Here are the top five offensive linemen prospects (with projected round):
1. Brandon Scherff, 6-foot-5, 319 pounds, Iowa (first): He’s an accomplished run blocker, who could start his career at guard. He played some guard as a redshirt freshman for the Hawkeyes. He was named a consensus All-American and the Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s top lineman.
2. Ereck Flowers, 6-6, 329, Miami (first): He’s a tough and rugged blocker. He’s coming off a knee injury, but has the potential to anchor a NFL line. Some scouts believe he could start immediately at right tackle.
3. La’el Collins, 6-4, 305, LSU (first): He was a Parade and USA Today All-American coming out of high school. He had a stellar career at LSU. He had 88 knockdown blocks in 13 games last season and served as a team captain.
4. Andrus Peat, 6-7, 313, Stanford (first): His father, Todd, played six seasons in the NFL for the Raiders and Cardinals. He started all 27 games at left tackle for the Cardinal in 2013 and 2014.
5. Cameron Erving, 6-7, 313, Florida State: He played defensive tackle for Colquitt County in high school and had 98 tackles as a senior. He made a seamless transition to the offensive side of the ball.
Teams in need: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.
Need area for Falcons? Yes. The Falcons released longtime left guard Justin Blalock this offseason. It was determined that he was no longer a scheme fit. The Falcons are moving to an outside-zone run blocking scheme and need more mobile and athletic linemen. There isn’t an apparent starter on the roster at left guard unless you count free agent signee Mike Person, who was a reserve with the Rams, or veteran left tackle Sam Baker slides down to guard.
Top 5 seniors for 2016 draft: 1. Taylor Decker, 6-7, 315, Ohio State. 2. Spencer Drango, 6-5, 317, Baylor. 3. Tyler Marz, 6-5, 321, Wisconsin. 4. Max Tuerk, 6-6, 285, USC. 5. Vadal Alexander, 6-6, 320, LSU.
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