Scout Talk: Offensive Tackle Class of 2011
If itís an offensive tackle you need in the April draft, the best advice may be hold your fire. Let the first round pass. And then jump. A number of offensive tackles look like solid second and third rounders. But the only one who looks like a legitimate first rounder at this point is Coloradoís Nate Solder. Other tackles who are chosen in the first may be picked too high because of the vacuum caused by the lack of talent at the position.
Solder has the kind of length and athleticism teams look for in a left tackle. He doesnít have the kind of power and anchor ability you want in a top 10 pick, however.
The next two tackles in line right now are Boston Collegeís Anthony Castonzo and Wisconsinís Gabe Carimi. Castonzo clearly has the athleticism and quickness to play the left side, whereas Carimi might be better suited to be a right tackle in the pros.
Two wildcards who could heat up or cool off in the postseason are Mississippi Stateís Derek Sherrod and Texas Christianís Marcus Cannon. Each has first round ability, but neither has shown enough consistency to make a team feel secure using a first round pick on him.
Two players with second round grades who have left tackle feet are DeMarcus Love of Arkansas and James Brewer of Indiana. Love is a little off and on though, and Brewer is considered somewhat of a developmental prospect.
Right tackle prospects who are highly considered include Lee Ziemba of Auburn, Danny Watkins of Baylor and Orlando Franklin of Miami.