The SEC’s 10 best offensive linemen ahead of spring practice

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Spring position rankings:

The big uglies are one of the pillars of success for the SEC’s championship teams. SEC teams are known for being built from the inside out, meaning both lines of scrimmage are the focal point and several have future NFL players.

Although Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, among others, are gone, there’s a talented cast of veterans returning in 2014.

Get to know them:

10. Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU (JR)
9. Evan Boehm, C, Missouri (JR)
8. Alex Kozan, OG, Auburn (SO)

Vadal Alexander is a good looking player for the Tigers. He was a freshman All-American in 2012, and he’s ready for a huge 2014 campaign to really make a name for himself among the elite…Evan Boehm may be the biggest underrated player on this list. He was the most talented lineman on the SEC’s second-best rushing offense at Mizzou, and he was a freshman All-American in 2012. He’s ready for a huge 2014 season…Alex Kozan is a bona fide beast for the Tigers’ offense. He was a freshman All-American in 2013, helping the Tigers have the country’s top rushing attack.

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7. Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M (SR)
6. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina (SR)
5. La’El Collins, OT, LSU (SR)

Jarvis Harrison has been a big reason why Texas A&M has had a strong offensive line the last few years, and he’s a weathered veteran for an overall impressive unit. He’s started 25 consecutive games for Kevin Sumlin…Corey Robinson is a massive human being. Listed at 6-8, 341 pounds, he will guard Dylan Thompson’s blindside this coming season…La’El Collins returning for his senior season was a huge announcement for the Tigers, who lost guard Trai Turner to the NFL. Collins was a second-team All-SEC performer in 2013, and he’ll anchor the Tigers’ talented group in 2014.

4. AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina (SR)
3. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn (SR)
2. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (SO)

AJ Cann has started 38 games over the past three seasons, and he’s a road grader for a very impressive and underrated South Carolina O-line. Cann is a major NFL prospect, and he’s a big reason why the Gamecocks have won 11 games in three straight seasons…Along with Greg Robinson, Reese Dismukes was an anchor on the Auburn offensive line. He becomes the best returning center in the league who helped lead the Tigers to have the country’s top rushing offense in 2013. He’ll likely be a Rimington Trophy finalist this coming season…Laremy Tunsil played way better than anyone expected as a freshman, and he was named a freshman All-American and was an All-SEC second-team player. His 6-5, 315-pound frame makes him a massive man, but combine that with crazy athleticism and it’s easy to see why he’ll anchor the Rebels’ O-line for two more seasons. Assuming he stays healthy, he’s a first-round lock.

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1. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M (SR)

Cedric Ogbuehi is the SEC’s top returning offensive lineman. He passed on the draft to return for his senior season, where he should slide over to left tackle to replace the All-American Jake Matthews, who will be a first-round pick. He’s helped TAMU to a 27-12 record as a three-year starter. He’ll likely enter the 2014 season as a preseason All-American by multiple outlets.

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  • It looks like starting last year on any team makes one a sure fire Beast this year. Reality suggests that most of the players won’t make this rank at the end of the year. I believe that writers who create these rankings should be more serious with projections. Just because he made it another year does not mean he will progress or grow in the ability to play his position. Just saying.

    • And which player would you add that is not currently included? This ranking is based on who was great last year and returning this year. It’s not projecting breakout stars, early enrollees or first-year starters. That will come in August ahead of the season.

      • Nice list Jon. I have a question for you. Aaron Morris was an All-SEC OG going into last season. He was injured the first game of the season, so I think a lot of ppl have forgot about him since he didn’t get to play this season. Do you think he would have made your list if he would have played?. I think he would have easily made this list he would have played last season. Also, with Morris and Tunsil holding down the left side of the Ole Miss OL should make a really good tandom.

      • Jon, all you need realize is that the comment came from a Bama fan and the list is missing Bama linemen. Ergo, the list OBVIOUSLY flawed.

      • bama baby, as I said before, bring specific facts to your comments, we’d all really be interested in your ideas if you would bring some stats, names, history, etc.

  • It seems really weird seeing this list devoid of some Bama lineman

  • Boehm=leadership, brains, reliability, durability, determination, dedication and more psychological assets more important than any physical qualities

    • Wolfman I’m not saying that Boehm isn’t good, I actually think he is really good. But I disagree with you. All those things you listed are great to have, but they don’t mean that much if the player doesn’t have talent. All these players have a lot talent, all those assets you listed are what set these players above the rest of the players.

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