Offensive Tackle Notes

OT Brady Christensen, Brigham Young* (6’5”, 302, 4.89)

Has been starting at left tackle for each of the past three seasons, finishing with 38 starts. Married with a newborn. Size is just adequate, with short arms. Plays with competitiveness. Impressive pass protector who stays balanced and has the lateral quickness to mirror effectively against speed. Able to get set up in space. Can lead the way in screens or climb to the second level. Comes from a pass-heavy offense but shows good short-area quickness in the run game, as well as good leg drive when engaged, playing through the whistle. Anchor is adequate at best. Needs to do a better job of keeping his head up and placing his hands inside. Too much weight on outside foot at times, opening up inside moves. Doesn’t have a ton of power in his hands. A little bit older. An athletic, experienced zone-blocking left tackle who might be considered as a candidate to slide inside at the next level due to a lack of length.

OT Stone Forsythe, Florida (6’8”, 307, 5.12)

Father was an offensive tackle and briefly a member of the Bengals. Redshirted, started three games over the following two years (right tackle), then manned the blindside for the past two years.Massive blocker who carries his weight well; should easily meet any team’s tackle requirement but is probably too tall for the interior. More coordinated and lighter on his feet than anticipated. Has some short-area quickness in the run game. Works to sustain through the whistle. Drops his anchor pretty early in pass protection and is simply too big for opponents to easily get around. Fires out rather than letting opponents into his frame. A little bit of a waist-bender. Tendency to lower his head into contact. Works hard to get to the second level but struggles to line up opponents. More workmanlike than nasty. Not quite the mauler his size would suggest, and there are some real issues with balance/form, but with work on his technique it’s possible he could work his way into a right tackle role down the line.

OT James Hudson, Cincinnati* (6’5”, 313, 5.29)

Originally committed to Michigan as a defensive tackle recruit, but transferred to Cincinnati before the 2019 season. Started just one year, 2020, playing the left tackle position. Has a thick build but is a little bit on the short side in terms of height/length, so he could be asked to move inside. Flashes a nice killer instinct on the field. Fires out low and with explosiveness. Gets what extension he can and has power in his hands to jolt opponents or latch on in the run game. Able to get up to the second level and engage; looks fast in a straight line. Pretty solid anchor in pass pro, with at least adequate quickness to mirror. Hand placement is iffy, especially when working at the second level. A little bit of a leaner at times in pass pro. Ends up on the ground a little bit too much. Too many penalties. Tested poorly at his pro day. Still pretty new to tackle, but already shows desirable power and aggression. Could conceivably play in either a zone or power scheme and may begin his career as a swing reserve or maybe as a guard conversion candidate.

OT Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska (6’5”, 298, N/A)

Started nine games at right tackle as a true freshman, setting a school record for the offensive line, then flipped to left tackle and started 31 games over the next three years. A little bit on the small side, with arms which measured just over 32.5”; however, looks a little thicker on tape. Pass sets look pretty good, with an appropriate base and a straight back. Good hand placement and can reset. Not easily fooled. Lateral quickness and anchor are closer to adequate. Works hard to stick with opponents in the run game and is capable of executing zone concepts. Able to get out in space and obstruct opponents at the second level. A tough shover type but not really a phone-booth mauler who’s going to fire out and drive opponents off the line. However, is a consistent, technically sound blocker with experience on both sides of the line and the potential to slide inside to guard.

OT Walker Little, Stanford* (6’7”, 313, 5.27)

Started sixteen games over his first two seasons, then sustained a season-ending knee injury in the opener of the 2019 season and opted out of 2020. Grandfather and great uncle were both pro linemen. Has great size and bulk for the left tackle position, which he has been playing since his freshman season. Good, chippy temperament. Initial hand placement looks pretty good, and is capable of generating torque to turn opponents out of the hole. Has a little bit of range when executing zone concepts. Functional strength is above-average when using appropriate form. Pass sets can look good in terms of width and depth, with adequate lateral quickness. Wildly inconsistent. Tends to catch and absorb power too much, and anchor drops late. Balance is a mess. Ducks his head into contact too often. Can struggle to stay connected. Susceptible to inside moves. Basically a pure projection based on his size, athleticism, and temperament, having not played for a couple of years, and with technique/balance which looks ugly at times.

OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota St. (6’6”, 301, 5.12)

Defensive end recruit coming out of high school. Sustained a season-ending ACL injury in his first year, then finished his career with 32 straight starts at left tackle. Has impressive size/length, but bulk and hand size are on the low end. Pretty polished, technically-sound blindside protector. Plays with good width and a straight back in his pass sets. Laterally quick enough to protect the edge while maintaining his form. Anchors easily against power. Has some short-area quickness to block down and climb. Good grip strength to sustain through the whistle. Does a good job of placing his hands high and inside. Solid weight distribution in pass pro. Feet can go a little bit dead on contact at times. More of a competitive wall-off blocker than a phone-booth mauler, pad level being a little bit high. Will probably be asked to add additional bulk. In the mix for the late first or second round along with a handful of other similarly-graded blockers.

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