Top 10 offensive line prospects

The top 10 tackles, guards and centers for the 2014 draft

Updated: August 29, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Jake MatthewsMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsJake Matthews' overall skill set and experience make him the nation's top offensive tackle.
For years, I've tried to update the top five NFL prospects at each position, for both the junior and senior classes, each week from the beginning of the college football season right up until the draft. Enough of that. This year I decided to do something different. I'll now be ranking the top 10 NFL draft prospects at each position -- with all draft-eligible players included in the same ranking -- just a few times during the season.

For one, it's more helpful to see the juniors, seniors and occasional draft-eligible sophomores all together, just as you see them in the NFL draft. Second, trying to watch enough football and talk to enough evaluators to readjust the rankings every week just got ridiculous.

So here goes with the first version for the 2013 season. The Big Board, of course, will still be updated each week. Below, you have the offensive lineman at each position.

Note that one asterisk denotes a junior; two asterisks denote a draft-eligible sophomore.


Offensive Tackles

1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Aggies

Rich bloodlines (son of Bruce Matthews) and a ton of experience. He shifts to the left side this season after recent No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel held that role in 2012.



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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst