Offensive Line Rankings: Few Surprises

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Teams enter each draft cycle with the hopes of quality and quantity at the offensive tackle spot. They won’t get it from this draft.

On the other hand, there is a solid crop of interior blockers expected to come off the board starting in the bottom third of Round 1. Here’s the latest.

There is really only one offensive tackle teams unanimously grade as a first-round pick, and that’s Mike McGlinchey of Notre Dame. But even he is all over boards, as some people believe he’s worthy of a top-12 selection while others feel he’s a late first-rounder.

Most teams don’t have a first-round grade on Kolton Miller but expect the UCLA junior to land in the top 32 due to position priority and the lack of depth at the tackle spot.

The overall belief is that Connor Williams will be disappointed come draft day, which likely means he’ll be selected somewhere in the top third of the second round.

Quenton Nelson aside, it seems there is a gap widening between Isaiah Wynn and Will Hernandez to be the second guard selected in the draft, with the Georgia product moving ahead. Both followed up quality seasons with terrific performances at the Senior Bowl, but teams feel Wynn’s athleticism and ability to line up in a zone-blocking scheme make him the No. 2 prospect at the guard spot.

The biggest riser on the interior? Austin Corbett of Nevada. Multiple sources believe Corbett will be off the board during the first dozen picks of the second round.

We raved about Corbett during Senior Bowl week and mentioned that the Seattle Seahawks would consider him in Round 2. The way it presently stands, Corbett will be out of reach for the Seahawks. They would have to do some maneuvering to secure Corbett, such as trading down in Round 1 and collecting extra selections -- a likely scenario.

Billy Price of Ohio State seems to be dropping the fastest. I’ve been told the injury he suffered during the bench press at the combine, which was classified as a slightly torn pectoral muscle, raised more red flags than initially perceived and is causing the drop. In the end, Price will be a bargain outside of pick 20, as his injury will eventually heal.

During our mock draft last week, we had the Cincinnati Bengals selecting Price with the 20th selection. Right now it’s a definite possibility they look to another Big Ten center, James Daniels of Iowa, at that spot.

Expect a third center, Frank Ragnow of Arkansas, to be off the board by the middle of Round 2. Sources tell me the Patriots at pick 43 are a good fit, though I personally don’t see the need.