2020 Senior Offensive Tackle Rankings
After a mild amount of physical pain from watching MAC and MWC tackles, I've arrived with my second list of rankings for this summer. Thankfully I was blessed with some bullies in the middle of this pack that made it a bearable stretch (looking at you Travis Bruffy). This isn't a particularly special tackle class, and there aren't any players that stand out as top options. The highest graded of them all is TCU's Lucas Niang who is only a third rounder. It all goes downhill from there.
I'm working on implementing a cutoff line into the database that shows where guys fall in regards to whether or not I'd be interested in them as free agents. Just like the quarterback class, there are plenty of guys that just aren't even on the board for me. If I had to guess that cutoff line for the tackle group it'd be somewhere between Sage Doxtater (#27) and Troy Kowalski (#32).
If you're looking for bruisers we've got a few, such as Oregon's Calvin Throckmorton, North Carolina's Charlie Heck, and West Virginia's Colton McKivitz. If you're looking for fast movers, we've got Oregon's Brady Aiello and Kansas' Hakeem Adeniji. There's plenty of diversity even though there aren't blue chippers. Barring some impressive underclassmen this could be a very divisive group after the first few tackles.
Note: The writeups for each player come directly from my summer tape notes, so it's a bit rough on the edges. It's raw content though, and there's plenty to go around.
1. Lucas Niang TCU
Get extension on his blocks and scraps with whoever he’s going up against. Has the balance to survive from uncomfortable situations, although better leverage would help avoid those difficult spots. Fights to get his hands back into the chest if he loses his positioning. A little thicker in the midsection than in the thighs, but he can anchor without much issue. Might be able to function as an interior lineman if necessary.
Length isn’t anything to write home about. More of an effort guy than a natural power generator. Capable of getting good depth on his vertical sets. Able to recognize stunts and pass them off, but his play speed is a tick slow at the moment. Athletic ability suggests he has the potential to develop into a good left tackle in the pros. Wide base should be better for absorbing contact. Has recovery potential when he makes mistakes. Carries 330 pounds well. 3rd Round Summer Grade.
2. Calvin Throckmorton Oregon
Feet are composed and calculated in pass sets; doesn’t overextend himself and get into trouble. Hand placement gets a little bit ugly in pass protection and he falls off of his man. Not a controller of angles; allows slippery guys to get around him. Listed at 6’5” and 320 pounds and plays like it; frame is going to make NFL teams swoon. Patient enough with his hands in pass protection.
Can create some push if he gets rolling in a straight line, but his hands aren’t going to blow people off the point. Not a naturally light mover and takes some heavy steps. Plodding style prevents him from covering much ground in the run game. Likely a right tackle only at the next level. Might be better suited for guard in the league. Iffy recovery speed. Nice anchor. 4th Round Summer Grade.
3. Jack Driscoll Auburn
Drives his legs through contact and forces defenders to work overtime to deal with him. Strong hands help prevent losing control over his block. Able to stick with guys and slow them down around the edge. Not fleet-footed, but it usually doesn’t matter much because of how composed he plays. Wide base can absorb a bull rush without losing any ground. Finishes to the ground when he gets the opportunity to do so.
Body mover in short yardage situations. Doesn’t quit on blocks prematurely. Mobility is going to be an area of concern, especially if he tests poorly. Lacks the speed to hit second level blocks on a consistent basis. Ceiling isn’t as high as other tackles graded around him, but he’s a reliable piece to the line. 4th Round Summer Grade.
4. Charlie Heck North Carolina
Good size for a right tackle. Listed at 6’8” and 310 pounds, although he looks closer to 325 on the field. Very little wasted weight on his frame. Has trouble maintaining his angles and keeping defenders from slipping under his pads. Has some natural power when he gets extension and starts putting it on defenders. Tendency to allow defenders to bring the fight to him is a negative, and he needs to be more proactive with his hands in pass protection. Able to eat up a bull rush without much trouble, and a powerful punch doesn’t do much to deter him. Has the length to control distance, he just doesn’t use it properly yet. Not a great athlete and have some heaviness in his steps, but he’s a road grader when he starts rolling downhill. Multiple examples of finishing defenders on his tape.
Leverage isn’t a major concern despite his height; keeps a low center of gravity. Balance is upper echelon; glued to the ground. Hands and feet do work together despite not having great mobility. Has enough quickness to defend the edge even though he won’t recover from major mistakes. Unlikely to ever play left tackle in pros. Technique isn’t bad for a bigger guy who’s on the slower side of things. Combo block potential is there but open field accuracy is middling. 4th Round Summer Grade.
5. Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn
Body type is going to get teams excited. Looks the part at 6’6” and 305 pounds, plus he has the desirable length for the position. Plenty of sand in the pants to hold his ground against the bull rush. Doesn’t have the foot quickness to hold up against speed rushers on vertical sets. Likely not going to meet the athletic thresholds for teams to consider him as a left tackle. Solid awareness and looks comfortable transitioning blocks.
Surprising strength allows him to put unprepared defenders into the dirt. Has experience working at both left tackle and right tackle. Has some pop in his hands once he gets them on target. Legs keep driving through contact and create additional yardage. Footwork is choppy. Active upper body. 5th Round Summer Grade.
6. Drew Richmond USC
Listed at 6’5” and 315 pounds, and he holds it great. Body is well-proportioned with plenty of lower body thickness. Might be a better fit at guard due to his lack of quickness trying to protect the edge. Has some natural power in his hands that can wipe out unprepared pass rushers. Able to absorb a bull rush and not budge if he can get his leverage right. Hand placement is a bit high and outside rather than finding the chest. Heavy feet don’t prevent him from picking up stunts and maintaining control in close quarters.
Timing of his punch is disciplined and not too early. Could turn into a brick wall at right tackle if he is coached up right; very natural strength is tough to beat for opponents. Not fast enough to hit space blocks. Technique doesn’t draw major concerns, but his limited agility is pronounced. Fails to consistently unlock the power. Starter upside for the pros. 5th Round Summer Grade.
7. Nathan Gilliam Wake Forest
Plays through the whistle and won’t take his foot off the pedal early. Not fast enough to get to his target on most pulls. Active hands help to maintain his range, and he keeps a constant jab out into the chest of his edge defenders. Listed under 300 pounds and might not meet the size thresholds that teams want out of their tackles. Trades off assignments with ease and won’t get tripped up handing off stunts. Length is middle of the pack but he makes the most of it.
Body might not be able to add much more weight. Not a natural power generator and it shows in the run game, but he still plays hard. Keeps his feet and hands tied together as much as possible. One of the more refined tackles in the class regarding his upper body. Foot speed is a question mark in his pass protection. Timing is great coming off the snap. Speed picks up once he reaches the second level. 5th Round Summer Grade.
8. Trey Adams Washington
Able to get out into space and pull effectively. Major medical red flags in his background, Missed half of 2017 due to a torn ACL then missed all but one game in 2018 due to a back injury. Decent build at 6’7” and 305 pounds. Footwork in pass protection might not be fast enough based on the Ohio State tape. Incredibly smooth transitioning on combo blocks. Needs to keep his hands and feet in conjunction. Simply out-athleted by Chase Young and it wasn’t particular close.
Fights hard to stay in the play when he falls off a block. Decent length. Times his initial punch and has the patience to avoid overcommitting. Plodding style of movement could end up being a fatal flaw. Usually out of position by the time he tries to start fighting the hands back. Willing to finish when he gets opportunities. Hands are still fast enough to win up top. Anchor and resetting ability is there. 5th Round Summer Grade.
9. Brady Aiello Oregon
Listed at 6’6” and 310 pounds but looks smaller on the field. Not a burner but has enough speed to operate effectively as a puller. Anchor is going to be an area of concern when he is forced to face an NFL bull rush. Limited length forces him to play within himself and makes his effective range rather small. Feet are quick enough to make adjustments and stay with his hands. Lacks the strength to put guys in the dirt without them making mistakes, but he drives his legs and tries anyways. Leverage is decent for his height.
Activity level gave a lot of trouble to college edge defenders. Has spent a lot of time going in and out of the starting lineup after losing his job to other players. Might be a better fit for guard if he can hold up to the physicality of the position. Makes adjustments in a timely manner to recover from errors. Fatal flaw of play strength could be what dooms him. Doesn’t lock out his arms and maintain distance control. Balance saw him end up on the ground very few times during the Arizona game. 6th Round Summer Grade.
10. Hakeem Adeniji Kansas
Activity level with his hands and feet jumps off the screen. Built a little thin and doesn’t look like his listed 310 pounds. Smaller arms might end up pushing him inside to guard. One of the more mobile tackles in this senior class; moves like he’s 290 pounds. Quick to transition blocks and get back on his horse. Struggles to maintain angles and hold off single rushers. Flashes of leg drive but he doesn’t have the natural power to push guys around. Frame doesn’t look like it can carry additional weight. Has proven himself capable of hitting reach blocks.
Quick decision-maker when it comes to dealing with stunts and making choices. Balance saves him from ending up on the ground even though his play strength isn’t great. Much quicker in close quarters than he is working as a second level blocker. Capable of mirroring pass rushers step for step. Finishes to the ground if he gets an opening. Lack of control once he gets engaged is an issue. Can eat a bull rush and redirect it, but the level of competition might prove to be too much for him in the pros. Fights to stay in the chest. Mid-rounder upside if he can develop properly this year. 6th Round Summer Grade.
11. Colton McKivitz West Virginia
Good size and carries his weight well. Comfortable making adjustments with his hands and getting in a dog fight. Flashes natural power both in pass protection and run blocking. Too reliant on his natural anchor to make up for wasted steps with his footwork. Pad level is an area of concern, but most guys aren’t able to generate any push against him at the college level. Can open up holes with his strength and move bodies out of the way as a run blocker. Angles have room to improve.
Gets very little depth on his pass sets. Athleticism is acceptable, but he gets exposed a bit when working backwards or sideways. Plodding tendencies make him predictable and avoidable for lighter guys. Leg drive is there but guys can slide out of the way laterally. High effort player with a good motor on him. Technique goes out the window on too many reps. Length is acceptable but doesn’t wow. Waits until the last second to get his punch out, and it exposes his chest. Maybe too slow for the outside in the pros. 7th Round Summer Grade.
12. Zach Robertson Arizona State
Premium size at 6’5” and 335 ponds, and he moves like he’s much lighter than that. Well-proportioned and isn’t carrying around excess weight just for the hell of it. Natural anchor because of his size, but he doesn’t absorb punches like an NFL tackle yet. Hand placement needs work but he packs some pop when he lands. Open field mobility isn’t great and may limit his pulling ability.
Legs don’t drive with his hands, but he could dirt people if they did. Man mover when he gets guys going on a linear path. Best spot in the pros might be guard where he doesn’t have to worry about pass protection as much. Tape is old and he could have matured physically a lot sense 2017. Late to recover when he makes a mistake. 7th Round Summer Grade.
13. Yasir Durant Missouri
Hand placement isn’t that great; ends up blocking for the frame rather than finding the inside of the defender. Willing to be patient with his initial punch and it helps to maximize his length. Not a great athlete but has enough juice to pull effectively. Has enough weight to drop anchor when he starts to lose ground, but allows himself to be pushed off the point by bull rushers. Leverage isn’t great, but it isn’t an area of concern. Able to open up holes with his hand strength; can jar guys when they meet him in the hole as a lead blocker.
Might be better served as an interior lineman if his play strength can hold up. Listed at 330 pounds but doesn’t look it on tape. Footwork in pass sets needs cleaned up; overextends and makes himself available to inside counters. Could be a mauler in short yardage areas. Doesn’t get to the second level with ease, but he can make it there and deter linebackers. Can absorb most things if his feet are in the right spot. Control is middle of the pack. Physical upside is there. UDFA Summer Grade.
14. Terence Steele Texas Tech
Movement skills aren’t bad for a 320-pounder. Pass sets area a little bit sloppy, and he doesn’t keep his feet comfortably under him. Hand placement is an issue, as he doesn’t find his way to the chest and control from the inside. Above average length but doesn’t know how to use it yet. Pulling isn’t pretty but he can get it done. Size can allow him to make up for not getting enough depth on his vertical sets. Has a fair amount of natural power at his disposal, but won’t always unlock it.
Can be a finisher in the run game if he’s on target. Technical concerns will likely prevent him from seeing playing time early. Anchor should hold up fine if he can avoid allowed opponents under his pads. Flashes with his punch timing, but it all goes out the window once he starts hand fighting. Willing to hustle upfield to get in front of his back. Has reps as a finisher on tape. High upside prospect. UDFA Summer Grade.
15. Justin Herron Wake Forest
Has the movement skills to work in space, but he struggles to stay attached to second level defenders. Patient hands keep him out of trouble; won’t try to engage when he’s working outside of his range. Length isn’t going to wow, but he knows how to control it. Missed all but a few snaps during the 2018 season due to a torn ACL. Comfortable switching off of blocks and picking up late arrivals; easy in transitions. Hands aren’t the fastest, but they are active.
Listed at 290 pounds but looked closer to 320 on tape because he’s put together so well. Keeps his feet and hands functioning together. Might not be able to hold his ground the same following the knee injury. Allows too many pass rushers to slip under him and bend past. Play style makes him look like an option for moving around the line if necessary. Not particularly powerful in the run game. UDFA Summer Grade.
16. Scott Frantz Kansas State
Looks the part thanks to good proportions and adequate size for the position. Strength isn’t overpowering for defenders, but he gets good extension on his punch and forces guys to eat tough shots. Hand placement ends up all over the place, and he struggles to keep control of the chest throughout hand fighting. Has experience working as a puller, but he’s only average at it. A little bit of a linear athlete and it causes some issues.
Length should be good enough to stay at left tackle if he uses it properly. Willing to finish once he gets guys on their heels, but the mentality isn’t always there. Anchor will suffice. Fair amount of technical flaws that are going to need cleaned up as he makes the jump to the next level. Speed on vertical sets is a question mark. UDFA Summer Grade.
17. Coy Cronk Indiana
Timing could stand to get a bit better overall, but he does show some patience with his punch. Mobility is there to protect the edge and deal with speed rushers or corner blitzes. Hand placement leaves room for improvement; content to shield off with his body. Recovery speed isn’t elite, but he can make up for his mistakes. Doesn’t pack much power in his hands. Balance fails him at times.
Fast enough to reach the second level but struggles to hit linebackers. Keeps a wide base that helps to keep him upright in pass protection. Legs keep driving once he gets moving. Able to hit reach blocks. Takes his foot off the gas and quits on plays if he falls off of his man. Listed at 320 pounds but doesn’t look like it on tape. Poor length might mean move to guard. UDFA Summer Grade.
18. Josh Jones Houston
Comfortable with his pass set and works backwards smoother than most tackles in the class. Adjustments come on time but don’t have the impact to deter pass rushers. Lack of power in pass protection is noticeable and makes him a target. Patience with his hands gets him into trouble by allowing guys into his chest. Intriguing build with good weight distribution and tree trunk thighs. Too much pitter patter and responding to what the pass rusher does rather than just locking on and controlling them.
Not enough leg drive in run blocking. Warrants the “looks like Tarzan plays like Jane” label. Has the necessary length to play tackle in the pros based on what the tape shows. Good awareness for stunt and blitz pickup. Falls off of blocks and lose his angles quite frequently. Doesn’t make it to the second level with any ease. Lacks the acceleration to be a good puller. Anchor allows him to take on power rushers and hold his ground. Able to reset and get situated without losing his balance. UDFA Summer Grade.
19. Jake Nelson Nevada
Only listed at 6’4” and 290 pounds which won’t check the size box that some teams want at the tackle position. Not proactive in finding work for himself. Drives his legs but doesn’t have much natural power to rely on in the run game. Average to below average length might prevent him from dealing with longer guys in the pros. Hands are composed throughout the play and don’t get reckless when he gets into difficult situations.
Too easily jarred by a bull rush; loses his footing and gets tipped to the side a lot. Mobility is good enough to suffice. Flashes of control with his lower body are exciting, but he doesn’t have consistency due to mediocre play strength. Adjusts his hands in a timely manner to deal with counters. Falls off too many blocks. UDFA Summer Grade.
20. Tremayne Anchrum Clemson
Willing to finish to the ground if he gets the opportunity to do so. Good size although he could be cleaned up a bit from a physical standpoint. Has the strength to handle guys in pass protection. Footwork is a little choppy. Falls off of blocks a bit too often. Might lack the quickness to play tackle in the pros. Not an easy mover in space. Testing probably won’t wow. UDFA Summer Grade.
21. Hunter Atkinson Georgia State
Wide base helps him to maintain his balance and stay firm in his pass protection. On the lighter side for a tackle at around 295 pounds, and may need to add more weight for the pros. Finds the chest and stays on inside control throughout engagements. Moved off of his spot by power, but doesn’t get overwhelmed by it. Angles need to be cleaned up if he is going to find targets at the second level or maintain underneath. Recognizes stunts and picks them up pretty easily.
Not a high level athlete, but he has enough to make things work. Punch isn’t packing any serious power. Does make adjustments with his hands when he starts fighting against counters. Body control is a concern. Initial aim can be hit or miss with his hands. Play speed is okay. UDFA Summer Grade.
22. Cole Chewins Michigan State
Drastically undersized at only 290 pounds. Slender frame is going to have to go a massive transition period as he goes into the pros. Gets worked out of the way by good bull rushers without giving much of a fight back. Wide base is good from a technical aspect, but it doesn’t completely make up for the size disadvantage. Patient with his hands but he’s usually the second one to engage because of average length. Smooth working combo blocks. Finds work and stays busy throughout the play.
Lacks the upper body strength to push guys around and be a menace. Awareness is there to pick up stunts and late blitzers. Leverage is an area of concern. Allows edge rushers to get under him and dip by his outside shoulder. Recovery speed and overall mobility is average. Able to reach second level blocks but his control isn’t great. Doesn’t get enough depth on pass sets. UDFA Summer Grade.
23. Nolan Ulizio Pittsburgh
Only listed at 290 ponds and he looks like it on the field. Somewhat linear build may make him a liability when matching up against NFL power. Struggles to hold angles and keep guys contained with their movements. Measurables likely make him a tackle only in the pros. Adjusts his hands and fights against counters, but he doesn’t do it fast enough yet. Decent length but he isn’t great at using it. Can work in space and hit combo blocks, although that’s largely because he’s an undersized guy without a lot of weight to carry around.
Doesn’t bring much in the way of attitude as a run blocker, and rarely puts finishes on tape. Mobility in pass protection isn’t great, but he can move well enough to hold the edge against college pass rushers. Frame already seems to be maxed out as a college player. Activity as a blocker doesn’t necessarily translate into success with it. UDFA Summer Grade.
24. Marcus Norman South Florida
Listed at 6’5” and 300 pounds but looks much thicker than that on the field. Movements skills are a massive question mark, as they seem to hinder him in the run game. Looks like he’s moving in molasses on his vertical sets. One of the slower tackles I’ve watched all summer. Drives his legs as a run blocker and generates movement a fair amount. Might be better suited to play guard if he can maintain better pad level. Has some Oli Udoh aspects to his game, but he doesn’t have the same type of length that Udoh had.
Struggles to control distance. Comfortable passing off blocks and dealing with stunts or late blitzers. Has enough natural power to finish to the ground, although it might have just been the level of competition. Timing and technique will have to take huge steps forward in the pros. Can’t unlock power as well in pass pro. Fails to check necessary boxes as an athlete. UDFA Summer Grade.
25. Cameron Clark Charlotte
Drives through on his blocks and tries to finish. Questionable body control and balance is going to hinder him in pass protection. Keeps his hands and feet working together as on pass downs, but his footwork is a bit sluggish. Listed at only 300 pounds, but he looks closer to 315 on the field. Leverage isn’t bad, but he’ll allow too many guys under his pads in the pros. Athletic limitations and low ceiling hurt his stock. Tough to get around once he frames up with edge rushers.
Limited recovery ability once he makes a mistake. Second level blocking is up and down, but he can get there if needed. Height probably makes him a tackle only option as a pro. Gets drawn out and opens up inside counters. Decent anchor can keep him on his feet, but he isn’t a wall. Loses his bearings when he gets out into space to find blocks. Cut block accuracy is middling at best. UDFA Summer Grade.
26. Ray Thomas-Ishman Sr. Massachusetts
Runs hard through guys to finish his blocks, and wipes out his opponent when he gets the opportunity to do so. Mobility falls off of a cliff when he isn’t moving forwards. Has plenty of base strength that alllows him to absorb bull rushes without much trouble. Likely not athletic enough to be a left tackle in the pros. Concerning lack of length makes protecting the arc a tall task for him. Strong hands don’t lose their grip once he gets into the chest of a defender. Plays through the whistle.
Hands and feet do work together although being a hefty guy makes his limitations apparent. Second level blocking can get ugly when he is trying to reach good athletes. Lacks recovery ability when he makes mistakes. Best bet will be moving back into a guard spot where he doesn’t have to worry about covering as much ground. More of a pillar than a snow plow. Short yardage blocking needs to be more impactful in the pros; doesn’t clear a path when working the run game. Just doesn’t meet athletic thresholds. UDFA Summer Grade.
27. Sage Doxtater New Mexico State
Listed at 6’6” and 327 pounds, but doesn’t look that big on the field. Much better mover than you’d expect for a college offensive lineman with that size. A little bit odd-bodied due to his linear style of movement. Footwork in his pass sets isn’t pretty; has some coordination and timing issues. Going to get worked on inside counters if he doesn’t become more adept at handling them. Patient hands don’t get engaged prematurely.
Has the anchor to hold his ground and shut down pass rushers if they come at him head-on. Doesn’t have the bully mentality in the run game and rarely got finishes. Physical limitations probably get him sent inside to guard at the pro level. Unable to recover once he gets beaten. No standout qualities to hang his hat on. UDFA Summer Grade.
28. Travis Bruffy Texas Tech
Doesn’t use his hands properly, instead trying to block with his body. Punch is late to the party and allows defenders to get control of his chest. Decent proportions makes him look good on the hoof. Can move guys off the point once he gets them in his grasp, but has trouble finding his targets. Power isn’t consistently unlocked. Likely not fast enough to play tackle at the next level. Has the strength to toss guys to the ground and get finishes at times.
Went power for power with L.J. Collier but his leverage issues got him beat a few times. Can’t reach second level on time or with much accuracy. Relies on his upper body strength to bail him out from his poor lower body technique. Prone to holding penalties. Too much time on the ground. UDFA Summer Grade.
29. Jake Benzinger Wake Forest
Active blocker who doesn’t let guys off the hook easily. Plays tall and it does impact his movement skills, although he can still get around fine for the position. A little thin at only 300 pounds but he might be able to add on more bulk for the pros. Hands don’t pack much power in them, and he's going to have to win with his effort. Very high cut and it makes getting good pad level incredibly difficult.
Fires the hands and tries to control the chest, but he isn’t as accurate as his fellow Wake Forest tackles. Pass protection is unreliable when he faces the bull rush. Lower half lags behind his upper half and makes him lopsided trying to mirror defenders. Movement skills aren’t bad, he’s just uncoordinated. Timing has its flashes. UDFA Summer Grade.
30. Victor Johnson Appalachian State
Listed at 295 pounds and plays like it on the field. Slender body that isn’t going to be able to hold up against an NFL bull rush. Not disciplined enough in the steps he takes. Has the athleticism to reach the second level, but his accuracy isn’t great. Lateral agility meets college thresholds, but he’ll need to get more depth on it as a pro. Struggles to maintain his angles once he gets them. Waist bender who risks his balance.
Great at pinning guys on down blocks. Too many reps where he ends up on the ground. Always driving his legs and trying to use it as a means of power. Doesn’t have good natural strength and it might not ever be created with his frame. Gets his feet stuck once he engages with his upper half. Poor recovery ability. UDFA Summer Grade.
31. Darrin Paulo Utah
Straight line speed is decent for the position, but he has trouble changing angles on short notice. Got discarded to the ground by Greg Gaines without much trouble. Feet are fast enough to mirror edge guys, but he makes mistakes and puts himself out of position. Anchor could be a concern due to losing leverage. Going to struggle in the run game when he is asked to move guys off the line. Timing is all over the place. Lack of control is likely going to be a fatal flaw in his stock. Should test solid but it doesn’t really get displayed on tape. Listed at 315 pounds but plays lighter than that. Play style is very hot/cold. UDFA Summer Grade.
32. Troy Kowalski San Jose State
Doesn’t pack much power in his hands, and won’t be putting guys into the dirt when he puts hands on them. Short area movement skills aren’t anything special, but he can get around well enough for a guard. Listed for 2019 as a tackle and looks to have enough athleticism to hold up there in his conference. Accuracy in the open field isn’t good enough to find his targets on a consistent basis.
Falls off of guys once he gets into engagements. Combo blocks have potential because of how easily he can work upfield. Turns into a body blocker rather than trying to regroup his hands. Anchor didn’t get exposed on the field, but it will at the next level if he doesn’t add some bulk. Awareness is hit or miss. Didn’t pull much in run game. UDFA Summer Grade.
33. Anthony McKinney TCU
Good length but he doesn’t know how to use it at this point in his career. Quality size at 6’7” and 315 pounds. Able to keep run lanes open as a down blocker, but doesn’t have overpowering strength in his arsenal. Anchor isn’t bad, but he can be forced into uncomfortable angles that are difficult to recover from. Lacks the speed to hold the edge if he loses control of his angle. Doesn’t keep his feet tied with his hands, which puts him behind where he should be.
Inaccurate and somewhat sluggish when working as a puller. Unlikely to pass the athletic thresholds that teams will want from a starting tackle. Technique gets pretty ugly when he isn’t able to make up with pure size. Has trouble getting his hands inside the chest of targets. UDFA Summer Grade.
34. Jarrid Williams Houston
Uses his length effectively at times, but it’s not a consistent thing. Doesn’t keep his hands and feet in line with each other, and allows guys to slip past him as a result of a stagnant lower half. Technique is too sloppy and causes lapses in control. Listed at 305 pounds but might be even bigger than that. Length helps to maintain his angles, although he can’t make them last forever.
Anchor seems plenty strong enough for holding up at the next level. Pass sets need a complete rework. Might be a better fit at a guard spot consider how slow he is. Not able to find blocks at the second level or work his way into space. Doesn’t have much natural power that he can utilize. Built to stop the bull rush. UDFA Summer Grade.
35. Blake Brandel Oregon State
Drives his legs and gets after it in run blocking situations. Seeks out work and tries to get after defenders. Brought his A-game against Ohio State but wasn’t able to hold up against Nick Bosa in the reps he faced him. Decent play speed but the limitations of his reach are apparent. Fights to reposition his hands and get them back in place, but they aren’t accurate off the punch or adjustment. Frame isn’t filled out and his size might draw questions from evaluators.
Foot quickness is good for a college tackle. Doesn’t pack any power in his hands to redirect guys around the pocket. Speed is enough to function as a puller. Feet got behind his hands and doomed him against Bosa. Attempts to mirror just don’t work. Seems to lack control with his adjustments. Struggles absorbing a bull rush and not losing a ton of ground. Awful at staying with his blocks. UDFA Summer Grade.
36. Bryce Meeker Iowa State
Listed at 310 but might be carrying more weight than that, although it isn’t bad weight. Pass sets get out of order very quickly if he faces any adversity. Hands are late to make adjustments and fix errors. Has trouble maintaining blocks and slides off on too many “gimme” plays. Play style is likely going to suit the interior line better, as he can rely more on his size than technique or mobility. Angles in space get messy. Spends too many reps on the ground and it calls into question whether or not his balance is acceptable.
Anchor isn’t necessarily bad, he just can’t stay standing. Feet don’t follow the hands and he’s left reaching for stuff outside of his range. More of a grabber than a technician with his hands. Limited potential for recovery once he loses his matchup on a play. Not particularly physical while trying to drive guys out of the hole. Lead blocking potential is low. UDFA Summer Grade.
37. Steve Nielsen Eastern Michigan
Times his punch rather than just shooting his hands out recklessly. Tends to slide off of his blocks due to some mistakes with his angling. Lacks the foot speed to deal with quickness off the edge, and may need to contemplate a move inside if his footwork can’t be cleaned up. Keeps a wide base with plenty of room to absorb a rush. Active feet even though he isn’t a high level mover.
Accuracy with his hands is mediocre. Cut blocks don’t get enough depth. Quality size at 6’7” and 320 pounds, but his technical flaws make him movable against the bull rush. Limited depth on vertical sets. Not enough mobility to find success in space or as a puller. Fails to uncork much power when he gets the opportunity in run game spots. UDFA Summer Grade.
38. Jake Brown Central Florida
Hands and feet get out of sync, allowing defenders to slip by him. Flashes some leg drive if he can get defenders backpedaling. Technique is a bit too choppy in both his upper and lower body. Struggles to get firmly in the chest and stay there. Ends up grabbing the upper body and getting stuck up there. Base is on the thin side and gets him into trouble with protecting the edge.
Body type is going to fit best as an offensive tackle, but even then there might be concerns about his frame. Limited recovery ability once he is beaten. Has the mobility to reach the second level and find blocks, as long as he takes the right steps. Vertical sets need a complete rework if he wants to take a controlled approach. General lack of control is a massive issue. UDFA Summer Grade.
39. Matthew Peart Connecticut
Plenty of leg drive is there and he is able to find some finishes because of it. Length is below average and could get him into trouble at the pro level. Maintains a wide base in his pass protection reps and it helps to solidify his anchor. Likely going to weigh in at or just below 300 pounds during the draft circuit. Very slim build for an offensive lineman. Got worked a couple times by the bull rush during the Central Florida game. Doesn’t appear to have a frame that can add more weight without serious drawbacks. Out-lengthed by too many defenders in pass protection reps.
Has the attitude that teams will want out of their lineman; gets after it whenever he gets the opportunity. Best role is likely on the inside, and he’s hopefully closer to 6’2” than his listed 6’5”. Not enough depth on his vertical sets. Patient hands avoid early overcommits. Combo blocks have potential if his accuracy improves. Athleticism isn’t enough to make up for the clear downsides to his size. Unable to create much power. UDFA Summer Grade.
40. Evin Ksiezarczyk Buffalo
Looks like his listed 6’5” and 315 pounds. Good body type for the pros; plenty of weight packed onto his frame. Movements are usually a tick slow and prevent him from mirroring pass rushers. Going to get beat around the edge by speed rushers due to his lack of foot quickness. Hands get too far outside and prevent him from controlling engagements.
Leverage might be an area of concern going up against better power generators.
Not enough speed to succeed as an open field blocker; can’t get to the second level in time to make clean contact with linebackers. Doesn’t bring much in the way of finishing guys or moving bodies around in short areas. Anchor is less than you’d expect for his size due to his height. Limited ceiling. UDFA Summer Grade.
41. J.L. Gaston Troy
Has a clear pep in his step coming off the snap. Only listed at 6’4” and 290 pounds which puts him a fair amount below the thresholds most teams want at the position. Keeps his legs driving when he gets a defender on their heels. Athleticism is exposed much more going backwards than going forwards. Adjusts his hands to deal with the fighting of defenders. May have some potential as a second level blocker if the step up in competition doesn’t prove to be too much. Doesn’t sit his weight right underneath him and it causes for massive anchor concerns. Can be beaten quite easily by a good bull rush.
Length is average and doesn’t do him any favors when working in pass protection. Push/pull dogged him a couple times in the Boise State matchup. May not be able to add much more strength to his body moving to the pros. Vertical sets can get pretty ugly from a technical standpoint. One of the better movers in the tackle class. Movements in pass protection lack control due to bad footwork. UDFA Summer Grade.
42. Amir Luckett Middle Tennessee State
Drives through on his run blocking and pushes the pace. Only listed at 6’2” and 295 pounds which is far below the thresholds expected of most pro tackles. Doesn’t look like he can add much more weight to his body in preparation for the pros. Good depth on his cut block attempts. Finishes to the ground when he gets opportunities to do so. Decent arm length for being a smaller guy. Gets too high out of his stance and sacrifices his anchor. Play strength is likely going to get him in trouble as a pro.
Enough burst to work to the second level and find blocks in space, assuming he takes smart steps. Will have to completely rework his technique in the pro transition, as he didn’t take normal pass sets. Plays through the whistle. Misjudges a lot of his attempts to connect at distance and whiffs shots. Stance ruined any natural anchor he has. Usually a grazing hitter rather than a banger. UDFA Summer Grade.
43. Kevin Feder Kansas
Only listed at 300 pounds despite being 6’8”, and it shows in how light his body looks. Angles to blockers are imprecise and he miscalculates his steps. Size allowed him to absorb pass rushers from the BIG 12, but it might not be enough to handle NFL power, especially with concerns about his pad level. Thinly made without much in the trunk. Tries to stay with guys through the play, but doesn’t finish them. Unable to generate adequate leg drive in run game situations. Speed rushers can take the edge on him without much trouble. Length is decent but not maximized. Blocking in space gets ugly. Falls off blocks. UDFA Summer Grade.
44. Kamaal Seymour Rutgers
On the thin side for a tackle; looks more narrow than broad in the way he’s built. Not fast enough to protect the edge with any consistency. Tendency to lean into blocks causes him to fall off of his target. Lacks coordination and control with his movements. Leverage control is all over the place. Length is mediocre at best and it may force him to move inside for his pro career. Anchor is average at best, and he can get moved off of his spot by a good bull rush. Best reps come in compact areas where he can drive guys around using his weight. Play drops off a cliff in space. Not enough gas to hit the second level. UDFA Summer Grade.
45. Jordan Steckler Northern Illinois
Not fast enough to reach space blocks in a timely manner or with accuracy. Keeps his hands and feet working together. Lacks mirror ability in pass protection. Disappointing length could mean a move to the interior line is in the cards. Doesn’t have the lower body power to create much movement in the run game. Hand placement is mediocre and he doesn’t adjust it fast enough to make up for mistakes. Frame seems to be maxed out at around 305 pounds.
Timing has its moments. Late to switch between blocks and trade off assignments with his fellow blockers. Pad level is solid and he stays lower than most tackles. Limitations are going to be the death of his stock. Fails to get depth in his pass blocking. Able to absorb MAC power from ends. UDFA Summer Grade.
46. D'Ante Smith East Carolina
Listed at 300 pounds and might be closer to 290 on the field. Has trouble keeping defenders in front of him; not a natural mirror guy with his footwork. Got discarded on the push/pull a couple times against Tim Ward and Oshane Ximines. Starts off with a wide base in pass protection, but he struggles to maintain it throughout the play. Lacks control and accuracy with his movements, especially when he is working in space. Falls off of his blocks due to lack of hand strength.
Not going to drive anyone out of the way in run game situations. Hands stay active and make adjustments in a timely manner. Doesn’t have the same type of urgency with his lower half that he has with his upper half. Incredibly thin lower body looks more like it belongs on a tight end than an offensive tackle. Effort is there but it can’t make up for the physical deficiencies. Seems capped out from a physical standpoint. UDFA Summer Grade.
47. Colton Jackson Arkansas
Listed at 6’5”, 300 pounds and looks it on the field. Effort needs to ramp up if he’s going to make an impact as a run blocker. Doesn’t go for kill shots or try to finish blocks that often. Late to find work even if it is available for him. Sloppy in his attempts to defend the arc, and he can get run out of position by faster guys. Doesn’t pack any power in his hands and it makes defenders unafraid of him.
Much heavier mover than you’d expect for his size, and there might not be enough athleticism to succeed as a puller or space blocker. Hands aren’t usually well placed, and they slide off anyways. Wide base helps him to keep anchored down, but he doesn’t have the body control that teams are looking for in tackles. Poor understanding of how to use his length. UDFA Summer Grade.
48. Alex Givens Mississippi
Adjustments come too late and causes him to struggle against quick-handed guys. Hand placement draws concern as he often ends up blocking the frame rather than the just. Tries to drive his legs through contact but lacks natural power as a run blocker. Gets his chest snatched off the snap. Loses his angles fast and can’t recovery once a defender starts to get around him.
Technique is pass protection is too messy. Base doesn’t stay sturdy and ends up putting him in the dirt too frequently. Physical upside doesn’t seem to be an intriguing aspect of his game. Leverage is mediocre at best and puts him in trouble often. UDFA Summer Grade.
49. Brandon Walton Florida Atlantic
Lack of length is likely going to end up as his fatal flaw. Has trouble maintaining blocks and controlling distance due to how small his effective range is. Angles aren’t precise enough, which gets him into trouble. Stands nearly straight up in pass protection rather than sinking and using knee bend to get leverage. Poor technique is going to hinder his anchor, which is already quite unimpressive. Listed at 300 pounds and might be even smaller than that. Body looks unmatured and amateurish with the way he’s put together.
Keeps his hands and feet coordinated together, making adjustments with a natural feel for it. Going to be a non-factor in the run game as a pro. Zero chance of generating movement due to leg drive or natural power. Not a particularly special athlete for a smaller tackle. Gets after blocks and won’t quit prematurely on his efforts. UDFA Summer Grade.
50. Cameron Bell Toledo
Ends up blocking the outside rather than keeping his hands in the chest. Top heavy and it makes lower body adjustments a difficult thing. Listed at 6’8” and 345 pounds, although he does look smaller than that on the field. Too slow to cover a lot of ground in the open field, and doesn’t have the foot speed to work as a left tackle in the pros. Leverage gets him into trouble and causes him to lose his balance. Zero recovery ability once he gets beaten. Length meets thresholds that teams will want, but it isn’t used effectively. Anchor is far below expectations. Won’t be able to slide inside due to leverage issues. UDFA Summer Grade.
51. Matt Womack Alabama
Tends to lean into blocks which causes some balance issues. Spends too many reps on the ground as a result of poor technique and body control. Too easily shucked off be aggressive pass rushers, and doesn’t recover in time to fix his mistake. Doesn’t seem to possess the mobility that teams will want out of a pro tackle. Footwork is without control and falls apart once he starts fighting counters. Looks the part at 6’6” and 325 pounds but his anchor can be inconsistent due to his technical concerns.
Not enough power in his hands to move guys off the point. Tendency to fall off blocks is a potential fatal flaw. Too slow to work in space, pull, or hit effective combo blocks. Hands lack the speed to make fast adjustments. Lost starting job in 2018. UDFA Summer Grade.
52. Sebastian Anderson New Mexico State
Tends to lunge into blocks to try to generate additional power, and it puts him in difficult situations. Doesn’t react to additional blitzers in a timely manner. Hands do stay active and make adjustments, but they aren’t particularly accurate. Struggles to stay attached beyond the initial punch; slides off of blocks and can’t recover afterwards. Struggles to maintain his distance and keep control over engagements.
Hops into his steps rather than taking a measured approach. Likes to dip his head into blocks which ruins a fair amount of exchanges. Likely to fall below most athletic thresholds. Tries to find finishes on down blocks, but his power isn’t enough to toss bodies around. Too slow to work in space or pull across the formation. UDFA Summer Grade.
53. Trevor Brown Akron
Odd body type is a little on the thin side, and he doesn’t pack the typical weight of an offensive tackle. Feet and hands aren’t used in conjunction, and he ends up getting behind the 8-ball by not staying mobile. Has enough drive in his legs to put guys on the ground, but he doesn’t play with a dog attitude. Movements lack accuracy and precision in the open field. Weight seems oddly balanced and could be a problem when it comes to his anchor in pass protection.
Iffy accuracy with his hands. Too much pitter patter rather than just locking onto his man. Vertical sets seem non-existent although it might be an Akron scheme thing. Gets bodied by speed rushers around the edge. Lacks leverage when he tries to get low and run guys out of the hole. Only plays pissed off when defenders give him a reason to. Would get mauled by pro strength right now. Late to combo blocks. UDFA Summer Grade.
54. Ethan Howard Coastal Carolina
Listed at 6’6” and 290 pounds and looks like he might be even lighter than that. Inaccurate with his cut block attempts. Unsure about when to engage at the second level. Much less athletic than should be expected at his size. Got pushed around by some of the South Carolina linebackers when working in the run game. Has trouble maintaining his pad level and staying low to the ground. Feet and hands don’t stay in sync and it allows guys to scoot around him rather easily.
Willing to be a finisher if he can get a guy heading towards the ground, but his play strength is unlikely to hold up against higher levels of competition. Doomed if he gets angled off by a power rusher. Poor hand placement prevents him from gaining control. Short yardage non-factor. UDFA Summer Grade.
There might be a bit of controversy regarding Trey Adams not being at the top of my list, but I think it's probably best to wait until the Senior Bowl before trying to make any judgments on how this ordering panned out. Beyond the first few names on this list I'm pretty sure draft media hasn't touched these guys much. However, if you have questions/comments you can send them my way. I'm available on Twitter @WhatsOnDraftNFL.
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