Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-7. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.30. Projected Round (2018): 1. 11/11/17: McGlinchey has 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 has blocked well this season and has been 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 has been solid to star his senior year. He gave up a few pressures against Georgia 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 this 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.
Trey Adams*, OT, Washington
Height: 6-7. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 1. 11/11/17: Adams has suggested he intends to return for his senior year after tearing his ACL in October, but that has been said many times before that player later declares for the draft. For the time being, we'll keep Adams in the 2018 rankings.
Adams was solid but not dominant before getting hurt. He didn't have a flawless season opener against Rutgers, but was better in other games. Adams showed good length, quickness, athleticism and agility. Sources from around the league thought he was a first-rounder with some liking him at left tackle and others think he would a better fit at right tackle. One college scouting director said they had a higher grade on Adams than they did on Garett Bolles last year, who was the first tackle taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.
9/1/17: During the summer leading up to fall camp, scouting sources with NFL teams who had gone ahead to work the 2018 class during the spring told me that they thought Adams had the potential to be an elite prospect. Sources say that they think that Adams could emerge as one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft and had him in the top three of all players entering the season. They compared Adams' size and athleticism to Taylor Lewan coming out of Michigan, and also said that Adams has good technique to go with his impressive skill set.
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 in 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping his quarterback, Jake Browning, protected. Adams was excellent against Alabama in the playoff game. In pass protection, Adams shows serious athletic ability for a big-bodied offensive tackle. He is quick, agile, and very athletic playing in space. Adams uses his quick feet and length to neutralize speed rushes, and has an impressive ability to get depth in his drop. He does a superb job of keeping his feet moving and is able to play the typewriter while gliding with edge rushers.
As a run blocker, Adams can create a push at the point of attack. He is a true bull who overwhelms defenders at the point of attack, and he is able to knock defenders back to open holes in their gaps. Adams' speed and athletic ability can be seen as he is quick to hit blocks on the perimeter and the second level.
Orlando Brown*, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-8. Weight: 360. Projected 40 Time: 5.45. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: Brown is a strong blocker at the point of attack, and that is illustrated with him consistently tossing defenders to the ground. In pass protection, Brown has some athletic issues for the NFL as speed rushers could 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 and projected 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 is not consistently dominant in the ground game even though he should get the better of the collegiate linemen he's going against.
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.
Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
Height: 6-7. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: 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 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. 11/11/17: Wynn has impressed scouts this season as he has been an excellent run blocker for the Bulldogs. Wynn 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.
Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: Jones has been solid this 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. Jones isn't a first-round talent, but he is a solid blind-side protector who could be a nice second-day pick from the 2018 NFL Draft. He also should be able to move inside in the NFL if his pro team wants him to play there.
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 a lot of athletic ability and has worked hard to get stronger with better weight distribution.
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: In speaking with sources at a few teams, they were down on Rankin because they feel 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.
Rankin blocked really well overall for Mississippi State as the blind-side protector for Nick Fitzgerald.
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. 11/11/17: 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.
Connor Williams*, OT, Texas
Height: 6-6. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: Unfortunately, Williams is out indefinitely. Midway through the first half against USC, he went down with a torn knee meniscus and strained ligaments. It is unclear how long Williams will be out, and Texas hasn't ruled out him returning next season.
As we reported in the Hot Press, Williams has been receiving some mid-round grades from evaluators this season. The main issue that sources say is 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 he 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.
Team sources and those around the Texas program say that Williams is hoping to return to the field and produce some good tape this season. He knows that his tape from early in the year wasn't impressive, and he wants to try to generate some good tape before the season ends. If he does that, sources say he would be inclined toward entering the 2018 NFL Draft. If he re-injures the knee or plays poorly, Williams will probably return to Texas next season. A lot hangs in the balance for Williams in the final weeks of the season, and he needs some big games to change the grades he's received from NFL teams this fall.
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. 11/11/17: Parker is a prospect who has 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 an all-star game like the Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine.
Martez Ivey*, OT/G, Florida
Height: 6-5. Weight: 305. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Ivey had a mixed performance in the season opener against Michigan. It was his first game at left tackle, and he has improved as he has gained experience. Ivey is a good athlete on the edge who could use more strength for the NFL. Some team sources feel that Ivey's body type and play might fit best at guard in the NFL. Ivey should return for his senior year and get better before going pro.
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.
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Crosby has been working off some rust after missing almost all of 2016, but he still has opened a lot of holes for running back Royce Freeman, who has been racking up a lot of yards this season. 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 this January.
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.
Mitch Hyatt*, OT, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 5.12. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Hyatt has been disappointing this season, 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.
Some team sources say they have graded Hyatt as a fourth-rounder for the 2018 NFL Draft. If he continues to struggle, they will drop the 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. 11/11/17: 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 drafting him.
Brock Ruble*, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-8. Weight: 319. Projected 40 Time: 5.39. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Ruble was decent in the season opener against Alabama, but allowed more pressure than one would like to see. Ruble really struggled N.C. State's Bradley Chubb in a loss to the Wolfpack. The Florida State offensive line has struggled all year, and Ruble has been a part of the pass-protection problems as the Seminoles have shuffled the line and playing time among their players. Ruble should return to Florida State in 2018.
9/1/17: Ruble is a solid run blocking tackle who has the potential to improve after gaining some experience. He made six starts as a redshirt freshman in 2015. In 2016, Ruble was the backup for a few games, but ended up starting the majority of the season at right tackle for Florida State. He was a good run blocker for Dalvin Cook. Even though left tackle Roderick Johnson moved on to the NFL, Ruble isn't expected to move from the right side. Given his height and stature, he should stay at right tackle as a pro.
Casey Tucker, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Tucker has been solid for Stanford, which has had a lot of success running with Bryce Love.
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.
Geron Christian*, OT, Louisville
Height: 6-6. Weight: 314. Projected 40 Time: 5.40. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Christian has athleticism, but is inconsistent and gets pushed around. He has struggled this season, allowing far too much pressure on Lamar Jackson while not impressing in the ground game. Christian should return to Louisville for his senior year.
9/1/17: Christian made his way onto the field as a freshman starter and had an impressive debut for Louisville. In 2016, he had some good games protecting Lamar Jackson while having some issues in other contests. Christian needs to become more consistent as a junior.
Toby Weathersby*, OT, LSU
Height: 6-7. Weight: 302. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Weathersby has played well for LSU. He has helped the Tigers break in some new linemen this year. 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.
Ike Boettger, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-6. Weight: 307. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Boettger is 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.
Bentley Spain, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-6. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Spain has been solid for the Tar Heels this season. He had a nice performance against Louisville in Week 2 to help contain Louisville's 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. 11/11/17: Parris is being scouted by NFL teams this fall, and performing well at an all-star game 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 type. They say that Parris is a stiff waist bender who is not real aware. Even though his play has been 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.
David Bright, OT/G, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 293. Projected 40 Time: 5.32. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 11/11/17: Bright needs to gain more weight and strength for the NFL.
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, OT/G, Miami
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.29. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 11/11/17: McDermott has been solid for Miami, but had some issues in pass protection against Florida State.
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.
Grant Newsome*, OT, Michigan
Height: 6-7. Weight: 318. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 11/11/17: Newsome hasn't played yet this season.
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, OT/G, Penn State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.28. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 11/11/17: At tackle, Mahon has blocked well and opened holes for Saquon Barkley this season. 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.