Leading the way was Jacksonville Andrew Jackson's Aubrey McPhadden. At 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, McPhadden possesses the natural tools you want in an offensive lineman. He has quick feet for a big kid, moves pretty well laterally, and has a large wingspan that allows him to slow down opposing pass rushers. Coming off an excellent junior season, McPhadden appears to be a big time talent and seems to have the right attitude to become a very good left tackle at the college level. His physical build will allow him to add another 25-30 pounds, especially in the lower body, where he's very athletic (huge calves, smaller ankles). McPhadden is an upper Division 1 prospect right now, in my opinion.
If McPhadden wasn't the best offensive tackle prospect at the camp, it was Lehigh Acres standout Mario Henderson. A transfer that played at Bishop Verot H.S. last season, Henderson has worked very hard to get to this point. He came to last year's NIKE Camp and checked in overwight at 6-6 and 359 pounds. At this year's camp, he was 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds.
The weight drop allowed him to become a more dominating presence. For a big kid, Henderson moves his feet real well and his natural strength was the best among all the offensive tackles. He also has a large wingspan and the thing I liked more than anything about Henderson's game was how he plays with a defensive mentality. During 1 on 1 drills, he dominated everyone put in front of him, including UM commitment Dave Howell, who he tossed to the ground before getting his line mates fired up.
If he's able to keep his weight down and continue working on his foot quickness, I think Henderson can become a very good right tackle at the college level. He's an upper Division 1 prospect right now in my opinion.
Estero's Randy Hand had my vote as the top offensive lineman at last year's NIKE Camp. He signed with the University of Florida this past February. However, by the end of last season, Hand may not have even been the best offensive lineman on his own team. Meet Derrick Morse.
After checking into the camp at 6-foot-4 and 294 pounds, Morse ran through all the drills very well. With a very athletic lower body, Morse ran a 5.04 in the shuttle, tops among the major tackle prospects. Although he doesn't move his feet quite as well as McPhadden or Henderson, Morse still has a major upside. Technique-wise, Morse is the furthest along of the three and that could allow him to make an earlier impact at the college level, although I think McPhadden and Henderson probably have a little more upside. Right now, Morse appears to be a mid to upper Division 1 prospect.
Speaking of teammates, Henderson won't be the only Division 1 offensive lineman on his line this year. At 6-foot-7 1/2 and 308 pounds, Lamont Springfield had a very solid day. Although he doesnt have the foot speed or lateral quickness to merit the upside as the players discussed above, Springfield did very well during 1 on 1 drills, using brute strength and toughness. A right tackle prospect at the college level, Springfield solidified himself as a legitimate Division 1 prospect at this year's camp.
One key no-show that I am very interested in watching next month during spring practice was Kissimmee Osceola's Nick Brown.
Next up - Offensive Guards