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2018 NFL Draft OG/C Rankings

By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the draftable interior offensive line prospects from the 2018 class, out of Southern Pigskin's coverage area.

These intial rankings are comprised of what right now are the draftable/PFA worthy prospects from our coverage area here at Southern Pigskin -- the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, and SoCon.

These pre-combine rankings include a basic rundown of strengths and weaknesses, however, after the combine, they will be updated with round projections, player comparisons, and a more in-depth summation of my personal opinion on each respective player.

Starting with the quarterbacks, they will be released one day at a time until all of the position groups are up. After that, they will be easily found in a comprehensive database from a homepage that includes a first round mock draft.

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | IOL (OG/C) | EDGE (DE/3-4 OLB) | DL | LB | CB | S


1. Frank Ragnow, Arkansas: 6’5, 317

Strengths: Good size, strength for the position. Gets into defenders quickly after the snap and finds work at the next level. Excellent technique in every respect. As good a run blocker as it gets. Plus pass protector at center. Starting experience at both center and guard.

Weaknesses: Only average athleticism.

2. Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech: 6’5, 315

Strengths: Well put together frame. A bully of a run blocker that doesn’t make many mistakes. Maybe the best pass blocking guard in college football over the last two years. Strength to handle bull rushing interior defenders.

Weaknesses: One of the most penalized offensive guards during his career. Won’t always look for more work when uncovered.

3. Braden Smith, Auburn: 6’6, 303

Strengths: Great frame for the position -- put together. Powerful mauler that can handle even the stronger interior lineman. Efficient pass blocker.

Weaknesses: Can be a little boom or bust as a run blocker. Efficient pass blocker, but it’s hard to judge the translatability from Auburn’s offense. Slow to recognize stunts and twists.

4. Bradley Bozeman, Alabama: 6’5, 314

Strengths: Good size and strength for a center. Extremely well-rounded with few glaring holes in his game. Maintains adequate balance when run blocking, allowing him to recover and avoid missed blocks.

Weaknesses: His run blocking production has dropped more noticeably than would be anticipated against better competition.

5. Will Clapp, LSU: 6’5, 314

Strengths: Good size, if not weight distribution, for the interior offensive line. Superior football IQ, recognition skills. Extremely consistent producer at both guard and center from the time he was a redshirt freshman.

Weaknesses: Built more like tackle without the arm length or athleticism.

6.  Tyrone Crowder, Clemson: 6’2, 340

Strengths: Sturdily built with good base. One of the more effective pass bockers in CFB over the past two years. Strong enough to withstand interior bull rushers.

Weaknesses: Lacks the ideal length for an NFL offensive lineman. Questionable upside due to physical limitations.

7. Taylor Hearn, Clemson: 6’5, 330

Strengths: Great size for the position. Good, consistent pass blocker over the last two years. Solid run blocker with good strength.

Weaknesses: Could have used another year of college to polish some of his technical issues.

8. Tony Adams, NC State: 6’2, 300

Strengths: Strong, lower half build with plus footwork. Athletic enough to win and find work in the second level as a run blocker. Has the feet to improve as a pass blocker.

Weaknesses: Size could force a move to center. Was a perfect fit for NC State’s offense, how will he adapt to a different scheme? Gets beat in pass pro by longer pass rushers.

9. Colby Gossett, Appalachian State: 6’6, 310

Strengths: Good size. Elite run blocker. Gets out on screens well. Has experience at right tackle, too. Succeeds in maintaining blocks on five and seven step drops.

Weaknesses: Took a step back after a stellar 2016 campaign. Over penalized. Only average athleticism.

10. Cory Helms, South Carolina: 6’4, 309

Strengths: Big and strong enough for an NFL center. Elite recognition skills. Well-rounded producer as both a run and pass blocker. Experience at both guard and center during his career at Wake Forest and then South Carolina.

Weaknesses: Athletic limitations have seen him struggle against quicker interior pass rushers. Footwork needs improvement.

11. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama: 6’4, 303

Strengths: The quintessential Alabama offensive lineman -- moves well, gets to the second level, and finds extra work. Technically sound.

Weaknesses: Improved as a pass blocker in 2017 but will never be more than average at best.

12. Austin Golson, Auburn: 6’5, 312

Strengths: Highly versatile, can play anywhere along the offensive line in a pinch, allowing for some roster flexibility. Plus awareness.

Weaknesses: Versatility may be his best asset. Well-rounded but doesn't excel at anything in particular.

13. K.J. Malone, LSU: 6’4, 321

Strengths: NFL ready frame at guard. Powerful lower body. Has shown steady improvement as a pass blocker, lateral agility will accentuate that with a move inside.

Weaknesses: Played tackle throughout his career at LSU but will need to move to guard. Largely unpolished footwork. Doesn’t really get upfield as a run blocker.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP