TC56 2021 PROSPECT REPORT: OFFENSIVE LINE

Last years draft was all about the big 4 offensive tackles with 6 total taken in the 1st round. This years draft doesn’t have the same depth at the position however, there are some talented building blocks on the interior. Two of the 4 tackles on this list have opted out of the 2020 season because of their conference cancellations. This list may get some newcomers as the season develops.

Penei Sewell– 6’6” 330 – Oregon – Junior – Rating (3.85)

2019 Stats: Unanimous 1st team All-American ’19 / Preseason All-American ’20

Strength: Excellent in pass protection. He has patient feet on his pass set and always on balance

Weakness:  Needs to lower his pad level in run blocking

Player Comparison: A bigger Anthony Munoz offensive tackle Cincinnati Bengals(Hall of Famer) .

Overall:  Sewell is the best all-around linemen prospect in this year’s draft. He is athletic, has great footwork, and uses his hands well. Last season he played on one of the best offensive lines in the country and in his career has given up 1 sack in 1376 snaps on offense. In the run game, Sewell has the athleticism and IQ to come off his first block and get to the second level to block linebackers and Defensive backs. Sewell has opted out of this season to prepare for the NFL Draft. Look for him to be a top 5 pick come spring time.

Samuel Cosmi – 6’7” 305 – Texas – Junior – Rating (3.71)

2019 Stats: Has 26 starts at left tackle in his career/ 1 touchdown reception

Strengths: Athletic and great footwork.

Weakness:  Has trouble with power pass rushers.

Player Comparison: Riley Reiff offensive tackle Detroit Lions/Minnesota Vikings

Overall:  Cosmi opened eyes last year with his performance blocking LSU’S K’Lavon Chaisson. Cosmi gave Chaisson, a 1st round pick of the Jaguars in 2020, all he could handle using his balance and quick footwork to keep his quarterback upright. He uses his size and leverage well in run blocking and works off double teams to the second level seemlessly. He will have a year to showcase his talents blocking for Sam Ehlinger and a talented Texas offense.

Creed Humphrey – 6’5” 307– Oklahoma – Red Shirt Junior – Rating (3.71)

2019 Stats: 2nd Team All-American ’19 /1st Team All Big 12 / Preseason All-American ’20 /

Strengths:  Great hands and initial punch.

Weakness:  not an over powering interior lineman.

Player Comparison:  Travis Fredricks offensive guard Dallas Cowboys

Overall: The best center in the country. Humphrey is a reliable leader for the Oklahoma Sooner offense. He sets the protections for the pass game and has excellent technique as a run blocker. Humphrey consistently gets defensive lineman’s shoulders turned to give runners a crease in A gaps. Centers aren’t usually picked in the first round unless their special. Humphrey is one you will see picked in the late first and will be a welcome addition to a winning franchise.

Trey Smith – 6’6” 335 – Tennessee – Senior – Rating (3.64)

2019 Stats: 1st team All-SEC ’19 / preseason 1ST team All-American ‘20

Strengths: Great strength and football IQ.

Weakness: His initial punch is good however; he needs to stay on blocks and finish more consistently.

Player Comparison:  Rodger Safford offensive guard Los Angeles Rams

Overall:  A massive offensive guard who returned for his senior year to play with his class and improve his draft stock. In 2018, Smith’s season was cut short due to career threatening blood clots in his legs. He bounce back in 2019 played 13 games at Left guard. He received the Fritz Pollard award given to the college player who exemplified extraordinary courage, community values, and exceptional performance on the field. He did not allow a sack last season and is the best guard in this upcoming draft.

Walker Little – 6’7” 320 – Stanford – Senior – Rating (3.35)

2019 Stats: Made 12 starts as a sophomore / 1ST Team All-Pac 12 ‘18

Strengths: Good pass blocker and moves very well laterally

Weakness:   Missed his junior year with a knee injury.

Player Comparison: Jumbo Elliot former offensive tackle New York Giants

Overall:  This is a tough one because there is not a ton of tape on his resume. Little has the size and athletic ability to be a left tackle for a decade at the next level. A knee injury his junior and opt out of his senior year leaves NFL scouts and GM’s looking at the risk reward of picking a player who will be out of football for essentially 2 years.

Drew Himmelman – 6’10” 315 – Illinois State – Senior – Rating (3.35)

2019 Stats: FCS All-American ’19 / Made 15 starts at left tackle in ‘19

Strengths: His length and athleticism

Weakness: Needs to play with more power in the run game

Player Comparison:  Nate Solder offensive tackle New York Giants

Overall:  Himmelman size is what jumps off the page intially. At 6’10” and 315 pounds this fascinating prospect has tons of potential at the next level. Himmelman was a 3 sport standout (basketball, baseball, and football) and a tight end in high school. He decided to concentrate on football full time and moved to left tackle. A great decision considering left tackles are one of the 3 highest paid positions in football (quarterback and edge rusher). Another year of experience and getting stronger should elevate his draft status.

Hillelmen left tackle #71 Illinois State (White)

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