NFL Draft 2021: The top 10 offensive tackle rankings

Matt Valdovinos, PFN draft analyst, breaks down the top 10 offensive tackle rankings expected in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Regarded as one of the deeper groups in the 2021 Draft class, the offensive tackles possess quality depth and have a number of high-end talents. I find it unlikely that 2021 matches the six tackles drafted in the first round of 2020, but I could imagine it has more than double the number of tackles selected on the second day of the draft. Who are colleges’ top tackles, and how do they stack up against one another as of right now?

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2021 offensive tackle rankings

10) Samuel Cosmi, Texas

A high upside prospect, Samuel Cosmi is highly regarded among draft twitter pundits. He’s an elite mix of size and speed. His physical abilities are easy to project, however, Cosmi lacks the fundamental technique of an elite tackle prospect. He struggled with consistency, and his play against top competition left a lot to be desired. Cosmi has the physical talent to be a first-round pick, however, his development is still a ways away.

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9) Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

While the consensus seems to be that Liam Eichenberg is a top-three tackle in the 2021 class, I have some concerns about his translation to the NFL. Poor hand placement and a lack of consistency make me doubt how competent he could be as a rookie. The talent is there, but some growth is needed.

8) Landon Young, Kentucky

Dominant length is the first thing that comes to mind when speaking about Landon Young. He utilizes the entirety of his 6’7″ frame. Despite being on a weaker team in the SEC, Young has been one of the most consistent left tackles in the conference. Young still needs to work on his pass setting, as it’s not as smooth as you’d like, but his overall ability is unquestionable.

7) Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State

An FCS player making a preseason top-10 list is uncommon, but Dillon Radunz is an uncommon player. An elite blend of size and speed, Radunz was viewed as the top offensive tackle in the FCS last season. After missing all of 2018 to an injury, he returned in 2019 to 682 snaps and allow 0 sacks. Radunz still has some work to do technically, and his level of competition will constantly be used against him. However, his upside and production are undeniable.

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6) Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

A recent riser among draft analysts, Michigan’s Jaylen Mayfield is a high upside tackle prospect. With great size and good athletic ability, Mayfield has the physical tools required to be a top NFL tackle. His pass set is smooth and his motor runs hot. However, if Mayfield is to move up my rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft, he must improve his hand technique, and his power at the point of attack. At times he shows the ability to create movement, but it does not show up consistently in his film.

5) Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

Alex Leatherwood was, at one point, viewed as a first-round talent. I still believe he has the talent to be taken in the first 32 selections. He’s naturally gifted, moving off the line of scrimmage and up the field with ease. His length is apparent at 6’6″, and he makes full use of his arm length. He returned to school for his senior season, something that I think is beneficial as he focuses on improving his overall down to down consistency.

4) Rasheed Walker, Penn State

Rasheed Walker started 13 games this past season as a true sophomore, leading one of the nation’s most prolific offensive lines at Penn State. Walker, despite starting for the first time, showed veteran technique and already looks the part of an NFL tackle.

His hands are arguable the best in the class, and his play shows a high football IQ. A physical specimen at 6’6″ and 320 pounds, Walker is a strong athlete giving him a myriad of physical tools to call upon. Walker still needs to develop as a run blocker though. He struggles to provide movement off the line scrimmage, an indication that he needs to improve his lower body strength.

3) Jackson Carman, Clemson

The most rugged of the top three, Jackson Carman is a true mauler. A nasty attitude with excellent play strength and size. At 6’5″ and nearly 350 pounds, Carman has the length, athletic ability, and strength to be a great NFL tackle. He needs to work on his pass setting and focus on winning with technique over just purely out-muscling the opposition. If Carman can smooth out his rough edges, he should challenge for the spot as the second-best tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft class.

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2) Abraham Lucas, Washington State

One of the nation’s premier pass protectors, Abraham Lucas is the next iteration of impressive Washington State offensive tackle prospects. He’s a strong athlete, running a sub 5.1 as a senior in high school. His 6’7″ frame provides him with an elite size, which he uses to keep pass rushers from getting into his chest. His hands are fast and active, and his feet follow suit.

Lucas’ major concern, is a lack of experience as a run blocker. Playing at Washington State, it’s incredibly difficult to project how a player will translate to the NFL. However, Lucas’ dominance as a pass protector and his undeniable athletic upside make him an elite prospect.

1) Penei Sewell, Oregon

This should come as a surprise to no one, as Sewell is not only the best offensive tackle in the class, but he has a very real argument as the best player in the class. Including Trevor Lawrence. Sewell is a dominant force on the line of scrimmage. His play strength is already elite by NFL standards, and his technique is nearly flawless. He may not be an elite athlete, but he possesses more then the requisite movement ability to make every block necessary. Sewell will likely be the only player to challenge Lawrence for the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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The 2021 offensive tackle class is just as strong as the 2020 class. It possesses an elite prospect in Sewell, along with other high upside players. The class as a whole lacks refinement, but the physical talents are undeniable. If a few of them take positive steps in their development, this could be a legendary class.

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