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2012 NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Line

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Take a closer look at some of the top prospects on the offensive line as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

First in the nine-part series: offensive linemen.

Below you will find six of the top prospects at the position. Later in the week, we will profile another player to keep an eye on -- Baylor center Philip Blake.


• POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Ohio State
• HEIGHT: 6'7"
• WEIGHT: 323
On what he does well and what he needs to work on:
"I think my athleticism and blocking in space is definitely a strength. I like to play through the whistle in the run game. I would say that my consistency with my technique in pass protection -- getting my hands a little bit too wide sometimes and oversetting are two things I definitely need to work on."
Player • POSITION: Guard
• COLLEGE: Stanford
• HEIGHT: 6'5"
• WEIGHT: 316
On whether he keeps track of NFL teams that need guards:
"Not really -- free agency's around the corner, so who knows right now? I don't really worry about it. I just control what I can control -- come to the combine, perform the best I can, and be myself. I'm just going to do my best -- run, jump, lift, do the interviews, and they can make the decisions. It's not mine to make."
• POSITION: Tackle
• HEIGHT: 6'7"
• WEIGHT: 306
On whether he's the best tackle in the draft:
"I would definitely say I am the best tackle in the draft. Especially at my position, or quarterback position or any big-time position, confidence is definitely a big part of your game. And I think they want to hear that you do think you’re the best tackle. And I think I am. And I think I’ve worked hard going through SC, working on everything I can to become a better player. And I’m ready to take my game to the next level."
Player • POSITION: Center
• COLLEGE: Wisconsin
• HEIGHT: 6'5"
• WEIGHT: 314
On his sense of humor during games:
"During the (Oregon) game, it got heated. It was halftime and we had just run a draw play to see what we could get out of it. The clock winds down and one of their guys comes and faces me – I watched it on film – he’s shorter than me and he gets under my helmet and gives me the stare down, trying to throw me off my game or whatever. I’m staring at him and then I realize just how ridiculous this was and I just break my strict pose and go, ‘Hi.’ He just breaks out laughing. I think I took him out of whatever he was trying to do."
• POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Stanford
• HEIGHT: 6'5"
• WEIGHT: 312
On whether he believes he's the No. 1 tackle over Kalil:
"Without a doubt. As a competitor, you’ve got to think you’re the best. Matt’s a tremendous player, but I think I’m better than he is. I believe in myself as a player. It’s nothing cocky about it. It’s just how I approach my game when I’m preparing for an event like this. I’m an athletic tackle, I’m smart, I don’t make many mistakes, and that’s helped me a lot the last couple years."
Player • POSITION: Tackle
• HEIGHT: 6'6"
• WEIGHT: 313
On how wrestling helped him in football:
"Your hands, your use of your hands. Your hips. Footwork. Wrestling is a big endurance sport. Not only endurance, it’s mental toughness, too, that brings to the football field."

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