Top Offensive Tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft
Darrell D. Lane
Now that I have gone through my top running backs and wide receivers in the 2021 NFL draft. It is time to release my big board for the top 14 offensive tackles in this upcoming draft. I also thought it would be a fun exercise to show some clips of traits that make my top 5 offensive tackles special.
- Penei Sewell, Oregon
The 6’6, 330-pound tackle is a can’t miss prospect and is the best pass protector in this group of offensive tackles. Sewell has great feet, short area quickness and feel for the position. You can leave Sewell on an island against pass rushers without any help with his textbook pass blocking. Sewell is also underrated in the run game and has solid power. The former Duck can get out in space and block defenders on the second level with his athleticism https://youtu.be/hQVJKHJRCpk?t=270 (Number 58 is Sewell).
- Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
The Outland Award winner comes up next in the rankings. First off, the former tackle for the Tide is a solid pass protector who can move his feet well. Leatherwood is phenomenal in the run game. He will pancake opposing linemen constantly with his explosiveness, strength, power and aggression. Leatherwood never gets overpowered. The standout from Alabama’s worst plays in the run game are always stalemates. Once Leatherwood gets good pad level on an opponent and drives, he takes that player completely out the play https://youtu.be/QNBnUFKFhbU?t=3401 (Number 70 is Leatherwood).
- Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
Slater, slots in at number 3. It was tough putting Leatherwood over Slater, given his pedigree. I do not feel that Slater is the powerful and dominating athlete Leatherwood is on a down to down basis. Slater is well schooled in run blocking. He can block linebackers in space, drive block defensive linemen and pull. A sign of a good offensive tackle is how they do against elite competition. When Slater played Chase Young (number 2 overall pick in 2020) he did not give up a single sack. During Slater’s match up with Young, he moved his feet well and was able to match Young’s power. This will serve Slater well on the next level https://youtu.be/eHyQzYiH_Tk?t=421 (Number 70 is Slater).
- Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
The former Cowboy is a solid prospect. Jenkins is a great hand fighter when pass blocking and is always battling for position. The Oklahoma State product is a good reach blocker who can hook the end consistently. What I love about Jenkins is how aggressive he is in the run game when it comes to finishing off blocks https://youtu.be/Psb8lL5srjw?t=3501 (Number 73 is Jenkins).
- Brady Christensen, BYU
The BYU product is one of my favorite players in the draft. Christensen stands at 6’5, 300-pounds and is a great athlete that moves well with speed and strength. The former Cougar is technically sound and has great hand use when blocking in both the pass and run game. What makes Christensen special is his elite explosion off the ball https://youtu.be/emiwJf0ZQiM?t=4043(Number 67 is Christensen).
- Walker Little, Stanford
- Samuel Cosmi, Texas
- Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
- Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
- Jackson Carman, Clemson
- Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
- Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
- Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
- James Hudson, Cincinnati
*all stats are from ESPN.com.