To recap from last week, we have quite a few great options to choose from at QB for the 2017 class. It seems as though the coaches are all-in on Connor Neville, but they will have to beat numerous other suitors for his services. As I stated earlier, there are a ton of great options out there, but who will protect him?
This week, we will look at some OL prospects. Now I am admittedly terrible at identifying the position where an OL prospect would play. They are all huge, intimidating individuals that I would want no part of. But what differentiates a guy from being a guard versus a tackle or center, I haven't the faintest idea. Having said that, my commentary will probably be minimal outside of "this guy is big". Let's get to the prospects!
OL Jonathan Nathaniel, Chandler, Arizona (Basha) 6'5" 257lbs
Jon is a tackle at Basha. Whether he will stay there at the next level, I have no idea. He seems to be good at keeping the QB upright and limiting the defense.
OL Samuel Vretman, Cheshire, Connecticut (Cheshire Academy) 6'6" 295lbs
Sam is huge for being 17. MASSIVE. He plays tackle as well and does a solid job. He does not stop until the play is dead. Like at all. You'll see what I'm talking about in his tape below.
OL Cody Shear, Eugene, Oregon (Sheldon) 6'4" 272lbs
Cody hails from the same school as Sam McCaskill. He is very athletic and, based on my limited knowledge, I think he could moved to guard.
OL Dontae Powell, Richland, Washington (Richland) 6'6" 308lbs
At 6'6 and 308 lbs, Powell is a behemoth, but still not the biggest on this list! What you will notice from his film is him destroying many people. Many much.
OL Grayson Reed, Houston, Texas (Cy-Creek) 6'5" 290lbs
Grayson has solid tape, though it is from spring practices last year.
OL Foster Sarell, Graham, Washington (Graham-Kapowsin) 6'6" 315lbs
While he is listed at 6'6 and 315 lbs here, his HUDL film lists him at 6'7 and 322 lbs. At 17 years old. How does this happen? It's crazy to me the size of kids coming out of high school these days! Anyway, his size is obviously his advantage. Take a look.
OG Caleb Davis, Bonney Lake, WA (Bonney Lake) 6'4" 265lbs
Caleb's highlights were defensive, but he is being listed as a guard. He was quite disruptive on defense, but I don't know how that translates to the offensive side of things. He has a great motor, so that's a definite plus.
What I have noticed in recent years is we are bringing in kids who are more or less physically ready to play college ball. Less and less of them require a red shirt to bulk up or gain weight. This could potentially lead to a higher amount of kids declaring early, but on some level that is good for the Broncos. It shows we are good at identifying and developing talent, which could lead to more kids taking a look at the Broncos.
Again, apologies for the lack of commentary. I didn't want to speak to something I knew little about. But, please feel free to leave comments on what you liked, what you didn't like, who stood out to you and why. Next week we'll check in on running backs. Go Broncos!