Offensive Tackles: Final Position Rankings
2019 NFL Draft: Top Ranked OTs
Williams, Taylor, and Dillard will compete to see who is the first offensive tackle off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The second tier has roughly six players in it – they should go in rounds two, three, and maybe the early fourth. Expects to see the rest of the class go rather frequently from the middle of the fourth to until the seventh round.
1. Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-4/302
Williams has long been considered the best OL prospect heading into the 2019 NLF Draft. He’s not going to wow you with his test numbers, but he’s a genuine football player. He’s gone against the best the SEC has to offer year-in and year-out, game after game, and always held is ground. Should be an All-Pro with a little NFL experience under his belt. Anticipated to be a left tackle at the next level, but could also project at right tackle or even inside a guard – very versatile skill set.
2. Jawaan Taylor, Florida, 6-5/312
Most likely at right tackle or guard at the next level. Has really good mirroring techniques and sticks with his defender. A team whose priority is to improve their run game could have Taylor rated above Williams on their draft board – because that’s his strength.
3. Andre Dillard, Washington State, 6-5/315
Dillard was the best testing offensive tackle at the NFL Scouting Combine. His athleticism and light feet have pushed him toward the top of the board. Dillard will be a good fit for a pass-happy, wide-open, fun-and-gun kind of team – that’s his strength.
4. Kaleb McGary, Washington, 6-7/317
McGary’s strength is in the run game. Let him move forward and use his nasty aggression to maul defensive linemen. He’s athletic enough to projects at right tackle at the next level. He does have a prior medical condition that teams will need to check out before they select him. If all checks out well. McGary should have a bright future ahead of him on the field.
5. Dalton Risner, Kansas State, 6-5/312
Risner is, perhaps, the top senior tackle in the draft. He’s most likely going to be a right tackle. Showed good composure at the Senior Bowl, coming on strong after a bad start. Grew every day of the event, took well to coaching. Passionate and vocal leader. Capable of playing guard or center at the next level. Should be a day one starter.
6. Cody Ford, Oklahoma, 6-4/329
Ford is another player that’s a right tackle/guard prospect. He’s got the girth and strength to move defensive tackles, and he’s got enough agility to play in space. His strength is his aggressive run blocking. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Trophy for best offensive line last year – Ford being the best of the bunch.
7. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois, 6-6/327
Scharping has most all the tools needed to play left tackle. He mirrors well and can direct defenders out of the play. He’s actually pretty strong with good agility and could find himself playing inside and out at the next level – at least until he lands a starting spot.
8. Titus Howard, Alabama State, 6-5/322
Titus Howard is perhaps the second best technician in the class behind Jonah Williams. He’s best suiting for a pass-happy team. Shows a nice kick off the snap and excellent mirroring skills to drive defenders out of the picture. Will need to improve his strength and may really bloom in his second year.
9. Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-5/310
Greg Little was once considered a sure-fire can’t miss prospect. He was a five star recruit, the top tackle in the nation. He has all the physical traits, but scouts question his desire and heart to be an outstanding football player. On film, he’s seen standing around too often – his interviews will be important.
10. Tyler Roemer, San Diego State, 6-6/312
Can be a dominating run blocker, plays with a bit of a nasty-streak. Shows solid technique. Had started the first 23 games of his career at left tackle, but was suspended for violating team rules prior to the Fresno State game and eventually missed the rest of the season. Has the tools. Will need to interview well to go this high.
11. Trey Pipkins, Sioux Falls, 6-6/309
Is the best of the small school offensive tackle prospects. Was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He’s well built with prototypical size and length. Showed up at the East-West Shrine game, making scouts wonder how high his ceiling could be?
12. Chuma Edoga, USC, 6-3/308
Edoga is a prior 5-star recruit. He spent his career at USC playing right tackle. He was asked to play left tackle during Senior Bowl week and held his own. Since then, Edoga added 20 lbs. prior to his Pro Day, raising questions about his commitment to play outside at the next level.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, Elon, 6-5/323
- Yosh Nijman, Virginia Tech, 6-7/324
- Jackson Barton, Utah, 6-7/310
- Isaiah Prince, Ohio State, 6-6/305
- Chidi Okeke, Tennessee State, 6-7/310
- Aaron Monteiro, Boston College, 6-7/320
- Justin Skule, Vanderbilt, 6-6/320
- Kyle Trout, Cincinnati, 6-5/320
- Brock Ruble, Toledo, 6-8/324
- David Edwards, Wisconsin, 6-6/308
- Paul Adams, Missouri, 6-6/317
- Dennis Daley, So. Carolina, 6-5/317
- Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4/307
- Derwin Grey, Maryland, 6-4/320
- Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, 6-5/303
- Tariq Cole, Rutgers, 6-5/324
- Fred Johnson, Florida, 6-7/326
- Donnell Greene, Minnesota, 6-5/335
- Montez Ivy, Florida, 6-5/315
- William Sweet, No. Carolina, 6-6/313
- Ryan Pope, San Diego State, 6-7/320
- Devon Johnson, Ferris State, 6-7/338
- Joe Lowery, Ohio, 6-7/305
- Brandon Hitner, Villanova, 6-6/ 300
- Maurice Bibaku-Simba, Concordia, 6-7/323
- Marquez Tucker, Southern Utah, 6-4/291
- Damien Prince, Maryland, 6-3/315
- Brian Fineanganofo, Idaho State, 6-6/303
- Josh Doyle, Eastern Illinois, 6-5/300
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.