"Amobi Okoye." That'll be a fun name for announcers to pronounce this year, as the defensive tackle from Louisville is bound to make an impact. Okoye is strong enough to play the position, often able to get a good push to...[More]
Chris Pokorny provides the most comprehensive, personable outlook regarding the 2007 draft.
OG | TexasJustin Blalock
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 320 | 40 Time: 5.10
Positives: Playing for the Texas Longhorns in college, Justin Blalock is considered the top offensive guard in this year's draft class. Blalock has great size for the position and is very strong with tremendous balance. It is rare that someone will be able to push him off the point of attack, and he can eliminate defensive tackles from a play. He moves well and is a very good run blocker, always playing with an aggressive demeanor. He also has a lot of experience playing tackle in college, adding to the versatility that he has.
Negatives: Blalock doesn't have great footwork, which is one of the reasons he's made the change from tackle to guard. In the NFL, Blalock will still need to work on his footwork so that he's not relying too much on pure talent. There is some concern regarding his pass blocking ability, including his ability to pick up a blitz with stable footwork.
Notes: Blalock started all four years at Texas, but played most of it at right tackle. He started seeing some action at guard during his senior year, and that's what he'll play in the NFL in all likelihood. Blalock should be selected in the first round of the draft, but probably not any higher than the 20th pick.