The Las Vegas Raiders might now have their center of the future with the three-year extension of offensive lineman Andre James.
They still, though, have not yet brought in any new additions who could fill the hole at right tackle.
With this still being the present reality, it’s only right that we continue to preview the top tackle prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
One intriguing player who could be a prime candidate to go on day two is Clemson left tackle Jackson Carman.
A full-time starter for the Tigers the last two seasons, Carman has had the luxury of playing for one of the best teams in college football in that time.
Scouts have then been able to see how well he moves for a man who measures 6-5 and 335 pounds.
Carman is a very flexible player at tackle who can stay low and keep the leverage advantage against defensive linemen.
He’s also got some of the best hands among tackles in the draft.
Scouts note how adept Carman is at being able to use his hands independently of each other to clamp down on defensive linemen.
His performance against top competition also earned high marks, with his showing in Clemson’s game last season against Ohio State being the main example.
Carman has never been regarded as a dominant force in the trenches, however.
He can struggle in getting depth quick enough in his pass sets, which could be a concern going up against NFL-caliber linemen.
His reaction time is also considered to be slower, and he graded out as only the 48th best tackle in college football last season by Pro Football Focus.
Even then, he has improved as his career has gone along, and with the Raiders showing an affinity for Clemson players in the last couple of drafts, Carman could be a prime pick at right tackle.
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