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Jul
04
2011

Ranking the 5 best Offensive Linemen in the ACC for 2011

On to some ACC offensive line rankings… These are the guys in the trenches never get any recognition. Well I’m here to give them some.

Completed Rankings

Running Backs | Quarterbacks | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Defensive Linemen | Linebackers | Cornerbacks | Safeties | Special Teams

1) Brandon Washington, Miami

Washington is the only returning All-ACC offensive lineman from 2010. He’s 6-4 and moves extremely well for a 320 pound player. Washington had 56 pancake blocks last year. That was second on the Hurricanes team. NFL teams are already eyeing Washington as a 2nd or 3rd rounder and he’s only a junior.

2) Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech

6-2 307 Senior Guard James Brooks of Virginia Tech will anchor one of the best offensive lines in the ACC. He’s was a second team All-ACC selection last year and is a good bet to be a pre-season All-ACC and fringe All-American pick this year. He’s started 28 straight games, and is projected as 3rd-5th round NFL draft choice.

3) Andrew Datko, Florida State

The Noles had a couple of big losses on the offensive with Center Ryan McMahon and All-American Rodney Hudson no longer at FSU. The good news Andrew Datko is back. He’s a 6-6 311 pound senior that I’ve already seen as a 2nd round pick in one NFL mock draft.CBSSports.com  has him rated the number 2 OT Draft prospect for 2012.

4) Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets  had a largely forgettable 6-7 2010 season, but don’t blame Uzzi. The RS JR was Georgia Tech’s most consistent lineman and helped a Jacket’s running attack that led the nation in rushing last year. He was one of Georgia Tech’s highest rated recruits in 2008 and is living up to the billing.

5) Landon Walker, Clemson

Landon Walker has improved each year he’s been at Clemson, and he should have a solid senior season. I’ve seen Walker projected anywhere from a preseason All-ACC First teamer to third teamer. He has 35 career starts and will be Clemson’s most experienced lineman. Word is he’s picked up Chad Morris’s new offense very quickly.


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