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NFL Draft: Intriguing OL values

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Robert Hainsey (Photo by Angela Driskell)

With the NFL Draft weeks away, national columnist Mike Farrell takes a look at some offensive linemen who could provide major value depending on what round they are picked, including a mid-round value from Notre Dame.


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1. Jackson Carman, Clemson, third round


Jackson Carman was a five star steal away from Ohio State for the Clemson Tigers and had a solid career but didn't live up to the hype as expected. With shorter arms than most tackles, he could slide inside and be a great value at guard in the third round or even higher.

2. Deonte Brown, Alabama, third round

Deonte Brown was a high three star out of high school with some weight issues that needed to be addressed and average footwork. He still has some questions about his weight but his career at Alabama was a great one and he will be a long-time NFL veteran.

3. Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame, round four

Robert Hainsey was a hard-nosed and physical kid coming out of high school who has been very reliable for Notre Dame and has been a leader along the offensive line. ND linemen are at a premium these days and he could be a steal in round four or earlier.

4. Landon Young, Kentucky, round five

Landon Young was the only five star commit in Kentucky history and didn't quite live up to those expectations but he's been a steady starter and he's technically sound. He's a right tackle at the next level but a good value in the middle of the draft.

5. Larry Borom, Missouri, round five

Larry Borom was a two star afterthought out of high school who was massive but also a bit slow footed. Missouri did a great job with him and he could be a mauling interior lineman at the NFL level or perhaps a right tackle. He could be available in round five for someone.