Offensive line is one of the most important parts of a football team. There are many teams that need to improve their ofensive line looking forward NFL regular season 2018. Here e bring for you the top 5 onfensive lineman that some teams will pick in the up coming draft. Broncos, 49ers, Browns, Giants, Packers, Seahawks, Bears, Raiders.

Quentin Nelson-  G Notre Dame

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Left  elite guard of the fighting irish with outstanding size, rare power and a block finisher who can make tape room sessions uncomfortable for most opponents. According to the NFL draft profile he is technically sound and is unlikely to face a long adjustment period once he gets into the league. Nelson may need to make sure and keep his play speed high and prevent against taking his eyes off of his target when coming off the ball.

However, according to the same report he still has room for improvement in pass protection and keeping athletic rushers centered and had some injury concerns over the years.

Orlando Brown  OT – OSU

Started all 40 career games at left tackle, one of just three players to be named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016- 2017.  According to his NFL Profile he has massive frame can work for him in pass protection and against him in the run game. Brown is a waist-bender with shoddy footwork and a tendency to play too straight-legged. These physical limitations create a much smaller likelihood for recovery once he’s beaten.

However,  according to same report he has leverage issues due to high center of gravity, he  is not a natural knee bender and down blocks land way too high and carry very little drive on them due to lack of bend.

Connor Wiliams Texas UT 

Acccording to his Bio in The Univerisy of Texas, he is a three-year offensive lineman who played in and started 28 games in his career before delcaring for the NFL Draft, he was named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017. He was a consensus first team All-American in 2016 , and finally he earned first team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches in 2016.

And his NFL profile presents his strenghts, he is a leader in locker room and voracious worker in weight room, he carries good lean muscle mass, he is an outstanding technician from before his first college snap and he works for centered blocks. However, he his lack of length could be a concern as NFL tackle, he may need to carry hands higher in pass sets to expedite punch-timing,  and he gets too straight-legged and bounced back into pocket by initial bull move.

Mike Mc Glinchey – Notre Dame

Last season started all 12 Started all 12 games at left tackle, helped RB Josh Adams run for over 100 yards four, part of the offensive line that paved the way for 417.6 total yards per game. According to his NFL profile, McGlinchey will need to add more strength and mass to his athletic frame in order to hold up against NFL power, but his technique and instincts are pro-ready. He could be a polarizing prospect based on inconsistencies from his tape, but he gets guys blocked at a much higher rate than he loses his rep. McGlinchey should become an early starter at either tackle position, but his ability to handle bull rushers and power at the point of attack will define the type of career he has.

Colton Miller UCLA

Finally, Colton Miller, started in all 13 games at left tackle in 2017. He was named second-team All-Pac-12 Conference by the league coaches . With thata UCLA OL group improved its rushing output by almost a full yard per carry from 2016.  Rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns and rushing first downs all went up for the Bruins . UCLA ranked third in the conference in total offense in 2017.

However, NFL Draft  profiles indicates that the main weakneses are that he is not a natural bender and plays with perpetually high pad level, his height may be a hindrance in handling traffic around the edge and stiff hips in kick-slides rob him of lateral quickness to mirror and punch edge racers.

 

 

 

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