2020 NFL DRAFT: OFFENSIVE TACKLES
#40 Matt McCann, Purdue
#39 Nick Kaltmayer, Kansas State
#38 Evin Ksiezarczyk, Buffalo
#37 Kamaal Seymour, Rutgers
#36 Brandon Walton, Florida Atlantic
#35 Brady Aiello, Oregon
#34 Jake Benzinger, Wake Forest
#33 Matt Womack, Alabama
#32 Javon Mosley, New Mexico
#31 Blake Brandel, Oregon State
#30 Drew Richmond, USC
#29 Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State
#28 Victor Johnson, Appalachain State
#27 Alex Givens, Ole Miss
#26 Darrin Paulo, Utah
#25 Brandon Bowen, Ohio State
#24 Jared Hilbers, Washington
#23 Cameron Clark, Charlotte
#22 Yasir Durant, Missouri
#21 Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State
#20 Charlie Heck, North Carolina
#19 Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
#18 Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
#17 Justin Herron, Wake Forest
#16 Alex Taylor, South Carolina State
#15 Jack Driscoll, Auburn
#14 Ben Bartch, St. John’s (MN)
#13 Trey Adams, Washington
#12 Saahdiq Charles, USC
#11 Matt Peart, UConn
#10 Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
#9 Price Tega Wanogho, Auburn
#8 Lucas Niang, TCU
#7 Josh Jones, Houston
#6 Austin Jackson, USC
#5 Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
#4 Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
#3 Mekhi Becton, Louisville
#2 Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
#1 Andrew Thomas, Georgia
TOP 10 PROFILES:
#1 ANDREW THOMAS
Thomas is a thick, powerful offensive tackle. In pass protection, he has average foot quickness in his set, but he possesses a powerful punch and strong anchor. He gets in trouble at times because his base is too wide; he lunges and loses balance. He plays with good overall awareness. He is a dominant run blocker. He can uncoil and uproot defenders over his nose and has the strength to wash defenders down the line of scrimmage on down blocks. He is effective working up a level when he can stay on one track, but he struggles to redirect in space. Overall, some teams view Thomas as a guard, but I believe he can hold up at tackle if he improves his balance issues.
#2 JEDRICK WILLS JR.
Wills lined up at right tackle for Alabama. He has average height for the position and he’s carrying a little extra weight. An excellent pass protector, Wills is quick out of his stance and he’s an easy mover versus speed and counters. He is a natural knee bender and he reworks his hands to maintain leverage/control. He is aware versus games and stunts. In the run game, he is at his best when working up to the second level. He also flashes the ability to roll his hips and uproot defenders over his nose. He’s never on the ground. Overall, Wills doesn’t have the ideal body type, but he has all of the necessary tools to be a 10-year starter at either tackle spot.
#3 MEKHI BECTON
Becton is a massive left tackle prospect with a similar size/skill set to former first-rounder Bryant McKinnie. In pass protection, he has surprisingly nimble feet and uses his length to steer defenders. Even when he fails to land his punch, he can absorb rushers with his girth. He needs to improve his awareness versus games up front. He is a dominating run defender and collects knockdowns by the bunches. He latches on and uses his upper strength to torque and toss. He isn’t as effective when working in space. Overall, Becton has areas to improve — mainly balance and awareness — but he is a rare athlete at this size and his upside is through the roof.
#4 TRISTAN WIRFS
Wirfs is a big, powerful offensive tackle. In pass protection, he launches out of his stance and hasn’t had issues versus outside speed rushers. However, he has experienced issues against inside counter moves. He over-sets and struggles to redirect back inside, allowing too many pressures in the games I studied. When he can land his punch, it’s over. His hands are so strong and he has the power base to end the play right there. In the run game, he is very strong and aggressive. He creates a ton of movement, but also will overextend and fall off at times. He’s on the ground too much. I love his aggressive demeanor, but he needs to play more under control. Overall, I believe he can survive at tackle, but he’d benefit from playing with neighbors on both sides. I think Wirfs has All-Pro potential at guard.
#5 ISAIAH WILSON
Big, broad right tackle prospect with outstanding physical traits and above-average potential. Wilson’s play was a bit uneven depending on his matchup, but his level of play showed improvement in-season. He’s a little inconsistent hitting his landmarks as a zone blocker but should fit nicely into a man-based blocking scheme. A potential lack of range in pass protection could lead to over-sets and subsequent troubles with inside counters. Wilson has elite size and length. There’s buzz surrounding his NFL projection, but early work might be needed for both his footwork and technique in order to play with desired consistency as a starter.
#6 AUSTIN JACKSON
Jackson brings an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and upside. In the passing game, he has the quickness to easily cut off speed rushers and he plays with good knee bend and balance. He needs to improve on his punch, as he’s often late to shoot his hands and gives up his chest, leaving him vulnerable to the bull rush. He flashes the ability to settle down after giving ground, but this needs to improve. In the run game, he has the quickness to reach/cut off on the back side and he does a good job of staying attached on the front side. His overall play strength needs to improve, but he’s only 20 years old and that should come in time. Jackson isn’t ready to play at a high level right away, but the upside is tantalizing.
#7 JOSH JONES
Jones lined up at left tackle for the Cougars. He has the ideal frame and length for the position. In pass pro, he is very smooth and efficient in his set. He isn’t overly explosive but he has enough foot quicks to kick out and cover up speed rushes. He has a firm punch and he does a nice job replacing his hands when they get knocked down. He does play a little high and that impacts his ability to redirect versus up-and-under moves. In the run game, he can create movement on down blocks and he is effective at the second level. He shows awareness against both run and pass. Overall, Jones has some games where he looks like a top-15 player (see Oklahoma), but he needs to play with better knee bend on a consistent basis. He should be a solid, dependable starter early in his career.
#8 LUCAS NAING
Hips appeared more restrictive in 2019, could be a by-product of hip injury he played with this season. Guilty of some false steps out of his stance and his base is deconstructed when he feels he’s lost leverage on blocks. He’s got plenty of physical mobility to further enhance sets.
Length/Extension – Plenty of reach to make an impact at first contact. Thought he showed good development and improvement in his strike timing during 2019 season. Hand strength and functional power to stay attached on lateral blocks allows for effective reset of the LOS outside the tackle box.
Balance – Thought he got caught in some instances of overextending himself but he flashes a dynamic base to reset and snap himself back into position when put into recovery mode. His deep sets still appear a little clunky and power rushes can catch him leaning outside with power.
#9 PRINCE TEGA WANOGHO
A late-comer to the sport, Wanogho gained over 50 pounds and has gone through a crash course in football experience since stepping onto campus as a raw athlete with just a year of high school experience. His shorter arms will be an issue against long-limbed defenders, but instinctive, quick hands and an ability to swat and re-establish as a hand fighter should help counter that concern. The footwork and body control are just OK, but he’s loose-hipped and tremendously athletic with rare recovery ability when beaten. He may never be a plus run blocker, but he should keep improving with additional work and experience. Wanogho’s NFL play may be inconsistent, but his talent and ability to keep rushers off his quarterback is what matters most, and it should make him a long-time starter with development. Very late-comer to the sport, but possesses excellent athletic ability and improving skill-set to handle NFL pass protection on the left side. His issues are more technical and experience-based than physical.
#10 EZRA CLEVELAND
Athletic left tackle able to make all outside zone blocks in the run game, but in dire need of additional mass and functional strength. Tape work can be tricky as Cleveland suffered a turf toe injury in his second game of the 2019 season and was unable to practice for much of the year. Issues anchoring and redirecting edge pressure are independent from his injury, but determining the impact of that injury on his play is challenging. He plays with patience and technique but lacks base width and contact balance. Cleveland has the athleticism to play swing tackle for a zone-based offense but needs to get much stronger to hold up as a starter.