Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-7. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2018): 1. 1/6/18: McGlinchey improved as a senior and is likely the top offensive tackle prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. He has good athleticism on the edge with the feet to handle speed and good strength to sustain blocks. Unlike many finesse left tackles, McGlinchey is a quality run blocker who can get movement at the point of attack. He blocked well in 2017 and was a key cog in Notre Dame's potent rushing attack.
In his matchup against Boston College defensive end Harold Landry, McGlinchey won the few plays they had against each other. He also helped keep Wake Forest defensive end Duke Ejiofor to one tackle in their contest.
McGlinchey had a rough game against Miami as sophomore defensive end Joe Jackson gave him some issues. He gave up a few pressures against Georgia, too, and showed a lack of awareness on a couple of plays, but overall, McGlinchey played well against the Bulldogs until the end of the fourth quarter, when he was beaten by a speed rush for a sack-fumble with 90 seconds remaining to clinch a one-point win for Georgia. Prior to that play, McGlinchey did very well in one-on-one pass protection on the blind side. He still had one false start, but looks more disciplined in that regard over the course of year.
9/1/17: McGlinchey could have been the closest thing to a franchise left tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his senior year. McGlinchey wouldn't have been one of the best tackle prospects to come out in years, but he was a very good prospect with upside to be an impactful left tackle.
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position in previous seasons. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. In pass protection, McGlinchey looks like a natural at left tackle, showing excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. He also displays a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. The one consistent problem for McGlinchey is a lot of false start penalties. His 2016 performance suggests that he is a future starting left tackle for the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey broke into starting lineup during his sophomore year, putting together an impressive season as a pass protector at right tackle. He showed nice athleticism and the strength to open holes in the ground game.
Orlando Brown*, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-8. Weight: 360. Projected 40 Time: 5.45. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 1/6/18: Brown is a strong blocker at the point of attack, which is illustrated by him consistently tossing defenders to the ground. In pass protection, Brown has some athletic issues, like playing too high for the NFL, so speed rushers give him problems. Some team sources feel Brown should move inside to guard as a pro, but others believe that he will be a starting right tackle. Multiple team contacts think that Brown will be a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and project him as a starting right tackle.
Brown has drawn comparisons to D.J. Fluker coming out of Alabama, who was a high first-rounder but was a bust for the Chargers. Sources have said that Brown plays up or down to competition, and that could be seen with an excellent game against Ohio State but an ugly one versus Iowa State. Brown was not consistently dominant in the ground game even though he should have gotten the better of the collegiate linemen he was facing.
9/1/17: Brown has been a starting left tackle for Oklahoma, but for the NFL, he is more of a right tackle competitor. Brown was a tough run blocker for the Sooners in 2016, opening a lot of holes for their talented tandem of running backs. He spent 2015 and 2016 at left tackle, but he's too tall for that spot in the NFL. Brown could be a good right tackle candidate in his draft class.
Kolton Miller*, OT, UCLA
Height: 6-8. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 1/6/18: Miller had a rough start to 2017, but turned in a quality season blocking for Josh Rosen as the Bruins left tackle. Miller has good length to him and the ability to stay on the edge in the NFL. However, he might be a better fit as a right tackle in the pros as he can have problems with speed rushes to the inside. Miller played right tackle in 2015 and 2016 before injuries ended those seasons early. He only played in five games in 2016.
Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
Height: 6-7. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 1/6/18: Harrison was part of the Texas program before being dismissed by then-coach Charlie Strong. Failed drug tests were the reason for Harrison's dismissal. He landed at West Georgia, where he has played well for the Wolves. Team sources say that Harrison has the skill set of a first- or second-round pick. He has NFL size, quickness, athleticism and length. Team sources say they don't think Harrison will get out of the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft and that his stock could catch fire at the Senior Bowl.
Isaiah Wynn, OT/G/C, Georgia
Height: 6-2. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 1/6/18: Wynn has impressed scouts this season as an excellent run blocker for the Bulldogs. He blocks with aggression and has a temperament that is hard to find in college blockers. In pass protection, Wynn has been very dependable as well.
Because he is shorter and doesn't have ideal length, some sources think that Wynn could move to guard or center in the NFL. Wynn started at left guard in 2016, but scouts think he is athletic enough to also play center. Wynn's size and skill set has drawn comparisons to Kelvin Beachum, who is undersized but has managed to carve out a career at left tackle in the NFL. Wynn is just a natural football player who finds a way to get the job done, thus he might end up sticking at left tackle.
Michael Deiter*, OT, Wisconsin
Height: 6-6. Weight: 328. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 1/6/18: Deiter was the Badgers' replacement for Ryan Ramczyk at left tackle in 2017 and put together a solid season. He has good size with some athleticism, but he might be a better fit at guard in the NFL. Deiter is going to need to work on his feet and technique to handle NFL speed rushers. He could stand to play with better leverage in the ground game to get more out of his size and weight. If Deiter were to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, he looks more like a second-day pick rather than a first-rounder.
The Big Ten Championship game illustrated that Deiter should return to Madison for 2018. He was not getting a push in the ground game and was reaching after pass-rushers too often. He seemed to be surprised at the speed of a Ohio State's defensive line. Nick Bosa in particular had success going against Deiter.
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 1/6/18: In speaking with sources at a few teams, they were down on Rankin because they felt he lacks power and gets knocked to the ground too much when going against power. They say that Rankin is a good athlete, a good kid, smart and versatile, but his lack of strength is problematic for the NFL. Sources say that the Senior Bowl will see Rankin's draft stock sky rocket or fall depending on how he does in the one-on-ones, along with handling power. Multiple sources from a few teams compared Rankin to Troy's Antonio Garcia, who was a second-day pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. They see Rankin as a similar talent for the 2018 NFL Draft.
9/1/17: Rankin had a strong 2016 season as a run blocker and pass protector for Mississippi State. He received a second-round estimation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board for the 2017 NFL Draft, and he could definitely push that higher with a strong 2017 season.
Andre Dillard*, OT, Washington State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.14. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 1/6/18: Dillard is a player who has created some positive buzz in the scouting community. Sources say he has some quickness with athletic ability to go with NFL size. Dillard is quick to get out of his stance, with the ability to hit blocks on the second level. His quick feet and agility have impressed team sources for an NFL-sized blocker. Some team sources feel Dillard has left tackle potential for the NFL and like him more than other highly touted tackle prospects like Washington's Trey Adams and Texas' Connor Williams. With his quality play protecting the blind side of Luke Falk, the junior Dillard has turned himself into a player to watch for the 2018 or 2019 draft.
Brian O'Neil*, OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-6. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 1/6/18: O'Neil is an interesting athlete. He played wide receiver in high school before going to Pittsburgh as a tight end. After redshirting as a tight end, he switched to offensive tackle and gained a lot of weight. In 2015 and 2016, O'Neil was the starting right tackle for the Pantehrs. With Adam Bisnowaty moving on to the NFL, O'Neil was Pittsburgh's left tackle for 2017 and had a fine season.
Connor Williams*, OT, Texas
Height: 6-6. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 1/6/18: Williams returned to play in the final couple of games of 2017 before shutting it down to prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft and decided to skip his bowl game. He missed seven games of the 2017 season. Midway through the first half against USC, he went down with a torn knee meniscus and strained ligaments.
As we reported in the Hot Press, Williams was receiving some mid-round grades from evaluators this season. The main issue that sources said was hurting Williams is a lack of strength. One AFC team in need of tackle help said they gave him a late third-round, early fourth-round grade.
I spoke with a NFC general manager who scouted Williams in person this season, and they were disappointed in Williams overall. They felt Williams lacked strength and thought him overhyped. This NFC general manager said they thought Williams was a fourth-rounder. Williams had a disappointing season opener against Maryland, getting flagged for numerous holds, including some that canceled out big plays for his team. He allowed some pressures and hits, too. Williams has some athletic ability, and some evaluators feel he should move inside to guard.
9/1/17: Williams broke into the starting lineup at left tackle as a freshman for the Longhorns in 2015 and locked down the position. He improved as a sophomore as he was a steady pass protector and consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness and athleticism. He needed to add more power, and he is supposedly up to 315 pounds entering the 2017 season. Scouting sources say that at this point, they see Williams as a first-round offensive tackle.
In pass protection, Williams is a good athlete with quickness on the edge. He has length with long arms and height to make it hard for edge rushers to get around him. Williams has quick feet, balance, and gets depth in his kick slide to neutralize edge rushers. Even though Williams wasn't overly powerful last year, he showed a nice ability to sustain his blocks in pass protection.
As a run blocker, Williams is excellent at using his quickness to fire to the second level to hit blocks to spring his running back for some long runs. Williams uses his athleticism to hit blocks in space and is superb at hitting blocks on linebackers to create lanes for the ball-carrier.
Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
Height: 6-8. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 1/6/18: Parker is a prospect who impressed area scouts this fall. They think he has developmental potential to be a starter in the NFL. They like his size and length to protect on the edge. Sources say that Parker has received some fourth-round grades, and he could rise if he plays well at the Senior Bowl.
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 1/6/18: In the early going of 2017, Crosby had to work off some rust after missing almost all of 2016, but he still opened a lot of holes for running back Royce Freeman, who racked up a lot of yards on the year. Crosby did not allow a sack or hit on the quarterback in the first five games of the season. He was invited to play at the Senior Bowl.
9/1/17: There was some hype and excitement heading into the 2016 season about Crosby, but his season was dashed after he only played in two full games due to suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 3. Crosby has a good skill set and could rise if he plays well while avoiding injury as a senior.
Austin Corbett, OT/C, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.12. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 1/6/18: Corbett was a versatile blocker for Nevada since he became a freshman starter. As a redshirt freshman and sophomore, Corbett was Nevada's starter at left tackle. For his junior year, he moved to right tackle, but was back at left tackle as a senior. Corbett received a Senior Bowl invitation and is listed at center for practicing in Mobile.
Mitch Hyatt*, OT, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 5.12. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 1/6/18: Hyatt had a disappointing season in 2017, getting pushed around regularly. Even undersized defensive ends have had success winning with power against Hyatt. He clearly needs to get stronger for the NFL. Hyatt also has had problems with speed rushers, including the edge rushers from Miami in the ACC Championship.
Some team sources say they have graded Hyatt as a fourth-rounder for the 2018 NFL Draft and might drop his grade to Round 5. That being said, they noted the huge demand for tackles could cause a team to reach on Hyatt higher than where he belongs. Returning for his senior year to get stronger could end up helping his draft grade.
9/1/17: Hyatt played well in 2016 and did his job to keep Deshaun Watson healthy. Hyatt had an impressive freshman season as the blind-side protector for Watson in 2015 as well. Not only did he help protect Watson, Hyatt did a nice job of opening holes for Wayne Gallman.
Hyatt could use more strength for the NFL, but he is still a young player with time to develop. Hyatt also could be a candidate to move inside as a pro.
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Height: 6-6. Weight: 330. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/6/18: There have been some reports in the media about Okorafor as an early-round tackle prospect. After speaking with some team sources, they weren't enthusiastic about Okorafor. Some sources felt that while Okorafor has some athletic ability, he is a very soft offensive lineman, and they think he is going to get pushed around in the NFL. Those team sources were grading Okorafor on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft and were against their teams selecting him.
Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.14. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/6/18: Coming from a Division II school, Cappa did well enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He has the size to play tackle in the NFL, and it will be interesting to see how he does against better competition. The defenders in Mobile will provide a gauge on if Cappa has the quickness to handle speed rushers and the strength to take on power. Given the weak tackle class, Cappa has a good opportunity to rise.
Ike Boettger, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/6/18: Boettger went out for the season with an Achilles injury. He could attempt to get a medical redshirt and return to Iowa for 2018.
9/1/17: Boettger was a potential tight end when he went to Iowa, but 85 pounds later, he has settled in at tackle. Boettger has played well on the right side, opening holes Akrum Wadley. That duo should put together another impressive season in 2017.
Nick Gates*, OT, Nebraska
Height: 6-5. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/6/18: Gates should have returned to Nebraska for his senior year, but he entered the 2018 NFL Draft. Gates played left tackle in 2017 and wasn't overly impressive. He had injuries in 2016 and didn't play well, including an ugly outing against Tennessee in the bowl game. In 2015, Gates played right tackle for Nebraska, and that should probably be his NFL position. That or moving inside to guard.
Toby Weathersby*, OT, LSU
Height: 6-7. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 1/6/18: Weathersby played well for LSU. He helped the Tigers break in some new linemen during 2017. Weathersby is a better run blocker than pass protector. Moving to right tackle or inside to guard could be the best plan for him in the NFL.
9/1/17: Weathersby was a solid right tackle at times for for the Tigers in 2016. He is a good athlete with the potential to get stronger. After starting early in the year, he dealt with an ankle injury that cost him four games. Once he returned to the field, he rotated into the game. Staying healthy and on the field is critical for Weathersby to develop.
Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Jones had a solid 2017 season, minus a few plays were he was beaten and allowed his quarterback to get sacked or hit. Jones is a balanced player as a run blocker and pass protector. He is not a twitchy athlete who is especially powerful or heavy-handed. I've heard some team sources that like Jones and others that have him graded in the late rounds of the 2018 NFL Drat.
9/1/17: With Taylor Decker in the NFL, Jones took over at left tackle for the Buckeyes in 2016. Jones had a solid season and showed improvement throughout the year. He could be poised to rise as a senior as he has some athletic ability and has worked hard to get stronger with better weight distribution.
Bentley Spain, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Spain was solid for the Tar Heels in 2017. He had a nice performance against Louisville in Week 2 to help contain the Cardinals' edge rushers, including NFL prospect James Hearns. Spain lacks strength and needs to get stronger for the NFL.
9/1/17: Spain has been a solid left tackle for North Carolina for the past two seasons. He was improved as a junior and did a good job of protecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky. On the edge, Spain has length and athleticism, but he could stand to continue to get stronger to take on NFL defensive linemen.
Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Parris was scouted by NFL teams this fall, and performing well at the Senior Bowl against top competition would really help his draft stock. Sources say they have been disappointed in Parris and see him more as a late-round developmental player. They say that Parris is a stiff waist-bender who is not real aware. Even though his play was underwhelming, sources think that some team will give Parris a shot at a roster spot because of his frame and the need at the position.
9/1/17: In August of 2016, WalterFootball.com was the first to write about Bucknell offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport being a pro prospect. This summer, sources told me that this year's version of Davenport could be Parris.
Parris started at right tackle for the Seawolves as a freshman in 2014. He moved to left tackle the next year and has started there ever since. Parris was an All-CAA selection for both 2015 and 2016. While Parris has a lot to prove in terms of his work ethic and dedication to football, NFL evaluators see the skill set to make him worth scouting.
Cole Madison, OT, Washington State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 314. Projected 40 Time: 5.24. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Madison was part a high-scoring Washington State team and was at right tackle in 2017. Sources who went through Washington State said they had Madison down as a late-rounder. He could improve that grade with a strong week at the Senior Bowl.
Casey Tucker, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Tucker was solid for Stanford, which had a lot of success running with Bryce Love. Tucker should maybe move inside to guard in the NFL. Sources who went through Stanford said they weren't impressed with either Tucker or David Bright.
9/1/17: Tucker turned in some good and bad performances in 2016 and was wise to return for his senior year. He was banged up last season and missed time with an injury. After serving as a backup as a freshman, Tucker took over at right tackle for the Cardinal in 2015. He improved throughout the season and was part of a line that went on a tear late that year, helping Christian McCaffrey rip defenses apart. Tucker has upside to develop.
David Bright, G/OT, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 293. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: Bright needs to gain more weight and strength for the NFL. Sources who went through Stanford said they weren't impressed with either Casey Tucker or Bright.
9/1/17: Bright started at right tackle in six games for Stanford with four starts at left guard during his 2016 season. Bright was a solid run blocker, but he needs to improve his pass protection. Gaining weight for the NFL is also a necessity.
K.C. McDermott, G/OT, Miami
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.29. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 1/6/18: McDermott was solid for Miami, but has had some issues in pass protection against quality opponents.
9/1/17: McDermott started at left guard for the Hurricanes last season and was a significant part of Miami showing a big improvement in its rushing offense over 2015. However, Miami's line still allowed too much pressure on quarterback Brad Kaaya. McDermott turned in some underwhelming play in a few games. Improving his pass protection as a senior is critical for his NFL hopes.
McDermott started at guard and right tackle for Miami during the 2015 season. The offensive line had issues that season as the Hurricanes had one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation. While they didn't allow a lot of sacks, there was still too much pressure on Kaaya. McDermott could be better off at guard in the NFL.
Martez Ivey*, G/OT, Florida
Height: 6-5. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 1/6/18: Sources have been really down on Ivey after going through Gainesville in 2017. Many think that Ivey will have to move back to guard, the position that he played as a sophomore and freshman. They don't think that Ivey can play tackle in the NFL, with one source saying that Ivey's feet are terrible to be an edge protector. Ivey should definitely return for his senior year to get stronger and improve his technique before going to the NFL.
9/1/17: Ivey blocked well as a sophomore, showing improvements in pass protection and run blocking. The key for him is to stay healthy and gain experience, as he has a ton of potential. Ivey was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and validated the ranking with an impressive freshman season. He was an effective starter at guard for Florida with natural athleticism.
Ivey (6-5, 312) could use more power for the NFL, but he was only 18-19 during his first two seasons. He has plenty of time to get stronger despite having shoulder surgery after the 2015 season. Ivey is moving to left tackle in 2017 after David Sharpe skipped his senior year to move on to the NFL.
Grant Newsome*, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-7. Weight: 318. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 1/6/18: Newsome didn't play in 2017. He should return to Michigan and get back on the field in 2018 before attempting to go to the NFL.
9/1/17: Newsome was Michigan's starting left tackle early in 2016 off to a good start to the season. He turned in quality performances against Central Florida and Penn State before going out for the year with a leg injury against Wisconsin at the start of October. The injury was so serious that Newsome was said to be minutes from losing his right leg. Newsome is doubtful he will play in 2017 and is more likely targeting 2018 for a return to the field.
Brendan Mahon, G/OT, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 1/6/18: At tackle, Mahon blocked well and opened holes for Saquon Barkley in 2017. Mahon looks like more of a guard for the NFL.
9/1/17: Mahon started at left tackle for Penn State in 2016, but he struggled in pass protection, including an ugly game against Pittsburgh. However, Mahon and the Nittany Lions' offensive line performed much better as run blockers for Saquon Barkley. Mahon improved as the season progressed.
In 2015, Mahon started at guard and tackle for Penn State. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. At times he played well, but he needs to improve his pass protection and consistency. As a freshman, Mahon started at left guard. The Penn State offensive line allowed Christian Hackenberg to be sacked more than 80 times over those two seasons.