The 2017 NFL Draft is a weak class for the linemen, at the beginning of the season most believed OT Cam Robinson was the best lineman but his stock has fallen because of inconsistent play and off-field issues. Inconsistent play throughout this class have made linemen a weak position group in this draft.
5. Ethan Pocic- Center- LSU
Pocic did a nice job opening up running lanes for stud RBs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice last season. He also excelled in pass protection for LSU’s QBs. He has quick hands that shoot into defenders chests and the strength to keep them there. He also has experience playing guard and center so his versatility will appeal to teams. His height of 6′ 6″ made it difficult to play with low pad level and sometimes he would lose leverage while getting bull rushed. He is extremely versatile with executing combo blocks and quickly getting to the second level, but he must work on his leverage and pad level. We think he is a mid to late 2nd round pick.
4. Garett Bolles-Tackle-Utah
Bolles has had to overcome a lot of off-field issues in his life. He went to Junior College before enrolling at Utah and only played one full year with the Utes. Bolles has elite athleticism with very smooth feet that allow him to do well in pass protection. He plays with power and is a great finisher at the point of attack. On film, he struggles to keep his hands inside and either got beat or got called for holding. Garett Bolles is definitely a talented kid but also a project that will have to build strength in an NFL weight program. We think he slides to the second round because of off-field issues and how unpolished his game is right now.
3. Forrest Lamp-Guard-WKU
At the Senior Bowl, Lamp was the best lineman, before suffering a high ankle sprain during the week. He has a solid, strong build but is fairly athletic for some of his 6′ 4″ frame. He has quick and smooth feet to counter against smaller, quicker defensive ends. He lacks arm length so he might be kicked inside. Has to get a stronger, quicker get off in order to drive his hands into the defenders chest. Lamp lacks ideal size and arm length but has a lot of natural strength and smooth feet that a team will fall in love with. We think he goes in the late 1st or early second round as an undersized guard.
2. Ryan Ramcyzk-Tackle-Wisconsin
He has an interesting story as he started out as a Division III player, despite having Division I offers. He sat out a year after transferring to Wisconsin and then was a first-team All Big Ten and All-American. He explodes out of his stance with great low pad level and a strong frame. Ramcyzk has solid quickness on reach blocks and is a great finisher with his hips locked in place on drives. Will stand up while pass protecting sometimes, and struggled at times protecting the edge against speedy rushers that get separation with long arms. He also ran a pro style system and played well against three great rushers in Sam Hubbard, Taco Charlton and Arden Key. We think Ramcyzk could be the first linemen taken if teams are concerned with Cam Robinson’s off-field issues, but he is definitely a first round lock whether he is the first lineman drafted or not.
1. Cam Robinson-Tackle-Alabama
Robinson has been a three year starter for the Crimson Tide at left tackle, and he is definitely the most talented lineman in this class. He improved his pass protection this season and has a solid kick slide. He has good arm length and size at 6′ 6″ 322 pounds. He looks a lot like Ryan Clady, the Denver Broncos Pro Bowl left tackle, on tape. He loses his balance sometimes and does not bend his legs or knees when defending the edge. He sometimes loses power on drives and struggles to stay on his blocks. He will sometimes take plays off and not look motivated. This past summer he was arrested for having marijuana and a stolen handgun in a vehicle. His talent is that of a top 20 pick, but his off-field issues might concern some teams so he may slide into the late first round.
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