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With just a few weeks left in the college football regular season, it's a good time to start crafting up big boards. First up - offensive tackle.
Well, the 2012 college football is crashing down in entertaining fashion (though I could do without the visual hyperbole, Sports Illustrated...). And as wonderful as this season's been as a college fan for college purposes, it's given us plenty to mull over at the NFL level. That being the case, I thought it a good time to start laying out some big boards.
Let's start at offensive tackle, an area of relatively obvious need for the Rams. As of right now, the Rams are carrying four tackles on the roster: Rodger Saffold, Wayne Hunter, Barry Richardson and Joe Barksdale. Ty Nsekhe has been relegated to the practice squad, but still, that's just not an impressive group.
Will Jeff Fisher be unJeff Fisherly and spend a first rounder? Does Day 2 of the draft offer better value options given what OL Coach Paul Boudreau has been able to coax out of his personnel? I'll let you guys tackle that stuff in the comments.
That being said, here's my top 15 offensive tackles for the 2013 NFL Draft as of today*:
|1||Luke Joeckel||LT||Texas A&M||Jr.|
|2||Taylor Lewan||LT||Michigan||RS Jr.|
|4||Dallas Thomas||LT||Tennessee||RS Sr.|
|5||D.J. Fluker||RT||Alabama||RS Jr.|
|6||Jake Matthews||RT||Texas A&M||Jr.|
|7||Justin Pugh||LT||Syracuse||RS Jr.|
|9||Malcolm Bunche||LT||Miami||RS Soph.|
|10||Ricky Wagner||LT||Wisconsin||RS Sr.|
|15||Rob Havenstein||RT||Wisconsin||RS Soph.|
* This list doesn't include a few names that I have yet to properly assess, such as Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, Kent State's Brian Winters, West Texas A&M's Manase Foketi, Glenville State's Mark Jackson and Azusa Pacific's Luke Marquardt.
Any surprises? Names I've left off? Let's talk tackles, folks.