After putting a bow on the 2020 NFL Draft with team-by-team recaps it is now time to look to the future. The 2020 college football season “should be” getting underway in a little over two months. When (if?) the season starts, Deep Fried Draft will be right there bringing you all of the things you are accustomed to seeing from me.
Like last year, I am entering the 2021 NFL Draft season with 300 names on my watch list.
Today, we are going to look at the OTs. These players will be listed only by class and not in any sort of official ranking.
2021 Preliminary Offensive Tackle List
|Syrus Tuitele||Fresno State||Sr||6’6||300|
|Drew Himmelman||Illinois State||Sr||6’9||315|
|Tommy Doyle||Miami (OH)||Sr||6’8||315|
|Jordan Reid||Michigan State||Sr||6’4||305|
|A.J. Arcuri||Michigan State||Sr||6’7||306|
|Robert Jones||Middle Tennessee||Sr||6’5||319|
|Greg Eiland||Mississippi State||Sr||6’7||335|
|Dillon Radunz||North Dakota State||Sr||6’5||298|
|Spencer Brown||Northern Iowa||Sr||6’9||321|
|Liam Eichenberg||Notre Dame||Sr||6’5||308|
|Thayer Munford||Ohio State||Sr||6’5||320|
|Will Fries||Penn State||Sr||6’6||313|
|Cole Van Lanen||Wisconsin||Sr||6’5||311|
There is a literal ton to like about the senior class of offensive tackle prospects. Two players, I liked a lot a year ago, Alex Leatherwood and Thayer Munford, are the top names for me heading into the year. One of the most impressive single-game performances I saw a year ago was Miami-OH Senior Tommy Doyle in the Redhawks bowl game. Doyle completely neutralized any and all pass rush during that game. The player I most look forward to watching this year is Dillon Radunz. There is already talk of him becoming a potential first-round pick.
Lofty praise is being heaped on Penei Sewell. The words generational talent has been uttered. I haven’t focused on him, but in passing, I can say the praise may be warranted. Daniel Faalele is a massive human being. The native Australian has only been playing football for a little over three seasons. He moves like a man 100 pounds lighter. Faalele’s best football lies ahead.
Next up, we look ahead to the 2021 guard class.