Rd. 1, Pk. 10
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Donald Penn, 35 by the end of the month, is coming off a Lisfranc injury and reportedly won't be ready to return for a couple of months. This is obviously a big concern. Meanwhile, Oakland has a huge hole at right tackle. Offensive tackle is a position absolutely must be addressed early in the draft.
Mike McGlinchey is the top tackle in this class, and there's speculation that he'll be a top-10 pick. This is the most logical destination for him in that range.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Vita Vea, NT - We've had Vea here for a while. He would still be a strong option if Ward weren't available, as the Raiders attempted to sign Ndamukong Suh.
2. Denzel Ward, CB - Corner is a huge need, and the ability to obtain the top player at the position is almost too good to be true.
Rd. 1, Pk. 23
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Nate Solder signed with the Giants. It wasn't a surprise that the Patriots opted not to keep him. Solder is obviously very talented, but he's had severe injury problems over the past several seasons, so he was too risky to give a big contract to, despite what the Giants just did. Regardless, the Patriots need a new blind-side protector.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. D.J. Moore, WR - The Patriots acquired this pick in the Brandin Cooks trade, so they might use this opportunity to find a replacement for the new Ram receiver.
2. Taven Bryan, DT - New England must improve its pedestrian pass rush.
Rd. 2, Pk. 4
Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
The Colts' offensive line was a mess last season. A nice addition was made to the interior this offseason, but a new right tackle is still needed.
Cincinnati needs multiple upgrades to the offensive line, and the team should be thrilled to obtain Isaiah Wynn this late.
Pick change; previously Billy Price, C
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The offensive line must be upgraded, and Orlando Brown would start immediately at right tackle, which was a big problem area for Baltimore. Brown, despite struggling at the combine, would continue the legacy of his late, great father, who was a dominant presence for Baltimore in the late 90s.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
The Jaguars have shown interest in plenty of offensive linemen, so I expect them to grab a blocker in the first few rounds.
Rd. 2, Pk. 32
Will Richardson, OT, N.C. State
The Browns should probably target a left tackle earlier than this to replace Joe Thomas, but better late than never.
Don't be surprised if the Giants don't select multiple offensive linemen on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, as they need as much blocking help as possible.
Rd. 3, Pk. 8
Austin Corbett, OT/C, Nevada
The Jets used their initial pick on a quarterback, so their next selection will have to be spent on a supporting member, whether that's a tight end, receiver or offensive lineman.
Rd. 3, Pk. 13
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
No one should be surprised if the Bengals triple up on offensive linemen in the first few rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft, based on how the blocking unit has performed. Despite the addition of Cordy Glenn, another tackle will be needed.
After losing Ricky Wagner in free agency, Baltimore could use a right tackle to pair with Ronnie Stanley. I've heard from sources that the Ravens are high on Robinson and have him as their top-rated offensive tackle.
Robinson (6-6, 322) played well in 2016 overall, consistently opening holes in the ground game and showing improved technique in pass protection. He shut down Arkansas' Deatrich Wise Jr., and there was only one ugly play where Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes bull rushed Robinson. Against Tennessee, Derek Barnett beat Robinson for a strip-sack and some other pressures. Robinson had some wins as well, but it showed that Robinson isn't an elite, "top of the draft," shutdown left tackle prospect. He had a better game against Myles Garrett, keeping the Aggies' superstar from recording a sack. Robinson looked quicker and more athletic during 2016 than in past years. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds over last offseason, and that definitely paid off.
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014 and started every game at left tackle after arriving at Alabama. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks in 2014. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback, especially early in the year. He was better down the stretch, however, and it wasn't all that surprising that he took his play to another level in 2016.
For the NFL, Robinson could be best in the long run at right tackle. If he plays left tackle, he could be above-average. Some sources have compared him to the Buccaneers' Donovan Smith. Robinson provides an impact as a run blocker and has the potential to be a reliable pass protector. On a different note, he was able to skate on an arrest over the offseason before the 2016 season for possession of pot and an illegal gun.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos could use a left tackle to protect Paxton Lynch, and Bolles could be the target of teams trading up for him.
In his one season at Utah, Bolles (6-5, 297) showed that he is really talented with quick feet and athleticism on the edge. He also is tough in the ground game and plays with a physical mean streak. Bolles had a rough upbringing and some off-the-field issues, but a number of teams say he interviewed well at the combine and they feel he has matured. Some do have concerns about his ongoing mental health, however.
Bolles will need to work on pass protection for NFL speed rushers. He will also be significantly older than most rookies as he turns 25 a few weeks after the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Tom Coughlin's wants the Jaguars to improve their rushing attack and be a tougher, more physical team. They traded for Brandon Albert, but they can't count on the oft-injured veteran to be their long-term left tackle.
Team sources say the medical report on Ramczyk had some concerns. Some teams also question his love for football after he quit the sport after high school. Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016.
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
David Sharpe, OT, Florida
The Panthers could use a right tackle candidate considering the uncertain status for Michael Oher.
Sharpe was a solid left tackle for the Gators. He is a good run blocker and a better athlete with more quickness than one would think. Sharpe had a good first half against Tennessee's Derek Barnett before struggling in the second half.
For the NFL, Sharpe would probably be best as a guard or right tackle. As a sophomore in 2015, Sharpe saw action at both tackle positions. He was a good run blocker who flashed some pass-protection skills. Sharpe (6-6, 343) needs to improve his pass blocking for the NFL, but he has upside to develop. Sharpe needs to keep his weight in check and avoid lethargy.
The Jaguars could use multiple additions to their weak offensive line.
Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and possesses excellent length with 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet and a background in playing basketball. He needs to add a lot of strength, however, as he plays too high and can get pushed around. Davenport also struggles with redirecting and can get bull rushed. He needs some developmental time in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
The Rams could use more offensive line talent to help Todd Gurley and Jared Goff.
Moton (6-5, 330) was a solid offensive lineman for the Broncos the past few seasons and put together a quality senior year at right tackle. Western Michigan fielded a superb offense with a dynamic aerial attack for a few years, and Moton's pass protection contributed to that. As a sophomore, Moton played right tackle before moving to right guard as a junior. He has versatile size for the NFL and could be a player who is a valuable competitor at guard or right tackle early in his NFL career.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
The Chargers could use more offensive line talent. Garcia could compete at guard or tackle.
Garcia (6-6, 302) flashed a good physical skill set at the Senior Bowl, but some team sources say there are some developmental issues with Garcia that cause them to have him as a mid-rounder. He possesses the size to be a left or right tackle in the NFL. Garcia broke into the starting lineup at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and locked down the spot for the rest of his college career, minus an injury-shortened 2013 season.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Dion Dawkins, G/OT, Temple
Buffalo could use more competition at right tackle.
The 6-foot-3, 317 pound Dawkins has some fans in the NFL scouting community. They feel that Dawkins has some athleticism and could turn into a good functional blocker. The sources that really like Dawkins have him graded in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and think he has tackle potential for the NFL. Some other teams have him graded a round or two later and think he would be a better fit at guard in the NFL. Still, Dawkins had a fine senior season to put himself in position to get drafted come April.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
The Giants get some offensive line competition.
Johnson (6-7, 298) has athletic potential, but he needs a lot of work. He lacks strength and doesn't generate any push in the ground game. Johnson ties up his blocker, but is not a force at the point of attack to push a defender out of their gap. In pass protection, Johnson has the athleticism to protect against speed rushers, but he is weak at blocking inside moves and gets bull rushed too easily. Even undersized speed rushers have success when bull rushing him. Johnson is a finesse player who needs development, but he has natural size and athletic ability to work with.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
The Bucs could use more offensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
William Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
The Texans badly need offensive tackle talent and could use multiple offensive line additions.
The Raiders have needs all over their defense, but offensive tackle is also a huge issue. I think this pick comes down to Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Mike McGlinchey. Edmunds is off the board in this mock, and he probably will go on Thursday before Oakland picks. The Raiders like Fitzpatrick, but they re-signed Reggie Nelson and added Marcus Gilchrist after using a first-round pick on Karl Joseph and a second-round pick on the massively disappointing Obi Melifonwu. Thus, I think they opt to use valuable resources on another position. Left tackle Donald Penn is aging and injured, while right tackle is a position that needs to be upgraded. McGlinchey is a safe pick who can protect Oakland's investment in Derek Carr. <br> <br>
McGlinchey blocked well for Notre Dame overall in 2017, less a few rough plays versus Miami and Georgia. The 6-foot-7, 309-pounder is a tough run blocker and was part of a good Notre Dame line for years. The senior has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, he can get movement at the point of attack. McGlinchey flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. He also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. McGlinchey uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance over 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that he is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before that season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and displayed a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seemed to fix that as a senior.
Sources have told me that the Buccaneers have had preliminary contract-extension talks with left guard Kevin Pamphile, which is wise of Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht because Pamphile is an underrated player and there will be an expensive guard market next year in free agency. I think Ari Marpet is going to be an excellent center for Tampa Bay, and J.R. Sweezy should lock down right guard. However, Donovan Smith has been somewhat inconsistent and Demar Dotson, who turns 32 this coming season, wasn't as good last year. Thus, getting a young tackle makes sense considering before too long Tampa Bay will be investing well over $100 million into Jameis Winston. <br> <br>
If the Bucs' tackles don't play well this year, the team could take a left tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft and move Smith to the right side to upgrade two spots. Dotson has a cheap contract and could still be a valuable as a swing tackle backup. <br> <br>
Williams (6-6, 290) started at left tackle as a freshman and sophomore for the Longhorns. He was a steady pass protector and a consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness, and athleticism. It would be good to see him become stronger and show more heavy hands.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 3/27): Ryan Ramczyk, OT </i>
The Texans need two young offensive tackles. Right tackle Derek Newton suffered what looks like a career-ending injury during the 2016 season, and Houston could use a young left tackle as Duane Brown is aging. Thus, they could take tackles early in the next two drafts. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound 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. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Martez Ivey, OT </i> </u>
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/30): Adoree' Jackson, CB and Derek Barnett, DE </i>
Tennessee cut third-round bust Jeremiah Poutasi, and Chance Warmack may not be kept long term. The Titans could more offensive line help. If they draft a tackle, they could kick Jack Conklin inside to guard. <br> <br>
Ivey has 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. <br> <br>
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. <br> <br>
Ivey (6-5, 312) could use more power for the NFL, but he was only 18 during his first season. He has plenty of time to get stronger despite having shoulder surgery after last season. Ivey might move to left tackle in the years to come. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Dominick Sanders, S </i> </u>
The Bengals need more offensive line talent. If they take a left tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft, they could kick Cedric Ogbuehi inside to be the replacement for Kevin Zeitler. <br> <br>
Adams showed some rust in Week 1 and wasn't as dominant against Rutgers as he finished last season versus Alabama. Against Rutgers, Adams had a holding penalty along with a couple of other mistakes. Still, he showed his quick feet and agility. Adams is a smooth mover with length who makes it tough to get by him. He plays with nice body lean and leverage that he uses to help sustain blocks. Adams will probably start overwhelming defenders in the weeks to come. <br> <br>
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 during 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping Jake Browning protected. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Adams has length and size on the edge to go along with good quickness and athleticism. Sources have raved about Adams being one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft class with franchise left tackle potential. They were impressed with his 2016 tape, including how well he did in one-on-ones with Alabama's edge rushers in the Huskies' playoff game.