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Mayock Ranks The Top Five OTs In Draft

With the NFL Scouting Combine set to get underway this week in Indianapolis, let's start to take a peek at some of the rankings of the draft prospects at each position. Today, let's check out NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock's top five players at the offensive tackle position. The notes on each player were provided by from their Combine section.

Mayock's Top 5 Offensive Tackles
Name Height Weight College
1. Anthony Castonzo 6-7
Boston College
Note: Castonzo has the potential to develop into a top left tackle capable of shutting down top speed rushers. Started his first game as a true freshman and didn't leave the field during his four years in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2. Nate Solder 6-9
Note: Solder is one of the premier left tackle prospects in this class with the size, strength and athleticism needed to succeed on Sundays. Very sound in pass protection, not as susceptible to the bull rush as you might think given his build.
3. Tyron Smith 6-5
Note: Smith is one of the best prospects on the hoof in this class. Blessed with an ideal NFL frame and has the outstanding feet and athleticism necessary to be a starting left tackle. Does a great job staying in front of speed rushers.
4. Gabe Carimi 6-7
Note: Carimi was the 2010 Outland Trophy winner as the best interior lineman in college football and it appears likely that he will have continued success at the next level. Carimi is simply a "bad man" who looks to punish defensive ends on every play.
T-5. Ben Ijalana 6-4
Note: Ijalana was a star for Villanova at the FCS level and he has enough talent to make the jump to the NFL. He projects as a guard at the next level and his strength and finishing attitude will make him a powerful drive blocker.
T-5. Derek Sherrod 6-8
Mississippi State
Note: Sherrod currently looks more like a backup but could be a future starting tackle if he can add quite a bit of bulk and strength. A nice blend of length and good feet, he can slide laterally with pass rushers and push them by the launch point.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 6:00 p.m., February 21

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