The 2016 Draft Prospect continues with offensive tackle.
Laremy Tunsil: Ole Miss
Tunsil appears to be a slam dunk top 5 pick and may be drafted number one overall. Tunsil is 6’5 and 310 pounds with very good arm length. Tunsil has great foot quickness and athleticism as a three year starter for the Rebels. Tunsil has good hands and was great on the second level. Tunsil mirrored pass rushers very well and was a stud blocker on the blind side. Tunsil had some off field issues due to receiving improper benefits and was suspended 7 games in 2015. Despite that issue, Tunsil has the makings of a blind side franchise left tackle.
Ronnie Stanley: Notre Dame
Stanley is 6’6 and 312 pounds with long arm length. Stanley had a good punch and strong hands. Stanley can change directions well and has a good work ethic. The left tackle needs a little more power but can handle speedy and powerful rushers. Stanley is a four year starter that should be a first round left tackle. Stanley could be a top 10 pick.
Taylor Decker: Ohio State
Decker is 6’7 and 310 pounds. Decker has shorter arms than preferred but is a mauling blocker. Decker has solid athleticism but must bend his knees and change directions better. The mauler has good power but average balance. Decker may be solely a good starting right tackle but could play left tackle too. He should be a first round pick.
Jack Conklin: Michigan State
Conklin is 6’6 and 308 pounds with long arms. Conklin was a very good run blocker and solid in pass sets. Conklin can keep blocker engaged and is technically sound. Conklin lacks some athleticism and may have trouble with speed rushers. Conklin should be a right tackle in the league and could be a first round pick.
Jason Spriggs: Indiana
Spriggs is a very athletic tackle that had a great combine. Spriggs is 6’6 and 301 pounds with long arms. Spriggs is quick and a good bender with balance. Spriggs needs to add some bulk but could project to be a starting left tackle in the league. Spriggs must work on his punch but has the skill set to be a starter with some good coaching. Spriggs will be a late first round or early second round pick.
Joe Haeg: North Dakota State
Haeg blocked for Carson Wentz’s blind side. Haeg is 6’6 and 304 pounds but has shorter arms. Haeg is athletic and can get to the second level. Haeg hasn’t faced top notch competition in the FCS and plays with too high of pad level. Haeg is a developmental tackle that will need some bulk and coaching.
Shon Coleman: Auburn
Coleman is 6’5 and 305 pounds with good arm length. Coleman was a two year starter who survived a cancer scare early in his college career. Coleman is very physical and aggressive with good balance. Coleman has good hands and can play in space. Coleman must work on his footwork and will be a 25 year old rookie.
Le’Raven Clark (Texas Tech), Willie Beavers (Western Michigan), Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M), John Theus (Georgia) and Jerald Hawkins (LSU) are other tackles to watch for day 2 and early day 3.
The tackle class has five potential first round picks. Three of the five could be left tackles. Decker and Conklin may only be right tackles but Decker could earn the blind side spot. The tackle class drops off after the first round but Coleman or Haeg could be solid day 2 picks.