NFL Draft 2013: Offensive Tackle Rankings

 

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not one to change my rankings because of combine workouts, but I’ve talk myself into doing that at the top of the rankings here. I’m never been completely sold that Luke Joeckel as a franchise left tackel to be honest. He’s very good, but he does get beat by speed rushers a bit too often for me to be comfortable with taking him first overall.

Eric Fisher is a much better athlete, and thus has more upside. He’s a bit more unrefined, but that will pass with experience. If I’m picking in the top 5, I want a player with the potential to be an all-pro, and that’s Fisher in this class, and not Joeckel.

The Seahawks have to get an OT this year. The only one on the roster who’s under contract for 2014 is Russell Okung. With both starters returning, an early round pick isn’t necessary, though finding an upgrade at RT would greatly help the offense.

Both Fluker and Long are a consideration in the first or early 2nd round if the Seahawks decide to go that route, but I think that’s unlikely. Instead, keep you eyes on Terron Armstead from little ArkansasPine Bluff, in the 5th or 6th round. He’s an exceptional athlete for his size, and has tremendous potential, though he has a long way to go before he’s ready to play full time in the NFL.

Here’s my complete rankings:


Rank Player Pos P Rank School Height Weight
Eric Fisher OT 1 Central Michigan 6/7 306
*Luke Joeckel OT 2 Texas A&M 6/6 306
Lane Johnson OT 3 Oklahoma 6/6 303
*D.J. Fluker OT 4 Alabama 6/5 339
Kyle Long OT 5 Oregon 6/6 313
Dallas Thomas OT 6 Tennessee 6/5 306
*David Bakhtiari OT 7 Colorado 6/4 299
*Menelik Watson OT 8 Florida State 6/5 310
Oday Aboushi OT 9 Virginia 6/5 308
David Quessenberry OT 10 San Jose State 6/5 302
*Chris Faulk OT 11 LSU 6/5 331
Terron Armstead OT 12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6/5 306
Ricky Wagner OT 13 Wisconsin 6/6 308
Xavier Nixon OT 14 Florida 6/6 321
Brennan Williams OT 15 North Carolina 6/6 318
Reid Fragel OT 16 Ohio State 6/8 308
Jordan Mills OT 17 Louisiana Tech 6/5 316
Manase Foketi OT 18 West Texas A&M 6/5 318
Braden Brown OT 19 Brigham Young 6/5 310
Tanner Hawkinson OT 20 Kansas 6/5 298
Emmett Cleary OT 21 Boston College 6/7 316
Jason Weaver OT 22 Southern Miss 6/4 313
Roger Gaines OT 23 Tennessee State 6/6 334
Luke Marquardt OT 23 Azusa Pacific 6/8 315
Nick Becton OT 25 Virginia Tech 6/5 323 

Topics: Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Seattle Seahawks

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