The top offensive lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft will be on display this week at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. With no player separating himself as the clear-cut No. 1 pick, several offensive line prospects could find themselves in the discussion by the end of the event.
Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel is widely considered to be the best offensive line prospect in the 2013 draft, but he is just one of 58 offensive linemen participating in the Combine. Here is a closer look at a few of the top prospects.
Top Combine offensive linemen:
Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M - The junior left tackle is not only considered to be the top offensive lineman in the 2013 draft, but some consider Joeckel to be the best player in the draft. He's been mentioned in the discussion for possible No. 1 overall picks although he's projected to go No. 7 in Dan Kadar's latest mock draft for SB Nation. Joeckel has great size at 6'6, 310 pounds, but the other measurements including arm length and wingspan can have a major impact for offensive lineman.
Eric Fisher, Central Michigan - Fisher has been rising up draft boards since an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. He was widely considered to be the top player at the Senior Bowl and some even had him ahead of Joeckel after the event. While Fisher may not be selected ahead of Joeckel, he should come off the board in the first half of the first round. SB Nation's latest mock draft has Fisher going No. 11 to the San Diego Chargers.
Chance Warmack, Alabama - Guards aren't often considered to be potential top 10 picks, but Warmack is the exception this season. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock listed Warmack as a candidate for the No. 1 pick. Mayock said despite being a guard, Warmack was the best prospect he watched on tape this season. If Warmack does go in the top 10, it will be for good reason. SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn cited his outstanding athleticism and precise technique as two of Warmack's biggest strengths. While Warmack is strong, he could stand to get stronger, something he could show off at the Combine.
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina - Warmack isn't the only guard considered to have first-round ability. Cooper made a name for himself at UNC as an elite athlete. He has great feet, body control and plays the game smoothly. Run blocking is his biggest asset, but like Warmack, he could stand to add strength to improve in pass protection. The various strength tests at the Combine will show any improvement Cooper made in preparation and could go a long way to solidifying his status as a first-round pick. He's currently projected to go to the Bears with the No. 20 pick in the first round.
Complete list of offensive linemen participating in the NFL Combine:
|Zach Allen||North Carolina State|
|Nick Becton||Virginia Tech|
|Travis Bond||North Carolina|
|Braxston Cave||Notre Dame|
|Emmett Cleary||Boston College|
|Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina|
|Eric Fisher||Central Michigan|
|Manase Foketi||West Texas A&M|
|Reid Fragel||Ohio State|
|Rogers Gaines||Tennessee State|
|Garrett Gilkey||Chadron State|
|Mark Jackson||Glenville State|
|Luke Joeckel||Texas A&M|
|T.J. Johnson||South Carolina|
|Oscar Johnson||Louisiana Tech|
|Jamaal Johnson-Webb||Alabama A&M|
|Edmund Kugbila||Valdosta State|
|Joe Madsen||West Virginia|
|Luke Marquardt||Azusa Pacific|
|Jordan Mills||Louisiana Tech|
|Vince Painter||Virginia Tech|
|David Quessenberry||San Jose State|
|Matt Stankiewitch||Penn State|
|Earl Watford||James Madison|
|Menelik Watson||Florida State|
|Jason Weaver||Sourthern Miss|
|John Wetzel||Boston College|
|Brennan Williams||North Carolina|
|Brian Winters||Kent State|
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