The Mount Rushmore of collegiate offensive line prospects

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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 DoppelgangerRoundtable, 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)

Hyatt has been a fixture for Clemson, starting as a true freshman and making 29 starts over his first two seasons. He took home all-ACC honors last season. He’s a blindside protector with quick feet and smooth mechanics. Hyatt will have a learning curve as he adapts from Clemson’s spread offense.

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)

Notre Dame’s top offensive line prospect is no stranger to what is needed to make it to the next level. His cousin is Atlanta Falcon Matt Ryan, who has had a successful career in the NFL. McGlinchey became a full-time starter in 2015, starting every game at right tackle. Then, after Ronnie Stanley entered the draft, McGlinchey had another excellent season after switching to left tackle. Though he did well on the left side of the line, he’s a more natural fit at right tackle. He’s a big bodied road grader, with a nasty temperament.

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.

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