Offense South Team
Oli Udoh, OL, Elon, 6-6, 327, 5.43
Udoh has used his large frame to hold his own in practices against formidable rushers like Montez Sweat, a first-round edge player. The Elon University product started 34 games and hails from the state of North Carolina, where Elon is also.
His ability to mirror these high round players and deal with Power 5 competition make this game ultra important for smaller school prospects.
The Lions have five definite starters, assuming that guard T.J. Lang returns, and swing tackle Tyrell Crosby looks like another future starter.
The cost for both Lang and tackle Ricky Wagner will climb to about $24 million this coming year, so finding a couple of cheaper replacements seems necessary. Udoh has the size to play tackle but the Lions just need to develop depth behind the expensive free agents they signed prior to last year.
Others of note
Another player from the South offense to watch is Deebo Samuel, who by all accounts has been one of the dominant players for the South during practices. The South Carolina product is 5-11, 216 pounds, and runs a 4.50-second forty-yard dash. He, too, could be a Tate replacement but would likely cost a second round pick.