NFL Scouting Combine: Top 5 Offensive Lineman

The Giants Beat takes a look at the top 5 players that could help bolster New York's offensive front.

1.    Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss


Breakdown: Laremy Tunsil is considered as the favorite by many to be selected with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. Battling through injuries and an impermissible benefits scandal, Tunsil still emerges as the top offensive lineman available. He is a very strong run blocker, but will make his money due to his elite pass protection as a left tackle in the NFL. If he can combine the two he could be very special.


2.    Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame


Breakdown:  Ronnie Stanley is expected to be the second offensive lineman off the board during the draft. Stanley seems to dominant in a different way than Tunsil. Stanley might be slightly more technically sound as a blocker, but lacks the raw power and aggressiveness that Tunsil brings. Nonetheless, he is a very good talent who will be coveted in May.


3.    Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State


Breakdown: Some of Conklin’s greatest strengths are his motor and toughness. A former walk-on, Conklin was worth every bit of the scholarship as he was eventually given a starting shot as well as a scholarship, and never looked back, becoming a mainstay protecting quarterback Connor Cook. Conklin may end up as a right tackle instead of a left tackle. Regardless, expect him to be a first round selection due to his tools and technique coupled with his work ethic.


4.    Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama


Breakdown: A three-year starter for the eventual national champs, Alabama, Kelly showed great leadership and ability from the center position.  He might not be the most athletic player, but at the center position, leadership, smarts and technique can sometimes make up for physical limitations. In addition to possessing all of those, Kelly shows enough ability and toughness to make a solid selection, and likely the first center off the board.


5.    Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State


Breakdown: Decker was the 2015 Big Ten Offensive lineman of the year, yet returned for a chance to win back-to-back championships. That didn’t happen for the Buckeyes, but Decker leaves school with a very good chance of being selected in the first round. He is a strong run blocker, and a good pass blocker, but some experts seem to think that he will need to make the move over to right tackle as this would most likely suit his skill set better. 





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