USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero examines the 5 quarterback prospects that have the best chance of being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
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1. Forrest Lamp, guard, Western Kentucky
6-4, 309 pounds
Lamp had an outstanding collegiate career as a left tackle, and there is a small chance an NFL team could try to keep him outside. But the prevailing opinion about Lamp is that his NFL future is at guard – or perhaps even at center, even though he’s never snapped the ball in a game before. Lamp is strong and fundamentally sound, but his frame (and arms that measured at 32 1/4 inch) make him look more like a guard. In a draft that is thin on offensive lineman, Lamp looks like one of the few prospects that can be a Week 1 starter – at a variety of positions.
2. Ryan Ramczyk, tackle, Wisconsin
6-6, 310 pounds
Ramczyk looks like he’ll be the latest Wisconsin lineman to transition easily to the NFL. He’s among the most athletic offensive tackles in this draft class and might be the most polished, thanks to the pro-style offense Wisconsin runs. The only red flag on Ramczyk heading into the draft is he hasn’t been healthy this spring after undergoing hip surgery following the Badgers’ season.
3. Garett Bolles, tackle, Utah
6-5, 297 pounds
Bolles is an intriguing prospect because he certainly looks the part of a startling caliber NFL left tackle – and he often played like one for Utah last season. But he has just one season playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level after transferring to Utah, and he’ll turn 25 years old next month – which is the age many players are when they get their second NFL contract. With so many teams needing to upgrade at tackle, and with this being a thin offensive line class, look for someone to look past those questions on Bolles and draft him in the first round.
4. Cam Robinson, tackle, Alabama
6-6, 322 pounds
No one looks more like a potential star tackle in this class than Robinson, who left Alabama after his junior year. But with Robinson, the scouting process is about more than just his measurables. Robinson has off-field questions after a 2016 arrest on marijuana and gun charges (that were later dropped), and his college tape shows some inconsistent effort. In the right locker room – with veteran teammates and strict coaching – Robinson looks like he quickly develop into a dependable player.
5. Dion Dawkins, tackle/guard, Temple
6-4, 314 pounds
Another college tackle, Dawkins projects best as a guard in the NFL, at least initially. He started that position switch at the Senior Bowl. Dawkins could be…