Richner: Top OTs

Last Updated: 10/14/2014 10:06 AM ET

Top 5 Offensive Tackles
With a good crop of quality offensive tackles in this year's draft, a number of NFL teams looking for help on the edges of the offensive line should walk away with a player or two who can step in and start. With the likes of Matt Kalil, Jonathan Martin and Riley Reiff there are three possible first round picks at the left tackle spot. On the right side, Bobby Massie and Brandon Mosley lead the rankings.

Top 5 Left Tackles
1. Matt Kalil (USC)
2. Jonathan Martin (Stanford)
3. Riley Reiff (Iowa)
4. Nate Potter (Boise State)
5. Mitchell Schwartz (California)

Top 4 Right Tackles
1. Bobby Massie (Mississippi)
2. Brandon Mosley (Auburn)
3. Zebrie Sanders (Florida State)
4. Tom Bergstorm (Utah)

Tackle Overview: Matt Kalil is unquestionably the best left tackle in this year's class. He is blessed with a 6'7", 309 lbs. frame and quick feet. Kalil has a strong punch and has excellent body control that has allowed him to silence some of the nation's top pass rushers the last three seasons protecting Matt Barkley's blind side. Kalil led an offensive line that only allowed eight sacks last season... Jonathan Martin is a technique-driven pass protector who is quick enough to handle outside speed rushers. His greatest strengths come in the form of run blocking and getting to the second level to create running lanes and allow his teammates wide running lanes. Martin led an offensive line unit which only allowed 11 sacks all season... Riley Reiff comes from a productive tradition of offensive lineman at Iowa. If Penn State is called "Linebacker U," then Iowa should be called "O-Line U." A former tight end, Reiff shows really quick feet and strong balance. He has strong hands and, on more than one occasion, was able to toss some of the elite Big Ten talents around... Nate Potter is a four-year starter from one of the nation's most prolific offenses in the country. As the leader of the offensive line, he and his teammates only allowed 0.7 sacks a game this past season. A two time All-American, Potter is game tested and could be a steal in the mid rounds of the upcoming NFL draft... Mitchell Schwartz is a superb left tackle from Cal. He has 51 games of experience under his belt with 35 starts at the left tackle position. He does a good job at setting a wide base on pass protection which allows him to absorb his defender. His strength comes in the form of run blocking where Schwartz shows fantastic ability at sealing the edge and moving the piles.