Last updated 22 February 2021
|2||Christian Darrisaw||Virginia Tech|
|7||Liam Eichenberg||Notre Dame|
|8||Teven Jenkins||Oklahoma State|
|10||Dillon Radunz||North Dakota State|
|13||Spencer Brown||Northern Iowa|
This is a strong offensive tackle group that contains multiple potential starters.
Penei Sewell of Oregon is an elite athlete and he will, without doubt, be the first tackle taken and most likely in the top 5. He is as close to a plug-and-play, highly effective left tackle as there has been in the last few years and he looks like a 10-year starter who makes multiple Pro Bowls.
There could be anywhere between 4 and 6 more tackles taken in the first round – Alex Leatherwood, Christian Darrisaw, Sam Cosmi and Rashawn Slater are all very similarly graded and teams may see them as fitting different schemes in different ways.
Darrisaw is the one amongst that group who showed the biggest step in his development during 2020, showing that he can handle himself against good opponents – allowing only six pressures and no sacks. I’m seeing a lot of people with Rashawn Slater as their OT2 and it is certainly a close call, but I’m sticking with Darrisaw for now.
Slater, and Dillon Radunz who I have at OT10 are both small school prospects who have dominated at their level. Slater has shown his versatility in playing a number of positions along the line while Radunz has regularly obliterated his opponent and projects well to the next level.
Throw in the fact that Radunz was voted as player’s player of the week through Senior Bowl practice and its easy to see why there’s a lot of buzz around this group as a whole.
Walker Little opted out of the 2020 season but the Stanford prospect stands at a huge 6’8 and is a former #1 overall recruit who has shown incredible athleticism for someone of his size. I definitely think he’s going to be a steal, though it’s hard to move him higher up this board after an injury-filled 2019 and then his opt out.
Brady Christensen who I’ve got as my OT12 had the highest grading from Pro Football Focus among all offensive tackles in the college game in 2020 and while he definitely needs a bit more finessing in terms of his development, he could also be a future starter somewhere.
Alaric Jackson, a player featured in our Senior Bowl ‘Ones to Watch’ series kept Tristan Wirfs out on the right hand side of the line when they played together at Iowa, though he may project better inside at guard in the NFL, as might my #15 D’Ante Smith.