The 2018 offensive class lacked quality prospects and depth. Yet multiple rookies could be starting at left tackle this fall.
The Oakland Raiders traded down and selected Kolton Miller with the 15th overall pick. Donald Penn’s presence on the roster may push Miller to right tackle or the Raiders could favor youth and athleticism over experience.custom nfl jerseys
“That’s where he has recently played,” head coach Jon Gruden said at rookie minicamp, per ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez. “We like him at left tackle. We think he’s a prototype left tackle. He can bend, he’s got the length that you’re looking for and he’s a sharp kid…that doesn’t mean that’s where they’re going to end up, though.”
Miller fits the mold of an NFL left tackle. Isaiah Wynn and Austin Corbett don’t. Although both may be protecting their respective quarterbacks’ blind sides this fall.
New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia didn’t mince his words regarding Wynn’s potential.
“He’s played left tackle in the best conference, [the SEC], in America,” Scarnecchia said, per ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss. “Played it pretty good. We’re going to take a look at it and see how it goes.”
The Browns plan to do the same with rookie lineman Corbett. nfl custom jerseys cheap
“You will see [Corbett] out there [at left tackle],”customized nfl jerseys head coach Hue Jackson said, per Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe. “There is no question he will be out there, but I think you will see him moved around too.”
If they falter, their teams will find another spot for them. But left tackle is too important not to start there.