First look at 2012 offensive linemen


When evaluating offensive linemen, it is important to consider all aspects of their games -- pass protection, run blocking, awareness and toughness. With our initial 2012 draft board complete, here's how we rank the top offensive linemen by skill set (draft-eligible underclassmen denoted with an asterisk), as well as a look at all prospects with draftable grades, market trends at the position, and 2011 Day 1 picks from the offensive line.

Pass protection

An offensive lineman needs good instincts to anticipate double-moves, twists, stunts and blitzes, and quick feet to get set in time. He has balance and body control in order to mirror and slide. He has lateral movement to shuffle back inside, long arms to keep separation and force pass-rushers wide, and a powerful punch to jar defenders and ruin their momentum.