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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Offensive Tackles

Three offensive tackles rank inside PFF's top-10 overall prospect rankings ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft: Charles Cross, Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal. Seven others rank in the top 80 on the Big Board.

1. Charles Cross, Mississippi State

BIG BOARD RANK: 3

After flashing traits in his first year as a starter in 2020, Cross became a dominant pass-protector in 2021. After allowing 44 pressures on 574 pass-blocking snaps last season, he gave up only 16 pressures on 719 pass-blocking snaps this year.

2. Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

BIG BOARD RANK: 5

The single most dominant run-blocking tackle in the country. Ekwonu's 18 big-time blocks in the run game this season are seven more than the next-closest Power-5 offensive lineman.

3. Evan Neal, Alabama

BIG BOARD RANK: 6

The mammoth 6-foot-7, 350-pounder is one of the most imposing specimens ever to grace this Earth, and he moves like a man 50 pounds lighter. He only allowed 24 pressures over the past two years between left and right tackle.

4. Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

BIG BOARD RANK: 18

Two years ago, Raimann was playing tight end. Now, he's got a legitimate shot to be a first-round pick. He earned the second-highest grade of any offensive lineman this season and allowed only 10 pressures.

5. Tyler Smith, Tulsa

BIG BOARD RANK: 25

Smith's run-blocking tape is a sight to behold. Neal nor Ekwonu led the FBS in big-time blocks last season, as it was Smith. He likely ends up at guard and is a work in progress as a pass protector, but you can't teach his power.

6. Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

BIG BOARD RANK: 35

Penning is yet another uber-physical run-blocker at the position. The 6-foot-7, 321-pounder moves people with ease. His 99.9 run-blocking grade – albeit against mainly FCS competition – is the highest we've ever charted.

7. Abraham Lucas, Washington State

BIG BOARD RANK: 49

Lucas still needs some refinement in pass protection, but he's seen it all for the pass-heavy Cougars in his career. He has played in 2,195 pass-blocking snaps across four years at Washington State.

8. Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan

BIG BOARD RANK: 62

The other half of college football's best tackle duo from last year, Goedeke Is a very steady run-blocker who likely projects best to guard at the next level. His 94.3 run-blocking grade in 2021 was among the top marks in the nation.

9. Zach Tom, Wake Forest

BIG BOARD RANK: 64

While some believe Tom should kick inside due to play-strength concerns, his mirroring ability can help him stick at tackle. He earned the highest pass-blocking grade in the FBS last year.

10. Jamaree Salyer, Georgia

BIG BOARD RANK: 66

Salyer played all over the Bulldogs offensive line in his career, but he's firmly an interior lineman in the NFL. He has some of the strongest hands in pass protection in the class and only allowed four pressures in 2021.

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