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2021 NFL Draft Position Preview: Top OL prospects

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The 2021 NFL Draft is now just a few days away.

There was no Combine this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thus putting added importance into the college pro day circuit. It served as the only opportunity for prospects to showcase their skills and athleticism to NFL teams prior to the start of the draft.

Leading up to April 29, Giants.com will be breaking down the top prospects at each position according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 draft prospect list.

Last up are the offensive linemen.

Current offensive linemen on the roster: Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart, Nate Solder, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, Shane Lemieux, Zach Fulton, Jonotthan Harrison, Chad Slade, Kenny Wiggins, Kyle Murphy, Jackson Barton

Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 304 pounds

Accolades: Third-Team All-Big Ten (2018)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 9

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Slater is a slightly undersized tackle prospect. He plays with outstanding knee bend, foot quickness and balance. He explodes out of his stance in the passing game and does an excellent job of re-working his hands to maintain inside position. Slater gives a little ground versus power before dropping his weight and anchoring late. His best trait is his ability to recover when he finds himself in a bad position. In the run game, he plays with quickness and urgency when working up to the second level. He takes great angles and is one of the best I've seen when it comes to cutting off linebackers. He doesn't have elite power to knock back defenders over his nose, but he does a good job of running his feet and staying attached. He has excellent awareness. Overall, Slater might lack ideal length, but it doesn't hinder him and I believe he can excel at left tackle. If a team chooses to play him inside, he should quickly develop into a Pro Bowl guard."

ESPN's Todd McShay: "Slater had significant starting time at both right and left tackle before opting out of the 2020 season, but his frame and physical skills might lend themselves to a better trajectory inside. He gives up ground too much, and speed rushers cause him problems at tackle. But I really like his feel for angles, and he is smooth getting set. Power is there in the run game, and his body control in pass protection is strong."

ESPN's Mel Kiper: "Slater is a veteran who started 37 games at left and right tackle for the Wildcats, though there are a few teams that think he could be an All-Pro guard. He has good feet and is an excellent pass-blocker; he didn't allow a sack in 2019 while playing on the left side. He moves really well for his size. Slater opted out of the 2020 season, but he didn't need to prove much in the Big Ten. His father, Reggie, had a long career in the NBA."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Slater was already extraordinarily good back in 2019 as a junior before he opted out in 2020. No projection is necessary. He allowed only five pressures and earned a 90.0 overall grade across 355 pass-blocking snaps."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A three-year starter at Northwestern, Slater lined up at left tackle in former offensive coordinator Mick McCall's scheme, starting as a true freshman right tackle for a head coach (Pat Fitzgerald) not known for playing young players. He steadily developed over his three years in Evanston, including a standout performance against Ohio State's Chase Young in 2019, and should be Northwestern's first offensive draft pick in the first two rounds since 1995. Slater will have trouble vs. long-armed rushers in the NFL, but he is agile, stout and power-packed and doesn't allow rushers to go through him (Isaiah Wynn conversation all over again). He is very quick to lock up pass rushers before they can set up their moves, staying connected due to his leveraged attack (zero sacks allowed in 2019). Overall, Slater will be graded as an offensive tackle on some draft boards and a guard/center on others, but regardless, he offers the smart, technically sound approach to be a plug-and-play NFL starter, and would best fit in a zone scheme."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Three-year starter with experience at both left and right tackle positions. His compact frame carries play strength that can be filed in the "grown man" category, as evidenced by his heads-up battles against 2020 No. 2 overall pick Chase Young in 2019. Slater operates with confidence and efficient movement that sees him in position to get his job done on most snaps. His lack of length will lead some teams to view him as a guard, but the footwork and talent outside might be worth allowing him to prove it at tackle first. His combination of strength, athletic ability and quick processing should make him one of the safer offensive line picks in this draft and an early starter."

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 331 pounds

Accolades: First-Team All-Pac-12 (2019), Unanimous All-American (2019), Morris Trophy (2019), Outland Trophy (2019)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 12

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Sewell has a huge frame, quick feet and strong hands. He has the foot quickness to kick out and cover up speed rushers in the passing game. His hands can get too wide at times, which allows defenders to get underneath him (see: matchup against then-Auburn DT Derrick Brown in 2019). However, he stays connected and usually wins when he locks on. He has the ability to bend and drop his weight, but he gets too upright on occasion. Sewell does some special things in the run game. He can uproot defenders over his nose and he is explosive as a puller. The more I watched, I did have some concerns about his balance. He lunges at times and ends up on the ground more often than you'd like. Overall, Sewell isn't the most polished blocker in this class, but he does offer the most upside."

ESPN's Todd McShay: "Sewell gave up only one sack during 2018 and 2019 combined, starting 20 games along the way, but he opted out of this past season. Sewell is massive in pass protection and plays a disciplined game. He has the feet to excel as a zone blocker and the power to move defenders in the run game. Sewell has rare upside and can be a starter from day one in the NFL."

ESPN's Mel Kiper: "I wrote in September that Sewell could be a top-five pick even if he never played another snap at Oregon. And I still think that's going to happen. He announced just days after my preseason Big Board was released that he was opting out of the season and entering the 2021 draft. He's the clear top offensive tackle in this class and dominated as Justin Herbert's blindside protector in 2019, winning the Outland Trophy as college football's best lineman. In a class with outstanding quarterback and wide receiver talent, Sewell won't be the sexiest pick, but he'll be an instant starter and upgrade for the team that picks him."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Sewell earned the highest single-season grade we have ever given to a college offensive tackle … as a true sophomore. We haven't seen him play a snap since his age-19 season, and he's still talked about as a top-five pick. That tells you everything you need to know about his dominance."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A two-year starter at Oregon, Sewell lined up at left tackle in former offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo's scheme, allowing only one sack in 1,376 career snaps for the Ducks. He made an immediate impact in Eugene (first true freshman lineman since 1997 to start a season opener at Oregon) and leaves as one of the most decorated players in school history, joining LaMichael James and Marcus Mariota as the only Ducks to earn unanimous All-American status. For a blocker with his size and strength, Sewell is astonishingly efficient with his movement patterns due to his natural flexibility and footwork. Not only does he offer impressive physical traits, but his split-second reads and reflexes also are advanced for a player his age (Cristobal: "I think of him as overall the best football player I've been around...the combination of football IQ, want to, work ethic and raw ability"). Overall, Sewell must develop his body angles, timing and finishing skills, but he has prestigious big man balance, mobility and football instincts. He projects as an immediate NFL starter at left tackle with Pro Bowl potential."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Rare-breed tackle with good size and the elite foot quickness to make the most challenging move blocks the game has to offer. He's an explosive athlete who is better at moving forward than backward at this point, and his tape shows an ability to single-handedly spring touchdown runs (both long and short) with "wow" blocks. He possesses average balance and core strength, but he has trouble protecting his edges when rushers get into his frame. Improvements in technique and strength should be expected, though. While block-finishing needs to be upgraded, his initial snap quickness gives him the ability to take early leads in positioning as both a run and pass blocker. Sewell could take a giant step forward in both departments if he can control the action with better hand dominance. His flashes are exceptional, and his ceiling is substantial. However, questions about play strength and maturity due to his age/inexperience create a little more uncertainty than we usually see with high-end tackle prospects."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.

Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 308 pounds

Accolades: Second-Team All-Pac-12 (2019), First-Team All-Pac-12 (2020), Morris Trophy (2020)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 15

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Vera-Tucker is one of the safest players in this draft class. He played guard at a very high level in 2019 before producing an outstanding campaign at tackle in 2020. He plays with excellent strength, balance and awareness in pass protection. He is quick out of his stance and has a sharp/quick punch. He can bend and does a good job of staying connected. He will underset at times, allowing defenders on his edge, but he is quick to recover and run them around the pocket. He squats down versus power rushers and quickly stops their charge. In the run game, he can latch, control and create movement on down blocks. He takes excellent angles to the second level and has a good feel on combo blocks. He isn't the most dynamic athlete, but he's always under control and rarely in bad position. Overall, I think he has a chance to stick at tackle, but he's ideally suited to play guard. He is ready to start on Day 1."

ESPN's Todd McShay: "Vera-Tucker gets into sound initial position and has the strength to drive defenders off the ball. He has a good feel for angles in zone blocking, but he gets a little top-heavy and falls off blocks late. In pass protection, he gets his hands inside and anchors well. He allowed just four pressures and two sacks on 849 pass-block snaps over the past two seasons."

ESPN's Mel Kiper: "Vera-Tucker is a guy I studied more in December, and I love his tape. I put him at No. 14 to the Vikings in my first mock draft and at No. 20 to the Bears in my latest mock. The former guard moved to left tackle in 2020, and he was tremendous. He has the versatility to play either spot in the NFL. He's a stellar run-blocker who has the feet to keep improving as a pass-blocker. This is one of the best top-tier offensive line classes over the past decade."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Vera-Tucker put up the highest pass-blocking grade on true pass sets of any lineman over the past two seasons, and he did it between guard and tackle. While his 32 1/8-inch arms may lead to him playing on the interior in the NFL, we'd still give him a shot at tackle."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A two-year starter at USC, Vera-Tucker lined up at left tackle in offensive coordinator Graham Harrell's scheme, producing strong tape both zone and power blocking. A high school left tackle, he spent his first two seasons with the Trojans at guard before moving outside to tackle in 2020, replacing first-round pick Austin Jackson and taking home the Morris Trophy (top Pac-12 offensive lineman, according to conference defensive linemen). Although his anchor can improve, Vera-Tucker is coordinated in pass protection and his punch connects with flat feet and natural force to win early and reset throughout the rep. He creates a surge in the run game and competes with the play personality required for the pro level. Overall, Vera-Tucker does an outstanding job centering his blocks and sustaining due to his balanced feet, strong hands and quick processing. He projects as an NFL starting guard with a Pro Bowl ceiling and tackle versatility."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Ascending wide-body with powerful hands and above-average core strength, allowing him to play with good balance and control the action around him. He's not a forklift-style drive blocker, but he does have the frame and natural strength to improve in that area if he can play with a little better pad level. Vera-Tucker is adept at catching and tagging moving targets in space. His effective play at left tackle in 2020 might create some buzz about him making that a permanent position if teams are OK with his lack of prototype length. He's a plus in pass pro and solid as a run blocker."

Jalen Mayfield, OL, Michigan

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 326 pounds

Accolades: All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2019)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 27

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Mayfield played right tackle for the Wolverines. He has a thick, square build and plays with strength and balance. In the passing game, he has average foot quickness in his set, but he does a nice job of staying square and keeping defenders off his edges. He will give a little ground versus power before dropping his weight and anchoring down. His inside hand is powerful to jolt. He stays attached once he latches on. He's very aware versus twists and blitzers in the run game. He plays with leverage, strong hands and a nasty temperament to finish. He lacks suddenness working up to the second level, but he takes excellent angles and is very effective. Overall, Mayfield doesn't have elite foot quickness, but he's very consistent on tape and looks like a Day 1 starting right tackle."

ESPN's Todd McShay: "Mayfield is a strong drive blocker who walls off defenders and gets good initial push, but there's room for improvement when it comes to angles climbing to the second level. He gets set quickly and tends to stay in front once engaged in pass pro. But his hand placement is inconsistent. Mayfield has played both left and right tackle at Michigan."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A two-year starter at Michigan, Mayfield lined up at right tackle in offensive coordinator Josh Gattis' pro spread scheme. After seeing limited action as a backup left tackle as a freshman, he became the starter on the right side as a sophomore (13 starts) and looked like a potential All-American as a junior before injuries kept him sidelined. As a run blocker, Mayfield flashes strength in his hands and rolls his hips into contact, attacking with leverage and leg drive to move defenders. While smooth in his pass sets with the ease of movement to quickly recover, his lack of length and elite foot quickness will be tougher to mask outside vs. NFL rushers. Overall, Mayfield can survive at tackle, but his skill set will be maximized inside at guard with the coordination, power and awareness to compete for a starting role by year two."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Athletic tackle with just over 1,000 college snaps to his name. He plays with alert eyes and well-balanced pass sets, but an excessive punch wind-up and lack of anchor will make it tough for him to slow NFL power rushers at this juncture. His initial quickness tends to help him more as a run blocker than in pass sets, where speed can be a problem for him from time to time. He's experienced in all run schemes, and his drive blocking should improve if he can drop the pad level and sharpen his hand placement and technique. Mayfield is tough and has upside, but he is going to need to get much stronger and play with better contact balance in order to handle the NFL bullies that are headed his way. He has starting potential, but it might take some time."

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Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 317 pounds

Accolades: First-Team All-Big 12 (2020)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 34

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Jenkins is a big, powerful right tackle. He is very quick out of his stance in the passing game and he can cover ground in a hurry. He has no issues kicking out to cover up speed rushers. However, he does have some issues when he has to quickly redirect inside, which leads to some pressures allowed. He has strong, violent hands but he will get too aggressive at times, which affects his balance. He absorbs power rushers pretty easily, though. He's fun to watch in the run game. He can torque and dump linemen over his nose. He collects a lot of knockdowns. He has the quickness to cut off on the back side and he's very efficient climbing to the second level. Overall, Jenkins has some balance issues to correct, but I love his size, quickness and nastiness. I view him as a quality NFL starter at right tackle."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Jenkins is an absolute mauler in the run game, and he earned a 93.6 run-blocking grade at right tackle last season. While relatively untested in the Big 12, Jenkins only allowed 11 pressures on 623 pass-blocking snaps over the past two seasons."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A four-year starter at Oklahoma State, Jenkins lined up primarily at right tackle in offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn's offense. His versatility and intelligence allowed him to fill in at four different offensive line positions in college (everywhere except center), not allowing a sack as a junior or senior. Jenkins ties up rushers early with outstanding body control and works hard to stay attached, finishing with the kill shot and sending defenders into tomorrow once he gets the upper hand. He tends to lean into blocks and defaults to his power over technique, which creates occasional balance problems. Overall, Jenkins must improve his consistency, especially vs. arc speed, but he is competitive and powerful with light feet for his size. He compares favorably to Cam Robinson and projects as an NFL starter at tackle or guard."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "NFL-ready frame with broad chest and thick lower half. Jenkins not only plays with excellent upper-body power and hand strength, he combines it with a desired level of body control and athleticism to create a consistent, toolsy talent. His instincts and processing serve him well in quickly sifting through moving pieces. He can be an intolerant run blocker, looking to finish and bury his opponent once he gets his block locked and centered. Jenkins has good tackle tape, but his short arms and average range in pass sets could be something to keep an eye on. Whether it is at tackle or guard, Jenkins has the talent to become an early starter and a successful pro."

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 322 pounds

Accolades: First-Team All-ACC (2020)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 36

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Darrisaw was a solid, reliable starter at left tackle during his career with the Hokies. He has ideal size, length and balance. In the passing game, he has average foot quickness in his set but can bend his knees and plays with a firm base. He has a sharp two-hand punch and generally keeps defenders away from his chest. He plays with excellent awareness. He uses his upper-body strength to torque and turn defenders in the run game. He takes good angles to the second level, where he's able to position and wall off linebackers. He will have some trouble adjusting in space because of his average change-of-direction skills. I view Darrisaw as a player who'll be starting at right tackle very early in his NFL career."

ESPN's Todd McShay: "Darrisaw has been a mainstay at left tackle for the Hokies. Over the past two years, he has allowed just three sacks on 643 pass-blocking snaps. Darrisaw is powerful as a pass protector and smooth working to the second level as a run-blocker. His technique is a little inconsistent, but he has a high ceiling and the tools to be a starting left tackle from day one."

ESPN's Mel Kiper: "The more I watch Darrisaw, the more I like him. He's a road grader in the running game who just erases edge defenders. He has a mean streak and finishes plays. He started as the Hokies' left tackle as a true freshman in 2018, and he just keeps getting better. The junior is still young, but he had a phenomenal 2020 season. He has the frame to stick at left tackle in the NFL."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Darrisaw earned the highest PFF grade of any offensive tackle in the Power 5 in 2020 — there wasn't a single blip on his radar from start to finish. He's such a powerful 315-pounder and allowed all of six pressures over the entire season. More importantly, he didn't allow a single sack or hit."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A three-year starter at Virginia Tech, Darrisaw lined up at left tackle in offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen's inside/outside zone scheme. He went widely overlooked as a high school recruit, but he developed quickly and made 35 starts at left tackle for the Hokies the last three seasons, earning the attention of NFL scouts in the process. Keeping his weight over his toes, Darrisaw shows efficient slide quickness in pass pro and he is a bulldozer in the run game, unlocking his hips to create movement or seal block. While he shows the ability to manhandle defenders once he locks on, he tends to hit the cruise control button towards the end and his lack of a killer instinct is unsatisfying. Overall, I wish Darrisaw was a more consistent finisher, but he has outstanding body control and feet for a man his size and shows the technique and torque to be an NFL starter at either tackle or guard."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Athletically gifted left tackle prospect with the natural talent to be as good as he wants to be. Darrisaw plays with plus body control. He has the initial quickness and smooth agility to get to any and all blocks in the run game. The tape shows a player who's able to make jaw-dropping cutoffs on the backside but who gives half-hearted effort securing down blocks and squeezing down to help protect the B-gap. He's flexible and loose in pass pro, with the foot quickness and hand strength to punch and close up shop on would-be edge rushers. His mirror can get a little lazy at times, and he will definitely need to do a better job of finishing his blocks. The low-burn field demeanor leads to inconsistencies in play, but the athletic traits and talent as a true left tackle should create first-round demand as a higher-ceiling, lower-floor prospect."

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Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 333 pounds

Accolades: Second-Team All-SEC (2019), First-Team All-SEC (2020), Unanimous All-American (2020), Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2020), Rimington Trophy (2020), CFP National Champion (2020)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 40

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Dickerson is an enormous interior offensive lineman. The Florida State transfer has experience at center and guard. He has very quick feet in pass protection. He keeps his hands tight and plays with a wide base. He does have some issues when redirecting, but he uses his upper-body strength to wrestle his way back into position. In the run game, he uncoils on defenders over his nose, creating movement at the point of attack. He has enough quickness to reach/cut off. I love his tenacity to finish. The only issue I see is his durability. He suffered an assortment of injuries at FSU and tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game this past season. Dickerson has first-round ability, but will likely fall to the second round based on injury concerns."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Dickerson was hands down the best center in the country this past season and earned a 91.3 overall grade to lead the position. He's played every offensive line position at one point or another in his college career. If it weren't for the torn ACL he suffered in the SEC title game — the second ACL tear of his career — Dickerson would be a top-25 player in the class."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A two-year starter at Alabama, Dickerson began his Tide career at guard before settling at center in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's scheme, helping the Tide take home the Joe Moore Award as college football's top offensive line in 2020. He started for Jimbo Fisher as a true freshman at Florida State and looked like a future star, but three season-ending injuries derailed his time in Tallahassee (played in only 13 of a possible 38 games from 2016 to '18). He started 24 straight games at Alabama before his torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game. Dickerson moves with balanced footwork to handle gap penetrators and remove linebackers at the second level. Although he doesn't always play disciplined, his mauling attitude, brick hands and finishing skills frustrate opponents. Overall, Dickerson's medical evaluation could be an obstacle, but he offers guard/center flexibility with the smarts, toughness and competitive makeup that will win over NFL coaching staffs. He projects as an immediate starter with an All-Pro ceiling if he can stay healthy."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Ascending interior lineman whose outstanding play at Alabama will have to be balanced against the litany of injuries he's sustained. He has a broad, well-built frame with above-average core strength and has true guard/center flexibility, depending on what a team is looking for. Dickerson has average range and reactive athleticism at the second level, but he is capable of short pulls and has the body control technique to help open holes in a downhill attack. The anchor is firm, so halting bull rushers is a check in his column, but his lateral agility could be tested by athletic rushers in sub packages. Teams will love his demeanor on and off the field as well as his football intelligence, but he must prove that he can stay healthy. His size and talent should make him one of the earliest interior linemen off the board."

Liam Eichenberg, OL, Notre Dame

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 306 pounds

Accolades: First-Team All-ACC (2020), Consensus All-American (2020), Jacobs Blocking Award (2020)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 41

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Eichenberg, the former starting left tackle for the Fighting Irish, has ideal height and awareness. He lacks quickness and ideal knee bend in pass protection, but does a good job of staying square and shooting his hands. He usually stays connected when he lands his punch. However, there are times he gets a little aggressive with his punch, which impacts his balance. He flashes the ability to latch and drive defenders over his nose in the run game. He takes good angles when working up to the second level. Overall, Eichenberg needs to clean up some balance issues, but I view him as a capable starter at right tackle."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Eichenberg may be seen as a guard in the NFL, given the short 32 3/8-inch arms, but he has played left tackle for Notre Dame for the past three seasons. We saw his grades greatly improve every year over that span, culminating in an 89.9 overall grade this past season."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A three-year starter at Notre Dame, Eichenberg lined up at left tackle in offensive coordinator Tommy Rees' scheme. He started every game there the last three seasons (2018-20), following in the footsteps of Mike McGlinchey (2016-17), Ronnie Stanley (2014-15) and Zack Martin (2010-13), all first-rounders in the NFL Draft (if Eichenberg is drafted in the first round, Notre Dame will have started a first-round left tackle in 139 of the last 141 games). Eichenberg is a fundamentally minded blocker and stays centered in his pass-sets, allowing his fierce punch and play demeanor to battle defenders. While he plays under control, his mistakes are usually costly, opening rush lanes and lacking the quickness to easily recover. Overall, Eichenberg does not have the athletic traits or length of past Notre Dame tackles, but he is strong at the point of attack with consistent hands, technique and intelligence. Several NFL teams view him best inside at guard."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "A better run blocker than pass protector at this juncture, Eichenberg is a three-year starter at left tackle but might be asked to move to the right side due to average slide quickness and inconsistencies in pass protection. He's well-schooled in a variety of running schemes and attacks his job with above-average strain and leg drive once he has his block centered. His punch lacks crispness, accuracy and is too easy for defenders to time up. He could see early starting reps at tackle but could face early difficulties until he learns to cinch up defenders with his grip rather than popping and separating so often."

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Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 320 pounds

Accolades: 2x All-WIAC (2018, 2019)

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 44

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Meinerz is a unique player evaluation. He didn't play in 2020, as Wisconsin-Whitewater's season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he spent the fall training and showed up looking like a different player at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January. He saw snaps at guard and center at the annual all-star game. He has the prototype frame, length, power and athleticism for an interior lineman. When I studied his 2019 tape, I loved his nastiness and physicality but he had some balance issues in both the run and passing game. He cleaned that up during the week at the Senior Bowl. He has a unique ability to leverage and roll his hips on contact to uproot and dump defenders over his nose in the run game. He can sink his hips and anchor down easily in pass protection. He has the athleticism to slide/mirror, using his length to keep defenders off his chest. Overall, Meinerz comes with some risk due to the jump in competition but he has all of the traits and the right temperament to develop into an elite starter at the next level."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Meinerz earned his spot with a dominant Senior Bowl week. He won 58% of his reps in the one-on-ones throughout the week of practices, which is all the more impressive considering the level-of-competition leap and the fact that he didn't have a season this past fall."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A two-year starter at Wisconsin-Whitewater, Meinerz was the left guard in offensive coordinator Peter Jennings' zone scheme. Considered a borderline NFL Draft pick after his junior year, he didn't have a 2020 college football season, but spent the year training, reshaped his body and honed his skills, which was on display during his impressive Senior Bowl performance. Meinerz is quick and controlled post snap with the hand timing, core strength and finishing effort to impose his will. There is a level of transparency with him because there are no questions about his toughness or competitive spirit, but conversely, he lacks ideal experience and wasn't routinely challenged at the Division III level. Overall, Meinerz faces a substantial uptick in competition at the NFL level, but his power, technique and play personality translate well to the pro game. He projects as a starting center with guard versatility."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "The darling of this year's Senior Bowl, Meinerz has broken through and onto NFL draft boards despite moving up from Division III and having no 2020 tape. He flashed at times in 2019, but his tape was nothing like what we saw against upgraded competition across from him at the Senior Bowl. His hands have improved greatly and his movement appears to be much more efficient and powerful. The step up to NFL competition will require an adjustment period as a full-time move to center likely awaits him. He has the ability to move and finish drive blocks and his pass protection is clearly improving. He has the strength and demeanor to become an impactful starter in the near future."

Dillon Radunz, OL, North Dakota State

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 301 pounds

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Ranking: No. 47

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Radunz is a tall, lean left tackle. He has average foot quickness and athleticism. He is dependable in pass protection. He operates out of a wide stance and prefers to catch/absorb rather than punch and control. He has excellent awareness (you can see him pick up two free rushers against Central Arkansas). He flashes the ability to redirect and recover when he's beat early in the down. In the run game, he excels on combo blocks and shows some nasty to finish at the point of attack. Overall, Radunz needs to improve his hand usage and gain some strength, but he should emerge as a starting right tackle."

Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner: "Radunz earned his spot here with a lights-out performance at the Senior Bowl, where he was the highest-graded tackle in the one-on-ones, throughout the week of practice and in the game itself. He's a bit slim at just over 300 pounds, but he is an explosive athlete who gets by with a strong anchor."

The Athletic's Dane Brugler: "A three-year starter at North Dakota State, Radunz played left tackle in the Bison read-based scheme, protecting the blind side of Easton Stick and Trey Lance. He finished his Bison career with 32 straight starts (NDSU went 32-0 in those starts) and although he played in only one game in 2020 due to the pandemic, he looked much improved at the Senior Bowl, winning the Practice Player of the Week Award. Although he has some core strength concerns, Radunz has a workable frame with the physical attitude and foot quickness to execute angle/reach blocks. His inconsistencies make him a polarizing prospect, but several of his issues are coachable. Overall, Radunz's overaggressive style and average play strength lead to balance issues, but he has the mirroring talent, instincts and nasty temperament to eventually earn a starting role in the NFL at either tackle or guard."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: "Tackle/guard prospect with good strength and overall toughness but average athletic traits. Even against FCS competition, Radunz has too many reps where he ends up in chase mode at the top of the rush, and he doesn't appear to have the necessary recovery athleticism to live that life against NFL rushers. He appears to be a better run blocker than pass protector and might be best suited as a guard for teams utilizing gap and inside-zone running schemes. He could become a quality backup or eventual starter if he finds the right fit."

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