It’s that time of the year again when we take a deep dive into the potential 2020 Draft Class. This article, the 2020 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Top 10, will cover the best OTs looking to make an impact in the 2019 College season, before being drafted in 2020. So why wait? Let’s do this thing!
Andrew Thomas – Georgia
Thomas is one of the best tackles in this class. Started at RT as a freshman then moved to LT. Georgia has a dominate run game and that would not be possible without the talents of Thomas. This guy has size, athleticism and incredible timing in his movements.
His power at POA is explosive, shows great footwork and is a smart footballer.
He moves so well for a big guy, has great length and uses his hands well. He has a solid anchor and is rarely pushed around. Protection of QB Jake Fromm was paramount for him in college and he did an exceptional job.
Man-handles players like they are rag dolls.
He will be taken in the top 10 overall. Whoever picks this guy up will have a player to protect there QB for years to come.
Trey Smith – Tennessee
Smith was the number one recruit coming out of high school, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype.
In 2017, as a freshman, he dominated the POA, had ok hands and showed experience beyond his years. He was a dominate force for the Vols, using his size and length to man handle some of the nation’s best players into submission.
As a sophomore in 2018, He continued to grow into a fantastic player with NFL calibre.
Smith has blood clots on his lungs.
This was first discovered in the offseason before his sophomore year. He was treated and returned to practice for training camp and played most of the season. It played up again and he missed the final five games of 2018. It is still unknown how much he will play, if at all in 2019. Obviously, the needs to play in 2019 if he is too be drafted.
Can be very lazy at times when attacking players, tends to wait for them to come to him. Needs to initiate contact.
Exceptional talent if he stays healthy. If he plays in 2019, he will be a 1st round pick.
Jack Driscoll – Auburn
Now this guy is fun to watch. All American multiple years with Umass. Worked incredibly hard this offseason to win the starting RT role at Auburn. Effective movements in the line, great use of hands, know how to use his anchor. He has a thick lower half and a wide base, which helps with power at POA. Rarely gets beaten around the edge. Uses hands to move opponents away to create lanes.
Will face better competition in the SEC. He will rise to the occasion.
Sometimes he has heavy feet and struggles to move them early enough to support himself. Not a problem, just something he can work on with new coaching team at Auburn.
Fascinated with this guy. Will be great to see him at Auburn with some great coaching. This guy could go 1st round with a big year in 2019.
Trey Adams – Washington
There is a lot to like about Trey Adams when he is healthy. Which is rare. He will be a 6th year senior when the season kicks off in 2019. This is his final chance to impress NFL franchises.
He has great athleticism for such a big unit. At 6’7” and 325 pounds he is a handful to get around for any opponent. He shows great hands at the top of the arc and man-handles players all game, giving his QB time to make plays.
Despite his size, he is a savvy player with a strong base and a great anchor. He has excellent measurables to be a great edge blocker in the NFL.
Entering his 6th season he has had several season-ending injuries.
Torn ACL in 2017. Had back surgery last season. This could be one of those cases where he never plays at 100 per cent healthy. There is no problem with his game at all.
If Adams can stay healthy in 2019, he will be a 1st round pick in the 2020 draft. If he can’t, he may drop to the mid-rounds, but he won’t fall far. An NFL team will pick him up regardless of his injury concerns.
Prince Tega Wanogho – Auburn
Prince came to Auburn as a former swimmer, he was lean and mean at 245 pounds. He now weighs in at over 300 and is one of the best up and coming OT’s in college. Not only is he a legit Nigerian prince, he is a tremendous athlete with a fantastic footballing temper. He has been called springy with a lot of life in his lower half.
He is an explosive footballer who can hold his own with the best of them.
He is still learning a bit with his positioning in pass plays. Isn’t a fan of quick rusher on his outside. Needs to read plays better. He can struggle at times to latch on to players.
He needs some good coaching, but he is a raw player who you can mould.
Was named to the All-SEC team in his freshman year.
Look for him on day 2 of the 2020 draft. A big year in 2019 and he might sneak into the 1st round, but it’s unlikely.
Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon
Throckmorton broke into the Oregon Ducks team as an RS freshman and has played 38 straight games heading into the 2019 season. He shows great blocking skills and impressive versatility starting games at RT, LT and Centre. Not only does he start in multiple roles, he is changing mid-game too. Always keeping the defence on their toes.
Great size and a solid anchor are the driving force behind this talented athlete.
He doesn’t give up sacks often and is rarely beaten on the outside by the rush. Plays his role perfectly.
Needs to continue to improve in many areas. More of a jack of all trades and master of none. He can struggle to recover at times and doesn’t like too much movement in the line he is facing, seems to confuse him.
Probably best played at Guard in the NFL. Any NFL team will love him as he can fill multiple roles from the bench. Look for him late on day two. 3rd round projection for mine.
Tristan Wirfs – Iowa
At 6’5” and 320 lbs, Wirfs is a big human, but he is also a weight room warrior. The former State Wrestling Champion has been known for spending countless hours in the gym, turning himself into the animal we see today.
He has played 22 games in the last two seasons and is a dominant force in the line for the Hawkeyes. Shows great hands, has a solid anchor and throws players around like they are rag dolls. He is one of the youngest in the class and is still learning his craft, but we all like what we see from this guy.
One of the hardest workers on and off the field, Wirfs will be a household name in the NFL soon enough.
Not only is he a former Wrestling State Champion, but he can also throw a discus and shot put with the best of them.
So much to like about this kid. If he has a big year in 2019, he will be one of the youngest ever players drafted into the NFL. Look for him in the late 2nd, early 3rd round.
Walker Little – Stanford
Little is a nice player. He won’t break any records, but he is a guy you can rely on in the line to do his job and protect the QB. These players will go along way in the NFL. He has a role and executes it nicely. He was impressive as a freshman. He blocks well for the pass and the run game and is always looking to improve his game. A strong player at POA who uses his hands well to moves players around the arc.
His size and length are near perfect and he has a great anchor to build on in his NFL career.
If Little continues to grow in 2019, he will be taken on day two of the 2020 draft. Look for him in the 3rd round.
Lucas Niang – TCU
Niang is a giant of a human at 6’7”, he started all 13 games for TCU in 2018 and looked like a solid player. He shows good strength and length and uses his big strides to eat up space. Shows great from and is excellent in blocking for the run game.
He didn’t allow a sack in his junior year and will look to build on that again in 2019.
Needs to bend his knee more, can be seen to extend his arms too much and gets himself off balance. His anchor is poor. He is still young and will be moulded into a fine OT of the future.
Look for him in the 3rd or 4th round.
Yasir Durant – Missouri
Durant is a great OT. He blocks incredibly well and rarely allows edge rushers to pass him. In 2018 he was the lead blocker for the Tigers in one of the best O-lines in the nation for the fewest sacks allowed. He protects his QB like it’s his newborn child. The Tigers had games of rushing over 200 yards, Durant is a huge part of this reason. He opens lanes well for his RBs.
Great use of hands, solid anchor and thick base allowing him to have a strong foundation to build upon.
Can be sloppy at times. Need to fine tune his game a little.
All in all, he is a strong player with a huge NFL upside. Look for him in the 2nd round.
Mekhi Becton – Louisville
Brady Aiello – Oregon
Thayer Munford – Ohio State
Samuel Cosmi – Texas