SI 300 Rankings: OL

April 20, 2015

More than 15,000 pounds' worth of players eager to hit the trenches

8 BRANDON SCHERFF, T

IOWA (6'5", 319 LBS.)

PROS

Outland Trophy winner plays with wide, strong base. Excellent second-level blocker targets defenders well in space. Weight-room monster.

CONS

Lateral movement is not a strength; struggles at times to move outside and maintain leverage.

NFL COMP

Jake Long

12 LA'EL COLLINS, T

LSU (6'4", 305 lbs.)

PROS

Knockdown machine with an aggressive attitude, he was often the biggest bully on the block—that, in the SEC.

CONS

Aggression works against him at tackle; teams may see him as a guard.

NFL COMP

Orlando Franklin

19 ANDRUS PEAT, T

Stanford (6'7", 313 lbs.)

PROS

Fits physical mold of a franchise OT—tall, long arms, carries weight well. Habitually fires his way to the secondary.

CONS

Needs to be more ornery through the whistle.

NFL COMP

Nate Solder

24 CAMERON ERVING, C

Florida State (6'5", 313 lbs.)

PROS

Versatility: Started as a D-tackle; voted first-team All-ACC at left tackle in 2013 and third-team at center in '14.

CONS

Has played all of five games at center.

NFL COMP

Weston Richburg

26 T.J. CLEMMINGS, T

Pittsburgh (6'5", 309 lbs.)

PROS

Physically imposing, with room for muscular development. Buries defenders with leverage.

CONS

Lets edge rushers leak to backside when he's tired.

NFL COMP

Tyron Smith

30 JAKE FISHER, T

Oregon (6'6", 306 lbs.)

PROS

Very agile for tackle position (background at TE). Thrived in the Ducks' speed-based system.

CONS

Still developing: Weighed in low-200-pound range not long ago.

NFL COMP

Sebastian Vollmer

37 ERECK FLOWERS, T

Miami (6'6", 329 lbs.)

PROS

Plays with as much edge as any lineman in this class. Stays engaged up to, and at times even through, the whistle.

CONS

Team that drafts him will have to live with penalties.

NFL COMP

Cordy Glenn

45 LAKEN TOMLINSON, G

Duke (6'3", 323 lbs.)

PROS

Dominant at times as run blocker in a phone booth—in his gap, moving forward. Intelligent; tremendous raw strength.

CONS

Very inconsistent with hand placement—tends to stab instead of locking on.

NFL COMP

Trai Turner

48 D.J. HUMPHRIES, T

Florida (6'5", 307 lbs.)

PROS

Nimble feet are perhaps the main reason NFL teams envision him as a long-term LT. Covers ground quickly.

CONS

Lack of experience (19 starts); health questions.

NFL COMP

Duane Brown

51 A.J. CANN, G

South Carolina (6'3", 313 lbs.)

PROS

Durable, hard-working, solid in technique. Does his best work in close quarters. Leverage is usually very good.

CONS

Shorter than NFL standard. Can struggle against powerful interior DL.

NFL COMP

Larry Warford

53 TRE' JACKSON, G

Florida State (6'4", 330 lbs.)

PROS

Potent punch in the run game; moves very well along interior to execute wham/trap blocks. Does a very good job of sealing along the interior.

CONS

Bad habit of dropping eyes just before contact.

NFL COMP

Justin Blalock

60 CEDRIC OGBUEHI, T

Texas A&M (6'5", 306 lbs.)

PROS

Quick, agile athlete for his size. Plays with good lateral speed, power and wide base to keep defenders at bay.

CONS

More of an engager than a true drive blocker.

NFL COMP

Derek Sherrod

67 TY SAMBRAILO, T

Colorado State (6'6", 311 lbs.)

PROS

Former skiing champion sets and seals the edge quickly and consistently when run-blocking. Nasty demeanor shows up when he pulls outside.

CONS

Not an ideal build; needs to improve strength all around.

NFL COMP

Riley Reiff

89 ALI MARPET, C

Hobart (6'4", 307 lbs.)

PROS

One of the quickest linemen in this crop, he stole the show at the combine: 4.98 40, a 4.47 shuttle and a 7.33 three-cone drill.

CONS

Rarely challenged by small-school schedule.

NFL COMP

Chris Chester

92 HRONISS GRASU, C

Oregon (6'3", 297 lbs.)

PROS

Smart, proven leader of an up-tempo, diverse offense. Is able to establish his positioning in a heartbeat.

CONS

Short yardage was a struggle at Oregon.

NFL COMP

Ben Jones

94 REESE DISMUKES, C

Auburn (6'3", 296 lbs.)

PROS

Gets into his set quickly from the snap and rights his body well for pass protection. Technique, attitude allow him to play stronger than his size in run game. Natural leader.

CONS

Lack of bulk becomes problematic when he plays too high and loses power.

NFL COMP

Weston Richburg

103 DONOVAN SMITH, T

Penn State (6'6", 338 lbs.)

PROS

Relies on quick feet in run blocking. Shows some power, with the potential for more.

CONS

Aside from the Senior Bowl, has yet to fully impress with any degree of consistency.

NFL COMP

Andre Smith

105 DARYL WILLIAMS, T

Oklahoma (6'5", 327 lbs.)

PROS

Puts massive frame to good use in run game. Can get a quick jump off snap and bowl over defenders.

CONS

His attempts to land the first blow can leave him off-center and lunging.

NFL COMP

Ramon Foster

106 B.J. FINNEY, C

Kansas State (6'4", 318 lbs.)

PROS

Mean and smart—coveted traits for a center. Experience playing multiple positions.

CONS

Short arms (32"); won't make many plays in space.

NFL COMP

Bryan Stork

112 ROB HAVENSTEIN, T

Wisconsin (6'7", 321 lbs.)

PROS

Size and mentality to be strong run blocker. Quick for a massive player.

CONS

Somewhat stiff, plays tall as a pass blocker.

NFL COMP

Phil Loadholt

113 JOSUE MATIAS, G

Florida State (6'5", 309 lbs.)

PROS

Excellent at getting to second level quickly, eliminating LBs in run game.

CONS

Not great at the point of attack on power rushes.

NFL COMP

James Carpenter

115 ANDY GALLIK, C

Boston College (6'2", 306 lbs.)

PROS

Tough-nosed battler can leverage against larger DTs. Mauler in power run game.

CONS

Can get lost in space on sweeps, screens.

NFL COMP

Bryan Stork

122 TYRUS THOMPSON, T

Oklahoma (6'5", 324 lbs.)

PROS

Good size; aggressive run-blocker. Long arms help in pass protection.

CONS

Could struggle against quicker pass rushers.

NFL COMP

Austin Howard

149 COREY ROBINSON, T

South Carolina (6'7", 324 lbs.)

PROS

Imposing specimen uses massive frame in intelligent ways in pass protection, especially vs. speed rushers.

CONS

Weak initial punch. Often beaten by quick first step off the edge.

NFL COMP

Corey Hilliard

152 JAMIL DOUGLAS, G

ARIZONA STATE (6'4", 304 LBS.)

PROS

Does a good job getting out in space, pulling or on screens. Able to find targets, engage while in motion.

CONS

Best suited to a zone scheme. Can lose at the point of attack too often when asked to angle block in run game.

NFL COMP

Chad Rinehart

153 JOHN MILLER, G

Louisville (6'2", 303 lbs.)

PROS

Played both LG and RG senior year. A mauler of a player. Most comfortable when asked to fire off the line with power.

CONS

Game can look too fast for him. More creative D's give him problems.

NFL COMP

Rob Sims

154 ARIE KOUANDJIO, G

Alabama (6'5", 310 lbs.)

PROS

Mammoth man (with frame to add weight) plays light on his feet, can be dominant on the ground. Long wingspan gives him advantage in pass-blocking.

CONS

Gets lost in the action. Complicated medical history.

NFL COMP

James Carpenter

157 SEAN HICKEY, T

Syracuse (6'5", 309 lbs.)

PROS

Very adept at mirroring his opponent; never flustered by D-line games. Picks up stunts, blitzes with ease.

CONS

Lacks good initial punch, especially in ground game.

NFL COMP

Dan Connolly

164 JARVIS HARRISON, G

Texas A&M (6'4", 330 lbs.)

PROS

Great build in lower body helps him anchor in the run game and absorb rushers in pass protection.

CONS

Some question his commitment to football over basketball. Can be lazy.

NFL COMP

Justin Blalock

169 SHAQ MASON, C

Georgia Tech (6'1", 300 lbs.)

PROS

Logged 52 games at Tech, playing all three interior positions. Exceptionally strong; premier drive blocker.

CONS

Short arms for an NFL lineman. Rarely called on for pass protection in college.

NFL COMP

A.Q. Shipley

170 MITCH MORSE, G

MISSOURI (6'5", 305 LBS.)

PROS

Plays with good instincts: Reacts well to blitzes; knows when to climb to second level, hitting blocks with good angles.

CONS

His 32¼" arms make him ill-suited to block on the edge. Needs to improve knee bend.

NFL COMP

Nate Chandler

171 JEREMIAH POUTASI, T

Utah (6'5", 335 lbs.)

PROS

Powerful drive blocker in run game. Huge wingspan, massive lower body. Can get to the second level as quickly as any O-lineman.

CONS

Really struggles with speed off edge. Inconsistent finishing his blocks.

NFL COMP

Rodger Saffold

174 ANDREW DONNAL, T

Iowa (6'6", 313 lbs.)

PROS

Tall, but plays with enough base to anchor on the edge. Fighter: Does whatever he can to get guys blocked.

CONS

You'd think he'd be a more physically imposing blocker at his size.

NFL COMP

Erik Pears

183 AUSTIN SHEPHERD, T

Alabama (6'4", 315 lbs.)

PROS

Solid frame. Blue-collar blocker and brawler. Flashes ability to punch and recover. Rides speed defenders upfield.

CONS

Doesn't have the long arms you covet in an OT; defenders can get under him.

NFL COMP

Don Barclay

203 ADAM SHEAD, G

Oklahoma (6'4", 338 lbs.)

PROS

Massive road grader. Uses weight effectively run-blocking when he connects squarely with defenders.

CONS

Stiff in pass protection. Inconsistent footwork. Looks awkward at times run-blocking.

NFL COMP

Johnnie Troutman

207 MARK GLOWINSKI, G

West Virginia (6'4", 307 lbs.)

PROS

Has the height and length to control blockers inside, the feet to reach blocks.

CONS

Must get stronger—and has the frame to do so.

NFL COMP

J.R. Sweezy

211 ROBERT MYERS, T

Tennessee State (6'5", 326 lbs.)

PROS

Imposing specimen with extremely strong lower body and long arms that allow him to control defenders. Doesn't give ground against a bull rush.

CONS

Better angle blocker than zone blocker. Struggled with speed off the edge.

NFL COMP

Davin Joseph

218 BEN BECKWITH, G

Miss. State (6'3", 306 lbs.)

PROS

Pass-blocking technique is excellent; consistently good footwork. Showed versatility by sliding to center last fall.

CONS

Athleticism is subpar, creating a host of vulnerabilities.

NFL COMP

Jamon Meredith

220 MILES DIEFFENBACH, G

Penn State (6'3", 303 lbs.)

PROS

Shows good football IQ and strength at point of attack. Started 26 games; plenty of experience against Power Five teams.

CONS

Strength and agility seemed to decrease after left-ACL injury in March '14.

NFL COMP

John Urschel

230 GREG MANCZ, C

Toledo (6'4", 301 lbs.)

PROS

Excellent versatility: Played multiple positions along O-line. Shows ability to hit moving targets.

CONS

Will struggle to move bigger DTs one-on-one.

NFL COMP

J.C. Tretter

237 JON FELICIANO, G

Miami (6'4", 323 lbs.)

PROS

Great power with tremendous lower-body strength. A bulldozer when Miami pulled the guard.

CONS

Lacks the athleticism to match his strength.

NFL COMP

Zane Beadles

246 MAX GARCIA, C

Florida (6'4", 309 lbs.)

PROS

Strong enough base to stand up pass rushers at line of scrimmage and hold them in place. Good vision peeling off double teams.

CONS

Played in shotgun; limited direct snaps.

NFL COMP

Manny Ramirez

247 JAMON BROWN, T

Louisville (6'4", 323 lbs.)

PROS

It's not hyperbolic to say he's massive. Sheer space he takes up makes it hard for DEs to run around him.

CONS

Prone to overextend in pass protection, leaving him off-balance.

NFL COMP

Adam Snyder

264 BRETT BOYKO, T

UNLV (6'7", 301 lbs.)

PROS

Good length and has proved to be a quick learner. Great instincts that allow him to counter rushers' first and second moves.

CONS

Plenty to improve: knee bend, hand placement, leverage.

NFL COMP

Jonathan Scott

266 LEON BROWN, G

Alabama (6'6", 320 lbs.)

PROS

Uses frame to block with power. Drives feet through contact to move his man.

CONS

Moved from tackle to guard because he simply doesn't have quickness to play outside. Even as a guard his speed is subpar.

NFL COMP

Johnnie Troutman

273 TAYO FABULUJE, G

TCU (6'6", 353 lbs.)

PROS

Carries a hulking frame that's hard to push back or move around. Strong north-south lead blocker on running plays.

CONS

Lacks lateral quickness to stay with edge rushers moving across his face.

NFL COMP

Byron Bell

279 TRENTON BROWN, G

Florida (6'8", 355 lbs.)

PROS

Absolutely huge. One-on-one, you can't move him. Flashes powerful punch. Punishing combo blocker.

CONS

Not going to hit a moving target in space.

NFL COMP

Oniel Cousins

298 AUNDREY WALKER, G

USC (6'6", 315 lbs.)

PROS

Fires off ball in run game. Has long arms to fight off defenders. Mirrors well; moves feet to stay in front.

CONS

Needs to anchor better. Bull rushers will give him trouble.

NFL COMP

Jamon Meredith

Top 40 time at combine

ALI MARPET 4.98

Top bench-press reps at combine

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