2016 NFL draft: Top offensive linemen

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Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss is projected as the top offensive tackle in the 2016 NFL draft.

1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss. Height: 6-5. Weight: 310. Class: Junior. Bench press: 34. 40-yard dash: N/A. Projection: Top 10.

The Rams and Eagles didn’t trade up to draft him, but with movement skills of a tight end many believe he’s the draft’s best overall player.

2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame. Height: 6-5¾. Weight: 312. Class: Junior. Bench press: N/A. 40-yard dash: 5.18. Projection: Top 20.

With ideal size and athleticism, could develop into an elite pass rusher at left tackle.

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3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State. Height: 6-5¾. Weight: 308. Class: Junior. Bench press: 25. 40-yard dash: 5. Projection: Top 20.

Former walk-on developed into an All-American blocker on the left side for Spartans.

4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State. Height: 6-7. Weight: 310. Class: Senior. Bench press: 20. 40-yard dash: 5.23. Projection: Top 20.

Could start career at right tackle, where he would be a mauling-type run blocker from his first game.

5. Jason Spriggs, Indiana. Height: 6-5⅝. Weight: 301. Class: Senior. Bench press: 31. 40-yard dash: 4.94. Projection: Round 1-2.

Few offensive tackles can accurately be described as “explosive” athletes, but then few offensive tackle run a sub-5-second 40-yard dash while having the strength to bench 225 pounds more than 30 times.

6. Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M. Height: 6-5¾. Weight: 324. Class: Junior. Bench press: 24. 40-yard dash: 5.3. Projection: Round 1-2.

The Aggies have produced their share of first-round offensive tackles over the years, and Ifedi’s undoubtedly potential could make him next.

7. Shon Coleman, Auburn. Height: 6-5½. Weight: 307. Class: Senior. Bench press: 22. 40-yard dash: N/A. Projection: Round 2.

Best story in the draft, he survived leukemia, spent two seasons away from football and is now preparing for his future as a potential NFL left tackle.

8. Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech. Height: 6-5¼. Weight: 316. Class: Senior. Bench press: 18. 40-yard dash: 5.16. Projection: Round 2.

One NFL draft analyst described his 853/4-inch wingspan as “pterodactyl” arms, which he can use to keep edge rushers from the quarterback.

9. Jerald Hawkins, LSU. Height: 6-5⅝. Weight: 305. Class: Junior. Bench press: 23. 40-yard dash: 5.23. Projection: Round 2-3.

Three-year starter in the bayou, he brings the athleticism of a former basketball standout the tackle position.

10. Caleb Benenoch, UCLA. Height: 6-5½. Weight: 311. Class: Junior. Bench press: N/A. 40-yard dash: 4.98. Projection: Round 3.

Experienced playing guard and tackle, will have to adjust to NFL after playing spread system in college but could develop into future starter at either spot.

Alabama's Ryan Kelly won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center.


1. C Ryan Kelly, Alabama. Height: 6-4. Weight: 311. Class: Senior. Bench press: 26. 40-yard dash: 5.03. Projection: Round 1-2.

Could become the rare center to be drafted in the first round.

2. G/T Cody Whitehair, Kansas State. Height: 6-3¾. Weight: 301. Class: Senior. Bench press: 16. 40-yard dash: 5.02. Projection: Round 1-2.

Started all 13 games at left tackle as a senior, but projects best as a guard in the NFL.

3. G Joshua Garnett, Stanford. Height: 6-4⅜. Weight: 312. Class: Senior. Bench press: 30. 40-yard dash: 5.32. Projection: Round 2.

Became the best Outland Trophy winner in school history as the nation’s top interior offensive lineman.

4. C/G Nick Martin, Notre Dame. Height: 6-4⅛. Weight: 311. Class: Senior. Bench press: 28. 40-yard dash: 5.22. Projection: Round 2-3.

Younger brother of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Zach Martin, capable of playing both interior spots but projects best as a starting center.

5. G Christian Westerman, Arizona State. Height: 6-3⅛. Weight: 298. Class: Senior. Bench press: 34. 40-yard dash: 5.12. Projection: Round 2-3.

Perhaps the most physically gifted guard in his class, no other offensive lineman at the NFL scouting combine bench pressed 225 pounds more times than his 34.

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