2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Offensive Tackle

By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

This page was last updated June 22, 2020. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.


2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Penei Sewell*, OT, Oregon
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 325.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.
    Projected Round (2021): Top-20.
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    6/22/20: Sewell had a dominant junior season as the blind-side protector for Justin Herbert. Possessing good size, length, and athleticism, Sewell has a good skill set that could end up making him one of the top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. For his excellent junior season, Sewell won the Outland Trophy and was the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year.

    Sewell was a shutdown pass protector as a sophomore, not allowing a sack in over 926 snaps. He only was credited with allowing seven pressures and two hits all season. He broke into the starting lineup as a freshman.




  2. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 322.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.34.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    6/22/20: Leatherwood played well for Alabama in 2019, showing he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Taking on LSU, Leatherwood showed that he still needs some development in his technique, with Tigers edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson giving Leatherwood some problems. Leatherwood was wise return to school to improve before going pro, but he has a lot of upside and the skill set to be special.

    Leatherwood has rotated into the game for Alabama over the past couple of seasons and has done well when given the opportunity. He has played on the inside and at tackle, including time against Georgia in the college football playoff at the end of the 2017 season in replacement of an injured Jonah Williams.


  3. Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 295.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.1.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    6/22/20: Last fall, team sources told me they liked Cosmi and thought he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They felt Cosmi was raw and needing development, but athletically, he ws an interesting prospect. Cosmi needs to get stronger for the NFL. Team sources believe he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to go back to Austin for his senior year.

    As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut. He did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge. For the NFL, it would help Cosmi to get stronger, but as a young player, he probably will add weight and strength as he ages and gains more experience. Cosmi was placed on NFL teams' preseason watch list in 2019, with some evaluators believing he had the potential to go in the top half of the 2020 NFL Draft.


  4. Walker Little, OT, Stanford
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    6/22/20: Little was injured in the fourth quarter of the season opener in 2019, which ended his year. He could have still been an early-rounder despite the knee injury, but he decided to return to the Cardinal for 2020.

    Little was impressive as a freshman starter at left tackle for Stanford in 2017. He did an effective job in run blocking and helped running back Bryce Love to a huge season. Little was solid as a sophomore and showed an improved ability to protect the passer, doing a respectable job in keeping pressure off of quarterback K.J. Costello.

    In pass protection, Little is tough to beat for edge rushers. He has good length and strength, and is able to bend at the knee. Little sets up well to take on rushers, and once he gets a hold of defenders, they are in trouble. His length and strength allow him to sustain blocks to the whistle, and he is very difficult for rushers to shed. His long arms and strong upper body also give him an edge in recoverability, so even when he is slightly out of position, he can compensate by getting enough of the rushers to give his quarterback time to throw.

    Generally, Little is very dependable to not allow pressure. He has good hand placement and is intelligent to recognize how defenses are attacking the edge. Little also flashes some nastiness as a pass blocker, and it is not uncommon to see him grab a rusher in the chest and throw them to the ground with ferocity. Little sets a physical presence and is a real battler who makes it a long day for edge rushers to match up against.

    Little is a plus run blocker for a left tackle. He is a fighter who has some nastiness to him. He definitely is not a finesse left tackle who shies away from getting violent with defenders. Little can get into the chest of defensive linemen and get a push on them at times. At other times, he uses his length to turn and manipulate defenders to keep them out of the play. In the ground game, Little could stand to improve his ability to stay on his feet. Too often, he stumbles and falls to a knee at the second level or trying to push a defender.




  5. Jalen Mayfield*, OT, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.1.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    6/22/20: Mayfield really impressed with me how he played against Chase Young at the end of the 2019 season. In plenty of one-on-one matchups, Mayfield got the better of Young. Mayfield has good size to him with athletic upside. On top of being a solid pass protector, Mayfield did well in the ground game. He is a prospect to watch with the potential to rise.


  6. Cade Mays*, OT/G, Tennessee
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 318.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.1.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    6/22/20: Mays was a good starter on Georgia's all-star offensive line in 2019 and could have been the replacement for Andrew Thomas at left tackle for 2020, but Mays decided to transfer to Tennessee.

    Mays started seven games as a freshman in 2018 while also dealing with injuries. With his versatile size, Mays could fit at guard or tackle, and it will be interesting to see where he settles in at Tennessee. Mays is a strong run blocker with good size to create a push at the point of attack.


  7. Trey Smith, OT/G, Tennessee
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.32.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    6/22/20: Smith returned to the field in 2019 and was a solid left guard for Tennessee. It was a wise decision to return for his senior year and show that the blood-clot issue is behind him so NFL teams will have less of a concern there after two healthy seasons.

    Smith had a strong sophomore season for Tennessee prior to missing the final five games of 2018 with blood clots in his lungs. The issue first impacted Smith during workouts after his freshman season. After being held out for some time, Smith returned to practice in training camp and played the first seven games of the 2018 season while showing his impressive skill set for the Volunteers.

    In 2017, Quenton Nelson was the top offensive lineman in college football, but the second-best guard in the nation could have been Smith. Considering there were other good guards like Will Hernandez and Braden Smith who were second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, that is really saying something for how Smith played as a freshman. Smith dominated at the point of attack and was extremely impressive when taking on Alabama. He looked like he was just scratching the surface with the upside to be even better with more experience. Smith played guard and left tackle for the Volunteers as a freshman.


  8. Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    6/22/20: Eichenberg was solid, but not overly impressive, for Notre Dame in 2019. He was wise to return for his senior year. Eichenberg was dominated by Michigan edge rusher Chase Winovich in the 2018 season opener, but after that, Eichenberg was much better for the Fighting Irish. Eichenberg possesses some physical talent, but he needs to improve his ability to handle speed rushers at the next level. He was wise to go back to improve at Notre Dame before heading to the NFL.

    Eichenberg won the left tackle job for 2018 as the replacement for Mike McGlinchey. Initially during the spring of 2018, Eichenberg was going to be competing at right tackle for Notre Dame, but he outperformed teammate Robert Hainsey, among others, to take the left tackle spot. Eichenberg has a lot of ability, and it will be interesting to see how he develops as he gains experience.


  9. Thayor Munford, OT/G, Ohio State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-4.
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    6/22/20: Munford was a candidate to be a potential early-round pick who entered the draft early, but in 2019, he was not that impressive and did not stand out by showing the skill set to be a franchise left tackle. In speaking with some team sources, they felt Munford did not make the case that he should skip his senior year and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Thus, he was wise to return to Columbus. Munford needs to improve his technique and become more polished to take on pro edge rushers. He had an ugly outing versus Wisconsin in 2019 and could be better off moving inside to guard at the next level.

    Munford was a rotational backup as a freshman before breaking into the starting lineup at left tackle in 2018. The sophomore had some issues during his first year as a starter, and those might cause him to move inside to guard for the NFL. However, he could improve as a senior and perhaps remain at tackle. Munford also played with a hip injury as a sophomore, and he missed the game against Maryland with a leg injury. He then missed the Rose Bowl with another injury.




  10. Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 329.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.33.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Forsythe broke into the starting lineup in 2019 as a junior. He is a big left tackle who could be better off moving to guard or right tackle in the NFL. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection entering his senior year. If Forsythe can improve his ability to handle speed rushers, his stock could rise for the 2021 NFL Draft. Forsythe also could be a competitor at right guard as a pro.


  11. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 301.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.38.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Radunz was an excellent blind-side protector in 2019, allowing zero sacks. As a sophomore, he had another good year protecting the quarterback. Radunz earned a starting job n 2017, but the freshman missed the year due to a season-ending knee injury.


  12. Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
    Height: 6-9. Weight: 321.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.38.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Brown is a massive tackle who has good length with some decent feet and athleticism for a big blocker. Given his body size, he would fit best as a right tackle in the NFL. Brown could help himself by dominating an all-star game and showing the ability to shut down good pass rushers.


  13. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Even though they had a better athlete in Tristan Wirfs, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes coaching staff trusted Jackson to be the starting left tackle and let Wirfs man the right side. As a junior, Jackson was steady in protection, only allowing a few sacks. He may not have the quickness, feet and athleticism to be a left tackle in the NFL, so he could be better off moving to right tackle or guard.


  14. Brady Christensen*, OT, BYU
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.45.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Christensen redshirted to start out his collegiate career, and he has served as a solid edge blocker for BYU since then. Christensen is expected to be the Cougars starting left tackle for 2020 and has good size to block on the edge. Doing well against speed rushers will be important for him to rise.




  15. Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 324.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Lucas was a good pass-blocking right tackle for Washington State in 2019. He has good size and length to them for the next level. The redshirt junior could rise if he is more well-rounded as an upperclassman.


  16. Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Moore is the starting left tackle for the Aggies and had a decent 2019 season. He has upside but needs to improve his pass protection as a senior to rise up the rankings.


  17. Austin Deculus, OT, LSU
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 322.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    6/22/20: Deculus was the Tigers' starting right tackle in 2019, and he provided decent protection to keep rushers out of the face of Joe Burrow. For the NFL, Deculus' run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. He did a nice job of run blocking for Clyde Edwards-Helaire last season. For the NFL, Deculus would fit best as a right tackle or guard.


  18. Sadarius Hutcherson, OT/G, South Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Hutcherson should probably slide inside to guard for the NFL, but he starts at left tackle for the Gamecocks. He broke onto the field as a full-time starter during his redshirt sophomore season at right guard. Hutcherson moved to left tackle in 2019.

    Hutcherson could lack the length and agility for left tackle in the NFL. His run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. However, his ability to play guard and tackle could make him a valuable sixth offensive lineman on game days in the pro ranks.


  19. Larnel Coleman, OT, Massachusetts
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Coleman has worked his way onto the field and become a good starting edge protector for UMass. He has a nice skill set and upside. If Coleman plays well at an all-star game, he could be a riser for the 2021 NFL Draft. Coleman has a lot of upside, as he has gained a lot of weight and shown significant improvement as he has gained experience.


  20. Vederian Lowe, OT, Illinois
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.37.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Lowe has been the starting left tackle for the Illini over the past two seasons. In his third year as a starter, Lowe needs to show the ability to handle dangerous edge rushers. Lowe has a good build and some athleticism. He could be a candidate to be cross-trained at a few positions and be a game-day backup at a few spots.


  21. Landon Young, OT, Kentucky
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Young returned to the field in 2019 and played well for Kentucky. If he can stay healthy and continue to improve his pass protection, he could rise as a senior.

    Young was set to be Kentucky's starting left tackle in 2018, but in the final practice of the preseason, he went down with a season-ending knee injury. Young was wise return to Kentucky for 2019. He flashed some potential during his sophomore year, when he held his own while starting six games at left tackle. It will be interesting to see if Young can develop as a senior.


  22. Liam Ryan, OT, Washington State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Ryan started at left guard during the 2018 season and had a solid season for the Cougars. As a junior, he moved to left tackle to replace Andre Dillard, putting together a solid season on the blind side. Ryan was a good fit in Mike Leach's offense. Ryan needs to continue to improve in pass protection as a senior.


  23. Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 293.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Cunningham has good length with some agility on the edge, but he needs to get stronger for the NFL. He has the frame to add weight, and after starting out his collegiate career in the community college ranks, it is understandable that he will need some development. Cunningham had a good debut for Arkansas in 2019, only allowing one sack over his opening season.


  24. Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Jaimes has been the starting left tackle for Nebraska during the past two seasons, and prior to that, he was the starting right tackle. Jaimes need to show more ability to handle speed rushers as a senior. He could be a swing tackle backup in the NFL.


  25. D'Ante Demery, OT, Florida International
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Demery went from the junior college ranks to becoming the starting left tackle for the Panthers as a sophomore. Demery has good size to him and showed a nice ability to block on the edge. He is sleeper worth watching and has the potential to rise.


  26. Carson Green, OT, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Green broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and hasn't missed a start since then. At right tackle, his run blocking is ahead of his pass protection.


  27. Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 326.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.36.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    6/22/20: Ealy was Oklahoma's starting right tackle in 2019 and was a solid blocker. For the NFL, he might be better off moving inside to guard.


  28. Jalen McKenzie, OT/G, USC
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: McKenzie has played right guard and right tackle for the Trojans. He has good size to him with some upside to improve as he gains experience. Moving inside to guard, however, might be his best fit in the NFL.


  29. Caleb Jones*, OT, Indiana
    Height: 6-8. Weight: 362.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, Jones broke into the staring lineup at right tackle for the Hoosiers. He had a solid debut, and his massive size was a challenge for defenders. Jones has upside to rise as a junior and/or senior.


  30. Darian Kinnard*, OT, Kentucky
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 347.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.45.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: Kinnard was a tough run blocker in 2019, helping Lynn Bowden to a lot of success when running behind Kinnard and the right side of the offensive line. Kinnard could stand to drop some weight and improve his pass protection for the NFL. He could be a candidate to slide inside to right guard as a pro.


  31. Jake Burton, OT, UCLA
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.38.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: Burton was a decent starter at right tackle for the Bruins in 2019. Joshua Kelley had good success running behind him. Burton needs to improve his pass protection for the NFL. He could also kick inside to guard at the next level.


  32. Greg Eiland, OT, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-8. Weight: 335.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.58.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: Eiland has started at left tackle for Mississippi State, but he would fit best as a right tackle in the NFL. Eiland needs to show the ability to handle fast edge rushers and not play too high. To start out his NFL career, Eiland could be a swing tackle backup on game days.


  33. Ryan Van Demark, OT, Connecticut
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 293.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.32.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    6/22/20: Van Demark has started at left tackle since his sophomore year for Connecticut. He has been a solid edge blocker, but he must get stronger for the NFL.


  34. Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 308.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.62.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    6/22/20: Ball is a massive blocker who should trim some weight for the NFL. At his size, he could be too tall to move inside to guard, and pro speed rushers are going to pose issues when Ball stands up too high.


  35. Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
    Height: 6-9. Weight: 400.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.69.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    6/22/20: The Australian Faalele is a giant blocker who was a solid right tackle for the Gophers in 2019. He needs to improve his ability to handle speed rushers for the NFL. Faalele has issues when he stands up too high and defenders gain leverage on him.


  36. Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio)
    Height: 6-8. Weight: 326.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.49.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    6/22/20: Doyle looks like a potential right tackle competitor for the NFL. He is a tall edge blocker with length, but taking on faster speed rushers could be an issue for him. Impressing at an all-star game would help Doyle's case to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.


  37. Syrus Tuitele, OT, Fresno State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    6/22/20: Tuitele plays as Fresno State's Bulldogs right tackle, although he missed the final month of the 2019 season with an injury. He could stand to get stronger and fill out his frame for the NFL.


  38. Zachary Thomas, OT, San Diego State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.38.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    6/22/20: Thomas saw some action at right guard as a sophomore, becoming the Aztecs' starting right tackle as a junior. He need to get stronger for the NFL. The senior could be backup guard and tackle candidate for the pro ranks.


  39. Drew Himmelman, OT, Illinois State
    Height: 6-10. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.63.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    6/22/20: Himmelman is a massive blocker with good length on the edge. However, he is a right tackle only and could struggle with pro speed rushers. He needs to get to a good all-star game and perform well there to rise.


  40. D'Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 289.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    6/22/20: Smith needs to get stronger for the NFL. He has been a solid blocker for East Carolina, but is very undersized for the next level. Adding weight and moving inside to guard could be his best plan for sticking at the pro level.


  41. Denzel Okafor, OT, Texas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    6/22/20: Okafor has not been a consistent starter for Texas, but the NFL advance scouts placed him on their preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft. Okafor would fit better competing at guard in the NFL.




2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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