OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest

6’4” – 301 lbs.

Redshirted, then started all twelve games at left tackle the following year. Put together 38 starts from 2016 to 2018 before sustaining a season-ending torn ACL in the opening game of the 2018 season. Was named a team captain going into his senior year. Ended up coming in an inch shorter and eleven pounds heavier than his listed size at the Senior Bowl; a little bit smaller than you’d like in a pro offensive tackle, although his arms measured over 34.5”, which is very solid. Run blocking looked very impressive during the games reviewed. Tough and physical on a snap-to-snap basis; finishes his blocks through the whistle. Plays with solid leverage, does a good job of getting his arms extended, and keeps his feet churning after contact to generate push. Has enough short-area quickness to get favorable positioning and dictate the encounter. Grip strength is very good, and has enough power in his upper body to generate torque and turn opponents out of the hole or twist them to the ground. Demonstrates a killer instinct to finish snaps with pancakes when in position to do so. Could stand to improve overall hand placement. Has balance issues which crop up occasionally, namely lowering his head/waist-bending, but they didn’t ruin many snaps during the games reviewed. Looks like he has a little bit more difficulty in pass protection. Positives are primarily his active hands, arm extension, and straight back; keeps his hands high and does a good job of firing out punches and resetting. Also does a good job of getting back into position to cut off inside moves, both in terms of awareness and lateral quickness. Has active, choppy feet but doesn’t get a lot of depth in his kickslide; this cause him to have to abandon his technique to try and run opposing defensive ends deep. Has some occasional issues with his base that cause him to get knocked off-balance by power, which may be more of an issue given his merely adequate bulk. Not one of the most impressive physical specimens in the class, but has a very likable style of play, handling his assignments with physicality, aggression, and a high level of activity with his hands and feet. As a three-year starter, plays with the type of snap-to-snap consistency you look for, and looks like a legitimate candidate to stick outside if he cleans up his pass sets and leverage.

OT Josh Jones, Houston

6’7” – 310 lbs.

Has a basketball background. Redshirted, then started all thirteen games at left tackle the following year. Started all ten games played at left tackle in 2017 (missing time due to a knee injury), then reprised his blindside role in 2018 and 2019. Team captain. Very big, well-built left tackle who looks the part. Plays with a hunched back in pass protection, but the rest of his technique looks pretty sound against straightforward rushes. Smooth mover who’s light on his feet. Extends his arms well into opposing pass rushers and bends at the knees, although he could cover more ground with his kickslide. Accuracy with hand placement can be inconsistent. At times, demonstrates a slight tendency to lower his head into contact. Has the short area quickness to set up in space on bootlegs. Works hard to get out in front of screens and engage defenders at the second level. Can be forced to abandon his technique with distance, and will sometimes maintain his stance too late. When in position, looks very comfortable absorbing power and can pancake and crush smaller opponents on some speed rushes. At this point, his most impressive contributions come in the run game. Played in an offense which regularly asked him to cover a lot of ground in the run game, both in terms of climbing to the second level or pulling to the opposite end of the formation. Able to glide through space and cover pretty good range on such snaps; very solid work rate. Was regularly able to get out in space and engulf/overwhelm smaller defenders as a run blocker. Demonstrates good leg drive to generate push once engaged; drives opponents well off their spot when attacking the outside shoulder. Finishes blocks through the whistle. Can get a little bit high, negating his natural size and strength. A very intriguing prospect who combines excellent size and a great motor with an impressive combination of natural strength and mobility. Was asked to execute some difficult assignments at the college level and fulfilled his role admirably, although there are some elements of his game which need cleaning up despite being a four-year starter; specifically, needs to work on keeping his back straight in pass protection and getting enough depth in his kickslide to maintain positioning against speed rushers. Looks like a candidate to get early-round consideration as a developmental offensive tackle who could fit in either a zone or inline blocking scheme, potentially on the blindside.

OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama*

6’5” – 320 lbs.

Five-star recruit who started one of eleven games as a freshman, then took over as the team’s starting right tackle the following year. Made twenty-eight straight starts over the two subsequent seasons, 2018 and 2019, before declaring for the draft. Has adequate height for an offensive tackle and solid height for an offensive guard, with excellent bulk and a very thick build; official Combine measurements on his height and arms will be important for his draft stock. Snap-to-snap consistency is impressive. Man/power mauler in the run game; once he locks on, it’s over. Gets the best of things on initial contact, with the upper-body strength to jolt defenders; maintains very good balance himself. Does a good job of keeping his feet churning after contact and can generate movement in a phone booth. Has some short-area quickness to cross a defender’s face and use his bulk and anchor strength to lock them out. Doesn’t always need to get his hands on a defender to get the job done; bulk alone is often adequate to obstruct opponents when blocking on angles, and has a tendency to rely on that in those situations. Wasn’t asked to pull much, but looks good climbing to the second level. More workmanlike than nasty temperamentally. So thick he takes a cab ride to get around in pass protection, and his lower-body strength allows him to anchor with ease against power rushers. Doesn’t have the cleanest footwork in pass protection, with somewhat stilted movements, but actually has quick feet for his size and still manages to cover a lot of ground. Does a nice job of bending at the knees and getting his arms extended; would like to see him be a little bit more consistent about keeping his back straight, and his base can be a little bit wide into contact, but sets look pretty good overall. Places his hands well, mirrors effectively, and can stick with opponents through spins and counters. Has a powerful shove to knock opponents off-balance when helping. Works hard to get out in front and lead the way on screens, although he can struggle to line up opponents in space. Teams looking for a big, thick, powerful lineman who can clear holes in the run game and anchor against power in pass protection should look no further; is one of the most physically overwhelming blockers in this year’s class, and looks like a good bet to turn into a foundational piece for a team’s offensive line. Whether that comes at tackle or guard remains to be seen, but it’s looking like a safe bet that he’ll come off the board in the first round.

OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn

6’5” – 296 lbs.

Originally attended the University of Massachusetts. Started eight of nine games as a redshirt freshman there, splitting time between left guard and tackle. Started twelve games at right tackle the following year. Transferred to Auburn and started every game at right tackle in 2018, reprising that role this year. Has adequate size for a pro offensive tackle and carries his weight well. Pass sets look fundamentally sound; bends at the knees, demonstrates controlled footwork, and keeps his arms ready to punch. Does a good job of placing his hands, although he doesn’t have the power to knock defenders off-balance with his initial punch. May lack ideal length, and can sometimes be seen overextending. Good effort to stick with opponents through the whistle. Overall athleticism is adequate, although he can struggle to get enough depth in his kickslide to protect the edge within his form. Too often forced to try and run opponents too deep with side-shoving instead of getting in front of them. Anchor strength is also just adequate; gives up some ground, but is rarely overwhelmed and walked back into the quarterback. Works hard to get out in space and engage defenders in the screen game. Relatively assignment-sound in the run game. Works well with teammates on double-team blocks. Was asked to execute various different types of blocks, from hooking opponents to pulling toward the left side of the formation to climbing to the second level; as mentioned previously, has adequate athleticism when asked to play in space. Maintains his balance and keeps his feet churning after contact, with adequate grip strength and a good motor to sustain. However, that rarely translates to generating push, as he lacks the raw power to maul in a phone booth. Has a more workmanlike/tough than nasty approach to blocking. Graduated from Massachusetts in three seasons and, as a fifth-year player with four seasons of starting experience between the two universities, his intelligence comes across in his game as well; greatest strengths as a player are his technique and overall consistency across different assignments. However, has just average physical tools, from his size to his play strength to his athleticism, all of which likely put a ceiling on what type of contributions he can make at the pro level. Despite having played guard as a redshirt freshman, looks like more of a high-end reserve or spot starter at the right tackle position at the pro level.

OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas

6’5” – 300 lbs.

Left tackle who has been starting since his freshman season; an every-game starter despite having offseason surgery in 2017 to repair torn labrums in both shoulders. Began his freshman career on the right side but slid over to the left midway through, and has started on the left for all but one game (right tackle) over the rest of his career. Overall size is just adequate for a pro offensive tackle, so his official measurements will be important; does appear to have above-average length for his size. As a pass protector, is able to bend at the knees, keep his back straight, and get enough depth in his kickslide to contest speed on the edge; was often left alone on an island. Has more pop in his punch than expected for a player with his size, but has a tendency to drop his hands, lengthening his punch. Has a slight tendency to whiff and abandon his technique to pursue. When playing with his head up and his back straight, places his hands high and inside and does a good job of anchoring against opposing bull-rushers. Alert player who seeks out opponents to block rather than idling in space. Overall athleticism is adequate but looks more comfortable run-blocking in a phone booth; has some experience in space but can struggle to reach and engage opponents. Plays the game with a physical temperament and demonstrates a good work rate to stick with opponents. Also demonstrates solid hand placement and grip strength to lock on and sustain blocks through the whistle. Doesn’t always play with the best leverage but keeps his feet churning after contact and is capable of generating some push. Can play outside of his frame, dropping his head and overextending, causing him to fall off of blocks to either side more often than you’d like. An interesting evaluation in that despite being listed at an official height and weight which is on the low end of what teams look for in offensive tackles, actually plays with a lot of power and physicality. Those traits, combined with his overall experience and durability, should make him a pretty attractive developmental candidate for pro teams. If he can learn to harness his aggressiveness instead of letting himself drop his head and slip off of blocks, thereby improving his overall consistency, he could work his way into a starting lineup.

OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia

6’7” – 312 lbs.

Redshirted, then started ten of thirteen games played the following year. Has started ever since, playing right tackle opposite Yodny Cajuste prior to this season, but sliding over to the blindside for his senior campaign. Basketball background. Offers a good combination of height, length, and bulk for a pro offensive tackle prospects. Has added about fifty pounds of bulk in college; recruiting profile lists him at 262 pounds, and looks like his frame may be able to handle additional thickness in the lower body. Pass sets look pretty good, with a wide base. Overall athleticism is above-average, and combined with his length, is typically adequate to obstruct opposing speed-rushers. Covers a lot of ground with each step and can square up opponents rushing from wider techniques without abandoning his form. Anchors well against power, and can knock smaller defenders off-balance with his initial punch. Generally his length well in pass protection; gets good extension with his arms and demonstrates solid hand placement, high and inside. However, can occasionally get caught bending at the waist instead of waiting until opponents get closer to engage; at times, that can cause him to fall off of blocks, having been slipped by pass-rushers with active hands. Athletic enough to get out in space and lead the way in the screen game. Was also often asked to execute cut blocks on opponents. On rushing downs, blocks with above-average power and is capable of firing out, overwhelming opponents, and generating push. Short-area quickness is good enough to cross a defender’s face and wall them off from inside attempts. Able to chip one opponent and climb to engage at the second level in the run game; good effort to seek out opponents through the whistle. More of a shover than someone who gets a strong grip of an opponent’s pads, but works hard to stick with them and does a pretty good job of staying involved. More competitive than he is a mauler who blows opponents off the line. Took over at left tackle for a pretty highly-regarded offensive tackle prospect this past season and looked comfortable handling speed off the edge, something that should give his draft stock a boost. As a four-year starter with a good build, solid athletic ability, and experience on both sides of the line, looks like a potential starter in the future. With regard to his further development, emphasis should be on playing inside his frame and letting the game  come to him rather than pressing and ending up off-balance.

OT Charlie Heck, North Carolina

6’8” – 309 lbs.

Father Andy is offensive line coach for the Chiefs, and his brother Jon played right tackle for the Tar Heels. Redshirted, then appeared in eight games the following year. Started eleven of twelve games played as a redshirt sophomore, and then all eleven he played in the following year. Flipped from right tackle to left tackle for his senior season. Massive offensive tackle who will be one of the tallest players at his position in the NFL; arms also measured over 34” at the Senior Bowl, which is solid. Plays the game with competitiveness and physicality, working hard to stick with his assignment through the whistle. Was actually asked to pull to the opposite side of the formation pretty regularly in the run game and looks better in space than his size would suggest; doesn’t always successfully engage an opponent, but can at least create some disruption. Fires out of his stance pretty low for a taller player. Demonstrates good extension into contact and leg drive after contact, allowing him to generate push. Able to collapse the edge by blocking down on the outside shoulder. Has enough lower-body strength to seal defenders out of the hole. Appears to have adequate to good grip strength to sustain through the whistle.  Movements sometimes look uncoordinated/clumsy. A little bit more of an adventure in pass protection. Looks more comfortable handling power; is able to bend at the knees and drop an early anchor to absorb opposing bull-rushes comfortably. Flashes the ability to protect the edge against speed, given his adequate lateral quickness and the depth he gets in his kickslide, combined with his overall size/width. However, in practice he struggles to lock onto opponents and can often be knocked off of his base or struggle to recover/reset his hands when surprised by counters or inside moves; whiffs more often than you’d like. Too many snaps where he’s forced to resort to using his body as an obstruction instead of engaging with form and technique. A big, brawling type of tackle who has the type of power and temperament teams look for, as well as being lighter on his feet and more athletic in space than anticipated. Consequently, looks like he might be able to make some positive contributions in the run game sooner rather than later. However, because of his inconsistency in pass protection, might be more of a developmental right tackle candidate for a team with an inline blocking scheme. Will have to make it on the outside because he’s probably too tall to slide inside.

OT Austin Jackson, Southern California*

6’6” – 310 lbs.

Grandfather also played tackle at USC and went on to spend five years with the Packers. Appeared in all fourteen games in a reserve capacity during his true freshman season, then stepped into the starting left tackle role the following season. Reprised that role as a junior before declaring for the draft. Well-built blindside protector who has the requisite size and length to stick on the outside at the pro level. Athletically gifted blocker who has very good lateral quickness to mirror in pass protection. Knee bender who is capable of getting adequate depth in his kickslide to protect the edge against speed. Keeps his hands loaded and ready to punch; pretty aggressive about attacking opposing pass-rushers. Looks comfortable getting out in space, engaging or obstructing second-level defenders in order to lead the way on screens. However, looks pretty inconsistent on a play-to-play basis, both in terms of his technique and results. Whiffs on too many of his punches and is forced to abandon his technique to protect the edge; can be grabby when recovering and needs to do a better job of keeping his hands high and inside. Balance issues crop up frequently; often lowers his head into contact or gets caught bending at the waist. Falls off of too many blocks. Anchor can be late to drop and is just adequate overall; plays with an inconsistent base. Physical and aggressive tackle who works hard to stick with opposing defenders in the run game. Has the short-area quickness to set up and wall off opponents, or climb up to the second level and get in the way of a linebacker. Plays with some nastiness but is more of a wall-off blocker overall who tends to get a little bit high out of his stance and whose legs can sometimes go dead on contact. Issues with balance and sustaining blocks carry over into the run game. Looks like a prospect who could have really benefited from another year in school, as his balance, hand placement, and overall technique leave a lot to be desired. That said, he has all of the physical and athletic tools teams look for in a blindside protector, and given the importance attached to the position in the modern game, may still end up coming off the board in the first round as a boom-or-bust pick for a team confident in their ability to mold his raw talent and iron out the several kinks in his game.

OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia*

6’5” – 320 lbs.

Has been working with the first team since he arrived on campus. Started all fifteen games at right tackle as a true freshman before sliding over to left tackle beginning with his sophomore campaign, a year in which he started all thirteen games he played in. Started another thirteen games on the blindside this past year, then declared for the draft. Team captain. Listed height is just adequate for a pro offensive tackle, so official measurements may be important, but otherwise carries his weight very well and has excellent bulk for the position; appears to have solid length. Pass sets and technique look very good. Bends at the knees, keeps his hands loaded and his back straight, and gets good depth in his kickslide to protect the edge against speed. Quick, with excellent footwork; a much better athlete than is typical for his size, allowing him to mirror easily. Remains light on his feet through contact. Very active with his hands, using his punch effectively to knock opponents off-balance and demonstrating a killer instinct to finish them off. Able to reset his hands quickly for a second punch if needed. Rarely needs to sell out or abandon his technique in order to protect the edge; plays with pretty good discipline and has a good feel for when he should pivot back in to protect against inside rushers. May be a little bit stronger in his upper body but overall anchor strength is solid. A very good athlete in space who works hard to get out and lead the way on screens; can occasionally get a little bit outside of his frame because of his aggressiveness, but has excellent speed and change-of-direction skills to hunt down linebackers. Plays the game with a nasty, physical temperament; very competitive through the whistle. Looks powerful on initial contact. Able to execute difficult hook blocks in the run game because of his short-area quickness. Can chip one defender and block down on another, or climb to the second level and engage a linebacker. Does a good job of keeping his feet churning after contact, although he’s not quite a mauler in a phone booth; more of a gritty street fighter who works to stick with opponents than someone who blows defenders off the line of scrimmage. Capable of sustaining blocks through the whistle because of his effective hand placement and solid grip strength. Not the tallest or most powerful blocker in a phone booth, but those are relatively minor concerns. A three-year SEC starter who combines an excellent temperament, incredible athleticism for his size, and sound technique; looks like a franchise left tackle and high first-round pick.

OT Alex Taylor, South Carolina St.

6’9” – 305 lbs.

University website does not provide biographical information, but previously attended Appalachian State. Played just two years of football in high school, then redshirted his first season at the university level. Has pro bloodlines – uncle Pierson Prioleau had a successful career as a safety. Will update with additional biographical information as it becomes available. Very tall, long-limbed right tackle who appears to still be growing into his frame; looks like he could carry a lot more bulk. Has a basketball background and it shows. A very good athlete for his size; light on his feet and able to get blocks in space. Capable of chipping one opponent and climbing up to the second level to secure another block. Strong competitor; demonstrates a good motor to stick with opponents through the whistle. Gets extension with his arms and keeps his legs churning after contact. Hand placement is good. Working in pass protection, demonstrates the lateral quickness to mirror speed on the edge. Has some ability to bend at the knees. Active with his hands; extension in the run game carries over into his pass sets. Overall size and length can make him difficult to get around. Anchor strength is adequate as well. Still very much a work in progress. Doesn’t play a particularly pretty brand of football despite his athletic ability; finds himself out of position more often than you’d expect for a player with his length and quickness, forcing him to try and steer opponents wide or deep instead of mirroring or walling off. Would like to see him get more consistent depth with his kickslide. Needs to learn to power step back and counter inside moves. More likely to stick with opponents because of effort than because of grip strength, which looks average. Balance issues crop up frequently; doesn’t end up on the ground often, but is forced to hunch over because of his height. Can be put on skates too easily by opponents when playing outside his frame. On other snaps, will let opponents win the leverage battle and get into his pads. Left football at one point; which will likely call his passion into question. A very intriguing small-school developmental tackle who offers excellent size, length, and athletic ability, but who needs to add additional bulk, refine his technique and instincts, and play within his frame more consistently. Has left-tackle potential but is very raw.