Time to give some love to the big nasties up front! This tackle class is absolutely loaded with guys who will be day one staters and future all-pros. The 2020 draft saw 7 offensive tackles go in the first round: the 2021 class maybe be looking at 5-6 in the first 32 picks. Enough is enough, time to breakdown my favorite position group in the draft class! LFG!
1. Penei Sewell – Oregon
2. Christian Darrisaw – Virginia Tech
3. Rashawn Slater – Northwestern
4. Teven Jenkins – Oklahoma State
5. Samuel Cosmi – Texas
6. Dillion Radunz – North Dakota State
7. Lian Eichenberg – Notre Dame
8. Alex Leatherwood – Alabama
9. Jalen Mayfield – Michigan
10. James Hudson – Cincinnati
11. Spencer Brown – Northern Iowa
12. Brady Christensen – BYU
13. Walker Little – Stanford
14. Cole Van Lanen – Wisconsin
15. Alaric Jackson – Iowa
16. Adrian Ealy – Oklahoma
17. Josh Bell – Marshall
18. Dan Moore Jr – Texas A&M
19. Greg Elland – Mississippi State
20. Jaylon Moore – Western Michigan
1. Penei Sewell – Oregon 6’6 331
The former Oregon Duck is one of the top players in this class for many reasons. Sewell is smooth in his pass sets, does a great job of bending his knees showing great lateral blocking range. Has quick explosive hands that he does a great job jolting pass rushers with heavy hands. Excellent power and leverage in the run game, does a great job getting to second level. Sewell has some small holes in his game, but he is only 20 years old with big time upside who will be an all-pro tackle for years to come.
PREDICTION – TOP 3 PICK
2. Christian Darrisaw - Virginia Tech 6’5 314
Darrisaw checks all the boxes that you want in a starting left tackle. Athleticism is where we start with the Hokie tackle, has shown exceptional ability to pull and contact defenders out in space. Great size and length that he utilizes at the line of scrimmage to shut down edge rushers. Good strength that he shows in the run game, paired with his athletic prowess makes Darrisaw nasty in the run game. Darrisaw is exactly what NFL teams are looking for a long nasty athletic tackle who will be a staple in their offense for years to come.
PREDICTION – TOP 15 PICK
3. Rashawn Slater – Northwestern 6’4 315
Slater is one of the most captivating players in the upcoming draft. One of Slater’s biggest positives is how versatile he is, spent time at both left and right tackle during his time in college. Nasty run blocker does a really good job using leverage and rolling his hips and finishing his defenders. His performance vs Chase Young in 2019 proves that he is stellar in pass protection. Slater’s length may come up as a problem in some team’s draft rooms, with some scouts thinking he will not be able to contain speed rushers. A west coast offense suits Slaters ability best.
PREDICTION – TOP 12 PICK
4. Teven Jenkins – Oklahoma State 6’6 320
Jenkins has been flying up draft boards because of his athletic profile. The Oklahoma State alum has great footwork, keeps his feet moving in the run game and is a dancing bear in pass protection. Good balance to adjust to oncoming opponents while pulling and getting to second level. Jenkins plays with good fundamentals, staying square on his opponents with a good wide base. Jenkins will be a mid-first round pick that improves whatever locker room he steps into.
PREDICTION – TOP 20 PICK
5. Samuel Cosmi – Texas 6’7 309
The three-year starting left tackle from Texas rounds out the top five in my prospect list. Fundamentally- sound tackle, does a great job setting up angles and staying square and keeping his hands tight. Solid in pass protection, quickly sets up off the snap and gets into defenders. Cosmi has some holes in his game, but id bet on him being a first year starting and making an offensive line room better when selected.
PREDCITION – TOP 25 PICK
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10. James Hudson – Cincinnati 6’4 302
Hudson is a developmental type of prospect, but boy he has all the tools necessary to be a quality starter in the league. Pass protection is one of his strong suits, Hudson bends his knee while playing with a wide base making him able to stay square to his opponents. Smooth getting to the second level on defense using his athletic ability to contact defenders in space. Like I said Hudson is a bit of a project at this point, but he has everything needed to turn into a full-time stater in the NFL.
PREDICTION – LATE ROUND 2 EARLY ROUND 3
11. Spencer Brown – Northern Iowa 6’8 314
Brown on the list of “my guys” in the 2021 draft class. The UNI tackle is a nasty finisher who plays the game with a mean streak. Brown is an above average athlete with good body control and balance. Smart in his pass sets, does a great job of using his football IQ to create angles on his defenders. His length and technique are strong points in his game that will draw teams to him. Brown will make a impact early in his career as a swing tackle with a great chance of being a starter