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    Offensive Line Help in 2012 Draft Outside of Round 1

    It's obvious we need offensive line help. Trouble is, we must be tired of spending round 1 picks on linemen. There comes a time we need to draft playmakers, and the time is now before Bradford dies from frustration. So Round 2 and down linemen is looking more and more like the trend we will be taking. Here are some key players we could/should be keeping an eye on.
    Matt Kalil will probably be the next Joe Thomas + Sam Baker + Jake Long, but we just can't take him.



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    Peter Konz 6'5, 315lbs. Wisconsin. Will be surprising if he slips to the second round, but crazier things have happened. Wisconsin's best o-lineman coming into the draft. Is the field general at the center position, and possesses great size for a center. Shows no major flaws on tape, and has dominated elite college talent like Jared Crick and Jerel Worthy. Great pass and run blocker. Has the potential to be the next great NFL center.

    Michael Brewster 6'5, 6'5, 293lbs. Ohio State. Michael Brewster might slip to the second round if Konz gets drafted late in the first round. Ohio State's best offensive lineman. He is not the same type of player Konz is. Although he also has good run blocking and pass blocking skills, he is more of a technician. He is highly intelligent and mobile, and opens up running lanes with strength and good angles. Although not undersized, he will adjust better into the NFL if he adds some more bulk.

    Mike Adams 6'8, 320lbs. Ohio State. Punishing run blocker, and absolutely engulfs defenders. Shows great strength going against defenders. Has occasional problems with speed rushers. Should be a huge upgrade at either guard position.

    Matt Reynolds 6'6, 325lbs. BYU. Shut-down pass blocker, and good but has room to improve run blocker. Shuts down bull rushers, and has the feet to block out speed rushers. Immediate upgrade at either tackle position.

    Kelechi Osemele 6'6, 347lbs. Iowa St. Solid pass blocker, and has great feet for his size. Possesses long arms and fluid footwork. Powerful run blocker. Can play both tackle positions and guard positions.

    Kevin Zeitler 6'4, 315lbs. Wisconsin. Another road grader from Wisconsin. One of Wisconsin's smallest offensive linemen, which says something about their o-line. Possesses solid pass blocking technique and has the typical power run blocking every o-lineman from Wisconsin possesses. Can play either guard position.



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    Ricky Wagner, 6'6, 320lbs. Wisconsin. Like his fellow o-line teammates, Wagner is a tremendous run blocker, and has good pass blocking technique. Can improve his pass blocking, but has the ability to play left tackle in the NFL.

    Ryan Miller, 6'8, 310lbs. Colorado. Great footwork and quickness for his height. Better pass blocker than run blocker. Anchors well in pass blocking as he gets good knee bend and engulfs smaller defenders. Can play guard and right tackle.

    William Vlachos 6'1, 295lbs. Alabama. The anchor of Bama's interior line. Hits his blocks with force, and has blocked well for Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Has good mobility and quickness, and pulls well. Is also a good pass blocker. Does not possess optimal height, as he is only 6'1, and may be bullied by NFL defensive tackles, (imagine 6'7 Albert Haynesworth going against him) and needs to gain some weight to offset his height disadvantage. With 10-15 more pounds, he can be a good anchor with a low center of gravity in the interior.


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    Mike Ryan, 6'5, 330lbs. Conn. Huge lineman, and is a dominant run blocker, and does well in passing situations. Can play right tackle or either guard positions. May be a sleeper in this draft.


    Josh Oglesby 6'7, 335lbs. Wisconsin. A typical Wisc. lineman, he plays with tenacity and aggression. Strong pass blocker, and a bulldozer in the run game. Can upgrade the right tackle or either guard.


    Rokevious Watkins 6'4, 340lbs. S. Car. Completely dominant run blocker, but has room to improve in pass blocking. Paves huge holes for Marcus Lattimore. Can be a dominant run blocking guard in the NFL.
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    Re: Offensive Line Help in 2012 Draft Outside of Round 1

    Very nice list you put together, definatly helps. Im not very good when it comes to O-line prospects. which would you prefer for each different round?


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    Re: Offensive Line Help in 2012 Draft Outside of Round 1

    Would love to get Peter Konz as our next center, but there's not a strong possibility he falls to the second round. I wouldn't rule out Brewster though.


    I'm a big fan of Wisconsin linemen, and basically their whole line is up for grabs this draft. I would like Mike Adams, and Matt Reynolds from BYU is underrated. He'll be a solid NFL tackle.

    Don't really have favorites right now, there's a good batch of linemen this year.

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    Re: Offensive Line Help in 2012 Draft Outside of Round 1

    sounds good. as long as we grab 1 or 2 of them during the draft and FA ill be happy.


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