-5/315), OT, Louisville, Jr. – Another instant impact player as a true freshman, Christian has started since day one but is not quite as polished as Hyatt. He tends to get caught out of place at times, especially coming off the snap of the ball on that first step. However, he does demonstrate excellent feet and agility, plus a long, lean frame with great reach. His upside and room to bulk up, not to mention that he already is one of the strongest players in the nation, will draw mass appeal to NFL teams.
Orlando Brown (6-7/345), OT, Oklahoma, Jr. – Known for his exuberate personality off the field and scrappy mentality between the white lines, Brown emulates his late, great father, Orlando Brown Sr., who played 13 seasons in the NFL. His immense size, tremendous base strength and mean streak is what sets him apart from other prospects. He’s a true run mauler who would thrive in a power based run scheme. You should expect to hear his name called in the top half of the first round.
Ben Powers (6-3/310), OG, Oklahoma, Jr. – A transfer from Butler Community College, Powers has been dominant since his arrival in Norman. He has started at both guard positions and plays with a nasty mean streak in the trenches that just irks the opposition. Powers popped onto the NFL radar last season, after surrendering just one sack in nearly 600 snaps. He showed his toughness this past year, playing through nagging injuries while not missing any games. He possesses all the qualities you look for in a starting interior lineman at the next level and appears to be a plug and play type of prospect.
Billy Price (6-3/315), OG, Ohio State, Sr. – A team leader and captain, Price has been a staple of consistency for the Buckeyes, having started 51 consecutive games (a school record) and counting. After converting from defensive line to offensive line as a freshman, Price allowed seven sacks in his first season but just three since then—he has started at both center and guard. His experience and versatility, combined with his understanding of how to read coverages before the snap, is sure to make him a first-round commodity.
David Edwards (6-6/315), OT, Wisconsin, So. – The redshirt sophomore has made big strides in a short period of time, having started the past two seasons at right tackle, while learning a new position on the fly. Edwards, who played quarterback in high school, arrived to Madison as a 240-pound tight end and has since packed on 70 pounds, adding much needed strength and power to his overall game. He has impressed with his sound technique and physical play. In addition, he has shown vast improvement this year in his one-on-one pass protection skills. He was slated to take over the left tackle position vacated by Ryan Ramczyk (Saints first round pick in 2017) but with left handed quarterback Alex Hornibrook taking over as the starting quarterback, Edwards has remained on the right to help protect his blind side.
Trey Adams (6-7/320), OT, Washington, Jr. – Adams consistently keeps his legs driving through contact, while his hand placement and technique help combat against rips and swim moves in the trenches. Recent reports have surfaced, which indicate that he’ll return for his senior year in 2018—he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in October, which requires at least six-to-nine months of recovery time. Prior to the injury, he was projected as a high first-round pick due to his prototypical size, exceptional movement skills and outstanding athleticism, to go along with phenomenal balance for a big man.
Cody O’Connell (6-8/370), OG, Washington State, Sr. – Simply known as, ‘The Continent.’ O’Connell serves as a wall on the front line of the Cougars ‘Air Raid’ offensive attack. He has garnered worthy attention from NFL scouts and deservedly so. As a first-time starter last season, he surrendered just one sack and three hurries on 591 pass blocking snaps. Despite his massive size, O’Connell lacks an inner mean streak and it shows up on film in his failure to finish blocks. While he doesn’t possess as much experience as some of the other top offensive line prospects mentioned, he did start over the aforementioned Adams at Wenatchee (Washington) High School for two seasons.
Jonah Williams (6’5/301), OT, Alabama, So. – The youngest player on this list, Williams is not draft-eligible until the 2019 NFL Draft but is widely considered by many in the scouting community to be the consensus top tackle prospect in college football. Rarely do you see a player step into the SEC and not only start at left tackle fresh out of high school but do it in such an impressive fashion, against NFL-caliber opponents. Playing on the edge, he does a great job keeping his feet pounding through contact and sustaining his leg drive, as well as maintaining balance after collisions and rips. He’s clearly a top ten overall talent, whenever he does decide to enter the draft.
Martez Ivey (6’5/305), OT, Florida, Jr. – The Gators big man possesses a massive frame, violent hands and plays beyond the whistle with his aggressive nature. In fact, he can be too anxious to engage at times and occasionally gets caught out of position, or sometimes, even on his back. Despite some nagging injuries (knee; shoulder; ankle) early on in his career, Ivey has maintained a level of consistency and durability throughout his time in Gainesville. He has also flashed explosiveness out of his stance, to go along with a naturally strong frame. He’s an ideal fit for any team in need of a run-mauling guard.
Will Hernandez (6-3/340), OG, UTEP, Sr.—The word is out on Hernandez who has skyrocketed up NFL Draft boards. His nastiness and ability to finish really stands out, along with his strength, which allows him to straight up overpower defenders. A four-year starter at left guard, his play in both the run game and in pass protection has already warranted him an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he’ll have an opportunity to take his draft stock as a top 100 prospect, to a potential day one selection.
Chukwuma Okorafor (6-5/330), OT, Western Michigan, Sr. – He has one of the more intriguing back stories of this year’s draft prospects. Okorafor, who moved to the US from Republic of Botswana, has been playing football for just six years. He’s a big, thick, athletic big man who possesses long arms, which enables him to win the leverage battle. While he’s not a physically overpowering drive blocker, he compensates with angles, spacing and timing, as he is very effective in turning defensive lineman and getting into great position. His quickness and footwork would make him best suited in a zone blocking scheme at the next level.
Quenton Nelson (6-4/330), OG, Notre Dame, Jr. – A sound technician who demonstrates power, physicality and toughness, plus a massive, lean frame, long arms and gigantic hands. Nelson utilizes those large mitts with excellent hand placement, consistently landing on the inside. He also keeps a low pad level and demonstrates stout leg strength, which makes him a dominant force in the run game. Nelson is as good as it gets on pull blocks, running down the line and he does an excellent job getting into the second level. His weight has fluctuated between 325-340 pounds but he appears to be better suited at a lighter playing weight, as he lost some of his quickness when bulking up too much.
Mike McGlinchey (6-7/315), OT, Notre Dame, Sr. – McGlinchey, along with his aforementioned cohort Nelson, have provided leadership, nastiness and stability to the Notre Dame front line. While McGlinchey may have some athletic limitations, he compensates with his technique, thanks to the coaching he has received from o-line guru Harry Hiestand. His great length, well-proportioned build and strong, solid base are traits you just can’t teach. McGlinchey packs a powerful punch too and is known to bleed football. He returned for a fifth year to hone his craft, as he took over the left tackle position for Ronnie Stanley (Ravens 2016 first round pick) last year. While inner draft circles will debate as to whether he projects as a left or right tackle at the next level, he appears ready to step in and start immediately.
Brandon Parker (6-6/300), OT, North Carolina A&T, Sr. – A four-year standout for the Aggies, Parker possesses insane athleticism for a man of his size, to pair with great strength. Athleticism tends to run in the family, as his father was a left tackle at North Carolina; his mother was a basketball player for the Tar Heels and his sister was also a basketball player for NC A&T. He has placed a heavy emphasis on improving his footwork and playing at a more up-tempo pace this season. Parker is a fast-rising prospect who is gaining notoriety and will have the opportunity to cement his draft stock, earning an official invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Aaron Stinnie (6-5/310), OT, James Madison, Sr. – A late bloomer, Stinnie did not pursue football until his junior year of high school, as his first passion was initially basketball—his father Phil, was drafted in the third round by the New York Knicks. You can see the b-ball background in his footwork, as he is very light on his feet. Stinnie possesses great size and upside and is still improving his overall game, after converting from defensive line to offensive line at the start of his redshirt sophomore season. He has since started the past three years, including this season at left tackle. His long arms, big hands, sound feet and aggressive style of play are characteristics that scouts will initially notice. In addition, he does well handling athletic defensive ends. Stinnie has been praised by the coaching staff for his intelligence, work ethic and high character.
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