Sometimes, the best thing you can do as an offensive lineman is tackle your own quarterback. Lesser of two evils and all. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Dan Kadar, Fearless Leader over at Mocking the Draft, put out his early offensive tackle bid board yesterday. At the time, it was just another early look at some of the offerings to be had in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hours later, you could argue this needs to be tracked closer than anything related to the draft as a Rams fan throughout the next five months.
With the move pulled last night trading Jason Smith to the New York Jets for Wayne Hunter, the Rams' offensive tackle depth chart looks...well...we will have two starting offensive tackles. I'd be hard pressed to identify a more glaring need just more than seven months away from the draft.
That being said, I'll parse it down to right tackles and we can talk draft after the jump with college football nearly 50 hours away.
First off, the board:
|D.J. Fluker||Alabama||Jr.||Powerful, mammoth blocker who moves well. Star of the class as of right now.
|Jake Matthews||Texas A&M||Jr.||Yes, he's one of the 10 or so members of the Matthews clan playing football in college or the NFL|
|Cyril Richardson||Baylor||RS Jr.||Played LT last year, both guard spots in 2010; moving back to guard this year|
|Alex Hurst||LSU||RS Sr.||RT since 2010. Played as a backup guard in 2009.|
|Brennan Williams||UNC||Sr.||Father, Brent, played in the NFL for nearly a decade.|
|Morgan Moses||Virginia||Jr.||Was ranked #49 overall by Rivals among all HS prospects in 2009 (go check out #201).|
|R.J. Mattes||N.C. State||RS Sr.||Has played across the line; injury concerns|
|Malcolm Bunche||Miami||RS Soph.||Easily my favorite quote about Delaware ever: "Delaware isn't a party-type state. Everyone is relaxed. There are a lot of old people. From the bottom to the top is only an hour and forty-five minutes. It's quick, but hey, it's the first state." Sounds horrible.
|Rob Havenstein||Wisconsin||RS Soph.||6'8", 342 lbs. Wow.|
|Tyler Moore||Nebraska||Soph. (not eligible for 2013 NFL Draft)||First Nebraska true freshman ever to start on the offensive line in a season opener.|
A couple names you might have seen higher on some lists aren't making my board yet.
Seantrel Henderson is quickly plummeting down boards. One of the most gifted offensive line talents in the last decade, Henderson originally committed to USC before transferring to Miami when the NCAA levied their postseason penalties on the Trojans. Back surgery early in 2011 preceded a tough stint for Henderson, demoted to the second team and suspended for spring practice due to "a violation of team policy." Earlier this month, he was involved in a pretty horrible car accident, though nobody was killed; he received two minor traffic violations in the crash. He's missed nearly 20 practices this offseason between the antics, the car crash and a funeral he attended. If I was to write a story about how a star prospect gets derailed, this might be the first chapter.
It's time to get the draft juices flowing. College football starts on Thursday. We'll have threads and all that stuff for college all year. For now, it looks like right tackle will be a position we'll be talking every week throughout the season.