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My Offensive Tackle Rankings

The 2011 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and with almost all of the pre draft workouts and visits completed most draft boards are complete.  I have been assembling my draft board in accordance with the Lions’ needs, draft strategy and player preferences.  These rankings will vary from some other rankings you’ll see because these are team specific and scheme specific.  For example, Gabe Carimi is ranked much higher on a lot of draft boards than he is on mine, but that is because I view him as a right tackle only in the Lions’ offense.  He could fit as a left tackle on other teams, thus increasing his value to those teams.  There are some players that I have left of my board entirely because they don’t fit at all.

Since I have limited resources to work with, my evaluations don’t extend past 3rd or 4th round prospects.  These rankings are based on a combination of various scouting reports, game footage, Senior Bowl practices, Combine coverage, draft related articles and opinions from sources.  The players’ names link to the scouting reports on

1 Tyron Smith OT, USC 6-5 307
2 Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College 6-7 311
3 Nate Solder OT, Colorado 6-9 305
4 Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State 6-6 321
5 Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin 6-7 314
6 Benjamin Ijalana OT, Villanova 6-4 320
7 Willie Smith OT, East Carolina 6-5 310
8 Marcus Gilbert OT, Florida 6-5 330
9 James Carpenter OT, Alabama 6-5 321
10 James Brewer OT, Indiana 6-8 323
11 David Mims OT, Virginia Union 6-8 348
12 Tyler Donahue OT, Bowling Green 6-6 298
13 Derek Newton OT, Arkansas St 6-5 311
14 Mike Person OT, Montana State 6-5 295
15 Chris Hairston OT, Clemson 6-7 325



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2 Responses to “My Offensive Tackle Rankings”

  1. NorthLeft12 says:

    I think you should give the National Football Post and Wes Bunting some kind of credit for the links that you have to their scouting reports.

  2. What’s this?

    “The players’ names link to the scouting reports on”

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