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NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Tackles

A look at this year's offensive tackle class.

A gallary of the top 25 ranked offensive tackle prospects for the 2015 NFL draft.

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READ: TOP 5 OFFENSIVE TACKLESLeading the pack: Most analysts agree Iowa's Brandon Scherff is the top offensive lineman in this year's draft class. He started 36 games for Iowa, including 26 in a row at left tackle during his final two seasons. In 2014, he was awarded the Outland Trophy, which is given to the best interior lineman in the country. As a senior, he was named the named Rimington-Pace Big 10 Offensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team All-American by the Associated Press.

The second tier: LSU's La'el Collins may be the second offensive lineman off the board after Scherff. Collins won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2014, an award given to the top offensive lineman in the SEC. "I love the guy on tape," an AFC offensive lineman coach told NFL.com. "Big-time finisher in the run game and we need that. What I don't like is that his hands are bad as a pass blocker right now and I'm not sure he gets that fixed right away. Other than that, he's pretty clean." Miami's Ereck Flowers and Stanford's Andrus Peat could contend with Collins for the No. 2 spot. All three are projected to be selected in the first round.


Mid-round picks:** There is a chance that Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbeuhi makes it past the second round. If he does, he could be a high-value pickup. Ogbeuhi has experience playing both guard and tackle and was named a Walter Camp first-team All-American in 2014. He was a four-year starter for the Aggies on the interior and at tackle. Also keep an eye on Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo, Wisconsin's Rob Havenstein, Oklahoma's Daryl Williams and Arizona State's Jamil Douglas.

Sleepers: Kentucky's Darian Miller has quietly started for three seasons at left tackle in the SEC and has been practicing against Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith, two of the most coveted pass-rushers in this year's draft. He is a converted tight end who analysts believe may make the move to guard or center at the next level. Teams may be able to pick up Miller after the final round of the draft. Also keep an eye on Louisville's Jamon Brown and San Diego State's Terry Poole.

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