ESPN’s NFL Draft guru, Mel Kiper, has ranked each of the top five offensive tackles heading into the 2013 edition of said Draft.
Basically, it looks like Kiper simply chose the five biggest people available, but size does not entirely make the man in this case.
Yes, former Texas A&M standout and 2012 Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel is a monster at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, but he has quick feet and the strong hands necessary to fend off all defenders. Most importantly, he has studied enough film in his three years to recognize complex defensive fronts and blitz schemes, which are only going to get more difficult to read at the next level.
The same could be said for the 6-foot-7, 303-pound Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma and the 6-foot-7, 305-pound Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. But it doesn’t stop there. In a deep draft at the position, the 6-foot-6, 335-pound DJ Fluker recently won a national title at Alabama and the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Menelik Watson made a name for himself blocking for the ACC champion Florida State Seminoles.
If NFL teams were picking based on sheer size alone, Fluker would be the pick — and that would not at all be a poor choice.
However, those same teams and the decision-makers within each of them will be making their choices based on a thousand different things.
So should you. What do you think?