This is the class of offensive tackles that NFL teams have been champing at the bit for. Seemingly every team in the league could use an upgrade at one or more of their starting tackle spots. Expect the top-five names to come off boards very early come April as and for teams to continue to reach for that second tier throughout Day 2.
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1. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Draft Board Rank: 8th
Thomas has one of the most impressive career grading profiles we’ve ever seen from a college offensive tackle. He went from a 76.7 pass-blocking starting on the right side as a true freshman, to 79.5 in 2018, to 89.0 last season. His 92.4 overall grade is the highest of any draft-eligible Power-5 offensive tackle. When you do that against SEC competition, we feel pretty good about it translating to the NFL. He’s not without flaw as his feet are all over the place at times in pass protection still, but he has the physical tools and production to be a Pro Bowl-type starter in the league.
2. Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
Draft Board Rank: 9th
Offensive tackles aren’t supposed to move the way Wills does. He’s the single most athletic offensive tackle prospect I’ve seen in my six years of grading college prospects. With some tackles, you think if they lost about 50 pounds, they could feasibly play tight end. I think Wills could legitimately do it at his weight right now — that’s the caliber of athlete we’re talking about. He’s still very much learning the position, but his 90.1 run-blocking grade this past season is encouraging considering.
3. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Draft Board Rank: 13th
With all the weightlifting records Wirfs broke at Iowa, his play style is almost the opposite of what you’d expect. He’s just so dang smooth and under control. This isn’t some brute of a tackle looking for a kill shot. Wirfs patiently handles his business in pass protection knowing his physical dominance affords him some leeway. Both his run- and pass-blocking grades have improved every single season of his career. In his final seven games of his college career, Wirfs allowed one lone pressure.
4. Josh Jones, Houston
Draft Board Rank: 16th
There was no more impressive offensive tackle at the Senior Bowl. His 54% win rate in the one-on-ones was the highest of any tackle in attendance. That’s no surprise after he earned the highest grade of any draft-eligible tackle during the regular season at 93.2 overall. While his pass sets need to be retooled to some degree, Jones’ hands are some of the best in the entire draft class. We also love that his pass protection grade has improved every single year of his career.
5. Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Draft Board Rank: 67th
The reason we’re still relatively low on Becton despite his absurd physical traits at 6-7, 369 pounds is that we haven’t seen them translate consistently to the football field yet. Louisville’s offense this past season was extremely run and play action heavy. Among PFF’s top five tackles, Becton’s 73 true pass sets were 40 fewer than anyone else. On the flip side, his 8 pressures allowed though on those true pass sets were the most. Having had to flip sides based on the strength of the formation as a freshman and sophomore didn’t help Becton’s development, but that’s still more projection than we’d like at the top of the draft.
6. Lucas Niang, TCU
Draft Board Rank: 78th
Niang’s pass sets won’t win beauty contests, but they somehow get the job done consistently. On 1,027 pass-blocking snaps in his career, Niang has allowed only 32 pressures. He’s got tree trunks for arms that deaden edge rushers in their tracks. His 2019 season was cut short though with a hip injury that will need to be monitored throughout the predraft process.
7. Jack Driscoll, Auburn
Draft Board Rank: 81st
While Prince Tega Wanogho is the bigger name along the Auburn offensive line, Driscoll has been the far more consistent pass protector. Dating back to his time at UMass, Driscoll has had three straight seasons now with 80.0-plus pass-blocking grades. While his play strength is marginal, Driscoll is one of the most agile tackles in the class and had no problem mirroring the more athletic pass-rushers in the SEC. He shut down Florida edge rusher Jonathan Greenard in their matchup this season.
8. Matt Peart, UConn
Draft Board Rank: 83rd
Peart started his first two years at left tackle before the Huskies before finishing his last two on the right side. His strength was an issue early on in his career, but he made a massive leap his final season at UConn with his run blocking grade going from 70.7 in 2018 to 90.1 this past season. While he still ceded more ground than you’d like against bull-rushes at the Senior Bowl, Peart has all the movement skills to hold up at tackle in the NFL.
9. Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
Draft Board Rank: 88th
All Cleveland has done in his three years as a starter for the Broncos is protect his quarterback. His had three straight seasons with 80.0-plus pass-blocking grades on 500-plus pass-blocking snaps. While his physical tools won’t wow anyone, Cleveland gets the job done. His weak punch is still concerning though, as he gets his hands taken away in pass pro far too easily. Coming from a school like Boise State where he rarely faced competent edge talent makes that all the more concerning.
10. Trey Adams, Washington
Draft Board Rank: 90th
Adams may very well have been a first-rounder had injuries never struck, but after an ACL tear and a neck injury, it’s safe to say that won’t be happening come April. At a hulking 6-8, 314 pounds, Adams is far more agile than you’d expect. Unfortunately, his flexibility at that height is an issue and he allows rushers to bend the edge on him far too often. He got lit up by Utah’s Bradlee Anae for six pressures this season and got similarly clowned by Chase Young in Washington’s bowl game last year.