Ranking Top 24 Offensive Tackles

We go in depth on the offensive tackles, with scouts providing their comments and a pecking order. This is an important group, as most of the Packers' offensive linemen entered the league as tackles.

Here is how Packer Report ranks this year's prospects at offensive tackle, based on conversations with three scouts, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, and the NFL's longtime lead scout, Dave-Te' Thomas.

1. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6-7, 306): He's our Best in Class.

2. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (6-6, 306): Two scouts had Joeckel as the No. 1 tackle. Early entrant who potentially will be the No. 1 overall pick. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top offensive lineman, was a consensus All-American and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's top blocker. Aggies finished third in nation in yards and fourth in points, with Joeckel delivering 129 knockdowns and 20 touchdown-producing blocks.

3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (6-6, 303): Thomas sides with Johnson as his No. 1 tackle, calling Joeckel "overrated" and saying Fisher lacks the "field smarts" to be a cream-of-the-crop left tackle. Johnson played quarterback in junior college before transferring to Oklahoma and playing tight end and defensive end before finding a home at left tackle. Was first-team all-Big 12 as a senior, playing a key role for a passing offense that ranked fifth in the nation while giving up just 15 sacks. His 19 touchdown-producing blocks led the conference.

4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama (6-5, 339): An early entrant with his degree in hand, Fluker was second-team All-America and first-team all-SEC following a dominant junior season. In three seasons, he started 35 games at right tackle and delivered 245 knockdown blocks and 34 touchdown-producing blocks. "He's a big, strong, massive guy with length," said a scout who thought he'd be a consideration for Green Bay. "He was the strongest in-line blocker by far in the draft. Can he play right tackle? Yeah, and he'd be fine, but he can also move inside and play guard." Fluctuating weight, however, concerns scouts.

5. Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 306): Showed huge potential with strong weeks at the East-West Shrine Game and as an injury replacement at the Senior Bowl, then ran the fastest 40 yards by an offensive lineman in the history of the Combine (4.71) with 31 reps on the bench. His head coach was former Redskins linebacker Monte Coleman. Still, never was more than second-team all-conference in the SWAC. Why? The "politics" of the SWAC, with Thomas calling Pine Bluff the "stepchild" of the conference. "The kid's potential is limitless. Think Larry Allen and that's Armstead," Thomas said. "There is no better offensive lineman, period, below the major-college level than Terron Armstead."

6. Menelik Watson, Florida State (6-5, 310): Watson grew up in Manchester, England, and went to Marist to play basketball. He then gave boxing a shot before figuring out that his size and athleticism might make him a force in football. Early entrant played two years at a junior college and just one year of big-time football. He yielded just one sack in 12 starts this season, plus had 12 touchdown-producing blocks. Tons of upside but scouts question his passion for the game.

7. David Bakhtiari, Colorado (6-4, 299): Early entrant started all three seasons, including the final two at left tackle, when he replaced Nate Solder. Allowed 2.5 sacks as a senior and 94 knockdown blocks. Coaches considered him a "gym rat." He's the brother of NFL linebacker Erik Bakhtiari. Thomas prefers him at guard, but scouts are unanimous in raving about his feet. He'll get a long look at left tackle because of his quickness and long arms before being moved inside.

8. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech (6-5, 316): Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech (6-5, 316): A cousin of Tramon Williams, he was first-team all-conference as a senior at right tackle. Anchored an offensive line that yielded just 10 sacks and averaged a stunning 578 yards per game, and his 21 touchdown-producing blocks were the most by a Tech lineman since the great Willie Roaf. High character and enjoys finishing his blocks, as he showed as an injury replacement at the Senior Bowl. "I like the way he stands tall protecting the pocket," Thomas said. "He's got good retreat-ability. I can't ask more from an offensive tackle but he will be on the right side."

9. Brennan Williams, North Carolina (6-6, 318): Missed final four games of senior season with a torn labrum but was an honorable mention at right tackle on the all-ACC team, anyway. Scouts love his athleticism and ability to block on the move. He started 21 games in his career and produced 108 knockdowns and 15 touchdowns. His father, Brent, was an NFL defensive lineman for 11 seasons and tallied 45.5 sacks.

10. Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech (6-4, 306): Four-star recruit who didn't put it together until his senior season by earning all-ACC honorable mention at right tackle. Supremely athletic (4.95 in 40) and had 32 reps on bench. Until he can get on the field, Thomas said he'd use him as an extra tight end in short-yardage situations.

11. Xavier Nixon, Florida (6-6, 321): Started 33 games during his career, including 11 starts as a senior, when he was third-team all-SEC. He's got tremendous physical tools but scouts are left to wonder why they haven't translated into better production; he was benched against Kentucky. Still, it's hard to argue with 265.6 rushing yards per game when he was healthy and 120.8 when he was limited or out.

12. Kyle Long, Oregon (6-6, 313): He's our Overrated player.

13. Reid Fragel, Ohio State (6-8, 308): Caught 14 passes as a tight end from 2009 through 2011 before moving to right tackle for his senior season. Aggressive, athletic and strong (33 reps on bench). His height, however, is an issue. "It's right tackle or bust," a scout said. "I'm not sure he's got the bulk to play right tackle now and I know he's too tall to put him at guard."

14. Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific (6-8, 315): He's our Sleeper player.

15. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin (6-6, 308): Former walk-on started at right tackle as a sophomore and junior before moving to left tackle as a senior. Strong, blue-collar type without athletic ability to play in space. "He'll get into the league," Thomas said. "A lot of teams are starting to catch a warm form for him but I think that he really cost himself some serious bucks this year the way that he played."

16. Chris Faulk, LSU (6-5, 331): Head-scratcher of an early entrant after tearing ACL in opening game. Started all 13 games at left tackle in 2011. Without him, team went from 18 sacks allowed to 32 and the offense ranked 85th nationally. Scouts are mixed. "The people who told him he should enter the NFL really did him a disservice," one scout said. Thomas, however, said: "I think Chris, if somebody's patient and lets him fully recover this year and looks at him more for 2014, you'll end up with a starter — you'll end up with another Phil Loadholt."

17. Oday Aboushi, Virginia (6-5, 308): Three-year starter at tackle, earning second-team all-ACC honors as a junior and first-team accolades as a senior. Challenge for scouts to sort out: He had a good week at the Senior Bowl but was at the bottom of just about every drill at the Combine, including his tied-for-last 17 reps on the bench. "I don't even think he can play in the NFL, to be honest with you," Thomas said bluntly.

18. John Wetzel, Boston College (6-7, 302): Two-and-a-half-year starting tackle. He moved to right tackle as a senior. Tough, smart and versatile. Allowed six sacks for a team that ranked a woeful 99th in total yards, 109th in scoring and 115th in rushing. Allowed only one sack as a left tackle in 2011.

19. Nick Becton, Virginia Tech (6-5, 323): As with Painter, Becton was a top recruit who didn't break into the starting lineup until his senior season. He's long (35.5-inch arms tied for fourth-longest among offensive linemen at Combine) and athletic but plays high and needs to get stronger (19 reps on bench).

20. Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M (6-5, 313): Stared at left guard as a redshirt freshman before anchoring at left tackle for his final three seasons. Untapped potential after not playing football until senior year of high school. At 35.75 inches, had third-longest arms at Combine (behind Fluker and Tennessee State's Rogers Gaines). Just 17 reps on bench — tied for fewest among linemen at Combine. Coached in college by former NFL tight end Anthony Jones.

21. LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech (6-6, 332): First-team all-conference as a senior, second team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore. He's tall and long but Tech's scheme isn't known for producing run blockers.

22. Emmett Cleary, Boston College (6-7, 316): Second-team all-ACC tackle as a senior and a two-and-a-half-year starting tackle. He moved to left tackle as a senior. Outstanding height for pass protection but has issues with pad level and lower-body strength in run game. Cleary, who was born in Japan, earned his degree in May.

23. Braden Brown, BYU (6-5, 310): Three-year starting tackle. An all-state tight end in high school, he was moved to the offensive line two games into his freshman season. Athletic, long and smart but lacks power.

24. Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M (6-5, 318): Finalist for Gene Upshaw Award as Division II's top lineman. Started career in junior college and transferred to Kansas State, where he tore his ACL in second game of 2011 season. He wanted to transfer but the school wouldn't grant his release, so he had no choice but play in Division II. Long arms and worth a look at tackle before sending inside.

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