Scouting Combine Research: O-Tackles, Part 1

Part 1 of our breakdown of the 34-man class of offensive tackles is highlighted by Florida State All-American Cameron Erving, who's so good that he was all-conference at tackle and center as a senior. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY)

Al Bond, Memphis (6-4, 318): Bond was a first-team all-ACC selection at right tackle as a senior and started 42 games for his career. The big man was born three months premature and weighed in at about 3 pounds.

Brett Boyko, UNLV (6-5, 310): Splitting time between left tackle and left guard, Boyko was second-team all-Mountain West. According to the school, he allowed just one sack. He allowed one sack as the left tackle in 2013, as well, when he also was a second-team selection. Growing up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Boyko was a high school quarterback. A couple years later, he was a starting offensive tackle for the Running Rebels. He is considered perhaps the No. 1 prospect in the CFL draft.

Jamon Brown, Louisville (6-5, 341): Brown was a three-year starter who spent his sophomore seasons at right tackle and junior and senior seasons at left tackle. As a senior, he was named second-team all-conference. He slimmed down by more than 20 pounds to get ready for his senior season. "OK, let's be honest. Of course I love food. I mean look at me," the breakfast-loving Brown said. "I got this big because I love food. This was something I had to do."

T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh (6-4, 313): Clemmings was first-team all-ACC and earned some second-team All-American honors during an excellent senior season at right tackle. He also started at right tackle as a junior after starting six games at defensive end as a sophomore. The idea was broached by then-Pitt coach Paul Chryst, who’s now at Wisconsin. “You saw it in practice, but it might have been four plays,” said Joe Rudolph, the former offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh who followed Chryst to Wisconsin. “Then some plays where you might’ve gone, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if he’ll ever get it.’ To see him just start to really own the technique, own the responsibilities, make the adjustments, really those flash plays now become just the way you play.”

Takoby Cofield, Duke (6-4, 310): Cofield was third-team all-ACC as a senior. A “lively, goofy guy,” Cofield blocked for Todd Gurley in high school and blossomed into a three-year starting left tackle at Duke. He played a key role in the program’s renaissance.

La'el Collins, LSU (6-4, 324): Collins started 38 games in his four seasons, including 25 at left tackle during his final two seasons. As a senior he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the SEC, as voted on by conference coaches, and was second-team All-American. For scouts coming to LSU in 2012, Miles left a strong – and bad – impression on Collins and several others. That obviously served as motivation as Collins cranked up his game at the demanding left tackle position. He probably would have been a first-round pick in the 2014 draft but he honored his mother by coming back for his senior season.

Rob Crisp, North Carolina State (6-7, 290): Crisp looked like a budding star back in 2011, when the sophomore didn’t allow a sack at right tackle. He was hit hard by injuries, though, with a back injury costing him five games in 2012 and a concussion sidelining him for most of 2013. The NCAA gave him a medical redshirt, allowing him to play in 2014. It paid off. Crisp started every game at left tackle and was named the team’s top offensive lineman. Crisp found much more than a father figure in his AAU basketball coach.

Andrew Donnal, Iowa (6-6, 305): Iowa’s “other” offensive tackle broke into the starting lineup as a senior and got the call for all 13 games at right tackle. He was an honorable mention on the all-Big Ten team. It was a happy ending to a career that was sidetracked by a knee injury that cost him most of the 2012 season.

Jamil Douglas, Arizona State (6-4, 301): Douglas started the final 40 games of his career, including 13 as a senior, when he moved from left guard to left tackle. The move paid big dividends, with Douglas being named first-team all-Pac-12 and to the Pac-12’s academic team. He’s one of the most freakish athletes in the collegiate ranks. The word “freak” is used quite often around Douglas, whose dream was to play pro basketball.

Cameron Erving, Florida State (6-5, 304): Erving has been a man on the move throughout his career. As a freshman, he played on the defensive line. As a sophomore, he moved to left tackle and started all 14 games. He stayed at left tackle as a junior and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best lineman in the ACC and earned several first-team All-America accolades. Then, in mid-November, he was moved to center. He was first-team all-ACC at tackle and third-team all-ACC at center, and once again won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. It took a while for the lightly recruited Erving to trust his talent. As a senior, he played for his grandmother, who died of pancreatic cancer. "Every time I went home, she'd always ask me how things were going with school first," Erving said. "She was happy that I was successful in football, but she was definitely more proud of me that I was actually getting a degree, because I'll be among one of the first people in my family to have a degree."

Tayo Fabuluje, TCU (6-6, 363): Fabuluje has spent a lot of time not playing. In 2010, he redshirted at BYU. In 2011, he sat out after transferring to TCU. In 2012, he was an all-Big 12 honorable mention while starting 12 games (10 at left tackle). In 2013, as the season approached, he went back to BYU for “personal reasons” and attended classes there. In 2014, it was back to TCU, where he was an honorable mention on the Big 12 team. He was born in Nigeria and went to high school in Texas.

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