Friday, March 6, 2015

Mayock's Look At The Draft: Offensive Tackle

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock takes a look at the offensive tackles in the upcoming draft.

Mayock's Look At The Draft: Offensive Tackle

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. Today: Terron Armstead and the offensive tackles. (Dave Martin/AP)
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. Today: Terron Armstead and the offensive tackles. (Dave Martin/AP)

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. Today: the offensive tackles:

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

THE BEST

Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (6-6, 303)

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40-time: 5.25

225-bench: 27

Arms: 34 ¼ inches

Round Projection: 1

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6-7, 306)

40-time: 5.03

225-bench: 27

Arms: 34 ½ inches

Round Projection: 1

Mayock: "Joeckel is a little more solid right now than Fisher, but Fisher has more upside. Once or twice a game, every game I watched, somebody crossed Joeckel’s face and beat him. But Johnny Football (A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel) cleans all that up because he’s so talented. (Joeckel) oversets a little bit, but that’s picking nits to be perfectly honest with you. Joeckel is more ready to play right now because of technique and the quality of competition he faced at A&M.

"Fisher has a little more athletic ability and length. His arms are a little longer. When I put his first tape on and was able to see him all week at the Senior Bowl, the first thing I thought of was (49ers left tackle and former Central Michigan star) Joe Staley, and I thought he’s better than Joe Staley, which says a lot.

"He’s answered every question people had about him. He has proven he has more upper-body strength than people thought he had. He’s a prototypical left tackle. Might not be as good a run (blocking) guy right now as Joeckel. But the difference isn’t that big."

THE RISER

Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 306)

40-time: 4.65

225-bench: 31

Arms: 34 inches

Round Projection: 2-3

Mayock: "He ran a sub-4.7 40 at his Pro Day. He looks like a tight end running around out there. He’s as raw as can be and might be getting pushed up too high because I’m not sure you can plug and play him day one.

"But some offensive line coach is going to love working with this kid. Worst case, he’s not getting out of the third round. I’d love to see him sit and learn somewhere for a year. But he’s got All-Pro potential if he works hard enough."

THE SLEEPER

Dave Quessenberry, San Jose St. (6-5, 302)

40-time: 5.06

225-bench: 25

Arms: 34 3/8 inches

Round Projection: 4-5

Mayock: "I love his versatility. I know he can play guard, but he’s athletic enough to play tackle. He’s probably a fourth- or fifth-round pick. If he stays healthy, he’s going to play a lot of years in the league because of his versatility."

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