Category: Offensive Tackle

OT Joseph Noteboom, Texas Christian

6’5” – 319 lbs. – 4.96

 Profile: 

  • Redshirted, then served as a reserve the following season. Started all of the team’s games over the following three seasons, spending the 2015 season at right tackle and the last two at left tackle, succeeding 2016 fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles).

 Positives:

  • Physical specimen who has an excellent combination of height, bulk, and length; arms measured nearly 34.5” at the Combine. Comes with three seasons of quality starting experience for a program known for producing solid offensive tackle prospects, having played on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Athleticism is above-average for a player with his build. Has the short-area quickness to get out in space and reach defenders in the run game. Gives good effort to get upfield and engage second-level defenders. Can crash down on the line and seal opposing linemen inside. Pass sets generally look good; can bend at the knees, get good depth with his kickslide, play with a wide base, and protect the edge against speed, steering opponents wide of the pocket. Generlaly anchors well against power, and is capable of recovering even on those snaps in which he’s put on the defensive.

Negatives:

  • Hand placement issues crop up; will bear-hug opponents and can even be ragdolled to the ground at times by letting pass-rushers into his pads. Tends to catch and absorb power instead of punching to knock defenders off-balance. Doesn’t always see what he’s supposed to be blocking. Will lower his head into contact at times and could do a better job of keeping his back straight in pass sets. Has some trouble squaring up defenders on the move, landing glancing blows at times. Can generate push and drive opponents out of the hole in the run game when he gets his feet going, but will let his legs go dead on contact and function as more of a wall-off blocker.

Summary: 

  • Not quite as freakish as some of the other left tackle prospects who have come through the Horned Frogs’ program, but plays with a little bit more physicality than some of them and, like those players, is a potential future starter who has some technical issues to clean up but flashes the ability to play with technique and work on an island against opposing edge rushers. A worthy project for an offensive line coach and could come off the board late on the second day or early on the third day.
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OT Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T

6’7” – 314 lbs. – 5.40

Profile:

  • Small-school prospect who has been manning his team’s left tackle position since arriving on campus as a true freshman, earning first-team all-conference honors in each of his past three campaigns.

Positives:

  • Offers an excellent combination of height, bulk, and length for a pro tackle; really looks the part from a physical standpoint. Highly athletic for a player his size and looks very comfortable covering ground to reach/shove defenders in space. When he locks on, is able to get his arms extended and drive his feet to generate push. Seals opponents inside when he blocks down on interior linemen. Has very good-looking pass sets, bending at the knees, keeping his back straight, and extending his arms to lock out opponents. A little bit more athletic in a straight line than he is laterally quick, but is able to leverage his length in order to protect the edge against opposing speed rushers. Doesn’t let opponents into his pads. Works hard to cover ground and lead the way on screens. Could potentially play in either a man or zone-blocking scheme.

Negatives:

  • Balance is an issue; falls off of more blocks than he should given his incredible frame, and will end up on the ground from time to time. Has a tendency to drop a late anchor against power and can be walked back into the pocket against relentless bull-rushers. Will lapse into using his body instead of his arms at times. Overall hand placement is generally good but will catch opponents or miss with his punch from time to time; punch also tends to fail to jolt opponents. Needs to make a big leap up in terms of the level of competition he’ll be playing against. Probably too tall for guard and has no prior experience on the right side of the line.

Summary:

  • Very intriguing because of his excellent build, his impressive athleticism relative to his size, and his good-looking pass sets. It would be nice to see him clean up his balance and do a better job of using his arms, both in terms of increasing the violence of his punch and of extending his arms more consistently, but those are the types of things that can be cleaned up by a quality offensive line coach. In a year somewhat lacking in high-end offensive tackle talent, some teams may prefer to try and iron out the kinks in his game rather than reaching early. Could sneak into the second day; mid-rounder at the latest.

OG Colby Gossett, Appalachian St.

6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.20

Profile:

  • Redshirted in his first season, then started seven of eight games played at right guard the following year. Started seven games at right guard and six at right tackle the following season, then eleven and two at those positions as a junior, concluding his collegiate career with thirteen starts at right guard as a senior.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of starting experience and has played both guard and tackle extensively. Tall, well-built, and has an athletic frame; looks more like a tackle than a guard from a physical standpoint. Does a lot of his blocking on angles in the run game; the team often tried to establish their running game behind him. Able to fire out low and execute cut blocks. Has enough athleticism to climb and engage defenders at the second level. Able to attack an opponent’s outside shoulder and seal them inside to create rushing lanes. Pass sets look good; bends at the knees and is able to keep his back straight. Has a reasonably good anchor to absorb power at the line of scrimmage. Lateral quickness is good enough to stick with opponents and drive them wide of the pocket when handling stunts/twists. Didn’t look out of place when competing against major programs.

Negatives:

  • Comes from a small school and will need to adjust to playing against the level of competition in the NFL. Doesn’t play with as much power as would be expected given his size and the fact that he put up thirty-two reps on the bench at the Combine. Falls off of a few blocks too many. Could do a better job of extending his arms. Doesn’t have a lot of power in his punch to jolt opponents. Could do a better job of placing his hands inside consistently. More workmanlike than nasty in his approach. A little bit of a ‘tweener whose body looks more suited to tackle but who primarily played inside at guard.

Summary:

  • A small-school prospect with impressive tools, and who handled some pretty difficult blocking assignments in the run game. Not a dominant blocker, but has relatively few flaws in his game and looks like a good candidate to come off the board in the mid-rounds as a swing reserve who could potentially develop into a starting option down the road.

OL Austin Corbett, Nevada

6’4” – 305 lbs. – 5.15

Profile: 

  • Redshirted in 2013, then became the team’s starting left tackle once Joel Bitonio went to the NFL, and continued to serve as the Wolfpack’s blindside protector for the remainder of his collegiate career. Considered more of a guard or possibly center prospect because his of his marginal size for the tackle position. Team captain.

Positives:

  • Comes with four years of quality starting experience at the most demanding position on the offensive line. Above-average athleticism for an interior lineman. Gets his arms extended and works hard to sustain through the whistle. Has power in his hands on initial contact. Keeps his feet churning after contact and can generate some push when he is able to successfully attack an opponent’s outside shoulder. Plays with appropriate balance and avoids bending at the waist. Would be a good fit for a zone blocking scheme, as he has enough quickness to climb up to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Knee-bender with good looking pass sets. Has enough lateral quickness to mirror in pass protection; pretty light on his feet, with a good level of activity. Pretty accurate placing his hands in pass protection. Flashes the ability to jolt with his punch. Was able to absorb power on the outside.

Negatives:

  • After starting for four years at left tackle, will need to adjust to a new position and a steep increase in the level of competition he faces. Strength is just average. Plays a little bit upright and may not be able to push the pile once he moves inside. Hands find their way outside at times, especially when he lets opposing pass-rushers into his pads. Had some struggles with inside moves when playing on an island. Might be considered sort of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type.

Summary:

  • A pretty technically-sound prospect who played well at left tackle and has enough athleticism to interest teams looking for a zone-blocking lineman on the interior. The key question is whether his power will translate to the inside, where he’ll be asked to mix it up with players considerably bigger than those he was matched up against at the college level. At this point, looks likely to come off the board in the second or third round, although finding a suitable scheme/position will be critical to his success.

OT Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

6’5″ – 309 lbs. – 5.23

Started nine games as a true freshman, then started twelve games at right tackle the following year. Sustained a season-ending foot injury as a junior which limited him to just two games, then took over as the team’s left tackle this past season. Appears to have adequate height and bulk for a pro tackle, carrying his weight well; arms may be just average for the position. Very athletic zone blocker who can cover a lot of ground and reach opponents in space or at the second level. Was frequently asked to pull and work in space; can pull to the right and hook opponents to create running room. Has very active feet and keeps his legs churning after contact; when he fires out low, has the ability to generate push as a drive blocker. Has a workmanlike approach to the game. Finishes blocks and will capitalize on opportunities to pancake opponents; able to bully some smaller opponents when playing with leverage. Some technical shortcomings; tends to play a little bit high and doesn’t always square up opponents or use his arms as much as he should. Grip strength is just average. Was a highly productive pass protector this past season, albeit in a relatively run-heavy offense. Probably a little bit more athletic in a straight line than he is laterally quick, but is nonetheless able to slide and mirror in order to contest the edge against speed rushers. Lower body is powerful enough to absorb power without being walked back into the passer. Has some pop in his initial punch to jolt defenders and works to extend his arms, but doesn’t appear to have particularly impressive length. Does a good job of getting in front of screens and making blocks down the field in the passing game. Foot injury which ended his junior season will require further medical evaluation. Has the athleticism to execute various assignments and protect the edge against speed at the next level; also offers more physicality and lower-body strength than many tackle prospects with a similar athletic profile. Biggest threat to his draft position may be his weigh-in at the Combine; will need to meet teams’ minimum height and length measurements to solidify his draft stock. However, may also have the anchor to play as an offensive guard in a pull-heavy offense if needed.

OT Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh*

6’7″ – 297 lbs. – 4.82

Was a 235-pound tight end recruit out of high school, redshirting his first season at Pittsburgh. Transitioned to offensive tackle the following season, starting twelve of thirteen games played, eleven of which came at right tackle. Reprised his role as a starting right tackle over all thirteen games the following season, then transitioned to the blindside this past season, replacing 2017 sixth-round pick Adam Bisnowaty, starting all twelve games and being named a first team all-conference selection. Offers good height for a pro tackle and who has done a good job of adding additional bulk; length looks just adequate. Looks like a good fit for a zone blocking scheme. Was frequently asked to pull to the left and has the athleticism to get into space and lead the way for tosses and screens. Exhibits a good work rate to get downfield and successfully engage opponents at the second level. Good leg drive after initial contact. Able to attack the outside shoulder of a defender and seal them inside when blocking on angles. Good hand placement and grip strength to get inside and stick with opponents through the whistle. Flashes the ability to generate some push in the run game, but overall effectiveness is constrained by his lack of leverage, tending to play too high. Light on his feet and able to get pretty good depth to protect the edge against speed rushers in the passing game. At his best, is able to bend his knees and use his initial punch to disrupt opponents and prevent them from getting into his pads. Keeps his back straight and avoids overextending to reach opponents. However, as in the run game, tends to play a little bit high and narrow, and can be late with his hands, causing him to lose the leverage battle and be walked back into the pocket. Can lapse into catching opponents and trying to absorb their power, typically unsuccessfully. Has been a durable starter for three seasons in a major program, having spent time on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but is still a work in progress whose overall bend, leverage, and lower-body strength crop up as issues frequently enough to suggest that he will probably need some time before he’s ready to play at a high level in the NFL. However, has enough starting traits that he could well be one of the first tackles off the board.

OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

6’8″ – 345 lbs. – 5.85

Has pro bloodlines; father Orlando started 119 games in a career spanning 1993-2005. Gargantuan left tackle with an elite combination of height, bulk, and length. As his frame would suggest, is an absolutely devastating run blocker who can drive opponents yards off of their original spot. Can attack the outside shoulder and clear big holes, collapsing defensive ends into the middle of the defense. Gets good extension with his arms and wins as soon as he’s locked onto an opponent. Grip strength is very impressive, although he can get grabby at times and needs to do a better job of keeping his hands inside. Good finisher who picks up plenty of pancake blocks when he’s able to get his feet churning, although at times they can go dead on contact. Has above-average athleticism for his size and was asked to cut-block opponents or pull to the right side at times but obviously projects as more of an inline, phone-booth blocker. Has some ability to climb and seal linebackers inside when teams don’t line up a defensive end opposite him. Experiences some difficulties winning the leverage battle but was able to get by with his bulk and power at the college level. Not quite as effective in the passing game as he is on rushing downs. Overall size and width make him a massive obstacle, but at times explosive opponents with wide alignments can run around him, necessitating the use of a running back working in blitz pickup. May end up being prone to false starts as he tries to get an early jump in order to contest the edge. Lateral quickness is above-average for a player of his size and flashes the ability to ride opponents wide of the pocket. However, when he’s in position, is able to extend his arms, lock on, and absorb power without being walked back into the pocket. Has some balance issues; can be a waist-bender at times, negating his natural power. Didn’t always make it look pretty but was generally able to get the job done at left tackle in a major conference. Miserable Combine will probably push him into the second or even the early third day.

OT Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

6’6″ – 320 lbs. – 5.31

Appeared in twelve games as a freshman, then started for the past three seasons, as a right tackle in his sophomore season before moving into the blindside role as a junior. Has solid height for a pro tackle, with a very thick lower body and long limbs; added nearly sixty pounds over the course of his collegiate career and really looks the part. Typically plays out of a two-point stance in a pass-heavy offense; may have to adjust to playing with his hand in the dirt. Plays with sound weight distribution and a wide base in pass protection, with a controlled but somewhat slow kickslide, leading to a lack of depth. Consequently, relies more on his length than on his lateral quickness when handling speed off the edge. Ability to maintain his technique and leverage deteriorates as he’s forced to try and beat quicker rushes to the edge. Has the arms and grip strength to sustain blocks and steer opponents wide of the pocket, but looks more comfortable when working against power. Plays with a strong anchor and handles bull-rushers well. Has less experience blocking in the run game but has some of the physical tools to succeed there, especially in an inline system. Has some initial burst when working downhill; is able to get himself into position to seal defenders, whether on the defensive line or at the second level. Works to sustain through the whistle and as mentioned has the grip strength to lock up opponents throughout the duration of the snap. However, doesn’t play with much of a mean streak; more of a wall-off blocker who doesn’t generate much push. Tends to play a little bit high, possibly because he’s often working out of a two-point stance. Was asked to work in space at times but isn’t an excellent athlete and sometimes struggles to successfully locate and engage opponents as he gets further away from his initial position. Makes the occasional mental error but those tend to be the exception rather than the rule. A three-year starter with a desirable combination of bulk and length, a strong lower body built to handle power, and sound fundamentals, his lack of lateral quickness will likely prevent him from playing left tackle, but he should be able to compete for a starting role elsewhere on the line, whether as a right tackle or inside at guard. May not have the pure drive-blocking ability of an elite guard or the athleticism of an elite right tackle but still looks likely to go on the draft’s second day.

OT Connor Williams, Texas*

6’5″ – 296 lbs. – 5.05

Started all twelve games at left tackle as a freshman, and then eleven at the same spot the following season. Was limited to just five games played as a junior after sustaining a knee injury which required surgery, but nonetheless declared for the draft. Very thickly-built offensive tackle prospect with good weight distribution. Plays the game with an aggressive temperament and a good work rate. Was asked to do a lot of blocking on angles. Generates pretty consistent push on rushing attempts. Extends his arms – although length appears just average – and uses a strong grip to sustain blocks. Keeps his feet churning after contact and works through the whistle. Flashes the nastiness to finish opponents when he gets the chance. Does a good job of attacking the outside shoulder in order to collapse the edge. Not freakish, but is athletic enough to hook opponents or climb to the second level and successfully engage linebackers. Can be seen downfield seeking out targets on screens, and was often called on to cut opponents in both the running game and the passing game. Has the best pass sets and mirror skills in this year’s class. Was often left alone on an island against an opponent’s top pass rusher and achieved very consistent results. Knee-bender who keeps his back straight and avoids overextending. Has a controlled kickslide and the short-area quickness to handle speed, although opponents rushing from wide alignments may give him some trouble. Doesn’t appear to have particularly impressive length, but gets what extension he can and benefits from his overall size and thickness. Has a strong, accurate punch and good hand use, keeping them inside and controlling interactions. Sound anchor; doesn’t get walked back into the passer by opposing bull-rushers. Technique can sometimes deteriorate if he’s forced to handle wide rushers, as he is quicker in a short area than he is an elite athlete. Junior-year knee surgery will need to be examined at the Combine. If that checks out, stands a good chance of being the top offensive tackle prospect off the board, with a well-rounded, polished, and consistent game as both a run blocker and pass protector. Game resembles Jake Matthews, who went sixth overall back in 2014.

OT Geron Christian, Louisville*

6’5″ – 298 lbs. – 5.33

Brother Gerald played tight end for the Cardinals. Originally committed to Miami, but decided to attend Louisville instead. Spent three seasons as the team’s blindside protector, then decided to forego his final season of eligibility in order to declare for the draft; also took some snaps as a right tackle. Has been durable throughout the course of his collegiate career. Wide-bodied left tackle with impressive height and length. Athletic for his size and seems like a good fit for a zone-blocking scheme. Was asked to climb to the second level and engage opposing linebackers. Does a good job of positioning himself to seal opponents inside and create lanes for ballcarriers. Able to extend his arms and keep his legs churning after contact to generate some push. Works hard to sustain through the whistle. However, power can be mitigated by balance issues; can get overzealous and end up overextending himself, bending at the waist. Will overrun some spots and take himself out of position to make blocks. Mean streak comes and goes. Looks comfortable protecting the edge in the passing game; from an athletic standpoint, is one of the few prospects in this year’s class with a good chance of being considered a future left tackle. Gets out of his stance quickly and is able to bend his knees, using his length and lateral quickness to protect the edge against speed rushers. Works to get out in front of the ballcarrier and lead the way in the screen game. Doesn’t have a very jarring initial punch to knock opponents off-balance, but at his best flashes active hands which he can place inside. However, lets too many defenders into his pads and ends up catching them rather than locking them out; could be more consistent about getting extension. Can struggle to place his hands against opposing inside moves. Doesn’t always get into his seat and consequently doesn’t have the type of anchor that you’d expect given his bulk. A three-year starter at left tackle who has the size, length, and athleticism teams look for in zone-blocking offensive tackles, but whose strength and hand placement are a little bit lacking at the moment. Has the potential to develop into a starter on either side of the offensive line, but will probably need time to develop before he’s ready to step into a starting lineup at the next level.