In the midst of the NFL offseason, cover32 debuts a series entitled, Mount Rushmore where various writers list the top 4 for the topic at hand. The Mount Rushmore series comes on the heels of the Doppelganger, Roundtable, and Debate series.
In this edition of cover32’s Mount Rushmore series, Jason Tyrant gives his Mount Rushmore of current collegiate offensive line prospects.
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Mitch Hyatt (OT, Clemson)
Quenton Nelson (G, Note Dame)
Nelson is a two-year starter at guard, heading into his season year. Nelson is a brawler and brings a nasty streak to Notre Dame’s offensive line. He had an excellent season last year and really has a chance to boost his stock as he returns for his senior season.
“He’s the best guard in a class that’s not bad, actually. Overall, if he came out, I still think he’d be in the late first, early second-round mix.” said analyst Mel Kiper Jr. “If he goes back he can go a little higher. By going back, he can upgrade his stock.”
Nelson is a day one starter and a very powerful guard. He can hold his own in both the run game and pass protection.
Mike McGlinchey (OT, Notre Dame)
Connor Williams (OT, Texas)
Williams quickly made an impact as a true freshman in 2015, pinning down the left tackle job for the Longhorns. He started all 12 games during his freshman year and earned all-freshman honors from the Football Writers Association of America. Last season, he took another step forward starting 11-of-12 games at the left tackle position and was named first team All-Big 12 on offense. Williams is easily a top offensive line prospect, possessing prototypical size and length. He’s an outstanding pass protector and only surrendered five pressures last season.
— Jason Tyrant writes for cover32 and covers the NFL and the Tennessee Titans. He can be followed on Twitter @Jason_Tyrant.