2009 NFL Draft Rankings: OT

Today we take a look at the top ten offensive tackles in college football. These rankings are likely to change throughout the year. Keep an eye on some these names Steelers fans because the Steelers will likely draft an offensive lineman in the early rounds.
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1st rankings 9/15/08 OFFENSIVE TACKLES
1) Michael Oher- Ole Miss, Sr- (6-5 318lbs) Oher nearly came out last year, but he decided to stay in school at the last second. He can play guard or tackle and he has all the skills to do so, good hands, good size, and great mobility. Look for him to go in the top 10.
2) Alex Boone- Ohio State, Sr- (6-8 312 lbs) Boone is another guy who came back for his last year of eligibility. He has great mobility and is a lot like Duane Brown (the guy who James Harrison destroyed).
3) Eugene Monroe- Virginia, Sr- (6-6 315 lbs) Monroe showed great improvement last season. If he can do it again this season, then he could go as high as mid first round.
4) Andre Smith- Alabama, Jr- (6-5 340 lbs) Smith is a hard worker and has great skills, but he isn’t too mobile at this point.
5) Phil Loadholt- Oklahoma, Sr- (6-8 337 lbs) Loadholt is absolutely massive. He is the best run blocker in the country. The reason I have him this low is because his pass blocking is somewhat suspect.

6) Ciron Black- LSU, Jr- (6-5 314lbs) Black has a lot of potential and great speed, but I think he will need a couple years to adjust to the NFL game. He is young though so he can afford to watch a little.
7) Andrew Gardner- Georgia Tech, Sr- (6-5 305 lbs) Gardner is a great run blocker but his pass blocking definitely needs some work.
8) James Meredith- South Carolina, Sr- (6-5 301 lbs) Meredith’s athleticism may slip him into the first day of the draft.
9) Xavier Fulton- Illinois, Sr- (6-5 300 lbs) Fulton would be a lock to be a first day pick if he hasn’t been worrying scouts with knee trouble.
10) Dallas Reynolds- BYU, Sr- (6-5 332 lbs) Reynolds ability to play both guard positions and both tackle positions has gotten him into my top 10.

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