Here are the offensive linemen prospects for the 2019 NFL draft prospects ranked. The bar to get on the list was to have made an All Conference Team anyone of the years in college. First, Second, or Third Teams as well as Honorable Mention were acceptable. I did not use the All Freshman Team. The five year average of offensive linemen chosen in the draft is 40 according to nfldraftscout.com
- Jonah Williams
He treats everything — treatment, weight-lifting, film study, practices and games — like it’s the most important activity he will do. A 2018 unanimous All-American, one of eight and the only offensive lineman in 2018. One of only seven offensive line prospects to make All Conference First Team for two years.
- Dalton Risner
“I want to bury guys in the dirt on every single play” – Risner. Off the field, he is kind and considerate but once he steps on the field he becomes a mauler. A four year starter, Risner made All Big-12 First Team each of his last three years. One of only two offensive line draft prospects to make All Conference First Team for three years.
- Cody Ford
According to Sports Info Solutions, Oklahoma ran 4.4 yards before contact when running to Ford’s gap and had 7.4 yards per attempt for such runs. The word “mauler” consistently comes up on reports about Cody Ford. As reported by Sports Info Solutions Cody Ford had only two blown blocks in the passing game in 2018.
- Garrett Bradbury
Bradbury participated in all six of the offensive line combine drills and achieved above lineman targets in all six. He was the only offensive lineman to achieve all drill targets at the combine. Bradbury won the 2018 Rimington Award presented to the top center. He did not allow a quarterback pressure all season.
- Andre Dillard
According to Sports Info Solutions Dillard had a blown block on only 0.44% of his passing plays. Dillard had a good combine. The site seahawksdraftblog.com computes a Trench Explosion Formula (tef) for offensive linemen. It puts value on the combine bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. Dillard had the third highest weighted tef among offensive linemen. The weighted tef takes into account the players weight.
- Chris Lindstrom
According to Sports Info Solutions Lindstrom had zero blown blocks on passing downs in 2018. His blown block percentage on rushing plays of 0.99% was also very good. According to Sports Info Solutions Lindstrom has had only 1 holding penalty and 1 false start in three years of play from 2016-2018 with 38 starts over that time-frame. At the Senior Bowl practice a couple of directors of player personnel summed up Lindstrom when they said, “This Boston College guard is tough as hell.” Ranked as the fourth best offensive lineman at the combine for weighted tef (See Andre Dillard).
- Max Scharping
Sharping was the only other offensive lineman prospect, besides Risner, to make all conference first team each of three years. The other year he made the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Last year the only penalty Scharping had was one false start. After a redshirt freshman year, Sharping started 53 consecutive games, every game of his career from 2015-18, and played every offensive snap (998 plays) in 2018. He gave up one sack last year for his first sack allowed since 2015. When asked at the combine who is the toughest player you faced in 2018, defensive end Brian Burns responded Max Scharping. Burns is a projected first round pick.
- Greg Little
Started at Left Tackle as a true freshman and held that position as a starter for the next two years. In 2018 Ole Miss ranked ninth in total offense (498 yds/game) and Little allowed just one sack, two QB hits, and seven QB hurries all season. As reported by Pro Football Focus, over the past two seasons Little allowed just 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps.
- Beau Benzschawel
One of only seven offensive line draft prospects to make all conference first team the last two seasons. On rushing plays the Badgers averaged 7.5 yards per attempt when running to Beau’s gap. Beau has played in 49 games and made 49 consecutive starts on what is regarded as one of the top offensive lines in the nation. Wisconsin was one of ten semifinalists for the 2018 Joe Moore Award given to the most outstanding offensive line units in college football. Wisconsin and Army were the only two FBS teams that gained 150+ rush yards in every game this season. Pro Football Focus had Beau as the highest-graded guard by a long shot as he dominated in both pass protection and blocking for the run.
- Kaleb McGary
Kaleb McGary was voted Winner of the 2018 Morris Trophy as the top PAC-12 offensive lineman as voted by opposing teams defensive linemen. As reported by Sports Info Solutions, Kaleb had a 0.44% blown block percentage on passing downs and a 0.93% on rush plays. That was the second lowest combined blown block percentage (1.4%) among their top 15 offensive tackles. Only Jawaan Taylor had a better combined percentage (1.1%). McGary has been through his share of adversity to get where he is as detailed in this Houston Chronicle article. An athletic lineman, McGrary finished sixth in the weighted tef (see Andre Dillard) among offensive linemen at the combine. One of only seven offensive line propects to make All Conference First Team for two years.
- Michael Deiter
One of only seven offensive line prospects to make All Conference First Team for two years. After a redshirt freshman season, Deiter started on the offensive line for every game (54) over the next four years. He has started at left guard (24 starts), center (16) and left tackle (14). Like his teammate Beau Benzschawel, Deiter has been a starting lineman on a Wisconsin team considered to be one of the top offensive lines. Deiter was the 2018 Big-10 Rimington–Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.
- Yodny Cajuste
Cajuste is a tough aggressive lineman that plays with power. He had the fourth best bench press (32) among offensive linemen. Cajuste was a Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2018 along with Risner and Samia. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Cajuste allowed only 11 pressures on 414 pass-blocking attempts last year.
- David Edwards
- Connor McGovern
In 2017 McGovern played starting center for all 13 games and in 2018 he was starting guard for 12 games and one game at center. He is a three year starter having started nine games as a true freshman at guard in 2016. In November 2018, Mel Kiper Jr. listed McGovern as the best offensive guard in the 2019 class. Connor is a good run blocker. As reported by Sports Info Solutions, the Penn State running backs averaged 6.5 yards per carry when running to McGovern’s gap and averaged 3.4 yards before contact when doing so. McGovern had a 50.9% positive blocking percentage on such plays. Of their seven top graded guards only Deiter and Benzschawel had a higher percentage.
- Ben Powers
“I love taking a grown man’s dreams and crushing them”-Ben Powers. Powers was outstanding in the Senior Bowl practice week. He was regarded as almost a brick wall in 1-on-1 drills. Powers was All Conference First team on the team that won the Joe Moore Award for the nation’s top front-five. Powers plays thru the whistle and likes to throw people to the ground at the end. As reported by Sports Info Solutions, Powers was below 1% on blown blocks in both the pass (0.48%) and run (0.85%) plays. The sum of his percentage of blown blocks was second best among their top seven guards.
- Nate Davis
Davis stood out at the Senior Bowl. It was reported that he consistently stood up pass rushers during one-on-one drills and moved defenders off the ball in the run game. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Davis allowed only four pressures on 234 pass-blocking snaps in 2018.
- Lamont Gaillard
Gaillard is a standout from the East West Shrine Game. Gaillard is a three year starter with 42 career starts. He won the Georgia “Own the Trenches” award following spring drills in 2017. This on what is regarded as one of the best offensive lines in college football. With Gaillard at center the Bulldogs had four different 1,000 yard rushers over a two year period. That is a first in NCAA history. ESPN analyst Cole Cubelic picked Gaillard as his top SEC center entering the 2018 season and had this to say – “He plays his ass off, consistently finishes, never leaves his teammates out to dry and for me he is a joy to watch.” Cubelic should know a good center as he played center at Auburn from 1996-2001.
- Tytus Howard
Howard played in the FCS and had a good year allowing only one sack. He has a tremendous work ethic. He entered Alabama State at 6’3″ and 235 lbs. Through an industrious weight room regime he is now 6’5″ and 322 lbs. As reported on Pro Football Focus, he had the highest win rate of any tackle in the 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl.
- Bobby Evans
Evans has a powerful punch to jolt defenders and a vice like grip. He is a three year starter on one of the best offensive lines. Evans was moved to left tackle last year. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Award in 2018 given to the nations outstanding offensive line.
- Dru Samia
Samia was named one of three top offensive lineman in the Big-12 in 2018. He is ferocious competitor that plays with a nasty streak and constantly looks for work.
- Michael Jordan
In his freshman year Jordan started at guard and made Freshman All American. He was the first true freshman to start on Ohio State’s offensive line in 23 years, or since Orlando Pace did so in 1994. In his 2017 sophomore year he stayed as the starting guard and made Big-10 All conference (1st Team coaches, 2nd team media). He switched to center in 2018 and still mad all conference 2nd team. Jordan played in every game between 2016 and 2018 – 41 in all – and started every one of them. Jordan had a good combine hitting offensive line targets in 4 of his 6 drill events and making NFL analyst Chad Reuter’s All Combine Team.
- Ross Pierschbacher
Ross was one of three finalists for the 2018 Rimington Trophy presented to the most outstanding center in college football. In 2018 he recorded 36 knockdown blocks and allowed only a single pressure while giving up just two sacks in 962 snaps. His 57 career starts is in a three way tie for the most career starts in FBS history. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Ross allowed only four pressures on 422 pass blocking snaps in 2018. This on an Alabama team that was number one in passing efficiency. Ross may be first player in college history to start four straight national championship games. He is a four year starter and as played all three interior o-line positions. He started as center just in 2018 and made All Conference Second Team.
- Joe Lowery
After making All MAC Second Team in 2017, Lowery went on to make All Conference First Team in 2018. He was highly graded by Pro Football Focus in 2018 – achieving their MAC Conference Player of the Year, coming in tie for second among draft prospects for offensive tackles ranked by run-blocking grade, and he was their fifth highest ranked tackle for the year. However he was ranked the 43rd offensive lineman on their draft big board citing concerns about his play strength. Lowery was a two season team captain and a quiet leader on the team. He played thru a painful injury during the 2016 season because his team needed him. “That man, he’s got crazy mental toughness,” said Pruehs, Ohio starting center (2017). “There would be days last year when he couldn’t even move, from what he was going through with his injury. He pushes through. Doesn’t tell anyone about it, doesn’t want it to affect other guys”.
- Oli Udoh
After a redshirt freshman season, Udoh started all four years at Elon. In 2018 he made Phil Steele’s 2018 FCS All American First Team, CAA All Conference First Team and Hero Sports FCS All American First Team. At the combine Udoh met o-line targets in 3 of his 6 drills and his weighted tef score was 12th among offensive linemen. He had the second biggest wingspan and the third largest arm-length among offensive linemen at the combine. Here is his combine spider graph.
- Nate Herbig
Herbig is a big powerful guard. He weighed in at 335 lbs at the combine which was tie for second heaviest among o-linemen. He bench pressed 29 reps which was tie for sixth among o-linemen. Nate, a junior, is a three year starter. In 2016 he played 13 games and started six games at left guard. He was the first true freshman at Stanford to start on offensive line since 2012. Nate made ESPN’s true freshman All-American team – “A tough, physical player in a scheme that freshman often struggle to be tough enough to succeed, Herbig found a way to make it work at left guard.”. In 2017 he made Pac-12 All Conference First Team and helped block for running back Bryce Love. Love was second in the nation that year in rushing yards. In 2018 Herbig was injured and played in only seven games which he also started. He still earned Pac-12 All Conference Second Team.
- Lanard Bonner
Bonner was selected Sun Belt All Conference First Team in 2017 and 2018. He won the 2017 Gary Withrow Award presented to the team’s outstanding offensive lineman of the year. In 2017 he helped lead the Red Wolves to a school-record 495 yards total offense per game that ranked as the 8th highest average in the nation. Praised by offensive line coach Allen Rudolph not only for his talent but also for how he has “worked his butt off” in the weight room, film study and drill work. Bonner plays with a little bit of nastiness and competes through the whistle. Lanard Bonner, 6’5” and 310 pounds, is said to have extreme athletic ability with a mauler mentality.
- John Keenoy
Keenoy is a four year starter who started every game played (50 of 51 possible games) at center. He started 12 games as a true freshman in 2015. He made MAC All Conference Team the last three of those four years making 2016 (2nd team), 2017 (First team) and 2018 (Second Team). Going into the 2018 season Pro Football Focus had Keenoy as tied for the second best pass-blocking center from 2017. He allowed just two pressures on 329 pass-protection snaps in 2017 and only seven over 2016 and 2017. Keenoy had not allowed a sack in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 was lone junior voted by teammates for “Captain’s Award”. He is a strong run blocker, a “People mover”. Western Michigan has been in the top 27% of teams in the nation for rushing yards per game each of the last three seasons. As reported on RotoWorld, Keenoy finished No. 1 among draft-eligible centers last year in run-block success rate, per PFF. He also finished inside the top-five in pass-block efficiency, snaps per inside pressure, and snaps per outside pressure. Keenoy will be knocked due to his size. He was among the four lightest offensive linemen at the combine at 299 lbs and his height (6’3) was among the eight shortest. However per WMU head coach P.J. Fleck when John was competing for a starting role his freshman year as the smallest player competing – “He’s a worker and he’s tough…. he’s willing to continue to get better and I think that’s half the battle. The kid’s willing and he shows it. It’s important to him.” John went on to earn the starting role at center as a true freshman.
- O’Shea Dugas
Dugas is a four year starter getting the start as a true freshman and starting 43 games out of 49 played. In his four years Dugas made the 247Sports True Freshman All-American Team (2015), All Conference USA Second Team (2016), All Conference USA Second Team (2017) and the All Conference USA First Team (2018). Dugas has played both guard and tackle during his LA Tech career. In 2017 Dugas’s mother passed away during the football season. Dugas plays hard now in part for his mother and started the day following her funeral versus UAB because he knew that is what she would have wanted. Here is an inspiring article about his relationship with his mother. This Shrine Game practice report had this to say about Dugas – “…excels as a run blocker, but he has held up well in pass protection. He is a big guy with great strength. He sustains those blocks well and his hand placement has been good.”.
- Tyler Jones
Jones made All ACC Conference First Team in 2018. He is a three year starter at left tackle and has started every game at left tackle over the last three years. NC State has ranked fifth in sacks allowed per game over the last two seasons with only 0.85 (2018) and 1.0 (2017) allowed per game. Jones played 98% of the team’s offensive snaps in 2016 and 2017, and 93% in 2018. In 2017 Jones allowed just 14 pressures which was tied for fewest among returning ACC tackles. In 2017, NC State finished tied for No. 1 in the country at 0.2 QB pressure percentage, per PFF_College. Ryan Finley was hit just 24 times on 529 dropbacks. Tyler Jones was stellar at the east West Shrine Game and had the following reviews – “Jones has been a standout at practices, practically stonewalling anyone who enters his vicinity.” – SBNation. And also – “North Carolina State OL Tyler Jones was arguably the best player on the field today. A college left tackle, Jones kicked inside and dominated on the interior. His lateral mobility, body composition, length and ability to stay square led to a standout performance, particularly in 1v1 drills.” – Day 1 Practice Notes The Draft Network. At the combine Tyler met o-line targets in 3 of the 5 drill events he participated and came in 14th in weighted tef (Trench Explosion Formula) out of 45 o-linemen that participated in those drills.
- Bunchy Stallings
Stallings was SEC All Conference First Team in 2018. He was selected as an All American by the Associate Press and by the Athletic. Stallings was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack all year. He totaled 170 blocks at the point of attack and had 55 knockdown blocks. Stallings is said to be a mauler in the run game and helped contribute to running back Benny Snell breaking 1,000 yards rushing each of the last three seasons. Stallings was selected to the ESPN 2018 mid-season All-America team and they had this to say – “He has been a road-grader for the Wildcats. ”
- Jackson Barton
Barton made All Conference Pac-12 First Team in 2018. Barton has started every game for the last two seasons at left tackle. At the combine Barton met o-line drill targets in 4 of his 6 events and was one of only 16 o-linemen too do so. In the weighted tef (Trench Explosion Formula) Barton was 19th out of 45. Barton was tie for the third tallest offensive lineman (6’7″ 1/4). While o-linemen usually are preferred shorter, Barton uses his arm length effectively to redirect targets. According to his draft profile at nfl.com he delivers blocks with some initial pop, shows good upper body power and has a finishers demeanor. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the Bartons (Jackson & Cody Barton) are very conscious about everything they do and praised them for having phenomenal work ethics.
- Ryan Pope
Ryan Pope made the 2018 Mountain West All Conference Second Team. Started 21 games at right tackle and his final 3 games at left tackle. Ryan struggled a bit at the Shrine game defensing against Oklahoma State defensive end Jordan Brailford. Pope blocked for a SDSU team that Ryan has the measurements for the o-line as he was tie for the 12th heaviest o-lineman at the combine (320 lbs) and he was tie for the sixth biggest wingspan (84.5″). Ryan is known as a mauler who plays with a bit of a mean streak. In 2017 San Diego State was the ninth best team in the nation in yards per rush attempt and eleventh in rushing yards per game.
- Calvin Anderson
Anderson is a three year All Conference Honorable Mention. He is a four year starter and started all 50 games he has played in his college career almost exclusively at left tackle. Before becoming a graduate transfer to Texas, at Rice in the 2016 season he is credited with 26 knockdowns and five pancake blocks. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Anderson finished 2017 with a 98.0 pass blocking efficiency. That made him tie for fourth among 2019 draft eligible players.
- Chuma Edoga
Days 1 and 2 Picks
In 2017 running backs averaged 7.8 yards per carry running to the right of right tackle Edwards. In 2018 they averaged 6.2 yards per attempt when running to his gap and averaged 2.8 yards before contact in that gap. In addition Edwards protected the blind side of their left handed quarterback. In 2017 the last year Edwards played a full season and was not injured Wisconsin was tie for 2nd in the Big Ten in lowest number of quarterback sacks allowed (21) which was 37th among the 129 FBS teams. Edwards is a massive tackle (6’6.25″ and 308 lbs) with an explosive first step that plays with a bully demeanor.
Day 3 Picks
Edoga made the 2018 Pac-12 All Conference Second Team. As reported by Pro Football Focus, Edoga allowed just four hurries across 304 pass-blocking snaps in 2018 and has no sacks or hits allowed tied to his name. The Draft Network listed Edoga as one of the outstanding players at the Senior Bowl. However Edoga does carry some red flags that needs to be followed up on. In 2016, Chuma Edoga was ejected in the first series against Utah State for making contact with an official. This coupled with a Matt Miller tweet in January on Edoga raise concerns that need further investigation.
There were a handful of players that made All Conference that I chose not to list. I viewed them more as prospects to be signed as free agents following the draft. Those prospects are
- Martez Ivey
2018, 2017 and 2016 All Conference Second Team
- Alec Eberle
2017 All Conference Second Team
- Tyree St. Louis
2018 All Conference Honorable Mention
- Justice Powers
2018 All Conference First Team