Every single year, players emerge after a mediocre showing and burst on to the scene, and we’re left saying, ‘I should have seen it coming’. So, let’s get a head start on the most improved offensive linemen for 2013.
- Most improved Quarterbacks
- Most improved Running Backs
- Most improved Wide Receivers
- Most Improved Offensive Linemen
- Most Improved Defensive Linemen
- Most Improved Linebackers
- Most Improved Defensive Backs
Most Improved O-lineman: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
The Story: The Allen, Texas, native and former four-star Cedric Ogbuehi has made 19 starts in his two-year career, and he was a cornerstone of the Aggies’ dominant – and arguably best – 2012 offensive line. Ogbuehi started at right guard last year, but he moves out to right tackle, replacing Jake Matthews, who slid to left tackle.
Why he will improve the most: Ogbuehi’s 6-5, 300-pound frame and athleticism are not only perfect for the vacant right tackle slot, but he’ll become an elite offensive lineman with huge upside. While Matthews is more developed and polished at this point in his career, Ogbuehi has the opportunity to be better. Ogbuehi is a great example of Mike Sherman’s evaluation skills, because he has plenty of talent to become a top three-type tackle in the SEC. Although he had a good year in 2012, Ogbuehi is ready to take his game to the next level and become dominant.
Others to watch:
Evan Boehm, C, Missouri: With so much turmoil on Mizzou’s 2012 O-line, true freshman Boehm was a bright spot. He moves to center to be the anchor and cornerstone of an improved Tigers’ line.
John Theus, OT, Georgia: Anytime any true freshman starts game one at tackle, you know he’s good. But Theus’ game has a much higher ceiling than he showed in 2012. He’ll lead the UGA O-line into the future.
Vadal Alexander, OT, LSU: Alexander has a chance to be the most talented O-lineman in the conference in 2014, and he started nine games as a freshman. He is a powerful run blocker who has a chance to become elite.
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