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OT rankings: They're deep, but not elite
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By Dan Pompei
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The 2005 draft's lack of top-end talent at offensive tackle is offset by several serviceable prospects. There might not be any future Hall of Famers in this group, but there are a number of players who could have long, productive NFL careers.

Best feet: Khalif Barnes, Washington.
Best wingspan: Alex Barron, Florida State.
Best run blocker: Jammal Brown, Oklahoma.
Most athletic: Marcus Johnson, Mississippi.
Best lineage: Michael Munoz, Tennessee.
Best technique: Munoz.
Overrated: Barron.

An analytical look at the offensive tackle class:

1. Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, 6-6/316. This prototype right tackle came on during his senior season. A big, powerful player who gets push. Shows some pop and explosion. Locks on and finishes blocks. Plays with a nasty streak. Works and moves his feet well in pass protection. Uses solid technique. Can struggle against speed rushers. History of injuries is concerning. Gives up some plays to double moves and inside rushes.

2. Khalif Barnes, Washington, 6-6/305. Is a very athletic blocker with good bend, balance, quick feet, change-of-direction skills and body control. Makes blocks downfield. Can play the left side. Struggles to anchor. Needs to get stronger. Could play more aggressively. Performed well at the Senior Bowl. Former defensive tackle still is learning the position. Appears to lack a feel for the game.

3. Marcus Johnson, Mississippi, 6-6/310. Is a terrific athlete who excels at moving his feet. Gets into linebackers with his blocks. Pass protects well on the edge. Uses hands well. Needs to get stronger. Works hard with good toughness. Also could play guard.

4. Alex Barron, Florida State, 6-7/320. Huge prospect with a wingspan that measures 37 3/4 inches -- the longest of any player in the draft. Is difficult to get around. Bends at the knees and stays balanced. Is also athletic with good feet. Can get into the linebackers. Has great upside. Doesn't play strong and tends to give up ground. Falls off blocks. Needs to improve technique. Intensity and aggression are lacking. Takes on too many blocks in pass protection; isn't a striker. Will either boom or bust.

5. Adam Terry, Syracuse, 6-8/330. Is another huge prospect with mobility. Is more of a finesse tackle than a physical one. Shows the footwork to play left tackle in the NFL. Lacks ideal strength and power, and struggles to hold his ground. Gets little push. Can develop with good coaching and training.

6. Michael Roos, Eastern Washington, 6-7/320. Has great athleticism, but is raw. Shows good footwork and instincts. Bends well. Is willing to finish blocks. Doesn't play with power. Needs to get stronger. Isn't a finished product. Hasn't faced top competition. Has short arms for his size.

7. Wesley Britt, Alabama, 6-7/314. Is a big left tackle pass-protecting prospect with long levers. Uses hands well. Shows good footwork and can slide. Is both smart and tough. Needs to get stronger and play with better leverage. Bends his waist a bit too much.

8. Michael Munoz, Tennessee, 6-6/305. A technically sound player who did not inherit the athleticism of his father, Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony. Michael plays hard, however, and is smart and tough. Doesn't give up much ground. Uses hands well. Shows average footwork. Plays a bit high at times. Has narrow hips and shoulders; doesn't get much movement as a run blocker. Has durability issues that probably will drop his stock.

9. Ray Willis, Florida State, 6-5/325. Physical, tough, competitive lineman who should play right tackle in the pros. Has a big body. Focused; pass protects and run blocks equally well. Doesn't have a standout physical trait, however. Shows average footwork. Could have trouble with quicker NFL pass-rushing ends and blitzers.

10. David Stewart, Mississippi State, 6-6/318. Is a tough mauler type. Locks on to defenders and doesn't give up on plays. Moves well and can pull. Lacks ideal quickness and isn't very athletic. Doesn't show great lateral movement. Projects as a right tackle or as a guard.

DAY 2 PROSPECTS

11. Anthony Alabi, TCU, 6-5/310. Athletic prospect has a good body and long arms. Bends at the knees. Shows fairly quick feet. Pass protects well. Is smart, but sometimes plays too upright. Isn't a top run blocker. Doesn't consistently play with the right intensity and aggression. Has yet to put it all together, but still can develop.

12. Chris Colmer, NC State, 6-5/306. Is a smart, instinctive, tough player who takes care of his assignment. Has a strong upper body. Plays with a blue-collar mentality. Finishes blocks well. Has had a number of medical issues that could cause him to fall.

13. Adam Kieft, Central Michigan, 6-7/335. Giant blocker who played in streaks. Bends well for his size. Shows smarts and good technique. Plays hard. Is difficult to get around. Has enough quickness to play right tackle. Didn't have a great Combine workout, however.

14. Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh, 6-6/347. Big, wide-bodied lineman with good upper-body strength. Is difficult to push around. Can anchor. Uses hands well. Lacks special athleticism, however -- is strictly a right tackle. Plays inconsistent on the field. Has some medical issues off the field.

15. Pete McMahon, Iowa, 6-8/329. A big-bodied player who would fit best in a zone scheme. Has a good feel for technique. Uses hands and bends well. Is difficult to move. Doesn't overpower opponents, but can strike defenders. Lacks lateral quickness. Is a bit limited as an athlete. Might be better suited for guard.

16. Frank Omiyale, Tennessee Tech, 6-4/310. Works hard and consistently brings a good effort on the field. Has put on plenty of weight in the last year and still is learning how to use it. Anchoring isn't a strength. Shows good footwork. Plays with balance. Bends and controls his body well.

17. Jon Dunn, Virginia Tech, 6-7/331. A massive prospect with long arms. Has an NFL body. Athleticism is average, however; probably can't play left tackle. Came on late in his college career. Still is learning the pace of high-level competition. Can lock on and steamroll opponents. Has nice upside.

18. Doug Nienhuis, Oregon State, 6-6/307. Is a huge, self-made offensive tackle who is an obstacle to get around. Is a tough, smart player, although limited as an athlete. Struggles against speed rushers. Also could be a guard.

19. Calvin Armstrong, Washington State, 6-7/325. Big body with long arms. Slides his feet well as an above-average athlete. Was fairly productive in college. Struggles, however, to anchor and adjust to movement. Finesse player who is not a striker. Instincts are average. Can improve strength.

20. Jeremy Parquet, Southern Mississippi, 6-7/323. Has the kind of size that makes scouts drool. Shows good balance. Plays physically. Needs to improve at finishing blocks. Is stiff athletically and lacks quickness. Would need to play right tackle or guard. Doesn't play with good knee bend.

21. Jon Doty, Kansas State, 6-7/307. Converted tight end has good size and athleticism. Shows flexibility and balance with average footwork. Could use added strength and bulk. Is neither very strong nor aggressive. Might get pushed around against bull rushers.

22. Erik Pears, Colorado State, 6-8/316. Instinctive blocker plays with leverage and uses angles to his advantage. Is tough and relentless, but limited athletically.

23. Daniel Loper, Texas Tech, 6-6/306. A decent athletic prospect with some good pass-protection skills. Played in a pass-happy college scheme, so isn't an experienced run blocker. Shows toughness. Neither bends nor anchors well. Didn't help himself at the Hula Bowl.

24. Trai Essex, Northwestern, 6-4/316. Good athlete with nice footwork. Body type should fit in well in the NFL. Needs to play with more intensity, however. Doesn't get enough drive off the snap. Looks better than he plays. Would benefit from getting stronger.

25. Michael Watson, West Virginia, 6-4/316. A left tackle prospect who plays with fire. Shows good footwork and range. Struggles to anchor; isn't a powerful blocker. Needs to improve hand technique. Shows nice potential to develop.

26. Jonathan Colon, Florida, 6-7/317. This well-built prospect was highly regarded coming out of high school and started three years in college. Is difficult to get around. Plays with balance. Shows good hand technique. Displays toughness, but lacks explosive strength. Is limited athletically.

27. Todd Herremans, Saginaw Valley State, 6-6/321. Is a nice-looking athlete but hasn't played against top competition. Neither plays with explosion nor anchors well. Needs to get stronger and bulkier. Is more of a developmental prospect.

28. Sam Lightbody, Washington, 6-9/321. Enormous prospect who has come on late in the process. Performed well at the East-West game. Is a bit limited athletically but pass protects well on the right side. Injury issues could affect his draft stock. Has intriguing upside.

29. Patrick Babcock, Illinois, 6-3/303. Four-year college starter could project as an NFL guard with his experience at the position. As a tough competitor, is always hustling. Shows sound fundamentals but marginal athleticism.

30. Clint Stockdorn, Cincinnati, 6-5/321. Is an instinctive blocker who plays hard. Has good-enough quickness but is limited athletically. Doesn't bend well. Struggles to anchor against power rushers. Could be better off at guard.

31. Morgan Davis, Wisconsin, 6-6/320. Big right-tackle type was productive in spurts in college. Shows good balance. Has adequate strength. Body control is lacking. Has underachieved.

32. Rian Melander, Minnesota, 6-6/287. All Big-Ten performer has a nice frame but lacks top-end athleticism. Shows average foot quickness. Lacks power. Needs to hit the weight room and bulk up.


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I would love to have either Barnes or Brown, but I doubt either will be available at #27.

I think Kaczur in Round 3 or Mathis in Round 2 are our best outlooks. But the Falcons have had a visit from Frank Omiyale, who looks like a 5th or 6th round type now, as his stock has risen a bit lately.

Terry and Britt are two other guys that I've liked a lot of what I've read about them. Roos also sounds like a strong possibility since I think Gibbs & Co. would love to try and mold him into their type of player.

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