Offensive Tackles Dustin Stanton, Sean Harlow showing NFL potential?

Opponents will be keeping an eye on Oregon State tackles Sean Harlow (77) and Dustin Stanton (74). You should too! - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

According to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline, Oregon State starting tackles Dustin Stanton and Sean Harlow are a pair to "keep an eye on" as the 2015 season approaches. Pauline assigned Stanton with a sixth-round grade and Harlow with a seventh-round grade. Pauline elaborates that he believes Stanton is "a little more rounded and definitely stronger."

Stanton, who began his career at Oregon State as a tight end, was moved to the offensive line in 2013 after a flurry of injuries forced Mike Riley's hand. Stanton has stuck with the group ever since. After incumbent right tackle Gavin Andrews went down with an ankle injury last season, Stanton took the job and has never looked back. He begins this season as a redshirt junior with six starts under his belt.

Harlow started all 12 games last year as a true sophomore, and will be back to anchor the blind side. Harlow’s contributions in 2014 did not go unnoticed, as Phil Steele selected Harlow as a preseason Third-Team All Pac-12 player. Harlow has a sterling football pedigree, as his father, Pat Harlow, played offensive tackle for the University of Southern California and was a first-round pick in 1991.

Both Harlow and Stanton will be important pieces in an offensive scheme that figures to be run-heavy. With neither Marcus McMaryion or Seth Collins showing enough in summer practices to surpass one another, having an experienced offensive line up front will be doubly important this year. Luckily, OSU won’t have a shortage of experienced big men this season with a combined 82 starts returning this year. Experience and continuity plays a large role in creating a successful offensive line and the front five may prove to be an area of strength for the Beavers.

The last time the Beavers had an offensive lineman selected in the NFL draft was in 2009, when offensive guard Andy Levitre was selected in the second round by the Buffalo Bills.

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