Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
One of the players getting the most buzz leading up to the Senior Bowl is that of Antonio Garcia. Teams are hoping they can see this Offensive Tackle class produce at least a couple of quality players. Antonio Garcia with a good week could really sky rocket up team boards thinking they have a future Left Tackle on their hands.
There are people who believe he is the top prospect at the Senior Bowl. I’m not quite to that level of thinking but he has some incredible promise. Garcia has most everything you are looking for in a future Left Tackle. He has very quick feet and does an incredible job keeping his body over his feet instead of bending at the waste. Strength wise he can handle the bull rush as well as the ability to beat players to the outside edge. He has a great initial punch to knock defenders off their spot.
The big question that comes with Antonio Garcia is his run blocking. At Troy, they ran a very interesting scheme where downhill blocking was not exactly a high priority. In fact, most plays it almost looked like they were running some delayed handoffs. That meant the Offensive Tackles then were just asked to let their guy get up field then push them off to the side. If Garcia can show that he can handle pushing people around in the trenches it would not shock me to see him taken in the 1st round. Honestly it would not shock me to see him taken as the first Offensive Tackle in this entire draft.