FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the top 10 offensive linemen prospects (with projected draft round) for the 2017 NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia:
- Garett Bolles, 6-feet, 6-inches and 31-0 pounds, OT, Utah (first round): A late-bloomer, who overcame a difficult family situation after getting kicked out of the house by his father. A mission with the Mormons helped to change his life around.
- Cam Robinson, 6-6, 322, OT, Alabama (first round): He was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Crimson Tide. He earned the starting left tackle job as a true freshman and started all 14 games in 2014, earning Freshman All-American honors. Robinson started all 15 games as a sophomore left tackle in 2015 and earned a spot on the All-SEC First Team. He again started all 15 games at left tackle as a junior in 2016 and was a unanimous All-American, earning First Team All-SEC honors and winning the Outland Trophy Award as the nation’s top lineman.
- Ryan Ramcyk, 6-5, 297, OT, Wisconsin (first round): Started his career at Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point before transferring to Madison. After redshirting in 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules, Ramczyk started all 14 games at left tackle last season and earned consensus All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors
- Dan Feeney, 6-4, 305, OG, Indiana (first-second): Finished his career with 46 starts and spent time at right guard and right tackle.
Forrest Lamp, 6-4, 309, OL, Western Kentucky (first-second): He lifted 225 pounds 34 times and is projected as the second rated guard in the draft. He had a stellar performance against Alabama that NFL scouts are raving about. Lamp said he could play in the Falcons’ outside zone blocking scheme. The Falcons hold the 31st overall pick in the NFL draft. “I would make a slight
WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)
argument that I would be looking at that offensive line because you’ve got two guards that are aging and eligible free agency over the next (two) years,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “So, I would put guard in that equation as well, and I would put a guy like Forrest Lamp from Western Kentucky, would fit what Atlanta does to a T. And if they could go that way and get Forrest Lamp, I would love that.”
- Antonio Garcia, 6-6, 302, OT, Troy (second-third): Charles Drew High, Atlanta. Started 12 of 13 games last season. Played 44 games over his career, mostly at left tackle. A first team All-Sun Belt selection, Garcia did not allow a sack in over 900 offensive snaps. He also recorded over 70 knockdown blocks and allowed pressures on just 1.8 percent of pass plays. Garcia was particularly strong against CFP National Champion Clemson where he graded out at 90 percent with six knockdowns as the Trojans came within six points, 30-24, of knocking off the Tigers in September.
- Roderick Johnson, 6-7, 298, OT, Florida State (third): From St. Louis suburban powerhouse Hazelwood Central. He was a three-year for the Seminoles. He started every game at left tackle the past two seasons, earning All-ACC and All-American honors both seasons. He is athletically gifted and had a huge wingspan.
- Taylor Moton, 6-5, 319, OT, Western Michigan (third): He was a four-year starter for the Broncos. He started 52 games including 39 at right tackle and 13 at right guard.
- Ethan Pocic, 6.7, 302, OL, LSU (fourth): He was a three-year starter at for the Tigers. He spent most of his career at center, but also played some tackle and guard. He’s a massive and physical blocker with good agility.
- Dion Dawkins, 6-4, 315, OG, Temple (fourth-fifth): He played 43 games for the Owls and made 39 starts. He started 38 at left tackle and one at right tackle. He needs some work with his mechanics and footwork.
NFL DRAFT 2017
POSITION BY POSITION SERIES
Sunday, April 16 — QUARTERBACKS
Monday, April 17 -- RUNNING BACKS
Tuesday, April 18 -- WIDE RECEIVERS
Wednesday, April 29 -- TIGHT ENDS