As we continue to the NFL Draft, we have more positional previews. This time is it offensive tackle. For the Arizona Cardinals it is not a pressing need, but it is a position to think about. The team is pleased with the combo of Jared Veldheer on the left side and Booby Massie on the right side, but Massie is going to be a free agent after the 2015 season.
If Massie leaves, the Cardinals need a new right tackle. If they happen to draft someone this year, then they would be in good shape.
Matt Ufford and Dan Rubenstein discuss the top tackles available in this year's draft class. Their list says the top five are Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Pitt's T.J. Clemmings, LSU's La'el Collins, Florida's D.J. Humphries and Miami's Ereck Flowers.
Scherff and Collins also project very highly as guards.
Something Rubenstein finds as a common thing among almost all of the five players is the anger with which they play. That intensity is something the Cardinals like to have.
Outside of Scherff, any of the other four could be available in the first round, should the Cardinals want to go that direction with the 24th pick.
Dan Kadar also ranked the top tackles. Here are his top 11:
|1. Brandon Scherff, 6'5, 320 pounds, OT, Iowa|
|2. La'el Collins, 6'4 5/8, 308 pounds, OT, LSU|
|3. T.J. Clemmings, 6'4 5/8, 307 pounds, OT, Pittsburgh|
|4. Andrus Peat, 6'7, 316 pounds, OT, Stanford|
|5. Ereck Flowers, 6'6, 324 pounds, OT, Miami|
|6. D.J. Humphries, 6'5, 295 pounds, OT, Florida|
|7. Cedric Ogbuehi, 6'5, 305 pounds, OT, Texas A&M|
|8. Jake Fisher, 6'6 1/8, 306 pounds, OT, Oregon|
|9. Daryl Williams, 6'5, 327 pounds, OT, Oklahoma|
|10. Jeremiah Poutasi, 6'6, 330 pounds, OT, Utah|
|11. Rob Havenstein, 6'7 3/8, 332 pounds, OT, Wisconsin|
The 11th guy, Havenstein, is a sleeper in this draft, according to Kadar.
Which of these guys would you want on the Cardinals?