The Opening: OL Breakdown Day Two

The Opening: OL Breakdown Day Two

The OL-DL one on ones took a major step up in intensity on Wednesday when the pads came on. Here's our look at the top offensive linemen from today's workout.

There were two sessions for the linemen today, the first one featuring run blocking and the second pass protection. If there was a consensus choice as the top offensive lineman of the day, it had to be Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis guard/center Fred Ulu-Perry.

Ulu-Perry may get dinged some for his height as he's just a shade over 6-foot-2, but he can play. He has a great combination of balance, strength and toughness. He's so strong at the point of attack that you can't bull rush him, even the strongest defensive tackles and he has the feet and lateral mobility to slide his feet and handle the quicker tackles.

Mammoth defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie had been close to untouchable all week but Ulu-Perry stoned him two reps in a row. He looks very similar to how dominant current Oregon State center Isaac Seumalo looked three years ago at The Opening and it's tough to imagine a better center prospect anywhere in the country.

One of the most versatile lineman in this group is Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern's Chuma Edoga. Edoga is only 6-3.5 but can definitely play tackle at the next level. He doesn't have ideal height for a tackle but has long arms, is very light on his feet and plays with very good technique.

He's more of a finesse player as well and relies more on his athleticism than brute strength. According to the NIKE lead OL coach Todd Huber, Edomas has the best feet in the camp and added 'it's not even close.'

Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett's Mitch Hyatt and Apopka's (Fla.) Martez Ivey were rated the top two left tackles of the day. At the end of the camp when the coaches went best on best, Hyatt got the nod at left tackle but it was close.

Hyatt, who put on a solid 20 pounds since the NIKE Camp back in March, plays with great technique and has drawn raves from the coaches for being able to take coaching and immediately apply it on the field. He's a more advanced run blocker right now and has gains strength, should be a very good college player.

Ivey is a very impressive athlete and has made big strides as a pass blocker in a short time. He bears a strong resemblance, frame wise, to former USC and Dallas Cowboy tackle Tyron Smith at the same stage.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Keenan Walker was 5th player to make the final five and had a strong day. He played right tackle all day but played guard in the final. He's a natural tackle prospect with an ideal frame, long arms and plays with an edge.

He has a strong punch, moves effortlessly and his upside is off the charts. He needs to harness his aggression at times, but that's a good thing. You would always rather have to calm a player down than try and get them going and a motor is never an issue for Walker.

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's Tommy Hatton had a very good day working out at center. He plays guard at the high school level but size wise, projects as an ideal center. He's smart, tough and very scrappy. He had a sore hamstring coming in to the event but you could hardly tell as he battled all day.

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga College guard Richie Petitbon just missed the cut to make the final five and is another player who looked strong. He's a physical player who had some of the most dominant reps of any player. He's a versatile player, capable of playing anywhere in the interior and can really finish.

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Dru Samia bounced between guard and tackle and looked more comfortable as a tackle. He's a talented player and could play either spot in college. He has a strong, right tackle frame, has improved athleticism and plays with the perfect amount of nastiness.

Like Samia, Herriman's (Utah) Andre James worked out at right guard and right tackle. He needs to get stronger, but he's one of the most athletic players in this group. He has a great frame, capable of easily holding another 20 pounds or so and his ceiling is very high.

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central guard Lester Cotton wasn't able to pad up due to a Alabama State Association rule but is very talented. He has good feet, sets up quickly and can play the power game as well.

Pocatello (Idaho) Highland's Tristen Hoge played primarily guard after working out at center and looked very good. He's strong in his upper body and had some physically dominating reps where he put his man on his back. He needs to continue to work on his feet and get quicker but he's a tireless worker with a great attitude, very coachable and is flashing the versatility to play any of the three interior positions.

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