Derek Sherrod might be the top tackle prospect in next year's draft.

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  1. cowboyjoe

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    Sherrod, a former 4-star recruit coming out of Mississippi’s Caledonia High School, is in his third year as a starter for the Bulldogs. This season, he’s been the main blocker up front for a Mississippi State rushing attack that ranks second in the SEC with 220 yards per game.

    With good agility and footwork for his size and great run-blocking skills, Sherrod has basically everything you would look for in a complete offensive tackle prospect. While he may not be elite, he’s shown he has what it takes to be a solid starting tackle in the NFL.

    Sherrod looks like the only tackle prospect worthy of first-round selection at this time, but that could change depending on how many teams end up looking for a starting tackle early on in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi and Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, two players who were given a good amount of publicity in the preseason, have shown glimpses of great ability during their careers. But they may lack the superior physical traits necessary to be deemed worthy of a first-round selection.

    Two tackles who could make great guard prospects are Marcus Cannon of TCU and DeMarcus Love of Arkansas. The 6'5", 360-pound Cannon and the 6'5", 315-pound Love are two big, physical players who both excel at run blocking.

    Other tackles such as LSU’s Joseph Barksdale, Colorado’s Nate Solder, Alabama’s James Carpenter, Pittsburgh’s Jason Pinkson and Indiana’s James Brewer seem like intriguing prospects.

    Barksdale and Solder are two players who fit the physical and athletic mold of what an offensive tackle prospect should be, but both have had their toughness speculated about this season.

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