CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler has a message for offensive tackle-needy teams like the New York Giants. If you need an immediate starter, there is only one in the 2017 NFL Draft class.
"If you need someone to start early [Ryan] Ramczyk's the guy,” Brugler said during an appearance on Big Blue Kickoff Live with John Schmeelk and Paul Dottino. “Then after that a lot of question marks."
Brugler’s opinion goes along with what Mike Mayock of NFL Network said earlier in the week as he also tabbed Ramczyk as the best tackle in the class.
"I think he is a legitimate top 20 type of tackle. The question with him is his journey to this point,” said Brugler of Ramczyk, who has only one year of Division I starting experience. "You saw early on that the guy is the real deal ... very good athlete at that size. The sample size just isn't ideal."
Utah’s Garett Bolles is another player with just one year of Division I starting experience.
“He's going to be a 25-year-old rookie who is an outstanding athlete. I think he's going to go in the first round, but you're talking about a guy who took a couple years off from college ... you see the athleticism right off the bat, but he needs a lot of work in a strength and conditioning program, build up that base, that core strength, upper body power. Then just technique work,” Brugler said.
"Ideally for a player with those kinds of questions first round is probably not where you want to take. But, that's probably where you need to take him if you want a tackle this year."
Brugler said that in his opinion Cam Robinson of Alabama is “not a true first-round pick” and that Troy’s Antonio Garcia is the “consolation prize” for tackle-needy teams who miss out on Ramczyk or Bolles.
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