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Clinton's Draft Preview: Offensive Line


Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis provides three names along the offensive line that Washington could select during the 2018 NFL Draft that will take place later this month.

While the Washington Redskins are set with their starting tackles, right guard Brandon Scherff and center Chase Roullier, the team currently has needs at both left guard and depth at tackle.

As he continues his position previews for the 2018 NFL Draft, here's three offensive linemen former Redskins running back Clinton Portis believes could fit in well with Washington.

Will Hernandez
One potential second-round option to fill the void at left guard right now is UTEP's Will Hernandez.

Hernandez was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press during both his junior and senior seasons.

In total, the Las Vegas native started all 49 of his appearances for the Miners, anchoring an offensive line that allowed only 1.47 sacks per game during his four seasons at UTEP.

During the 2018 NFL Combine, Hernandez showcased his strength with 37 reps on the bench press, two more than any other offensive lineman.

"This guy's the most decorated lineman in UTEP history," Portis said. "The knock on this guy, they say he's too small. Well I have something to tell you. 6-[foot]-2, 348 [pounds], there's no way he's too small. This is a guy at the point of attack, who's a power blocker. If we're going to improve our running game, we're going to need a guy like this."

Orlando Brown
While Hernandez was impressive during his time in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, Orlando Brown was the opposite, posting the lowest bench press reps at the position group (14) and running the slowest 40-yard dash time (5.85 seconds).

But what Brown puts on tape during his time at Oklahoma stands out more than his performance at the NFL Combine.

"This guy had a pretty bad showing at the combine, which caused him to slip in the draft, but if you watch this guy on tape he was a man-eater," Portis said. "He was dominant at Oklahoma, they put out a lot of successful backs, a lot of 1,000-yard rushers, and he was a major part."

During the 2017 season, the redshirt junior was named a unanimous All-American selection while also being selected as the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He started all 40 of his outings with the Sooners.

Billy Price
While Billy Price as unable to participate in on-field drills during the NFL Combine due to a partially torn pectoral suffered while on the bench press, he remains one of the top offensive linemen in this year's class.

Price set school records both for total and consecutive starts (55) while receiving the Rimington Trophy as the nation's most outstanding center and the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award during his senior season.

Although he finished his career at center, he also has the capability to play guard as well. Cross-training between the two positions has been something assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan has asked out of Washington's interior linemen over the years.

"He player center at Ohio State, but he's a versatile guy," Portis said. "He could possibly go to left guard, center, and we like those type of guys. He opened holes for some great runners at Ohio State, he could do the same here."

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