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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Tackle

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is the cream of this year’s offensive tackle crop. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

At least one offensive tackle has been selected among the first 10 selections in every draft but one (2005) since 2000. Premier talents like Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, who I compared in-depth earlier this draft season, make it a near certainty that the trend will continue this year.

It would not be surprising to see Taylor Lewan join that mix and make this year’s draft the second consecutive with three top-10 offensive tackle selections.

An average of 19 offensive tackles have been selected in the last five drafts. I have draftable grades on 23 tackles this year which is a testament to the depth of this class. Intriguing offensive tackle talents can be found in every round of this year’s draft.

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Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Prospect Preview: Michigan vs. Kansas State

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is the top prospect to watch in Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Michigan (7-5) is coming off a last-minute loss to archrival Ohio State on a failed two-point conversion attempt as it heads into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Saturday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN). It was the best the Wolverine offense looked all season but was yet another loss in a long and disappointing season. Similarly, Kansas State (7-5) struggled through an up and down season after losing some key players to the NFL draft, and will be back in Tempe, Arizona for its second straight appearance in this bowl game.

Despite disappointing seasons for both teams, Saturday will be a chance for them to head into the offseason on a high note.

If Kansas State can push the Michigan offensive line back, as opponents have against the Wolverines all season to the tune of 108 tackles for loss (most allowed in the FBS), the Wildcats could put pressure on freshman quarterback Shane Morris, who is being forced into action after Devin Gardner broke his foot. But if Michigan is able to get its playmakers like Jeremy Gallon, Devin Funchess and Fitzgerald Toussaint into space, it could take the pressure off its line and its young quarterback and really open the game up.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Offensive Tackle Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Jake Matthews could follow in the footsteps of the three offensive tackles who were top 5 draft selections in 2013. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2013 NFL draft proved that offensive tackle is considered one of the league’s premier positions, as three offensive tackles were selected among the first four selections. The top offensive tackle in this year’s senior class, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, may be even better than last year’s offensive tackles.

The team who draft Matthews will likely not have to worry about their left tackle spot for a long time. Overall, the senior class of offensive tackles for the 2014 NFL draft has good depth, with many players who have starter upside.

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Scouting Notes: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (9/7/13)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Even in a Notre Dame loss, nose tackle Louis Nix III strengthened his position as the best nose tackle eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Rick Osentoski — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

An NCAA record crowd of 115,109 came out to see the highly anticipated matchup between Notre Dame and Michigan during Week 2 of the college football season. The game was very close until the end, with plays being made on both sides of the ball, but Michigan prevailed in the end.

The game featured many draft-eligible NFL prospects on both teams.

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