Ralph’s Standout Offensive Linemen
Dan Feeney, Indiana: This aggressive mauler consistently locked up his opponents in pass protection with his flawless technique by proactively jabbing the oncoming defender with his strong hands as a way of countering his inside rush.
Technique is the name of the game for any offensive lineman and Feeney is no exception with the way he constantly moves his feet. His lower body gives him that added force he needs to not only keep opposing linemen at bay, but to also steer them away from the pocket.
Just watch the two-time team captain engage defenders for a few plays and you’ll quickly understand why he gave up only one sack in 310 pass attempts as a senior in 2016 after surrendering zero sacks in 475 pass plays as a junior the year prior.
Feeney played some center during the week and saw a few reps at tackle, which isn’t the position he’s best suited for since he lacks the lateral agility to neutralize outside pressure, as evidenced by a Chris Wormley edge rush during practices.
The interior blocker did well in keeping a lower center of gravity and standing his ground versus the mammoth 350-pound Stevie Tu’ikolovatu.
A lineman’s best bet is to try to get around Feeney because once he gets his hands on somebody, he has them on lockdown.
In game-day action, the Indiana bruiser engaged in a fun battle with Clemson’s Carlos Watkins.
On a 1st-and-10 run play, Feeney exploded into Watkins and moved him back a few yards on a block in which he generated power through his hips while maintaining good balance.
This first-team All Big-Ten member can step into somebody’s starting lineup and start from Day One.
Kyle Kalis, Michigan: The 6-foot-5, 308-pound lineman excels as a run blocker and showed quality footwork during the week in mirroring his opponents that employed a variety of moves in order to break free.
The two things that stand out about Kalis is that he’s seldom on the ground and also displays great awareness on both running and passing plays when it comes to serving as a help blocker.
In the game, the aspiring future pro wrestler—true story—led the way on an 18-yard burst on the part of (Kareem) Hunt in the fourth quarter.
Kalis has the ability to pull and bends his knees to put him a favorable position to engage his adversaries, although he doesn’t quite have Feeney’s strong hands to sustain blocks.
He is a Day 3 pick with upside.
Kyle Fuller, Baylor: Not to be confused with the Chicago Bears cornerback that goes by the same name, Fuller is a built like an offensive tackle at 6-foot-5, 306 pounds, but has the ability to get low from the center position and fire off the snap in the ground game—an area where the 315-pound prospect has been especially dominant in his time in Waco.
The All Big-12 center turned in a solid showing during Senior Bowl week due to his ability to get to the second level and block in space.
His 34-inch arms allow him to immediately reach his opponents and hold them in place.
In the game, the interior lineman did fall victim to a quick move by (Montravius) Adams, who penetrated the pocket on a C.J. Beathard fumble.
On the previous play, Fuller was charged with an offensive holding infraction that cost the South a touchdown.
Fuller will need to work on his pass blocking at the next level, but has the tools to start with a year of seasoning.
Dan’s Standout Offensive Linemen
Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky: I’m not sure a player can be a standout player after only practicing for one day, but Lamp’s brief performance is definitely worth noting.
While Lamp left Mobile after one day of practice because of a high ankle sprain, the former Western Kentucky tackle was dominant in one-one-one blocking drills, and then continued his solid play in the team period, lining up at both guard and tackle.
It would have been nice to see what he could do over the course of the entire week, but the small glimpse we got in Tuesday’s practice, definitely reaffirms the narrative that Lamp is an early-round prospect.
Taylor Moton, Western Michigan: Moton quietly had a very strong week. While not many will note the former Western Michigan tackle’s performance, Moton repeatedly stonewalled pass rushers in one-on-one drills.
Motion plays with a strong base and he shows tenacity in the run game. He was flagged twice in Saturday’s game. Once for a false start and another for holding, but despite needing to clean up his game, Moton shows a lot of promise as a potential starting right tackle in the NFL.
He’s going to be a good find for team in the middle rounds of the draft.