Category: Offensive Tackle

OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

6’5” – 312 lbs. – N/A
Redshirted, then started six of seven games played before sustaining a season-ending left knee injury. Came back the following season and tore his right ACL in the season opener, then came back to serve as the team’s starting left tackle in each of the two subsequent seasons to conclude his collegiate career. Height is sort of on the borderline of what teams look for in offensive tackle, but has a very thick build, which he carries well, with a jacked upper body. Plays the game with a tough, physical temperament. Anchors easily against power, with some short-area quickness to set up and wall-off opponents. Initial punch is strong enough to jolt opponents; very good at delivering chips on interior linemen when no one is playing in the C gap. Technique is still messy despite starting for over two seasons. Has an awkward kick slide with very short steps, although he mirrors well once he’s engaged. Has too much weight over his knees; needs to play with a straighter back. Lowers his head into contact and slips off of a lot of blocks to either side. Opponents have too easy a time setting him up and using their technique to get past him. Needs to keep his hands inside more consistently. Played in an offense which called on him to do a lot of blocking on angles; has experience pulling to both sides. Looks good moving in the open; can cover lots of ground pulling left and get his body square. Tends to get caught up in congestion when trying to go in motion to the right, but can physically overwhelm opponents in one-on-one situations. Can really hear the pads clicking into contact. Has a pretty strong grip when he gets locked on and solid leg drive; can grind opponents off the line of scrimmage or toward the middle of the field to create rushing lanes. Lowers his head and ends up whiffing on some blocks in space. Would like to see him stay lower after making contact with defenders. Past knee injuries will require medical scrutiny. A physical specimen with the type of toughness and power teams look for in an offensive lineman, but whose technique is still very sloppy and who will consequently need to go into a good situation where he’s able to polish his game with a strong offensive line coach on a roster where he won’t have to step into the lineup immediately. May be a candidate to slide inside to guard.

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OT Tytus Howard, Alabama St.

6’5” – 322 lbs. – 5.05
Played quarterback and basketball in high school, and then tight end during his first season at Alabama St. Switched over to the offensive line in 2015, starting six of eight games played there, then seven of seven games played the following season. Put together a full season in the starting lineup this past year to conclude his collegiate career. Tall, long-limbed right tackle with good bulk, especially in the lower body. Has pretty good-looking pass sets; able to bend at the knees over a wide base, keep his back straight, and use clean footwork in his kickslide. Hand use is more questionable. Doesn’t have a violent punch to knock opponents off-balance; lets them get into his body too frequently, and overall hand placement tends to be low instead of delivering high strikes to the chest plate. Despite his thick lower body, may still need to develop additional functional strength, as he can be susceptible to power-rushers. Despite being a good athlete, can sometimes struggle to get enough depth to protect the edge against speed, forcing him to abandon his technique in an attempt to push opposing defensive ends wide of the pocket. Still a work in progress as a run blocker. Comes from a shotgun-based offense in which he was taking snaps out of a two-point stance even on rushing downs and will need to get used to playing with his hand in the dirt. Was asked to do a lot of blocking on angles, and flashes the short-area quickness to slant up to the second level and successfully engage opponents. However, a few factors prevent him from generating a lot of push. Although he bends at the knees in pass protection, in the run game he tends to play high-hipped, and his legs can often go dead on contact. Same issues with hand use arise in the run game; rather than firing out low and getting his hands into an opponent’s chest plate, tends to rise up and use his hands low. Finally, doesn’t play with much of a killer instinct to dominate opponents through the whistle. An interesting developmental prospect who looks impressive on the hoof, who has above-average athleticism for his size, and who has an encouraging trajectory, having only played on the offensive line for a few seasons. Needs to clean up his hand use, play with better leverage, leg drive, and physicality in the run game, and adjust to a much high level of competition, but has starting traits.

OT Tyree St. Louis, Miami (FL)

6’5” – 305 lbs. – N/A
Four-star recruit who played sparingly as a true freshman, then started the last eight games of the year at right tackle in 2016. Was the team’s full-time starter at right tackle as a junior, then slid over to left tackle as a senior, giving him a total of thirty-four career starts between the two tackle spots. Really looks the part with a very thick build and good length; looks much bigger than his listed size. Not the smoothest mover but has above-average speed and explosiveness, and plays with a good work rate through the whistle. However, at this point that energy is more impressive than his technique despite being essentially a three-year starter. Has a choppy kickslide and the length to protect the edge as a pass protector. Almost impossible to bull-rush your way past him to the quarterback; opponents need to use technique to set him up and take advantage of his tendency to lunge. More of a grabber than a puncher; hands find their way outside too often, and would like to see him delivering shots to the chest plate to jolt opponents and control snaps. Awareness appears to be a little bit lacking; teams were able to fool him with stunts/twists or freeze him by giving him blitz looks. Struggles to recover if he commits to the inside and a defender twists to his outside shoulder. Can overwhelm opponents physically at times in the run game, swallowing and flattening them with his sheer mass, especially as a down-blocker. However, has a lot of issues with his balance, tending to bend at the waist and even ending up on the ground on some snaps. Works hard to climb to the second level and engage opponents, but he struggles to square them up and ends up whiffing on a high percentage of snaps in that capacity. Struggles to sustain his blocks but can present a big natural obstacle when he’s able to position himself between the defender and the play. One of the more interesting developmental prospects in the class, offering an intriguing combination of size, athleticism, and effort, but who you’d like to see playing with better balance and technique after spending so much time in the starting lineup. Overall draft position will ultimately be influenced by how much room for improvement teams think he still has. Probably more of a late-round pick.

OT Paul Adams, Missouri

6’6” – 317 lbs. – 5.18
Redshirted, then appeared in three games the following season before taking over the right tackle position as a redshirt sophomore and starting there for the past three seasons, also having been named a team captain in two of those campaigns. A tall player who carries his weight well, but whose arms are a little shorter than his height would suggest. Smart, polished player. Doesn’t have great functional strength but is still a petty effective run blocker who understands positioning and knows how to help seal the edge with a down-block before climbing up to the second level to engage defenders. Has the short-area quickness to get set up and wall-off opponents. Works hard to sustain through the whistle. Overall upside is limited by his lack of functional strength. Plays high-hipped, struggling to get low and win the leverage battle. Keeps his feet churning after contact but creates very little push even against smaller defensive ends. Can struggle to line up opponents in space and lacks the lateral quickness to stick with them through the snap. Needs to get used to playing out of a three-point stance. Able to protect the edge pretty well in the passing game. Has smooth footwork and does a good job of keeping his back straight in his kickslide; sets themselves look good for the most part. Pretty active and accurate with his hands, although he doesn’t have great arm length or the type of power in his punch to knock opponents off-balance. However, has some issues with his base which can allow opponents to overpower him; usually gets too wide, but will also abandon his technique at times and play too narrow. Gets put on his heels by explosive speed off the edge. Able to be walked back by power, collapsing the pocket. Can get overextended and end up bending at the waist. Plays with his hands low, lengthening his punch. A player who combines intelligence, leadership, and SEC starting experience, but whose length, functional strength, and athleticism leave something to be desired, factors which limit his upside. Projects as more of a reserve tackle who may struggle to play on the left side and could play too high to slide inside to guard. Consequently, may end up being more of a late-round pick.

OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

6’5” – 303 lbs. – N/A
Five-star recruit who has been starting since he arrived at Clemson, making him one of the most experienced players in this year’s draft class; first game at the school game as the team’s starting left tackle. Was slimmer at the Combine weigh-in than he looks on tape; height and length (arms just over 34”) are both adequate for a pro offensive tackle, with big hands measuring 10.25”. Has pretty light feet in pass protection, but often looks sloppy, struggling to keep a stable base and a straight back; form deteriorates as the distance he covers grows. Gives up leverage to opponents by bending at the waist or ducking his head and can be made to look silly by good technicians; gets set up too easily and too consistently. Balance issues carry over into his lower body. Lacks the short-area quickness to recover when caught out of position, forcing him to try and shove opponents wide of the pocket. Does, however, keep his hands high and flashes some strength in his punch. Drops an early anchor and can handle power more easily than speed. Was occasionally asked to get out in front of screens but isn’t the most athletic player in space. Pretty physical run blocker who works hard through the whistle. Gets good extension and keeps his legs churning after contact, flashing the ability to generate push by blocking down and moving defenders toward the center of the formation. Has enough power to twist defenders out of the hole when he’s able to frame and lock onto them. Flashes the ability to climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Big-bodied player who can sometimes wall off defenders even if his positioning and technique are off the mark. Has the same balance issues he displays in the pass game – lowering his head, bending at the waist. Played left tackle in college, but his struggles to handle speed make it clear that he’ll be facing a position change upon arriving at the NFL level, something which could mask his glaring issues with balance. Might be better-served on the inside, which would limit the distance he’s expected to cover while allowing him to utilize his physicality and power in the run game. Looks like a mid-to-late-round developmental swing reserve, although his lack of polish after four years as a starter is concerning.

OT Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

6’6” – 327 lbs. – N/A
Redshirted, then started all fourteen games the following season, most of them coming at right tackle with a few games at right guard. Split time at those two positions again the following year, starting every game, then took over as the team’s starting left tackle in 2017 and reprised that role this past year. Has an impressive combination of size and bulk for a pro offensive lineman, although his arms were a little bit shorter than you’d like for a tackle at just over 33.5”. Gets set up pretty quickly in the run game and gives good effort to sustain his blocks through the whistle. Competitive player who keeps his legs churning after contact and presents a pretty big obstacle for opponents. Capable of generating push, especially when he blocks down on the outside shoulder of an opponent lined up in an inside gap. Enough power in his hands to jolt smaller defenders on contact. Has enough short-area quickness to threaten defenders in space, although he can have some trouble hitting moving targets. Would like to see him be more consistent about getting his hands inside and locking on; falls off of too many blocks, especially the further he has to go from the ball. Was an effective pass-protector at the college level, but doesn’t always make it look pretty and will be adjusting to a big step up in the level of competition he’s facing. Can be little bit hunched in his pass sets; bends at the knees and has relatively quick feet, but would be well-served by keeping his back straighter. Nonetheless, big frame allows him to anchor successfully against power. Flashes the ability to use his punch effectively and has intriguing raw power, although he could be more consistent about being the aggressor. Can struggle to reset his hands when dealing with counters. Gets pretty good depth to defend against speed, but lacks ideal lateral quickness to mirror once engaged. Needs to abandon his technique at times to try and run speed rushers wide of the passer. Balance issues crop up; lets his base deteriorate when presented with speed. A big body who was able to provide reliable pass-protection and competed in the run game at the college level, but who might struggle to protect the edge against speed at the pro level and still needs to clean up his fundamentals a bit despite being a four-year starter. Probably more of a mid-round pick who may be asked to slide inside or at least to the right tackle spot.

OT Martez Ivey, Florida

6’5” – 315 lbs. – N/A
Five-star recruit who started the last eight games of his freshman year at right guard, then held that position as a full-time starter the following year. Started nine games at left tackle and two and left guard as a junior, and then served as the team’s starting left tackle as a senior. Thickly-built tackle who looks bigger than his listed size. Team captain. Good competitor on run snaps, working to sustain through the whistle. Able to block on angles or in a phone booth, which may give him some schematic versatility in addition to his positional versatility. Can generate some push when down-blocking on the outside shoulder to seal defensive ends inside, with good leg drive after contact. Flashes the ability to lock on and turn defenders out of the hole; pretty good grip strength when he’s able to frame opponents. Not one of the most technically-sound tackles. Issues with balance crop up frequently, tending to bend at the waist, slip off of blocks, or even end up on the ground. Hand placement is iffy; tends to catch too many opponents, letting them into his frame and losing the leverage battle. Needs to do a better job of keeping his hands inside and on the chest plate, and of shooting them out aggressively to control interactions. Gets set up too easily by opponents. Inconsistent in his pass sets, although there are some tools to work with. Pretty light on his feet for a bigger tackle. Flashes the ability to get depth and absorb power, with a strong anchor. Not too susceptible to counters; snaps tend to go well if he can handle the initial move. Able to cover ground when needed on rollouts and other patterns. However, the balance and hand placement issues mentioned previously also crop up in his pass sets. Lacks a strong punch to jolt opponents. Technique suffers with distance. Has the physical and athletic tools teams look for in a developmental offensive lineman, as well as four years of starting experience between tackle and guard in college football’s premier conference. However, that experience calls into question how much more room for improvement there is in his game; looks raw even after that much time in a starting lineup. Consequently, might be relegated to the late rounds as a swing reserve who will need to overhaul almost every element of his game before he’s able to contribute.

OT Kaleb McGary, Washington

6’7” – 317 lbs. – 5.05
Redshirted, then started six of twelve games played the following season, all at right tackle. Has been the team’s starter at the position ever since, spending the past three seasons there; finishes his career with forty-seven starts. Hulking offensive tackle with good bulk; however, arms measured under 33” at the Combine, ranking among the shortest of any of the top offensive tackle prospects. Good competitor in the run game. Works hard to engage and sustain through the whistle, with some nastiness as a finisher. Above-average strength to knock defenders off-balance with a shove to begin interactions. Has a strong grip to lock on and enough power to turn defenders out of the hole. Keeps his legs going after contact, although he doesn’t always get low enough to win the leverage battle and generate push. Not the smoothest athlete but has adequate straight-line speed and was asked to get out in space often, either pulling or climbing to the second level; does a good job of getting in the way if not always engaging. Pass sets need work, but he has decent lateral quickness to mirror once he’s engaged, as well as a solid anchor to absorb bull-rushers on the edge. Handles inside moves well. Tends to play high with a narrow base, and can occasionally let defenders control him by trying to compensate for his lack of length by leaning. Would like to see him get wider to better anchor against power. Lacks the length and recovery speed to get back into the play and salvage something when the defender gets a jump on the edge, and doesn’t always get enough width to square up. Has a very strong grip but doesn’t always keep his elbows inside and fire out high into the chest plate; a lot of grabbing the shoulder pads. When he does get his punch, flashes the ability to overpower and finish opponents. Has overcome a lot, having undergone three heart procedures early in his college career. A good competitor with power and nastiness, he can knock defenders off-balance on contact and generate push in the run game, and also successfully engages more opponents in space than his size would suggest. However, his lack of length and some issues in pass protection, mostly with regard to width and leverage, may cause him to slide into the third day of the draft, especially because he may be too tall to slide inside.

OT Jonah Williams, Alabama*

6’5” – 302 lbs. – 5.12
Highly-regarded recruit who started at right tackle in his freshman campaign, then slid over to left tackle the following season to replace Cam Robinson, where he spent the past two years before deciding to enter the draft. Size and length are borderline for the tackle position, which has prompted some to hypothesize that he will need to kick inside to guard at the next level. However, looked good protecting the edge against the dangerous pass-rushers in his conference. Very smooth, technically-sound blocker who has the lateral quickness and the depth in his kickslide to protect the edge and mirror against speed; team often felt confident enough to leave him on islands against opposing pass-rushers, although it’s worth noting that with a left-handed quarterback, Alabama’s left tackle position wasn’t a blindside protector this past year. Pass sets look good in terms of knee bend and balance, with choppy feet. Doesn’t have a jarring punch to knock opponents off-balance but is usually accurate with his hand placement and appears to have a strong grip. Capable of dropping the anchor and protecting the integrity of the pocket against power. Handles inside moves well, although he can fall off of some blocks when the opponent gets deep and redirects back inside later. Takes advantage of opportunities to put his opponent in the dirt. More workmanlike than physical or aggressive in the run game; very consistent execution on his assignments. Was asked to handle a lot of assignments, including those which asked him to pull or climb. Fires out of his stance low and with some explosiveness. Understands positioning very well. Has enough short-area quickness to cross a defender and wall him off from the play direction. Looks comfortable chipping a defensive end and climbing up to the second level to smash a linebacker and create lanes for the runner. Gets low into contact and has good leg drive, even at the second level. Attacks the outside shoulder effectively when blocking on angles and can drive his opponent into the middle of the field by playing with leverage. Has a big enough body that he can occasionally get in the way of two opponents. An offensive tackle prospect who does a lot of things well, offering reliable pass-protection on the edge and generating impressive push in the run game, with the versatility to execute several assignments. Based on his measurements, however, some teams may project him inside to a position which would require more projection, and which would negatively affect his draft stock. Still looks like a pretty solid bet to be one of the first offensive linemen selected.

OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida*

6’5” – 312 lbs. – N/A
Has been starting as the team’s right tackle since his true freshman season, totaling thirty-three starts there, in addition to making two starts at left tackle to conclude his sophomore campaign. Decided to forego his senior season to enter the draft. Big, very thickly-built lineman with solid weight distribution through the body. Physical, plus run blocker who plays hard through the whistle and who the team ran behind often; brings a nasty approach to the game and can dominate opponents. Fires out with some explosiveness and keeps his legs churning after contact to generate push. Works well on double-teams and can crash down on the outside shoulder of an opposing defensive lineman and seal them inside. Once he locks on, it’s over. Has a strong grip to sustain through the whistle; able to twist and sling players to the ground with his strong upper body. A pretty good athlete who can climb up to the second level and successfully engage linebackers in the run game. Eagerness to engage can sometimes cause his hands to slip outside. Uses quick, choppy feet, but pass sets overall could use some work. Would like to see him bend at the knees more often, and looks hunched over in his kickslide. Would like to see him use a more violent punch and improve his hand use; doesn’t fire his arms out high and inside, instead tending to keep them low and letting them slip outside too often. However, was still a very successful pass protector at the college level because of his size, strength, and the fact that he plays with a wide base and a strong anchor to hold the point against power; was too big for many defensive ends to go around and too strong for them to go through. Able to recover and steer opponents wide of the passer when caught out of position. Keeps his head on a swivel when no one lines up opposite him, actively seeking out opponents to block. Able to get out in space and lead the way in the screen game. One of the most intriguing offensive line prospects in this year’s class; plays with the type of aggressive temperament teams look for in the run game, and is able to overwhelm opponents with his size, power, and strong grip. Needs to improve his technique in pass protection, bending at the knees more consistently, keeping his back straight through his kickslide, and especially cleaning up his hand use, but has clear starting traits and is likely to come off the board in the first round.