Leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Media’s Mike Mayock unveiled his first position-by-position rankings for the 2017 NFL Draft. The draft expert will update this list a few times before the first round eventually kicks off April 27 in Philadelphia.
In the meantime, Giants.com will take a closer look at each position. Today, we break down Mayock’s top five prospects at offensive tackle:
RYAN RAMCZYK, WISCONSIN
NFL.com Scouting Report: Extremely confident tackle with the athleticism to stay on the left side and the technique to make an early impact as a starter. Ramczyk has the core strength and body control that should keep him connected to blocks in both the run and pass and he's proven to be scheme versatile with his playing style. Ramczyk is an early starter with the potential to become a good starting left tackle provided his medicals hold up. NFL comparison: Joe Staley.
GARETT BOLLES, UTAH
NFL.com Scouting Report: Because he's only played one year of FBS football and hasn't been able to fully fill out his frame over the last five years, Bolles will require a projection and conjecture than most of the tackles in this year's draft. He clearly has elite athletic ability and foot quickness, but his lack of core strength and ability to sustain blocks against power across from him is a concern at this time. While he has Pro Bowl potential for a zone-scheme team, his floor will be a little lower than you might like in an early round pick. NFL comparison: Cedric Ogbuehi.
ANTONIO GARCIA, TROY
NFL.com Scouting Report: Consistently playing below 300 pounds, his lanky frame is the first thing that gets noticed. But his positive attributes show up on tape more than his weaknesses. Mass and functional strength are concerns and he still needs plenty of technical work, but a team could look to draft and stash him based on his starter's traits and ability. NFL comparison: Jared Veldheer.
RODERICK JOHNSON, FLORIDA STATE
NFL.com Scouting Report: Long-limbed left tackle who has the physical traits that teams want from their blind-side protector, but who is missing some of the body control and balance that is needed to succeed at his position. Despite his balance inconsistencies, Johnson can be a powerful run blocker when he gets defenders framed up. Teams will have to decide if they want to play him on the left or right side, but an offensive line coach will need to try and correct issues with his pass sets and his footwork before he gets his shot. NFL comparison: Morgan Moses.
TAYLOR MOTON, WESTERN MICHIGAN
NFL.com Scouting Report: Four-year starter for ascending Western Michigan program. Size and potential to dominate at the point of attack with pure power should make him a coveted right guard prospect. He can be a little stiff in his movements and his footwork needs plenty of work, but he's functional in both areas. Might need additional work before he is ready to take on the wily, athletic defensive tackles in the NFL, but his physical traits and power give him a chance to become a reliable NFL starter. NFL comparison: Zach Fulton.
JERMAINE ELUEMUNOR, TEXAS A&M
NFL.com Scouting Report: Got a late start in the sport and his football intelligence can suffer at times because of it. Eluemunor's girthy frame and core strength are two big check marks for his move inside to guard. Despite his weight, he is light on his feet and can handle zone blocking responsibilities or can pull for teams looking to utilize him in power. Eluemunor is still considered a developmental prospect, but his size and strength could make him an eventual starter in time. NFL comparison: Alvin Bailey.
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