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2018 Draft Prospects: Offensive Line

October 28 2017 at 11:32 AM
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Every publication and blog that covers the Bungs should make this a weekly feature. This team is never going anywhere until they fix the line. Yeah, I know. Even with a fixed line, they still won't ever win a playoff game. But out of curiosity, why not track what's out there?

Here are the top prospects as they looked heading into the season, as pulled from various sources, including Pro Football Focus.

Tackle

* Mike McGlinchey - Notre Dame - Senior - 6'7" 312

* Orlando Brown - Oklahoma - Junior - 6'7" 358

* Connor Williams - Texas - Junior - 6'6" 320 (now injured with torn knee ligaments)

Center

* Frank Ragnow - Arkansas - Senior - 6'4" 319

* Mason Cole - Michigan - Senior - 6'5" 305

Guard

* Quenton Nelson - Notre Dame - Junior 6'5" 325

* Wyatt Teller - Virginia Tech - Senior - 6'5" 304


Maybe we can keep an eye on some of these. That will make us better informed in April when we gripe about the Bungs draft selections.


Links:
https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-2018-nfl-draft-watch-fbs-offensive-line-overview
https://www.thephinsider.com/2017/8/25/16162636/miami-dolphins-draft-prospects-2018-offensive-line-preview

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Re: 2018 Draft Prospects: Offensive Line

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October 28 2017, 12:43 PM 

I highly doubt Mikey will take an offensive linemen in the early rounds. If recent drafts are any indication then I would expect a corner or WR in the first round and then another stupid pick in the second round. Maybe, just maybe we might think about taking an o-lineman in the 5th round at the latest. Let the run of idiotic drafts continue unfortunately. I remember after the last draft someone said that Mikey is showing signs of senility after drafting Ross and Mixon. He's gonna be showing senility from now on and in future drafts it will show.

 
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I wouldn't be surprised to see them pick OL in 2018

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October 28 2017, 2:05 PM 

They did just blow the first two picks of the 2015 draft on OT. It just depends how pig-headed they are that those guys are good enough since they were top draftees. With Bodine they've been pigheaded. They moved up to get him in round 4. And he's stunk pretty much for the entire duration of his rookie deal, including this year where if anything he has gotten worse. But here's the thing, they can give Bodine a second contract or they can draft someone. Mikey doesn't value centers. So he's only gonna give Bodine a new contract if nobody else will. That'll be one of the more interesting questions.


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Re: 2018 Draft Prospects: Offensive Line

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November 5 2017, 12:24 PM 

From the Plain Dealer, a recent (one week ago) discussion on offensive tackles.

1. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Year: Senior.
Height, weight: 6-8, 312.
Projection: Early first round.

What to know: McGlinchey started 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2015 before replacing first-round pick Ronnie Stanley at left tackle last year. He leads a Notre Dame offense that ranks No. 6 in FBS in rushing offense per game and No. 8 in offensive efficiency. The Irish have allowed just 13 sacks through eight games. But the most important sack came late in Notre Dame’s 20-19 loss to Georgia as McGlinchey allowed UGA linebacker Davin Bellamy to get to quarterback Brandon Wimbush, forcing a fumble that sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

2. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi St.

Year: Senior.
Height, weight: 6-5, 305.
Projection: First round.

What to know: Through MSU’s first five games, Rankin allowed just two quarterback pressures. The Bulldogs as a team have given up just five total sacks in eight games. Through Sept. 29, Rankin was blocking at a 97.8 efficiency according to @CFBFilmRoom. Mississippi St. ranks No. 14 in the nation in rushing offense and No. 44 in total offense.

3. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

Year: Junior.
Height, weight: 6-8, 360.
Projection: Mid-first round.

What to know: Oklahoma leads the nation in offensive efficiency with Brown anchoring the left side of the line. The Sooners have allowed just 13 sacks, and have the No. 3-ranked passing attack in the FBS. Brown played brilliantly against top defensive lines, including Texas and Ohio State. Though his temper and fiery personality have gotten him in trouble in the past, Brown has not been flagged for a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct penalty this season. Brown is the son of the former Browns offensive tackle of the same name, who passed away in 2011.

4. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Year: Senior.
Height, weight: 6-5, 320.
Projection: Second round.

What to know: Behind Crosby, the Ducks have rushed for more than 2,500 yards on the season and average better than 256 yards on the ground per game (No. 10 in FBS). An Outland Trophy candidate, Crosby did not allow a quarterback sack or hit through his team’s first seven games. PFF College Football graded Crosby at 99.2 on its pass blocking efficiency scale among PAC-12 tackles with a minimum of 100 snaps.

5. Connor Williams, Texas

Year: Junior.
Height, weight: 6-6, 320.
Projection: Second round.

What to know: Scouts say Williams is strong, smart, explosive and has excellent footwork and quickness. Williams suffered a sprained left knee in a loss to USC in September, but avoided surgery on a torn meniscus and is hopeful of a return at some point late in the season. He started as a true freshman in 2015. Texas has not had a first-round pick since 2015. Williams is looking to be the Longhorns’ first top-10 pick since 2006.


http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/10/early_browns_2018_nfl_draft_pr.html


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The guys above?

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November 5 2017, 12:37 PM 

Forget it. Those are 1st round talents. Except for the kid from Texas. That's a Mikey pick if I ever seen it.

Now injured. Cheap. Will fall in the draft to later rounds because of knee injury.

Perfect for Mike Brown.



 
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Re: 2018 Draft Prospects: Offensive Line

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December 20 2017, 7:30 PM 

From CBS Sports...

2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Kolton Miller has a well-rounded, franchise left tackle skill set

The underrated left tackle protected Josh Rosen's blindside well at UCLA and has high-level athletic traits

Chris Trapasso - CBSSports.com - Dec 19, 2017

UCLA's Kolton Miller is the left tackle who's primed for a major draft rise over the next few months. The Bruins' blocker flashes outstanding balance for his size when moving backward and forward -- in pass protection and in the run game -- and is a through-the-whistle player who often overpowers defenders.

At 6-8 and 310 pounds with seemingly long arms, he has elite measureables.

Per Pro Football Focus, Miller allowed just 15 quarterback pressures (two sacks, eight hits, five hurries) on 544 pass-block snaps in 2017, which was good for the site's 10th-best Pass-Block Efficiency score among 121 qualifying offensive tackles. In a pass-happy NFL, Miller's pass-blocking prowess will likely be the main reason he's picked in the first round. ...

3. Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Nelson will step into the NFL and instantly improve a team's run game, regardless of who's carrying the football. As a pass-protector, the Notre Dame star uses his strong base and balance to win much more often than not. And he's incredibly aware of blitzers.

4. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Brown has taken an important step this season -- he's now able to get to small speed-rushers on the edge and, even if initially beat, push them past the pocket with a lot more regularity than he did in 2016.

15. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Miller is a large, physically gifted offensive tackle who's been one of the bright spots on UCLA's line for the past few season. He's matured into a quality pass-protector who wins with length and footwork, which NFL teams will love.

21. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

Okorafor is an offensive line coach's dream. He's enormous, with long arms, quick feet, and he consistently played with a balanced foundation.

24. Connor Williams, OT, Texas

Williams might have the highest ceiling of any offensive tackle in the class, but a few hiccups in his injury-shortened 2017 put him at No. 25 for the time being. The pre-draft process will be vital for him.


https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-draft-prospect-rankings-kolton-miller-has-a-well-rounded-franchise-left-tackle-skill-set/


That makes five o-linemen who are first round quality, according to this guy. And it looks like the Bungs are headed for 5-11 and a Top 5 or 6 pick.




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Re: 2018 Draft Prospects: Offensive Line

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December 20 2017, 7:57 PM 

Psycho, we'll probably draft a WR or CB. It's the Bengal way.
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December 21 2017, 1:31 PM 

Or a safety. Or a tight end.

If they lose out and finish 5-11 this season, there may be the possibility of trading down and getting extra draft picks. But then they would drive us mad by still not taking offensive linemen.

If they took three of them in the first four rounds, who among us would complain?

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LOL--probably ME

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December 21 2017, 4:26 PM 

"If they took three of them in the first four rounds, who among us would complain?"

If the Bungles select Offensive Linemen like they have for the past 3 or 4 years....then that complainer would be yours truly.

Why?

I only need to nod my head at Fisher and Oghabhi....and you will understand why.

Then Mike Brown would select that already injured kid from Texas....like the Bungles did last year....that is....draft an already injured player that cannot contribute.

All I can say is--is that I want out of the Bungles what I already know I can't have. Wheel and deal at draft time. Be imaginative. Listen to the football guys. Watch game tape, not Indy Combine Glitter. READ BEHAVIOR REPORTS AND INTERVIEWS.

Yes, Mike Brown f*cking flunked all of those points.....and that's why I'm not expecting much out of the 2018 NFL Draft for Cincinnati. A bunch of non-contributors and meatheads.

That's what I'm thinking.

 
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