The draft is only a few days away and Sports Handicapper Craig Trapp from CT Sports Picks has been busy with Mock NFL Drafts and position breakdowns. Yesterday we looked at the very deep Wide Receiver Position in this years draft. The next deepest position in this years draft is definitely Offensive Tackles. But instead of just looking at the Tackles we are going to break down the top 10 overall offensive lineman. This years draft looks like we will have at least five and as many as seven offensive lineman taken in the first round.
1. Jason Smith (Baylor): A lock for a top 5 overall draft pick is a very athletic gifted 6'5" Tackle. Without a doubt the #1 best pass blocking OT in the draft. The only slight knock on him is he is not a mauler when it comes to Run Blocking!!
2. Eugene Monroe (Virginia): OT with all the tools and skills. Can run or pass block and really has no weakness. Only reason he is not #1 is Monroe has had a knee problem that has bothered him in recent years.
3. Michael Oher (Mississippi): Had fallen a little bit in the last few months due to some average workouts for NFL coaches. The best run blocker in all of the draft he is just down right nasty and mean when it comes to run blocking. Could be the best player of any of the OT's once NFL coaches work with him.
4. Andre Smith (Alabama): Once considered the top player in this years draft his status has fallen to maybe even a mid round 1st round pick. Questionable work ethic and some average workouts make him very risky pick for any team in the top 10. If can get back to his last season in college could dominate at RT in the NFL for many years to come.
5. Eben Britten (Arizona): Has steadily moved up draft boards and looks like a mid 20's first round pick. Very solid pass blocker that would be a great fit for any West Coast Offense. Huge man at 6'6" 310 pounds make the scouts and coaches really excited for a mid first round pick.
6. William Beatty (Connecticut): A very good OT that has exceptional quickness for such a big tackle. Sounds like Detroit really would love for him to be available in the 20's.
7. Alex Mack (California): The only true center in the draft that has potential to be pro bowler every year. Looks like top of 2nd round he will come off the board.
8. Max Unger (Oregon): The most versatile offensive lineman in all the draft. Most likely will be center but also would be very solid guard and can play tackle if really were thin at that position. Looks like the Bengals are really hoping he is there in the 2nd round for them.
9. Phil Loadholt (Oklahoma): The biggest tackle in all the draft at 350 pounds. Many teams love his run blocking but will most likely have him lose some weight to become a better pass blocker. Huge upside a middle of the 2nd round pick for sure.
10. Eric Wood (Louisville): Four year starter at Center in college and an book worm when it comes to film study. Without a doubt will be a 10 year plus center in the NFL. Not the most impressive center but definitely the most dependable!
NFL teams have all done all of the player breakdowns and now are lining up there draft boards. Don't be surprised as early in the NFL Draft 2009 to see a ton of OT taken. NFL executives and coaches see OT's as the safest position at the top end of the draft. Make sure you check back the next few days as Craig will have his final NFL Draft 2009 article with his top 10 late round sleeper picks! '