2021 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Superlatives: Best Run Blocker, Pass Blocker, Athlete, Upside and More

Who are some of the class's top offensive tackles and what are their best traits?

Strength of Class:

  • QB = 8 
  • RB = 6 
  • WR = 8.5 
  • TE = 6 
  • OT = 7.5 
  • OG = 6 
  • C = 6 
  • DT = 5.5 
  • DE = 7 
  • LB = 7 
  • CB = 7.5 
  • S = 5.5
Penei Sewell is arguably the best offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft class and has the potential to be a top-tier lineman in the NFL.

Penei Sewell is arguably the best offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft class and has the potential to be a top-tier lineman in the NFL.

In a class that is heavy on the offensive side of the ball, there are a number of talented offensive tackles that will get drafted in the first and second round. Headlining the group is Oregon's Penei Sewell, who was a dominant left tackle as a 19-year-old. Despite opting out of the 2020 season, he is expected to be the first offensive lineman drafted, taking home honors for best pass and run blocker. Another opt-out, Rashawn Slater from Northwestern, is a strong fit for zone running teams and allows teams to put their best five linemen on the field as he could feasibly play every spot along the line. Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins plays with a nasty mindset, showing the ability to put defenders on the ground after latching on to them. Dillon Radunz from North Dakota State and Spencer Brown of Northern Iowa are FCS linemen that not only stand out on tape, but also went to the Senior Bowl and showed they belong among the best players in college football. At the same event, D’Ante Smith displayed exciting potential, possessing prototypical length and athleticism, and he could develop into a premier pass protector in the future.

OT = Run Block: Penei Sewell | Pass Block: Penei Sewell | Zone Blocker: Rashawn Slater | Second Level: Dillon Radunz | Technique: Rashawn Slater | Intelligence: Liam Eichenberg | Versatility: Rashawn Slater | Attitude/Aggression: Teven Jenkins | Athletic: Spencer Brown | Sleeper: Jaylon Moore | Make-It: Robert Jones | Upside: D’Ante Smith

QB | RB | FB | WR | iWR | TE | LT | RT | OG | OC | DT | NG | 3-4 DE | 4-3 DE | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | iCB | FS | SS

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