2021 NFL DRAFT OFFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS

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NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

*Player Profiles to be added for each prospect between now and the 2021 NFL Draft

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PENEI SEWELL, OREGON

OVERALL RANK: 2

PENEI SEWELL NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • One of only a handful of players who could deservedly go number one overall and in a less-QB needy league, probably would be the first pick.

  • Sewell is a very effective downfield blocker. He is comfortable in space and is even able to mirror defensive backs in space, highlighting his special movement.

  • He has the speed to not get beat by quick edge rushers and the strength to compete with any defensive end in the nation. This speed/movement combination in such a big man at 325lbs is incredible.

  • Was competing and dominating juniors at only 19 and will only get better. He always knows his assignment and always blocks the right man.

  • He only allowed one sack in his entire career at Oregon in 678 pass blocking snaps, which is unbelievable.

  • He is great as a pass protector or a run blocker and did plenty of each in college.

  • The best OT and surest prospect at the position in a long time.

  • Only slight knock is that he did not face the greatest competiton or level of pass rusher in the PAC-12. Nevertheless, Sewell put together the highest graded PFF season for an OT of all time in 2019 and the sky is the limit for the best tackle prospect to come out for a few years.

  • Projection: 1st OT taken. Top 3 pick.

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CHRISTIAN DARRISAW, VIRGINIA TECH

OVERALL RANK: 16

CHRISTIAN DARRISAW NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • In Virginia Tech’s run-heavy offense, Darrisaw’s development as a three-year starter has made him an asset in the ground game.

  • His ability to make reach blocks is elite, using a quick first step and flexible hips he routinely positions himself to seal running lanes.

  • Impressively strong hands consistently find the target and unbalance defenders allowing Darrisaw to take his defender for a walk.

  • His grip strength and lateral movement is sufficient to allow him to usually sustain blocks so the defender is taken out of the play.

  • Teams running a zone blocking scheme will fall in the love with the ability to locate and engage targets at the second level.

  • There are many examples of Darrisaw leading the way downfield using his speed and heavy hands to clear the way for explosive plays.

  • The Hokies’ offensive scheme has not necessarily allowed Darrisaw to develop in pass pro on the same level as his run blocking.

  • There were still some issues in 2020 as on deeper pass sets Darrisaw can overly rely on his strong punch and stop moving his feet near the top of his arc.

  • Another area I would like to see improved upon would be awareness when he is uncovered, he needs to be able to recognise when help is needed elsewhere on the line.

  • All in all, a solid first round selection and jumps ahead of Rashawn Slater due to his superior length, athleticism and ceiling.

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RASHAWN SLATER, NORTHWESTERN

OVERALL RANK: 20

RASHAWN SLATER NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Erased Chase Young in a game in 2019 with exceptional timing and hand placement, negating the length of the 2020 number two overall pick.

  • Slater excels in a phonebox but also wins with great leverage and takes excellent angles when moving to the second level.

  • He displays overwhelming functional strength, terrific movement, great footwork and efficient hands meaning that there are few flaws in his game.

  • The only real knock on Slater is whether or not he is a future guard or tackle in the NFL. At a touch over 6'3'' and 315lbs, teams may see him as a candidate to kick inside and not a true left tackle prospect.

  • Either way, he is a surefire quality pick even if his limited length dictates that he is more of a guard,but he is positionally diverse and could become a perennial All-Pro at the guard position.

  • His true measurables will be of great interests to teams.

4

DILLON RADUNZ, NORTH DAKOTA ST

OVERALL RANK: 25

DILLON RADUNZ NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Radunz could be a real pre draft riser. He is not spoken about as much as some of the linemen ranked above him, but he does appear to have the talent and physical traits that should translate well to the NFL.

  • Radunz has the arm length needed to negate edge rushers effectively, enabling him to keep them away from his body so that he is not easily driven backwards. Has a prototypical build that teams are looking for in an athletic offensive tackle and used this size to dominate for the Bison.

  • Radunz displays excellent balance when in pass protection and is rarely over his toes or caught lunging helped by his patience with his punch timing.

  • He does occasionally allow defenders into his chest which could be an issue in the NFL as defenders with superior strength could easily overpower him this way. The sample size of his ability to anchor against top college defenders is still a cause for concern. He allayed some of those fears with a good showing at the Senior Bowl after a rocky first day.

  • Having said that, he is a plus athlete who diagnoses plays quickly, is always on the move looking for blocks and operates in space effectively.

  • Whilst he is always looking for blocks, he does not always finish comprehensively which harks back to power concerns in his game, and when coupled with sometimes slow footwork, his pro day could be key for evaluators to complete their assessments.

  • Radunz’s effort noticeably jumps off the screen, it was not uncommon to see him sprinting 30 or 40 yards downfield to support the ball carrier which will endear him to fans, teammates, and coaches alike.

  • He could be seen as a hidden gem, and if he can refine his technique, along with stopping the somewhat easy access to his chest, then he could emerge as an NFL starter and an early day two pick.

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SAMUEL COSMI, TEXAS

OVERALL RANK: 34

SAMUEL COSMI NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • With one of the highest ceilings in the draft amongst O-linemen, Cosmi has experience at both left and right tackle.

  • He is a gifted athlete with excellent movement for such a big man.

  • His footwork in pass protection is elite and possesses the agility to match up with speed rushers.

  • Built like a tight end who caught a TD pass against Virginia Tech where he still had 22 yards to run after the catch in order to find his way to the endzone, highlighting his phenomenal speed and agility.

  • His run blocking is underdeveloped and does not look like a true mauler as he does not appear to have the strength of some of the bulkier tackles in the class, so could benefit to add some weight as he transitions to the NFL.

  • He can be slightly hesistant when moving laterally and defenders can get under his pad level, holding him upright at times but if some of his technical deficiencies can be ironed out, then he projects as a starting left tackle with a bit of seasoning for whoever takes him towards the top end of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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JALEN MAYFIELD, MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 42

JALEN MAYFIELD NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Mayfield possesses a huge frame and immediately looks like the ideal physical specimen required to play on the edge of an offensive line.

  • He has good mobility for a man of his size and was very good vs Chase Young 2019, showcasing his athletic potential.

  • He is a young prospect, only turning 20 in 2021 and has a mere 15 starts under his belt and so NFL teams will be asking themselves if his athletic profile will translate for him to become a consistent starter in the league.

  • Has been seen to struggle slightly against pure speed, but this may just be inexperience as he appears impatient in his blocks at times.

  • He has moments of dominance against the run and has been a college right tackle, but as already mentioned, has the traits required to transition to the left side in the long term.

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TEVEN JENKINS, OKLAHOMA ST

OVERALL RANK: 52

TEVEN JENKINS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Jenkins is a physical mauler who has experience playing at left and right tackle, as well as at right guard. This versatility is attractive to NFL teams, but his likely long term home is at guard or right tackle which limits his draft ceiling somewhat.

  • Jenkins is a player who appears to have real grit. He is a bully who packs a powerful punch and wants to drive opposing players into the dirt, showing that he is a high effort player who finishes well.

  • He is a disciplined and efficient hand fighter with a solid anchor, displaying a consistently low and wide base.

  • He could thrive as a right tackle in the right scheme, but his athletic profile limits his range and possible effectiveness against speed rushers as he is slow to follow their arc around the pocket and doesn't display the quickness in his foot speed to operate with confidence in space.

  • High level right guard prospect with the potential to kick outside on that same side.

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ALEX LEATHERWOOD, ALABAMA

OVERALL RANK: 53

ALEX LEATHERWOOD NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Former five-star recruit, has excellent strength to be a top class mauler/run blocker and the athleticism to block edge rushers.

  • His anchor is elite. Barely gets moved backwards when absorbing bull-rushes and you will rarely see him in the lap of the quarterback.

  • His patience has improved from his first starting season where he would often lunge and be off balance and spend too much time on the ground.

  • Excellent recognition of his responsibility and the sealing of running lanes.

  • His thick arms also make defensive counters incredibly difficult – plenty of examples of swats/chops by defensive linemen being ineffective at removing themselves from Leatherwood’s grasp.

  • Despite having a quick first step for his size, speed rushers with quick feet have caused Leatherwood issues.

  • Can seem tentative when pulling and has been surprisingly stonewalled by much smaller players that show resistance.

  • When faced with an opponent with speed moves or late hands, he can be caused problems.

  • On the rare instances where he does find himself being pushed back by a bull rush, I would like to see attempts made to disengage the defender’s hands and re-establish control. I am not sure when going up against stronger linemen in the NFL whether the reliance on a stout anchor alone will be sufficient.

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WALKER LITTLE, STANFORD

OVERALL RANK: 58

WALKER LITTLE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • A severe injury in 2019 and then opting out of the 2020 season has dampened a first round and possible top-10 projection for Little, but if he can show teams that he is healthy, he could be a first round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft based on his natural talent and ceiling.

  • Little possessess excellent length and prototypical size to play on the blind side at an extremely high level.

  • He has excellent powers of recovery if defenders do get the jump on him and is able to sustain blocks throughout the play whilst finishing them with an aggressiveness that also serves him well in the run game.

  • He has a quickness that allows him to climb to the second level and his long arms allow him to reroute defenders in his path as well as maintaining the functional strength to move oncomers vertically.

  • Could be one of the steals of the draft for one lucky team willing to take a chance.

10

LIAM EICHENBERG, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 60

LIAM EICHENBERG NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Eichenberg is an excellent mover in pass protection, and could go round one to a team that simply recognises this, rather than getting hung up on his apparent average athleticism.

  • He doesn't look like a prototype LT build, but as hinted at, he plays better in the role and passes the eye test more often than not.

  • Eichenberg identifies stunts and blitzes quickly and moves well in space, rarely over extending himself or getting caught off balance. This is an impressive trait as he does appear to have shorter than ideal arms, but manages to win by locking in his hands early and in his blocks, which enables him to move defenders effectively.

  • His footwork is generally clean and he is patient as a pass blocker.

  • Eichenberg does have a weakness when it comes to his pad level as he has been seen to play with a high pad level that results in him losing leverage against defenders and as a result, he does not always drive his man backwards, leading to questions about his ability against the run.

  • Not the finished product, but could mature into an excellent starter if he can prove his functional strength in the NFL.

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JACKSON CARMAN, CLEMSON

OVERALL RANK: 92

JACKSON CARMAN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Carman is most likely a guard at the NFL level.

  • He is too often beat by speed rushers on the outside and is guilty of holding, sometimes penalised by officials, but sometimes not.

  • This leniency will not fly in the NFL with regards to penalties.

  • Carman doesn't have particularly quick footwork, looks susceptible to inside counters and is lost in space.

  • Has good size and mass to be a guard, but there are too many issues in his game that need clearing up, making him a likely day three selection with upside and likely good value in the 4th-5th round range.

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D'ANTE SMITH, EAST CAROLINA

OVERALL RANK: 105

D'ANTE SMITH NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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JAMES HUDSON III, CINCINNATI

OVERALL RANK: 110

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SPENCER BROWN, NORTHERN IOWA

OVERALL RANK: 118

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ROBERT HAINSEY, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 158

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ALARIC JACKSON, IOWA

OVERALL RANK: 164

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BRADY CHRISTENSEN, BYU

OVERALL RANK: 173

BRADY CHRISTENSEN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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MYRON CUNNINGHAM, ARKANSAS

OVERALL RANK: 211

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ROYCE NEWMAN, OLE MISS

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TOMMY DOYLE, MIAMI (OH)

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ADRIAN EALY, OKLAHOMA

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DREW HIMMELMAN, ILLINOIS ST

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LANDON YOUNG, KENTUCKY

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JOSH BALL, MARSHALL

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COLE VAN LANEN, WISCONSIN

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DAN MOORE, TEXAS A&M

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BRENDEN JAIMES, NEBRASKA

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JACK ANDERSON, TEXAS TECH

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JAUAN WILLIAMS, MARYLAND

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