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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: Evan Neal, Charles Cross and Ikem Ekwonu. Another eight fit inside PFF's current top-100.

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1. Evan Neal, Alabama

BIG BOARD RANK: 5

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’s only allowed 22 pressures the past two years between left and right tackle.

2. Charles Cross, Mississippi State

BIG BOARD RANK: 9

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

3. Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

BIG BOARD RANK: 10

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.

4. Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

BIG BOARD RANK: 30

Two years ago, Raimann was playing tight end. Now he’s got a legitimate shot to end up in the first round. He’s earned a 94.3 overall grade this season, with only 10 pressures allowed.

5. Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

BIG BOARD RANK: 34

Penning is yet another uber-physical run-blocker at the position. The 6-foot-7, 321-pounder moves people with ease.

6. Daniel Faalele, Minnesota

BIG BOARD RANK: 56

Faalele is the single most intriguing tackle prospect in the 2021 draft class. Not too many prospects — let alone humans — in history have checked in at 6-foot-9 and 380 pounds like Faalele. Even fewer still can actually move the way he can. He only started playing football five years ago and has seen his overall grade jump every year to eventually 79.7 in 2021.

7. Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State

BIG BOARD RANK: 57

Petit-Frere is a smooth-moving left tackle who put up roller-coaster-type tape in 2021. Depending on the game you watch, you’d think he’s either a first-rounder or a Day 3 pick. He allowed 19 pressures against Nebraska, Penn State and Michigan but only seven in his other nine starts this season.

8. Zion Nelson, Miami (Fla.)

BIG BOARD RANK: 60

After a rocky start to his junior season, Nelson finished 2021 as dominantly as any tackle in college football in pass protection. He allowed only four pressures in his final seven games and never more than one in any single game.

9. Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

BIG BOARD RANK: 61

Everyone is going to remember him getting thrashed by Aidan Hutchinson, but Kirkland still put together a quietly solid senior season for the Huskies. He allowed only 14 pressures on 404 pass-blocking snaps.

10. Kellen Diesch, Arizona State

BIG BOARD RANK: 66

Diesch was one of the highest-graded Power Five tackles in the country this past season and really never got taken advantage of in pass protection. He allowed multiple pressures only once this season and allowed all of seven all year long.

11. Max Mitchell, Louisiana

BIG BOARD RANK: 79

Mitchell was the highest-graded tackle in all of college football in 2021. He earned a 94.8 overall grade while playing right tackle for the Rajin Cajuns and will have a chance to prove himself in pass protection at the Senior Bowl.

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