Vic's picks: Top 5 offensive tackles in draft
By Vic Carucci
National Editor, NFL.com
Vic's top 5: QBs | WRs | RBs | DEs
(March 6, 2005) -- One man's ranking of the top five offensive tackles in the NFL draft:
1. Alex Barron, Florida State
Positives: Ultra-large frame (6-foot-7, 320 pounds), athleticism, footwork, body control, quick-set ability, knee bend, long arms ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ His exceptional pass-protection skills and ability to line up in the prime left-tackle spot should make him the first offensive tackle off the board, probably in the middle of the first round.
Negatives: Upper-body strength, aggressiveness, overall technique, choice of run-blocking angles.
2. Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
Positives: Upper-body strength, balance, athleticism, body control, footwork, quick-set ability, long arms ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ He has enough talent, particularly in pass protection, to likely warrant a low first-round pick.
Negatives: Aggressiveness, run-blocking technique, injury history.
3. Khalif Barnes, Washington
Positives: Athleticism, speed, footwork, body control, balance, quick-set ability, choice of run-blocking angles, overall technique ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ A strong performance at the National Scouting Combine figures to have solidified his position as an early second-round choice and perhaps even a low first-rounder.
Negatives: Consistently high effort, lower-body strength, hand placement.
4. Marcus Johnson, Mississippi
Positives: Size (6-6ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â½, 321 pounds), long arms, hand placement, body control, balance, toughness, choice of run-blocking angles, quick-set ability ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Although he was a guard for most of his college career, his size makes him a likely tackle in the NFL and a probable early second-rounder.
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Negatives: Lower-body strength, overall athleticism, explosiveness.
5. Adam Terry, Syracuse
Positives: Size (6-8, 330 pounds), long arms, quick-set ability, techniques, athleticism, body control ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ His outstanding senior season should make him a solid second-round selection.
Negatives: Lower-body strength, ability to handle bull-rushers.