2016 GZL DRAFT PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
The OL Edition
Corey Smith, GreenZone Media Committee
September 5th, 2013
**NOTE: Player ratings are subject to change over the course of the NCAA season! Nothing is final until the entire draft class is released.
OT Michael Millen | Toledo | 6’4” 309lbs
: 72SPD, 95STR, 68AWR, 68AGI, 83ACC, 90PBK, 84RBK
Typically when a GM selects an OL, he has to choose between some combination of size, strength, athletic ability, and skill. But with Michael Millen, whichever GM is lucky enough to land him won’t have to compromise on much. Millen is a freakishly strong athlete that excels in pass protection. His only minor weakness is a sometimes lacking run blocking skill.
: Joe Staley | 49ers
: Top 3 Pick
OC Fernando Wilson | Northwestern | 6’3” 308lbs
: 67SPD, 94STR, 65AWR, 65AGI, 80ACC, 87PBK, 86RBK
Given the scarcity of great centers in the GZL, Fernando Wilson may just be more valuable than Millen. While he’s slightly less physically gifted, and slightly less polished in pass pro … Wilson is nonetheless as close to can’t-miss at the OC position as you are going to find.
: OC Alex Mack | Browns
: Top 12 Pick
OG Shannon Crockett | N.C. State | 6’4” 315lbs
: 68SPD, 87STR, 63AWR, 64AGI, 79ACC, 85PBK, 90RBK
Yet another gifted athlete, Shannon Crockett is tailor-made for on offense that likes to get their guards out in front of their outside runs. While he has some work to do in the strength department, Crockett has just enough strength to couple with his superior run blocking ability to create a top prospect at the OG position.
: Jon Asamoah |Chiefs
: Mid 1st Round
OG Byron Coles | Fresno State | 6’4” 328lbs
: 63Spd, 94STR, 57AWR, 62AGI, 81ACC, 75PBK, 84RBK
Byron Coles also brings some athletic ability to the 2016 draft table. But, unlike the previous prospects, Coles is MUCH more raw. Coles has been physically dominant in the Mountain West in the run game over his career at Fresno, but has been exposed frequently in pass pro. He’s definitely got the size and tools to be great, but it will take some work from his future team.
: Logan Mankins | Seahawks
: Mid-Late First
OT Darrell Freeman | Washington | 6’5” 305lbs
: 55SPD, 89STR, 63AWR, 61AGI, 70ACC, 89PBK, 91RBK
For the GM that prefers his OL to be more of the polished variety, than the physically gifted, there’s Darrell Freeman. While he’s not necessarily a slouch in the athletic ability department, he’s a sloth compared to some of his classmates. But where Freeman shines is in his actually blocking ability. He may go higher than projected here to a team looking for a plug-n-play OT.
: Vernon Carey | Redskins
: Late First
Check back next week for the final article: Safties!
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