2019 NFL DRAFT OFFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS

  1. Jawaan Taylor 6’5 334 Florida Gators (JR)

STRENGTHS: At 6’5 334—Jawaan Taylor looks how you would imagine a NFL offensive lineman to look…he has the size that teams covet…he has the length to contend with bigger, longer athletes in the NFL game…he has very powerful hands, and a powerful strike that can disengage pass rushers…

WEAKNESSES: Jawaan Taylor is yet another offensive lineman prospect who struggles with speed and quickness on the outside…given that fact, his future may very well be on the inside at offensive guard…he plays too high at times and doesn’t play with proper leverage…a NFL bull rush will cause him to backpedal into the backfield…needs to develop a stronger lower half in order to drive the opposition off the ball…

COMP: Andrus Peat

OVERALL: Jawaan Taylor has the physical stature and capabilities to succeed at the NFL level, but he will need a good deal of refinement. Tell me if you’ve heard this before, Jawaan Taylor may have to kick inside to offensive guard to get on to the field. Where as he won’t have to compete with the elite speed off of the edge, he will have to face off with the most powerful defensive lineman on planet earth, and if Taylor doesn’t correct his leverage issue, he will be in for a world of hurting. The NFL scouting community seems to like him a great deal more than me, hyping him as an early  1st round selection. I see his value, but I like his value more towards the back-end of the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

2) Cody Ford 6’4 330 Oklahoma Sooners (JR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that shows up on the tape is the power displayed by Cody Ford…profiles to be a potentially dominant force in the run game…remarkably quick with agile feet for a man 6’4 330…if Ford gets his bear paws on you, it’s a wrap…does a good job of not reaching and resulting in holding penalties…plays with a nastiness that defines the position…

WEAKNESSES: Despite having quick feet—Cody Ford’s feet are a bit erratic and clumsy at times…his arch-nemesis is the skilled speed rusher—they give him problems too often…his hips are a bit too stiff…Cody Ford’s leverage is inconsistent and needs further development…

COMP: Cordy Glenn

OVERALL: In a class where most of our offensive line prospects are being asked to play on the entire, Cody Ford projects to be an above average, potentially dominant Right Tackle…Ford plays to the whistle and doesn’t mind getting nasty with it…there are some things to work on, but from a starting standpoint, Cody Ford is pretty advanced and far along…some may feel that he projects better to the offensive guard position, but I like him at Right Tackle. Ultimately, he might be the top offensive tackle drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, and I would expect him drafted in the Top 10-25 picks.

3) Jonah Williams 6’5 305 Alabama Crimson Tide (JR)

STRENGTHS: Jonah Williams is a cerebral prospect who has developed as a technician as it relates to his craft…Williams has great footwork…a pre-packed NFL offensive lineman prospect…plug and play…can advance to the second level and pick up a block on a linebacker…Jonah Williams does a great job of handling counter moves with his quickness and strength…

WEAKNESSES: The first weakness you will notice when it comes to the projection of Jonah Williams is that he does not possess elite athleticism…you can naturally be concerned that bigger, stronger athletes are going to give him trouble at the NFL level…does not have the length that you look for from your offensive tackles—Jonah Williams may very well have to kick inside to offensive guard…tends to have issues with pass rushers who have high end speed…

COMP: Cody Whitehair

OVERALL: Jonah Williams may be the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft. Playing at Alabama, he was coached up properly and has a very safe floor. His technique and footwork check all the boxes, and there is room here for improvement. The glaring issue is where will he play at the NFL level. Some teams prioritize length more than others, so ultimately, what team drafts him will determine where he plays. For the time being, I am estimating that more teams view him as an offensive guard than offensive tackle, which drops his value from a potential Top 5-10 pick to more in the mid-1st round range in the 2019 NFL Draft.

4) Dalton Risner 6’5 310 Kansas State Wildcats (SR)

STRENGTHS: If you’re looking for a solid, can’t miss prospect, Dalton Risner is your man…plays with great technique…Risner is super nasty and plays with an edge…another prospect that if he gets his hands on you, it’s basically over…loose hips…very mobile…very versatile…projects to be able to play multiple positions across the offensive line—center, guard, and tackle…

WEAKNESSES: Dalton Risner isn’t the upper echelon athlete…you wonder if bigger, stronger athletes at the NFL level will cause problems for Risney…throughout his college career, the longer athletes were the ones who would pose a problem…some question whether he has the ability to succeed at the tackle position…

COMP: Brandon Scherff

OVERALL: Dalton Scherff is one of the prospects that you can draft and sleep well…I don’t see him projecting as a Left Tackle in the NFL—but any other position would make sense. Incredibly versatile and nasty—he’s an offensive line coach’s dream. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him slip into the 1st round,  but ultimately I’m going to project him as an early 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Yodny Cajuste 6’4 315 West Virginia Mountaneers (SR)

STRENGTHS: Yodny Cajuste is a pure technician at the offensive tackle position…projects to be a plus pass blocker due to his consistent technique…Cajuste is excellent at mirroring would be pass rushers and is able to counter, their counter moves…a mobile offensive lineman who is able to sustain the initial block, and then get downfield in order to pick up another…good length for the position…a powerful lineman who generates a push with a strong initial strike…

WEAKNESSES: Yodny Cajuste is not the most powerful run blocker…no one is going to confuse him with a road grader…some in the scouting community feel that he will have to kick inside to an interior offensive lineman…his top and lower halves need to play in conjunction—his top half has a tend to get a bit heavy…

COMP: Duane Brown

OVERALL: Yodny Cajuste is one of those prospects that the more tape you evaluate on him, the more you like. Some feel that he is a better fit on the interior at offensive guard, but I’m not one of them. I believe he could be one of the very few prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft who could be a viable option at the all-important Left Tackle position. A versatile lineman, I have him as a 1st round value who will go somewhere in between picks 20-40 in the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) Andre Dillard 6’5 305 Washington State Cougars

STRENGTHS: Andre Dillard distinguishes himself from many of his offensive lineman contemporaries in the fact that he is very quick and explosive off of the line of scrimmage…Dillard plays with proper leverage…can get to the second level with ease…projects as an offensive tackle at the NFL level—where many others are being kicked inside to offensive guard…very good footwork…

WEAKNESSES: The issues that become abundantly clear when you watch Andre Dillard is that he does not have the power that you would prefer from your offensive lineman…does not move the opposition the way that you would like to see…his film is inconsistent…going to need a lot of work on technique…projects to have a negative impact in run blocking as we sit here today…

COMP: Jake Matthews

OVERALL: Andre Dillard is fascinating on a number of levels…he has a different projection than many other offensive lineman in this class…many are bigger, stronger lineman who don’t have the explosiveness and the feet to handle the offensive tackle position…Dillard has the prerequisite mobility, but has to get stronger at the point of contact in order to hold up…I like Andre Dillard more than most…I think that he can get bigger and develop additional functional strength while keeping his athleticism…I expect Andre Dillard to be a late 1st-early 2nd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) David Edwards 6’7 315 Wisconsin Badgers (JR)

STRENGTHS: David Edwards can be completely dominating when it comes to run blocking…very large frame…very strong at the point of contact…plays to the whistle and doesn’t mind getting a bit nasty…has the makings of a prototypical Right Tackle…long arms…

WEAKNESSES: David Edwards has some fundamental issues to work on heading into the NFL…his footwork can be sloppy at times…doesn’t extend far enough to combat the high end speed rushers who get to the edge with ease…pass blocking is his weakness…will need much work in order to counter moves at the next level…

COMP: Gabe Carimi

OVERALL: David Edwards, just another prospect from Offensive Lineman University, Wisconsin. Edwards continued to get bigger and stronger every year after originally arriving to Madison as a Tight End. The concerns are obvious, in an ever-pass happy league, David Edwards struggles in pass blocking. He is not a candidate for Left Tackle, more of a Right Tackle or even Offensive Guard prospect. An experience offensive lineman coming out of Wisconsin, you know that he’s been coached up. I would expect David Edwards to be selected on Day Two, somewhere in between the 2nd-3rd rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

8) Greg Little 6’5 325 Ole Miss Rebels (JR)

STRENGTHS: Greg Little possesses as much upside as any offensive lineman prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft…Greg Little provides excellent quickness for an athlete his size…his athleticism allows for him to get up to the next level to pick up a secondary block…has the skill set that many in the scouting community adore…has played at a high level of competition for quite some time…

WEAKNESSES: The biggest bugaboo that Greg Little faces is whether he actually loves the game or not…his mentality and overall makeup provides a sense to many in the scouting community that he has a questionable work ethic…does not have the upside in the running game that he shows in pass blocking…his hand placement can be inconsistent…

COMP: Laremy Tunsil

OVERALL: Greg Little can be his own worst enemy…if his focus to the game can catch up to his physical ability than we really have something is…unfortunately, Little has not shown the signs of growth in these areas to merit any level of consistency…his potential is through the roof and his talent is undeniable—so teams that think they can get the most out of Greg Little will covet him highly. Given the myriad of opinions surrounding Greg Little, his projection is a bit more fluid than most. I would expect Greg Little to be selected from the end of the 1st-anywhere in the 2nd round during the 2019 NFL Draft.

9) Bobby Evans 6’5 305 Oklahoma Sooners (JR)

STRENGTHS: Bobby Evans is a smooth, refined athlete…has plus length that should enable him to battle would be defenders at the next level…Evans has the agility to make the initial block, and then spring down field to pick up another at the second level…versatile enough to play multiple positions along the offensive line…great deal of power that packs a punch…

WEAKNESSES: Bobby Evans has shown that he can be beaten regularly via counter moves…his evaluation is marred with inconsistency in both the pass blocking and run blocking departments…overextends himself at times and could develop into a penalty-committing problem at the NFL level…needs to work on leverage and developing a more consistent base…

COMP: Ronnie Stanley

OVERALL: Bobby Evans is one of the rare offensive tackle prospects in this draft class that could project to either offensive tackle positions at the NFL level…Evans has all the tools—including the required length to project on the outside…that being said, he is far from a finished product and needs much more development in order to fulfill his potential…I like Bobby Evans as a solid 2nd round prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) Kaleb McGary 6’6 320 Washington Huskies (SR)

STRENGTHS: Kaleb McGary is a monstrous offensive lineman prospect…McGary is another one of our offensive lineman prospects that once he gets his hands on you—you might as well give up…plays with a nasty streak and will try and destroy his opponent…great length neutralizes the pass rush…can advance to the second level…surprising mobility from an offensive tackle of his size and stature…

WEAKNESSES: Kaleb McGary will need some additional work on his technique to combat the speed of the NFL game…struggled with pass rushers on counter moves…his footwork is inconsistent…tends to reach far too often…if this pattern continues, it will result in holding penalties on his ledger…plays a bit too rigid at times…tight hips…

COMP: Juwan James

OVERALL: Kaleb McGary is one of the more under the radar offensive lineman prospects in this class…a great deal of experience at a high level is a positive factor in his draft stock…many in the scouting community doubt whether Kaleb McGary can sustain a high level of play at the offensive tackle position and needs to kick inside to offensive guard…I’m not necessarily so sure and want to see how he performs at the Scouting Combine…for the time being, I think it’s an acceptable projection to view him as a Right Tackle prospect…and his overall draft value is in the early 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.