Andrew Harbaugh | July 19th, 2019
With the Skill positions done we are moving onto the big boys that block for them. Before we do that, if you missed any of the previous positional rankings you can find links to them below.
Tight End rankings had a lot of interaction and I can’t thank you, readers, enough for that. This tight end class should be interesting in the sense that I expect many peoples rankings to almost change month to month. It’s a decent class that’s desperate for a star and it should find one come the new year.
Now, keep in mind while reading to let me know what players I’m missing out on, what players I’m low on, and what players I’m too high on. The beauty of the NFL draft is everyone has an opinion and it is important every gets a chance to share how they feel on players.
In past years we have been struggling to find potential elite starting talent in the offensive tackle position. The top one selected, Jonah Williams, last year will miss the upcoming NFL season meaning his rookie year will be the same as these guys. Let’s dive into his classmates, shall we?
The man leading the way for the running back machine that is Georgia is Andrew Thomas. Dude is a straight bulldozer and should be a top ten pick come April in Las Vegas.
When I was watching Thomas this summer he graded above average across the board in everything I look for in an offensive tackle. Where he really impressed me was with his size how mobile he was when asked to pull his block and get downfield to block for Elijah Holyfield or D’Andre Swift. With the way, the NFL is going a player like Thomas with his overall skillset should be worth his weight in gold.
2) Trey Adams
As impressive Trey Adams’ hair has been his play was even better. Expectations were big for Adams but knee and back injuries sidelined him for the majority of the season. This year he is back for his senior season and well-rested and recovered for a big year.
What we did see of him I really liked personally. He showed great strength and really impressive leverage for his big frame and weight. He has the foot speed to keep up with the new speed type of college rushers entering the NFL as well.
One thing I would like to see him work on is his athleticism and speed when pulling. Once he adds that tool to his arsenal and shows he is fully healthy and can play a full year he will be challenging Thomas for that spot.
When watching Iowa play two players really stuck out to me, A.J. Epenesa and Tristen Wirfs. I can only imagine how much fun these guys are to watch in practice, a true case of iron sharpening iron.
Wirfs really popped off the tape for me when watching him really subdue and make highly touted Penn State edge prospect Yetur Gross-Matos look like a nat that was in his way. Wirfs can be a bulldozer and in the run game is where he really surprised me. Iowa breeds tough hard-nosed players and Wirfs may be the best one to come out on the offensive line in recent memory.
4) Lucas Niang
Another big guy in Lucas Niang enters the rankings and he is one that I absolutely loved watching. Dude plays with an edge that I loved watching and you can tell he loves his position because he is always finding a guy to hit.
His technique was impeccable at times when I was watching Niang. Quick off the ball, kept low, and graded above average in both pass and run blocking joining Andrew Thomas as the only other guy to do so for me. While TCU had a down year compared to most years, they have a diamond in the rough in Niang and he will play a crucial part in TCU’s success this year.
I mentioned his strength, he needs to hit the weight room and work on taking on those speed and bull rushers so he can manage them better at times. He plays in the Big 12 which isn’t loaded with edge talent so he needs to be dominant against the competition he sees.
He has shown to have a talent in both the passing and running games providing protection and clearing running lanes. He is much better in the run game and was crucial to the success Bryce Love had in previous years that included a Heisman worthy campaign two years ago.
With the focus to be around returning starting quarterback K.J. Costello, Little should have plenty of opportunities to hone his pass blocking game.
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