Phly Phishing: The Big "OL" Boyz

Phly Phishing is an attempt to highlight some the players I like in the bottom of the draft because I think that you can clarify your picks in the 1st-3rd rounds by getting idea about what fliers maybe available at the 6th-7th rounds.

I simply can not do this series without including offensive linemen, especially in light of the situation with the Miami Dolphins. Contrary to what many believe, there are some very good linemen that will be available in the late rounds. Here in this post I will name a couple whom I think will make it in the NFL.

The first, is a name many of Dolphans will recognize, Brandon Linder. Linder has the body type that most NFL teams seem to love and although he is projected as a nice fit for a power run game team, he has "sweet feet" to play well in a zone blocking scheme as well. Linder easily flows to the second level, even after an initial double team block.

Brandon Linder (RG/RT Miami, FL) vs Pitt 2013 (via Aimal Arsalla)

Linder is also a groundhog, able to move guys off the LOS and into second level. He is also adept in changing from play to play his method of blocking. In this next clip against FSU he started out at ROT and then moved inside versus the Seminoles DTs including Jerningan.

#64 Brandon Linder, G/T, Miami vs Florida State '13 (via SportCutups)

Brandon Linder, much like, Brandon Albert has played guard most of his college career and could easily turn out to be a nice offensive tackle. Linder plays all OL position, IMO he could even step in at center and be very effective.

My second OL is someone who you my not be aware of, Wesley Johnson (#67) of Vanderbilt. Easily one of the brightest OLs, coming into league, in terms of football IQ. This young man flows effortlessly down the line and into the second level. I now bring to you a clip which highlights his versatility in which he even lines up at TE in some goal line situations. In this clip, I'd like you to please notice how well he gets out and in front of the screen plays, on one play about the 4:30 Mark of the video, he makes a block on a CB to spring the WR screen in the flat, just too sweet. IMO, he has very good footwork and really good technique.

Wesley Johnson (OT Vanderbilt) vs Georgia 2013 (via Aimal Arsalla)

Wesley Johnson like Linder in some mock have them going undrafted. Wesley Johnson seems to be pushed down list because of measurables such as not quite 300lbs and arms that might judge a tad short for some, however they both will nice pick ups late.

I gave a response to a post recently where I commented on motivation, inspiration and how it comes into play throughout the game. In the midst of researching Wesley Johnson, I discovered James Franklin, Vandy's head coach. I personally felt inspired by a series of short films called, "Vanderbilt revealed", including James Franklin, I decided to include one here.

Vanderbilt reVealed 2013: UMass - Episode 2 (via vucommodores)

Coach Franklin who, as of this year, moves on to Penn State in a effort to revitalize their program. I'm quite Coach can handle his business. True inspiration.

Wesley Johnson played and started every game while at Vanderbilt, he also played well at every position, which a testament to his skill and durability. Therefore with his skill and tenacity plus the foundation laid down with Coach Franklin, IMO, Johnson would be a nice flier for us to land.

Phins One.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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