Hot Button: Who Is The Best 2014 OL?

The Pony Stampede staff debates which 2014 commit is the best offensive lineman in the class

Beionny arguing for Evan Brown- Brown's combination of power, strength and aggressiveness makes him the best offensive lineman prospect in the class. At 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, Brown dominated competition playing tackle at Southlake Carroll. The big fella had pancake blocks for days and sometimes drove defenders seven yards downfield. Brown has great understanding of leverage and uses it very effectively when engaged with would-be tacklers. As big as he is, Brown is deceptively quick as well. He fires off the ball ferociously, finds his block and finishes after being engaged. One of the best parts of his game is his mentality. He doesn't give up on plays, he plays right through the whistle and he has an edge that every coach wants to see from their players in the trenches.

As a run blocker, Brown is easily SMU's best offensive lineman commit. Looking at the tape, that is obviously his greatest strength and he loves doing it. But Brown will be incorporated into an offense that passes the football close to fifty times a game. Not to say that Brown is a below average pass protector but like the other freshman coming in there is much room for improvement in that area. Because he possesses a great combination of mobility, size and strength, Brown will be an excellent player for SMU at some point during his career and is one of the bright spots in this draft class.





Billy arguing for Braylon Hyder- Hyder and Brown are both physically ready and come from great high school programs. Hyder though, will have an opportunity to make a more immediate impact along the offensive line and can push Taylor Lasecki at center or Ben Hughes, who will be a senior at guard, but is one of the question marks along the offensive line.

Hyder's physicality and ability to drive players off the line would be a much-needed addition. With Burcham needing time to develop a little bit, a solid running game will be important to his development and Hyder's solid play in the running game would be a big reason why he could come in and contribute immediately.

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