Draft Sleepers- Offensive Tackles

Everybody knows the big names in the draft. The Vince Young's, the Reggie Bush's, the Matt Leinart's. Raise your hand though if you know who Paul McQuistan, Brett Elliott, Delaine Walker, and Drouzon Quillen are. The draft doesn't really even begin till day 2 kicks off. A position by position breakdown and the top 5 sleepers.

1. EJ Whitley 6'4 300lbs 40yd dash-5.25 Texas Tech Projection: 5th Rd

Positive:
Whitley is very versatile having played all three offensive line positions in his career. He is also very consistent in his play; he rarely will have a bout with inconsistency. He has a nice wide base and a solid knee bend which allow for him to play at such a consistent level. Most importantly however is the technique he takes when dealing with rushers. He can adjust his technique easily and quickly to adjust due to a speed rusher or bull rusher.

Negative:
Whitley lacks the mobility to get out and make blocks on the 2nd level or ever really pull. He also doesn't have a mean streak or a nasty side instead preferring to let his game do the talking. He is not ever going to be one of those dominant linemen; he will do his job and do it well.
NFL Comparison: Brad Hopkins

2. Zach Strief 6'7 350lbs 40yd dash-5.4 Northwestern Projection: 6th Rd

Positive:
Streif is a massive player, he has a huge wing span and his body is a long way to go around trying to beat him to the outside. He was the leader on the NW oline and has all the qualities one would want in a leader. His work ethic is unmatched by some other OT's in the draft, he also has great character. He is well disciplined and usually does not get beaten on stunts or confused by blitz packages. He is at his best standing up bull rushers, because he is so large and hard to move.

Negative:
Streif has no athleticism, but at 6'7 350 who really does? His lateral movement is also a weak point and body control once he gets going can sometimes cause issues. He needs to add some more strength to his body and not just mass. His hand placement could use some work and so could the use of his lower body when blocking faster DE's.
NFL Comparison: Willie Anderson

3. Brad Butler 6'7 303 40yd dash-5.3 Virginia Projection: 6th Rd

Positive:
Butler is one of your old fashioned snot busting OT's. He finishes his blocks extremely well. He has a wide wingspan which allows for him to keep his opposittion out infront of him. He has great lateral movement down the line to pick up the blocks he's assigned to make. Lastly and most importantly he has a nasty streak that is just plain scary.

Negative:
Butler tends to lose control of his body once he gets going in a direction and cannot easily change that direction. He struggles to gain leverage in blocking situations. He has problems with his knee bend and it tends to make him get too high into blockers. He also has some issues with bull rushers who get right into his chest and plow him backwards.
NFL Comparison: Maurice Williams

4. Rashad Butler 6'5 287 40yd dash-5.2 Miami Projection: 6th Rd

Positive:
Butler is able to easily hit moving targets, he is very good on his feet and may be one of the best trapping or pulling guards in the draft. He uses his excellent athleticism to handle edge rushers with amazing consistency. He can easily change directions and handle rushers from multiple parts of the field. He will swallow a linebacker whole with his technique.

Negative:
Butler has to improve his strength to become an every day starting OT in the NFL one day. The reason this is, is because his punch right now is a little weak v. Bull Rushers and does not at all stop them from their charge which allows for the pocket to collapse. He also needs to add some bulk to his massive frame. Lastly he has some durability concerns as he was nicked up a little bit at the U.
NFL Comparison: Levi Jones

5. Paul McQuistan 6'5 307 440yd dash-5.25 Weber State Projection:7th Rd

Positive:
McQuinstan is a tall strong lumberjack with a nasty streak that will make even the biggest of DE's question starting something with him. He is just brute strong and his punch can knock the wind right out of you. He will lock on to a blocker and not stop blocking him till he's buried into the ground. He does extremely well against bull rushers and has a great frame, that needs just a little more bulk.

Negative:
There are some concerns about McQuinstan's competition level coming from such a small school in Weber State. Paul also must look to try and improve his knee bend and technique, against current competition he must improve on this, he cant just rely on brute strength like his did at Weber State. Lastly McQuinstan lacks athleticism to handle the speed edge rushers. He gets plain blown past and he must improve his agility in order to ever become a starter.
NFL Comparison: Jon Jansen

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