Luke Easterling's 2016 NFL Draft OT Rankings

My full offensive tackle rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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1. Laremy Tunsil | Mississippi | 6'5" | 310 | Junior | 1st Round

Tunsil is the front-runner for the first overall pick in this year's draft, and with good reason. He's a rare athlete for the position, with a combination of quickness, power and technique that could easily make him one of the top left tackles in the league very early in his career. He compares favorably to the Cowboys' Tyron Smith.

2. Ronnie Stanley | Notre Dame | 6'6" | 312 | RS Junior | 1st Round

Stanley would have been my top tackle in last year's draft, but he elected to return to South Bend for more valuable experience and to sharpen his skill set. It seems many may be cooling on Stanley right now, but he's still one of the top overall prospects to me, and is the most polished, plug-and-play tackle in the draft.

3. Taylor Decker | Ohio State | 6'7" | 310 | Senior | 1st Round

Another tackle prospect who was highly regarded during last year's pre-draft cycle, Decker also chose to return for another season in college, polishing his game and confirming his place among the best players in the country at his position. His refined skill set, leadership and experience should allow him to be an instant starter at the next level.

4. Jason Spriggs | Indiana | 6'6" | 301 | Senior | 1st Round

Spriggs is one of the most athletic tackles in this draft, and he backed up what I saw on film when I watched him in-person at the Senior Bowl. He was easily the most impressive tackle in Mobile, and he showed off his athleticism at the Combine, as expected. He could start at either tackle spot early in his career, and is easily worth a first-round pick.

5. Jack Conklin | Michigan State | 6'6" | 308 | RS Junior | 2nd Round

I seem to be a bit lower on Conklin than the consensus, but that doesn't mean I think he's a bad player. He's got some footwork issues to clean up, and I honestly think he might be best as a guard at the next level, but he's got the size and athletic ability to develop into a solid starter at either tackle spot.

6. Germain Ifedi | Texas A&M | 6'6" | 324 | RS Junior | 2nd Round

Ifedi probably could have used another season in College Station to refine some of his game, but he's got the frame, length and athleticism to make that development happen at the pro level and still be successful. He's got starting experience at both guard and right tackle, but could eventually become a starter on the left side, if needed.

7. Jerald Hawkins | LSU | 6'6" | 305 | Junior | 3rd Round

Hawkins was a hoops standout in high school, and that athleticism has translated to the gridiron over his three years playing for the Tigers. With 37 career starts between both tackle spots, Hawkins has the athletic ability and versatility to warrant a Day 2 pick, and I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get out of Round 2.

8. John Theus | Georgia | 6'6" | 313 | Senior | 3rd Round

Theus feels like somewhat of a forgotten man in this year's tackle class, but while he's not the flashiest natural athlete, the former Bulldog has the size and toughness to endear himself to NFL coachign staffs and front-office folks alike. He held his own for the most part in the SEC and against some of the nation's top talent at the Senior Bowl.

9. Dominique Robertson | West Georgia | 6'5" | 324 | RS Senior | 4th Round

If you haven't dug into Robertson's tape, do yourself a favor and remedy that. If I'm in the market for a raw but athletic blocker who can maul in the run game, but also has the quickness and athleticism to protect the passer, he's the project I'll take a swing on in the Day 3 range. He could even move to guard at the next level and be successful once he grows into his size and natural talent.

10. Le'Raven Clark | Texas Tech | 6'5" | 316 | RS Senior | 4th Round

Clark may have the size, length and athleticism to make NFL scouts drool, but he's extremely raw and his film is tough to watch in many places. I'd feel comfortable taking him with a Day 3 pick as a developmental player, but his measureables will likely get him taken much earlier.

11. Shon Coleman | Auburn | 6'5" | 307 | RS Junior | 4th Round

12. Kyle Murphy | Stanford | 6'6" | 305 | Senior | 4th Round

13. Brandon Shell | South Carolina | 6'5" | 324 | RS Senior | 5th Round

14. Caleb Benenoch | UCLA | 6'5" | 311 | Junior | 5th Round

15. Joe Haeg | North Dakota State | 6'6" | 304 | Senior | 5th Round

16. Cole Toner | Harvard | 6'5" | 306 | Senior | 5th Round

17. Willie Beavers | Western Michigan | 6'5" | 321 | RS Senior | 5th Round

18. Fahn Cooper | Mississippi | 6'4" | 303 | RS Senior | 5th Round

19. Alex Lewis | Nebraska | 6'6" | 312 | RS Senior | 6th Round

20. Pearce Slater | San Diego State | 6'7" | 329 | Senior | 6th Round

21. Avery Young | Auburn | 6'5" | 328 | RS Junior | 6th Round

22. Nick Richter | Richmond | 6'5" | 304 | RS Senior | 7th Round

23. Tyler Marz | Wisconsin | 6'7" | 316 | RS Senior | 7th Round

24. Taylor Fallin | Memphis | 6'6" | 340 | RS Senior | 7th Round

25. Tyler Johnstone | Oregon | 6'5" | 301 | RS Senior | 7th Round


I've heard from plenty of Bucs fans who don't think this is a huge need, but I completely disagree. Neither Demar Dotson nor Gosder Cherilus is particularly spectacular right now, and they're certainly not the kind of players who can grow with a young, talent offense over the next 5-7 years or more. With young talent throughout the rest of the offensive line, finding a young right tackle to round out a promising front line should be higher on the Bucs' list of needs than many seem to think.

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