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Ranking the top tackle prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

Miami’s Ereck Flowers (right) is one of the top tackle prospects in this year’s draft.
Miami’s Ereck Flowers (right) is one of the top tackle prospects in this year’s draft. Miami Herald Staff

1. Ereck Flowers, 6-6, 329, Miami

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 37 career games. Declared after his true junior season. Turns 21 this year. 33 7/8-inch arms. 9 1/2-inch hands. 5.31 40-yard dash. 37 bench reps. 27-inch vertical. Did not perform jumps during pre-draft process; missed one game in 2014 with a torn meniscus.

Evaluation: Young for a prospect. Great frame — is massive with long arms. Left tackle who can win at the point of attack with his sheer mass and power. Likes to finish — is a chippy and competitive player who plays with an attitude and flashes a nasty side. Has strong hands and can engulf and lock on defenders. Has enough athleticism to get to the second level. Feet in pass pro are inconsistent; flashes quickness at times and is difficult to get around, but when he's a tad sluggish, he doesn't play to his power. Needs to refine his technique, in general, and be more consistent getting off the snap. Probably projects best on the right side.

Grade: 6.9

2. Andrus Peat, 6-7, 313, Stanford

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 40 career games. Declared after his true junior season. Turns 22 this year. 34 3/8-inch arms. 10 5/8-inch hands. 5.18 40-yard dash. 31-inch vertical. 105-inch broad jump. 8.01 3-cone drill. 4.62 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench press due to an elbow injury.

Evaluation: Massive lower body. Big man – prototype size and looks the part of an NFL left tackle. Also has good feet and athleticism in pass protection. Covers a lot of ground with his kick-slide. Is athletic enough to get to the second level. Knee bender who generates movement at the point of attack in the running game and flashes some nastiness; he can finish but should do it more given his impressive gifts. Physical and good in space – against Notre Dame, who found the middle linebacker 10-plus yards downfield on a screen and sent him flying. Has heavy hands; puts a lot of guys on the ground. Has scheme versatility; can work in a man- or gap-blocking system.

Grade: 6.9

3. Cedric Ogbuehi, 6-5, 306, Texas A&M

Bio: Four-year starter who played in 47 career games. Turned 23 this year. 35 7/8-inch arms. 10-inch hands.

Evaluation: Is coming off an ACL injury he suffered in the bowl game in January and hasn't been able to work out for teams. Has also battled minor injuries as a senior. Looks the part — very athletic with super-long arms and very quick feet. Has a good kick slide, shows okay awareness in pass protection and should be able to hold up against NFL-caliber pass rushers with more technique work and added strength. Is not a powerful run blocker and could stand to be more nasty but can win with size and athleticism, and his overall range and ability to get to the second-level quickly would make him a good fit for a zone-run scheme. Played both the left and the right sides. Motor runs a bit hot and cold.

Grade: 6.8

4. D.J. Humphries, 6-5, 307, Florida

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 29 career games. Turns 22 this year. 33 5/8-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.12 40-yard dash. 26 bench reps. 31-inch vertical. 104-inch broad jump. 7.87 3-cone drill. 4.64 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Weight will always been a concern — played in the 280s in 2014 and looks like it on film. Gained 20 pounds for the combine but it remains to be seen if he can maintain the same good foot quickness at that weight. Has the feet and arm length to play left tackle in the NFL — can keep up with the quick pass rushers off the edge. Does an okay job passing off stunts. Raw and still needs to work on his strength and overall technique. Is not overpowering in the running game but can execute reach blocks, pull and get to the second level with a burst. May not have enough bulk to be a right tackle for some teams. Ideal fit for a zone-run blocking scheme. Has Pro Bowl potential if he can add strength and move the same way at a heavier weight.

Grade: 6.8

5. Jake Fisher, 6-6, 306, Oregon

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 50 career games. Turns 22 this year. 33 3/4-inch arms. 10 3/8-inch hands. 5.01 40-yard dash. 25 bench reps. 32.5-inch vertical. 7.25 3-cone drill. 4.33 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has an excellent combine and has good size and athleticism, overall. Also has a burst off the snap on running plays. Has good feet in pass protection and is patient; doesn't get threatened by speed and give up the inside. Isn't an overpowering blocker; more of a stalemate guy who generally completes his assignment. Plays to whistle and is chippy. Has experience in an uptempo scheme and would be a good fit at left tackle in a zone-run scheme.

Grade: 6.8

6. Donovan Smith, 6-6, 338, Penn State

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 37 career games. Turns 22 this year. 34 3/8-inch arms. 10 5/8 -inch hands. 5.27 40-yard dash. 26 bench reps. 32-inch vertical. 109-inch broad jump. 7.95 3-cone drill. 4.79 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Possesses an enormous frame with long arms, good feet and power. Good kick slide, has the lower body to anchor. Plays with some nastiness but isn’t consistent. Can generate movement at the point of attack and is athletic enough to get to the second level. Has strong hands but doesn’t always latch on. Has the frame and athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL. Is a knee bender.

Grade: 6.6

7. Ty Sambrailo, 6-6, 311, Colorado State

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 48 career games. Turns 23 this year. 33 1/8-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.36 40-yard dash. 23 bench reps. 29-inch vertical. 97-inch broad jump. 7.54 3-cone drill. 3.48 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Kick slide at left tackle isn't bad — his feet are good and he can cover some ground but can be beaten inside and outside with quickness if forced to stop and restart. Has good awareness — will adjust to new threats and find new targets in the running game. Motor runs hot; plays with attitude and plays to the whistle. Second-level athleticism is okay. Has the look of a zone-run scheme tackle or guard; could be a really good player inside with added bulk and strength.

Grade: 6.6

8. Rob Havenstein, 6-7, 321, Wisconsin

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 54 career games. 33 3/4-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.46 40-yard dash. 16 bench reps. 28.5-inch vertical. 96-inch broad jump. 8.28 3-cone drill. 4.87 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Big frame — covers a ton of ground at right tackle. Looks like he can still get stronger. Gets low into his stance and has good flexibility for his size. Moves pretty good for his size at the second level. Good quickness off the snap. Decent kick slide - again covers a ton of ground but can be beaten inside. Sometimes plays to the whistle. Has good hip roll, strong hands — can control his man once he gets his hands on him. Feet stop upon contract on running plays at times — is content to stalemate when the ball isn’t run to his side. Competitiveness needs to be looked into but could potentially help at right tackle quickly.

Grade: 6.5

9. T.J. Clemmings, 6-5, 309, Pittsburgh

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 42 career games. Turns 24 this year. 34 7/8-inch arms. 10 3/8-inch hands. 5.14 40-yard dash. 22 bench reps. 32.5-inch vertical. 11-inch broad jump. 7.68 3-cone drill. 4.54 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered during the predraft process. High cut with long arms. Lean frame. Struggles with speed to power. Not a bad kick step. Has decent feet - can mirror speed rush occasionally. Has athleticism to get to the second level. Not an overpowering run blocker but can lean on you and wall you off. Balance is only okay. Shows some nastiness as a run blocker. defends can get underneath his pads. Is occasionally slow to get out his stance. Is OK in space. Occasionally displays violence at the second level.

Grade: 6.5

10. Jamon Brown, 6-4, 323, Louisville

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 48 career games. Turned 22 this year. 34 3/8-inch arms. 9 3/4-inch hands. 5.09 40-yard dash. 38-inch vertical. 103-inch broad jump. 7.36 3-cone drill. 4.70 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench at the combine due to a pec injury.

Evaluation: Has a great frame — has a big lower body, long arms and surprising feet. Played on the left and right sides at Louisville. Somehow looks bigger on tape than his measurables. Has enough power to finish in the running game. Certainly has the tools to play inside, in if needed. Kick slide is solid — he's quick and covers a good amount of ground. Has some pop at the point of attack and strong hands. Isn't a great athlete but can still get to the second level. Has some scheme versatility.

Grade: 6.4

11. Andrew Donnal, 6-6, 313, Iowa

Bio: First-year starter who played in 37 career games. Turned 23 this year. 33 1/2-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.31 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 32-inch vertical. 101-inch broad jump. 7.84 3-cone drill. 4.77 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: College right tackle with a really good feel for climbing to the second level when zone-run blocking but might not have the athleticism to consistently make tough reach blocks. Feet on the edge aren't bad in pass protection. Has good awareness when picking up stunts. Comes from an o-line factory. Tough and plays with a chip. Doesn't have a ton of experience as a starter. Developmental guy who could be more if he gets stronger.

Grade: 6.3

12. Tyrus Thompson, 6-5, 324, Oklahoma

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 44 career games. 34 7/8-inch arms. 10 1/4-inch hands. 5.30 40-yard dash. 29-inch vertical. 97-inch broad jump. 7.96 3-cone drill. 4.92 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Looks the part; has a great frame with long arms. Showed good movement skills at the combine, which matched his tape. Has good feet in pass protection. Is more of a stalemate guy in the running game — doesn't show a ton of violence but is athletic enough to win most blocks. Will occasionally miss the second-level target. Has balance issues and can occasionally be caught lunging. Motor runs hot and cold and could play with more attitude. Is married with two children.

Grade: 6.3

13. Austin Shepherd, 6-4, 315, Alabama

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 44 career games. 32 7/8-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.39 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 29-inch vertical. 94-inch broad jump. 8.04 3-cone drill. 4.70 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Tough guy who is a limited athlete but a better football player than combine tester. Has some burst off the snap in the running game. Plays with good power in the running game and is okay at getting to the second level. Feet are okay on the edge, has fairly strong hands and is aware in pass protection. Probably does not have the length to play tackle but could be a really intriguing guard prospect.

Grade: 6.2

14. Corey Robinson, 6-7, 324, South Carolina

Bio: Three-year starter who played in 38 career games. Turns 23 this year. 35 5/8-inch arms. 10 3/4-inch hands. 5.29 40-yard dash. 28 bench reps. 31-inch vertical. 108-inch broad jump. 8.36 3-cone drill. 4.82 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has a massive frame with unreal arm length. Phone-booth player with very good anchor strength in pass protection. Heavy footed and can be a tad late off the snap. Can be stressed by speed off the edge and might not have the feet to play on the edge but could make an interesting conversion to guard. Not a mauler and could be nastier.

Grade: 6.1

15. Rob Crisp, 6-7, 301, N.C. State

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 49 career games. Turns 23 this year. 34 1/2-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.26 40-yard dash. 26 bench reps. 32.5-inch vertical. 107-inch broad jump. 8.07 3-cone drill. 4.60 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has a good frame with long arms and okay feet. Kick slide in solid. Shows good patience in pass protection and is aware. Will occasionally fall off blocks in the running game and isn't a dominating blocker at the point of attack. Needs to gain strength and has had a history on injuries but is an interesting development prospect for a zone-run team.

Grade: 6.1

16. Chaz Green, 6-5, 314, Florida

Bio: Two-year starter who played in 31 career games. 33 3/8-inch arms. 10 7/8-inch hands. 5.16 40-yard dash. 21 bench reps. 29.5-inch vertical. 106-inch broad jump. 8.00 3-cone drill. 4.70 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Has a decent frame and is not a bad athlete — he has some athleticism and above-average feet. Is aware in pass protection and can pick up stunts. Plays to the whistle. Needs to get stronger and will need a year to get there but could be an interesting developmental prospect for a zone-run team.

Grade: 6.1

17. Laurence Gibson, 6-6, 305, Virginia Tech

Bio: Two-year starter. Turned 24 this year. 35 1/8-inch arms. 10 3/8-inch hands. 5.04 40-yard dash. 24 bench reps. 33.5-inch vertical. 113-inch broad jump. 7.72 3-cone drill. 4.56 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Is old for a prospect. Good athleticism, looked good in combine drills and tested very well at the combine. Has long arms and his feet in pass protection are okay. Has the athleticism to climb to the second level in the running game. Has balance issues — lunges a lot. Generally completes his assignment but isn't nasty. Needs to get stronger to improve his strength at the point of attack.

Grade: 6.0

18. Ian Silberman, 6-4, 306, Boston College

Bio: Transfer from Florida. First-year starter who played in 32 career games. 32 1/2-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 5.14 40-yard dash. 26 bench reps. 27.5-inch vertical. 111-inch broad jump. 7.90 3-cone drill. 4.87 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Is long with a decent punch off the snap. Has some quicks. Kick slide in pass protection isn't bad. Shows the ability to get to the second level. Needs to improve his strength; can be shed vs. the run. Plays to the whistle. Doesn't have a ton of starting experience. Fairly interesting developmental type. Has look of a zone-run blocker.

Grade: 6.0

19. Darryl Baldwin, 6-6, 307, Ohio State

Bio: First-year starter who played in 46 career games. 34 7/8-inch arms. 9 5/8-inch hands. 4.96 40-yard dash. 30 bench reps. 30 1/2-inch vertical. 106-inch broad jump. 7.39 3-cone drill. 4.64 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Right tackle with a good frame to play the position in the NFL. Is big with long arms and his workout numbers are intriguing. Shows okay feet and patience in pass protection and decent athleticism, overall — tries to get to the second level as a run blocker. Doesn't have much starting experience but is a developmental type with some upside.

Grade: 6.0

20. Mickey Baucus, 6-8, 293, Arizona

Bio: Four-year starter who played in 52 career games. Turned 23 this year. 32 3/4-inch arms. 10 1/4-inch hands. 5.45 40-yard dash. 25 bench reps. 31.5-inch vertical. 91-inch broad jump. 7.63 3-cone drill. 4.83 20-yard shuttle.

Evaluation: Experienced big body who has some burst off the ball in the running game and some jolt in his hands. Has some athleticism to climb to the second level. Has some nastiness as a blocker. Overall technique in pass protection will need work but there are some tools to develop here.

Grade: 6.0

GRADING SCALE

7.1-7.5: Top 10 pick

7.0: 11-20

6.9: 21-32

6.8: Top half of the second

6.7: Bottom half of the second

6.6: Top half of the third

6.5: Bottom half of the third

6.4: Fourth round pick

6.3: Fifth-round pick

6.2: Sixth-round pick

6.1: Seventh-round pick

6.0: Priority free agent

NOTE: All rankings are based on a combination of extensive personal film study, interviews conducted with draft analysts and information gleaned from NFL Network draft broadcasts. Evaluations are cross-checked with multiple draft resources. Measurements and testing results are from the combine and pro days, according to NFL.com. Grades are assigned based on where The Star believes the Chiefs should take each player, based on their needs and scheme fit.

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