2012 NFL Draft tackle rankings: Matt Kalil paces class on the come up

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Matt Kalil #75 of the USC Trojans speaks to reporters after his blocked field goal in the final seconds of the game preserved a 17-14 win over the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It's still early in the college football season, but now is as good of a time as any to update individual position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.

If anyone has watched Southern California this season, it's clear that left tackle Matt Kalil has taken that next step to becoming an elite talent. While he may not be Jake Long or Joe Thomas, he's getting pretty close to being that good. Stanford's Jonathan Martin isn't far behind, and he's looked even better this year. The same can be said of Iowa's Riley Reiff a mauler of a tackle. This class is on the come up and could only get better.

Note: The position rankings aren't currently in line with the site's top 200. After each position ranking is released, a new top 200 will be published.

1. Matt Kalil | 6'6, 295 pounds | OT | Southern California * - Prospect notes
2. Jonathan Martin | 6'6, 305 pounds | OT | Stanford * - Prospect notes
3. Riley Reiff | 6'6, 300 pounds | OT | Iowa * - Prospect notes
4. Andrew Datko | 6'6, 305 pounds | OT | Florida State- Prospect notes
5. Kelechi Osemele | 6'6, 354 pounds | OT/G | Iowa State - Prospect notes
6. Matt Reynolds | 6'6, 322 pounds | OT | BYU - Prospect notes
7. Zebrie Sanders 6'5, 307 pounds | OT | Florida State - Prospect notes
8. Xavier Nixon | 6'5, 295 pounds | OT | Florida
9. Mike Adams | 6'8, 300 pounds | OT | Ohio State - Prospect notes | Red Flag Alert
10. Levy Adcock | 6'5, 318 pounds | OT | Oklahoma State - Prospect notes
11. Nate Potter | 6'6, 295 pounds | OT | Boise State - Prospect notes
12. Barrett Jones | 6'5, 311 pounds | OT | Alabama * - Prospect notes
13. Ricky Wagner | 6'6, 320 pounds | OT | Wisconsin - Prospect notes
14. Brandon Mosley | 6'5, 305 pounds | OT | Auburn
15. Tony Bergstrom | 6'5, 315 pounds | OT | Utah
16. Blake DeChristoper | 6'5, 305 pounds | OT | Virginia Tech
17. Josh Oglesby | 6'7, 330 pounds | OT | Wisconsin
18. Jermarcus Hardrick | 6'7, 320 pounds | OT | Nebraska
19. Al Netter | 6'6, 300 pounds | OT | Northwestern
20. Bobby Massie | 6'6, 312 pounds | OT | Ole Miss *
21. Tanner Hawkinson | 6'6, 293 pounds | OT | Kansas *
22. Matt McCants | 6'7, 295 pounds | OT | UAB

 

* denotes underclassman

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