Top OTs at the Shrine Bowl: Garret Greenfield, Walter Rouse Anchor the Tackles

The 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl is upon us, and there is a highly talented group of offensive tackle prospects for NFL teams to get eyes on.

The 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl is here, and the wide receivers boast a deep group this season. Several talented NFL offensive tackles like Zach Tom started their draft process at the Shrine Bowl.

Are any of this year’s Shrine Bowl offensive tackles destined for top NFL Draft picks and stardom?

Shrine Bowl OT Rankings

The Shrine Bowl begins on Saturday, Jan. 27, and it will be a spectacle for all NFL Draft enthusiasts. This year’s offensive tackle class brings some intriguing upside to the tackle position.

Here’s how these OTs stack up against one another at this stage of their prospective NFL Draft journey.

1) Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State

Garret Greenfield has started games at both left and right tackle, including 30 starts at left tackle the past two seasons, making him an intriguing swing tackle option. Greenfield is a lengthy mauler in the run game who drives defenders out of gaps. He’s light on his feet and showed good balance and footwork in his pass sets.

Greenfield has the tools and upside to develop into a solid starting tackle but can be an effective swing immediately.

2) Walter Rouse, Oklahoma

A former Stanford Cardinal, Walter Rouse has over 50 starts at left tackle in his career. Rouse is a steady pass protector with clean footwork, range in his pass sets, and good use of hands. He’ll have to work on his power, but scouts have raved about his character and football IQ, making him, at worst, a depth target for several teams.

3) Matt Goncalves, Pitt

Another player with significant experience at both tackle spots, Matt Goncalves checks off the box for versatility. The Pitt OT won’t be participating in drills after late-season toe surgery, but he is an effective pass protector when on the field.

4) Tylan Grable, UCF

One of the more intriguing developmental tackles in this class, Tylan Grable is an excellent athlete with good power to his frame. He needs to continue to grow as a pass protector in the league, but Grable boasts upside for days and will get drafted on that alone.

5) Nathan Thomas, Louisiana

Joining another of the intriguing developmental tackles in this class, Nathan Thomas boasts incredible power in his 6’5″, 335-pound frame. He has the athleticism to kick out and mirror opposing pass rushers, but he needs to clean up his sets and doesn’t have great length. He can kick inside to guard if his time at tackle isn’t fruitful.

6) Gottlieb Ayedze, Maryland

Another incredible athlete, the former Frostburg State tackle jumps off the film with his movement skills — especially out in space. Gottlieb Ayedze boasts incredible traits and is one of the best developmental tackle prospects in this entire draft.

7) Andrew Coker, TCU

The theme so far has been swing tackles, as Andrew Coker also has several starts at both tackle spots. A physical mauler in the run game, Coker is a good athlete on the move and collapses defensive linemen. I’d like to see him grow a little more comfortable in pass protection with his hands and passing sets, but he can be a solid depth piece at right tackle.

8) Julian Pearl, Illinois

A former defensive tackle, Julian Pearl’s movement skills pop on film. He’s light on his feet and packs a punch in his hands. Furthermore, Pearl has played three spots on the offensive line, taking a few hundred snaps at right guard and both tackle spots, but he has locked down the left tackle job the last two seasons.

9) Josiah Ezirim, Eastern Kentucky

A former defensive end, Josiah Ezirim has the tools worthy of a developmental tackle prospect. He is one of the longest tackles with nearly 36-inch arms to pair with a 6’6″ and 320-pound frame. Despite playing just two seasons of tackle, Ezirim has dominated his competition level and has allowed just four sacks in his career.

10) Anim Dankwah, Howard

A mammoth tackle prospect at 6’8″ and 375 pounds, Dankwah is the largest tackle prospect in this class. However, he carries that weight well and is an impressive mover for his size. He’ll need further technical growth to realize his upside, but Dankwah is an enticing developmental prospect in this class.

11) Caedan Wallace, Penn State

An oft-forgotten name due to the presence of teammate Olu Fashanu, Caedan Wallace anchored the right side for Penn State.

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Wallace is a physical run blocker who does a good job opening up lanes in the run game. He’ll have to prove his ability in pass protection at the Shrine Bowl to boost his draft stock.

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