College Football 2017: Power Ranking Top 10 Offensive Linemen
Top-10 Offensive Linemen In College Football
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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m looking at the top offensive linemen in the country, the big guys who don’t get much credit, but without them the skill position guys are nothing.
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Having one of these guys on your team can help turn a below average offense into a unit that has a shot to score on any given drive.
Here are the top 10 offensive linemen heading into the 2017 college football season.
1. Connor Williams, Texas Longhorns - Connor Williams was a first-team All Big 12 selection last season and was key in helping D’Onta Foreman top 2,000 rushing yards. Williams is a natural athlete and makes a case to be the first offensive tackle selected in next years NFL draft.
2. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma Sooners - Oklahoma’s offensive line is arguably the best in the country and it starts with the massive Orlando Brown. At 6’7”, 330-plus pounds, Brown is a mountain of a man and will give Baker Mayfield the time needed to put up video game numbers.
3. Frank Ragnow, Arkansas Razorbacks - Frank Ragnow could easily be in the NFL right now after many considered him one of the top linemen in the country last season. Rangoon is your typical big Bret Bielema lineman who can play either guard or center.
4. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Quenton Nelson may be the best run blocker in college football and could have easily left his senior year on the table for the NFL draft. Nelson consistently opens up running lanes and is as physical as they come.
5. Billy Price, Ohio State Buckeyes - You know you’re pretty good when the Rimington Award winner leaves and some think the team will be even better at center. Billy Price is one of the strongest players in college football who has 41 starts under his belt, and will improve his draft stock at his new position.
6. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Mike McGlinchey and Nelson form the best 1-2 offensive line punch in college football and help give Notre Dame a fighting chance to win double-digit games this season. McGlinchey’s length and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect for the next level.
7. Braden Smith, Auburn Tigers - Braden Smith has the ability to play guard or tackle and plays with this physical edge you need to have in the SEC. Smith is a big, stocky guy who has to frustrate opposing defenders with his put-you-in-dirt mindset.
8. Cody O'Connell, Washington State Cougars - Cody O'Connell was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy last year and word is he’s added a lot more muscle to his 6’8” frame. O'Connell is a critical part to what Washington State does in the passing game and it will be fun to see his growth given what he’s accomplished in such a short span already.
9. Coleman Shelton, Washington Huskies - Coleman Shelton is capable of playing any of the five positions, but he’s proven he’s most valuable at center due to his leadership and ability to run block. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Shelton won the Rimington Award this season.
10. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson Tigers - Mitch Hyatt has more than held his own as a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and was key in Clemson’s national title after protecting Deshaun Watson’s blindside. Hyatt should get even more love considering Clemson is rebuilding the offensive side of the ball.