Nation's top tackles

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It is a very good year for offensive tackles. Last year, Seantrel Henderson was the nation's No. 1 player. But then there was a dropoff in talent at the position. Not this year. I believe Cyrus Kouandjio is almost as good as Henderson, though 50 pounds lighter. There are several prototypical left tackles, athletic guys who can play that position in the NFL.

Here are the top 10 offensive tackles in the nation:

1. Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Md., is a 6-7, 290-pounder who is rated as the No. 3 player in the nation. He is leaning to Alabama, where his brother is a freshman. He has great feet and didn't allow a sack last season. He also can run a sub 5.0 for 40 yards. He looks thin at 290.

2. Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C., is a 6-7, 290-pounder who is rated as the No. 6 player in the nation. He is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell. He also plays basketball. He can really move, has great balance and great body control. Uncommitted, he is considering South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Miami, LSU and North Carolina State.

3. La'El Collins of Baton Rouge, La., is a 6-5, 285-pounder who is rated as the No. 7 player i the nation. He is committed to LSU. He looks like an NFL player. I met him at the New Orleans Saints' camp and mistook him for a Saints player.

4. Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn., is a 6-6, 300-pounder who is rated as the No. 20 player in the nation. He benches 410 pounds. He is a powerhouse, a dominating left tackle. Uncommitted, he is considering Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Miami, Clemson and South Carolina.

5. Christian Westerman of Chandler, Ariz., is a 6-5, 293-pounder who is rated as the No. 22 player in the nation. He is committed to Texas. He benches 415 pounds. He is the strongest of all of the tackles. A great run blocker, he dominates at the point of attack. He hasn't allowed a sack. He is a two-time All-Stater.

6. Brey Cook of Springdale, Ark., is a 6-7, 305-pounder who is rated as the No. 29 player in the nation. He is one of the two best prospects in Arkansas. He is committed to Arkansas. He is very technically sound and makes few mistakes. Powerful, he is a good straight-ahead blocker.

7. Audrey Walker of Cleveland, Ohio, is a 6-5, 340-pounder who is the No. 47 player in the nation. A product of Ted Ginn's school, he is leaning to Ohio State. He plays guard and tackle. He dominated at the San Antonio combine.

8. Greg Robinson of Thibodaux, La., is a 6-6, 305-pounder who is rated as the No. 52 player in the nation. He is uncommitted but LSU is his likely choice. He looks thin at 305. He has been timed in 4.8 for 40 yards. He has great potential, as much or more than other players ranked ahead of him.

9. Jordan Prestwood of Plant City, Fla., is a 6-6, 275-pounder who is rated as the No. 66 player in the nation. He played tight end as a junior and caught 28 passes for over 300 yards. But he is being recruited as an offensive tackle. He originally committed to Notre Dame but recently de-committed and is considering Florida and Florida State, though he hasn't eliminated Notre Dame from the mix. He is one of the best athletes in Florida.

10. Giorgio Newberry of Fort Pierce, Fla., is a 6-6, 260-pounder who is rated as the No. 67 player in the nation. He is committed to Florida State. He wants to play defense in college but I think he is better on offense, where is a dominating performer.

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