OL Rankings from Mocking The Draft

If you haven't visited SB Nation's draft site "Mocking the Draft" then you're really doing yourself a disservice. Not only do they have some of the best draft coverage on the web, but they have the same interaction with their fans that each blog from SB Nation have.

With all the talk about the need for the Panthers to address the offensive line early in the draft I thought it would be prudent to look at the rankings from the MtD crew at both the OT and OG positions. I'll let you follow the links to see the full rankings, but I'll highlight some of the players who could/would be available to us around our picks.

OT Rankings

OG Rankings

2. Jonathan Martin, Stanford – Martin is a fantastic prospect that excels in all areas of the game and should be a top 10 pick.

I've been a fan of Martin for a long time now. I think he's an immediate starter at RT, and could become a true LT with a little work.

More after the jump

1. David DeCastro, Stanford – DeCastro is the best guard prospect to come around in a long time and he has the potential to be a top 3 or 4 guard in the NFL. He should likely be a top 15 draft pick.

There's no doubting that DeCastro is an elite prospect. The hard part is projecting whether a guard- any guard is worth a top 10 pick. Even great players like Steve Hutchinson were selected later in the draft, since the highest a guard has been selected was Mike Iupati, also a 17th overall pick. It's impossible to know if DeCastro could be the kind of player Marty Hurney would spend a top 10 pick on, but it's hard to argue with the idea of getting a player who could be regarded as one of the best of his position out of the gate.

4. Mike Adams, Ohio State – Adams is a pure RT prospect and he is a very good one at that. With a good interview at the combine, he could be a late first round pick

Late 1st round picks have a tendency to become early 2nd round picks very easily. Should the Panthers address their needs at either CB or DT in the 1st round then I'd watch for Adams to be a possible replacement for the oft-injured Jeff Otah. Regardless of what happens this off-season we can't start 2012 with Byron Bell at RT.

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