Top interior offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft
Darrell D. Lane
Previously I have gone through my top running backs and wide receivers in the 2021 NFL draft. Now it is time to release my big board for the top 11 interior offensive linemen (guards and centers) in this upcoming draft. I also thought it would be a fun exercise to show some clips of traits that make my top 5 interior offensive linemen special.
- Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
I love everything about the former Ohio State guard. Davis has only a few weaknesses you can point out. One being sometimes he does not move his feet in the run game. Even with this one complaint he never gets pushed back. Davis excels in the run. Particularly man-to-man drive blocking where he finishes on top of defensive linemen resulting in a pancake https://youtu.be/k9VLS7wdqNY?t=220 (Number 52 is Davis). Davis is a phenomenal pass blocker too. He can slide his feet, handle power rushers and has great feel for where pressure is coming during blitzes.
- Landon Dickerson, Alabama
The Rimington Award winner comes up next. Dickerson has great size standing at 6’6, 325 pounds. The Alabama product is extremely physical in the run game and constantly drives opposing linemen off the ball. Dickerson never gets overpowered in the run or pass game. He has the strength to handle any match up. Dickerson also has position versatility showing the ability to play either guard or center. Dickerson can even pull and become a lead blocker for an offense https://youtu.be/0nED5wYGGck?t=3937 (Number 69 is Dickerson).
- Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
The former Trojan uses his hands extremely well in both the run and pass game. Vera-Tucker is a physical player who gets good entail push when run blocking. He can drive his feet and put opposing players on the ground. Vera-Tucker also understands the more nuanced aspect of the run game like backside blocking and shielding the ball carrier away from defenders https://youtu.be/yyfgMJkTboE?t=210 (Number 75 is Vera-Tucker). The most unique part about the former Trojan, is his experience playing different positions starting at both guard and tackle the last couple of years.
- Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
You may be shocked that I have Meinerz a Division 3 player on this list. Meinerz is a fantastic prospect. The former Wisconsin-Whitewater standout has great natural strength. On a regular basis Meinerz just knocks over opposing linemen and linebackers in the run game https://youtu.be/QSuNAUyQ6XQ?t=321 (Number 77 is Meinerz). He plays with high effort and never stops blocking until the sound of the whistle. The willingness of Meinerz to throw his body around in the run game is impressive. Meinerz has active feet in pass protection as well.
- Josh Meyers, Ohio State
Rounding out my top 5 is Meyers. The former Buckeye is a natural athlete who is comfortable blocking in space weather it is a screen pass or blocking a linebacker on the second level. Meyers moves his feet well in pass protection https://youtu.be/W2kNeh2t1go?t=1648 (Number 71 is Meyer).
- Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
- Deonte Brown, Alabama
- Trey Smith, Tennessee
- Ben Cleveland, Georgia
- Aaron Banks, Norte Dame
- Trey Hill, Georgia
*all stats are from ESPN.com.