Lance Zierlein's OT Draft Grades

By Lance Zierlein
April 23, 2013

Lance Zierlein is back with his final Tackle draft rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

The tackle draft is very uneven.  While the top three tackles in this draft all have Pro-Bowl caliber potential, the middle rounds offer a very scarce amount of starting potential talent.  Guys like Watson, Long, Bahktiari and Armstead are all solid prospects, but once you get past them, it's a wrap.  Teams looking for tackle help will have to draft tackle earlier than they might like or they will be out of luck.

LZ Favorite - David Bakhtiari:  The big man from Colorado is a little more high-cut than you might like, but he's a solid pass protector who also climbs to the second level with ease in the running game.  I'm a huge fan of his foot quickness and I wonder if he won't end up as a center on the next level.

Tackle Rankings

Tackle School Round
Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 1st
Eric Fisher C. Michigan 1st
Lane Johnson Oklahoma 1st
DJ Fluker Alabama 1st
David Bakhtiari Colorado 2nd
Menelik Watson Florida St. 2nd
Kyle Long Oregon 2nd/3rd
Terron Armstead Ark. Pine-Bluff 2nd/3rd
Jordan Mills La. Tech 4th
Oday Aboushi Virginia 4th/5th
Rogers Gaines Tennessee St. 5th
Brennan Williams North Carolina 5th
Nick Becton Virginia Tech 5th
Xavier Nixon Florida 5th/6th
Ricky Wagner Wisconsin 5th/6th
Chris Faulk LSU 6th
Reid Fragel Ohio St. 6th
Vinston Painter Virginia Tech 6th
Luke Marquardt Azusa Pacific 7th
Braden Brown BYU 7th
Emmett Cleary Boston College 7th
Elvis Fisher Missouri 7th/FA
Oscar Johnson La. Tech 7th/FA
Jamaal Johnson-Webb Alabama A&M FA
Jeff Nady Nevada FA
Jason Weaver USM FA
John Wetzel Boston College FA
Jordan Devey Memphis FA
Patrick Ward Northwestern FA
Mike Farrell Penn St. FA

 

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