Jake Fisher, Oregon (6-6, 300): The left tackle was first-team all-conference, even while missing two games. He deserved the honor because the Ducks’ offense went in the tank with Fisher on the sideline. The difference with and without Fisher earned him some Heisman Trophy buzz. “If you don't have it,'' Fisher said of his nastiness, "then I don't believe you can be one of the best there is. That's what is instilled in me, one of my beliefs. I want to be the most feared tackle there is.'' Fisher started at right tackle as a sophomore and junior.
Ereck Flowers, Miami (6-5, 315): Flowers spent three seasons at Miami, starting part-time as a true freshman at right tackle before going to left tackle for his final two seasons. He was second-team all-ACC in 2014. With that, it was off to the NFL for a player who prefers to let his actions do his talking. Hie showed he was ready against Florida State. Two weeks after minor knee surgery, he returned to silence FSU’s star pass rushers.
Laurence Gibson, Virginia Tech (6-6, 300): After starting six games as a junior, Gibson jumped into the lineup and started at left tackle as a senior. He played just two seasons in high school and leaves Virginia Tech with degrees in sociology and psychology. He almost missed the Combine because of problems with the campus e-mail system. He spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy before going to Tech. “My mom is in the Army and my whole life I’ve watched her leave for work before I got up and then come home after I was asleep. I knew how hard she worked and she still wanted to give me that chance.”
Chaz Green, Florida (6-5, 299): After missing all of 2013 with a torn labrum, Green returned to start 11 games in 2014 — nine at right tackle and two at left tackle. With that, it was off to the NFL. He was a Freshman All-American in 2011. Green is a natural. He didn’t start playing football until his sophomore year of high school and received his first college offer during his first camp.
Chad Hamilton, Coastal Carolina (6-2, 305): Hamilton started his final three seasons and captured FCS All-American honors as a senior left tackle. He’s a three-time all-Big South selection, including to the first team as a junior and senior. He earned his degree in the spring, was Academic All-District and was working toward his masters in education.
Bobby Hart, Florida State (6-4, 322): Hart was third-team all-ACC at right tackle as a senior. Hart is young but experienced. He started nine games as a 17-year-old true freshman right tackle. He was on the bench as a sophomore but started 14 games at right tackle as a junior. The former five-star recruit needed to mature and accept critical coaching.
Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin (6-8, 338): Havenstein started the final 41 games of his career at right tackle. As a senior, he earned several first-team All-American nods while powering the Badgers to the fourth-best rushing average in FBS history. He’s a tough guy on the field but a softie off the field. He donated his shaggy hair to Locks Of Love, a charity that makes wigs for those who have lost their hair due to medical treatment. "My mother had breast cancer when I was in fourth grade, so I've always wanted to give back what I could."
Sean Hickey, Syracuse (6-5, 300): Hickey was a three-year starter, including the final two seasons at left tackle. As a senior, he was third-team all-ACC. He’s endured ligament tears of four types, two in the knees, one in each shoulder, with three surgeries following. “If I failed, I could say I worked really hard and I got there. I rehabbed, I got bigger and stronger. And last year I came back and couldn’t have asked for a better year.”
D.J. Humphries, Florida (6-5, 285): Humphries was the No. 11 prospect in the nation, a career jump-started when his prep coach turned the athletic tight end into a left tackle. (He beefed up by sucking down Slurpees at Sonic.) At Florida, he moved into the starting lineup during his sophomore season of 2013 but sustained a season-ending knee injury after making seven starts. He was back in the lineup in 2014.
Ali Marpet, Hobart (6-4, 307): The three-year starter was a Division III first-team All-American as a senior. He so impressed scouts throughout the season that he was picked for the Senior Bowl, where he showed he belonged against the big-name players from the big schools. While those big-name players got scholarships, Marpet will be bringing considerable student loan debt to the NFL.
Darrian Miller, Kentucky (6-5, 293): Miller started the final three seasons at left tackle. He had a 24-game starts streak snapped due to a violation of team rules. A couple weeks later, he was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Vanderbilt.
Mitch Morse, Missouri (6-5, 303): Morse broke into the starting lineup at center and right tackle as a sophomore before moving to right tackle as a junior. As a senior, Morse kicked out to the left side. He personifies the toughness so often seen in offensive linemen. Against Texas A&M, he thought he jammed a finger. After the game, he found out it was broken. He had surgery the next day, practiced on Tuesday and was back in the lineup on Saturday. “Mitch Morse is a beast,” star defensive end Shane Ray said. “Not because he’s my teammate or anything, but I think he’s a little bit underrated.”
Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (6-5, 300): Ogbuehi looked like an early-round pick — and might be still — but tore his ACL in the Liberty Bowl. He is the latest star at Left Tackle U. Ogbuehi was named a first-team All-American, joining Luke Joeckel (2012) and Jake Matthews (2013). Ogbuehi started at guard in 2012, right tackle in 2013 and excelled upon moving to the left side for his senior season. Ogbuehi used to be “fat and sloppy.” He was overlooked by Texas, the school he wanted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.