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NFL Draft PRR 2024: Offensive Tackles

Pass protectors, run maulers, and ginormous titans - offensive tackles have always been cornerstones for any successful offense, and even more so in today's game. This class is loaded with talent at this position, and I have first round grades on a good chunk of them.


We'll cover my top 12 trench tyrants today, and with the majority of teams needing at least one heading into the draft, it'll be a scramble to see who gets the cream of the crop (if you're looking for Graham Barton, he's in the Interior Offensive Linemen ranking below this write-up).


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12. Caedan Wallace - Penn State

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Incredibly patient against stunts, almost always picked them up

Reaches too much in pass pro, needs to keep defenders in his frame

Feet and hands mirror defenders really well, rarely gets out of step

Lacks top end strength to displace defenders from their gaps

Good athleticism shows in the run game, climbs to second level smoothly

Stops feet on contact here and there, gets stood up in those moments

Footwork is solid, never seemed to get himself caught up from a misstep


Caedan has all of the tools an NFL tackle needs. He has great footwork when mirroring defenders, he keeps his eyes up throughout the entire play and is always looking for work, and he's got some mean blocks on tape. He needs to stay within his frame more, especially due to a lack of strength, but I think he could eventually become a good starter for a team.

 

Pro Comp: Austin Jackson


11. Dominick Puni - Kansas

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Fantastic footwork, wins most of his reps because he never stops his feet

Lacks upperbody strength to hold off defenders, if his feet stop, he's lost

Does a great job climbing to second level, stopped LBs in their tracks

Will trust his footwork too much, oversets and gives up his inside

Sound in pass pro, runs defenders around the hoop easily

Plays with high pads here and there, gets driven back into the pocket

Good lateral quickness to win reach blocks and get out in space


I think Puni will be a solid tackle, but would be electric moving inside to guard. He's a good run and pass blocker, has great eyes and footwork to read and react to blitzes and stunts, and he stays within his frame. He needs to get stronger up top to handle the elite interior defenders, but he has a really solid foundation to work with besides that.

 

Pro Comp: Jonah Jackson


10. Blake Fisher - Notre Dame

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Great footwork, constantly moving them even when he gets beat at first, helps him recover better

Run blocking could be better, struggles to reset the LOS

Good pass protector, has a great hand strike and mirrors defenders well

Sits back a little too much in pass pro, a good bull rush will knock him back

Climbs to second level well, has good vertical and lateral movement

Pads get high at times, main reason his run blocking struggles

Young, strong, and big, plus he played in a pro-style offense


The best part of Blake's game is his pass protection. He has great footwork and mirrors rushers well, is able to recover if he gets beat at first, and isn't beat by advance pass rush moves. His run blocking could stand to improve; the main issue is his high pad level and not driving into defenders aggressively. With more experience, he should fix that. I really liked what I saw from him.

 

Pro Comp: Zach Tom


9. Jordan Morgan - Arizona

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Really solid footwork, gets to his landmarks on time and steps correctly in the run game

Plays with high pads a good amount, needs to sit and trust his footwork

Incredibly strong at the block point, if he grabs you, you aren't getting off

Will let blocks go more than you'd like, becomes a spectator at times

Pass set is lightning quick, catches rushers off guard out of their stance

Rarely saw him drive someone out of their gap, mostly due to poor pad level

Long, tall, and athletic, great combo as a left tackle


I think Morgan has the tools, size, and athleticism to be a starting LT in the league for a long time, just needs to improve on the little things. He has great footwork and a ton of up top strength, but rarely uses it to abuse defenders. I need to see more fight from him in order to take that next step.

 

Pro Comp: Dan Moore Jr


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8. Christian Jones - Texas

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Strong base, recovers well in pass pro if he loses at first

Needs to work on transitioning between horizontal stepping and vertical climbing, missed pickups on LBs

Great lateral footwork, can run outside zone and gap schemes at a high level

Struggles blocking in space, mainly due to poor tracking

Finishes blocks well, takes guys out of their gaps and drives them upfield

Will stop his feet when run stunts go away from him, misses blitzers too

Strong hands, latches onto defenders with violence and power


Jones' film looks a lot better than his consensus ranking does. He has a great lower body foundation that helps him drive through blocks and take on tough pass rushers. He can play in any run scheme and be more than capable as a starter. He will need to get better transitioning between horizontal runs and getting vertical mid play, but that will be fixed at the next level.

 

Pro Comp: Dion Dawkins


7. Amarius Mims - Georgia

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Most fluid mover of all OL in this class, exceptional footwork to go with it

His eyes will get lost in pass pro, sticks with one guy instead of passing off

Solid pass protector, has minimal weaknesses against most moves

Injury bug limited his playing time, less than 700 snaps over the past 2 seasons

Great run blocker, takes guys out of their gap and has the size to compete with bigger linemen


Young and massive, plus a great athlete, deadly combo for a right tackle


I loved what I saw from Amarius from a pure blocking standpoint. He drives guys out of their gap and plays with his feet under him rather than getting over extended, and he dominates as a pass protector as well. The injury bug is something that will be tough to get over, and his minimal playing time is the main reason why he isn't in my top 5 OTs.

 

Pro Comp: Brian O'Neill


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6. Tyler Guyton - Oklahoma

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Sound pass protector, does a great job mirroring his man and locking him up

Liability as a run blocker, gets shed easily and is susceptible to inside moves

Good athleticism, gets up to second level and into space quickly and smoothly

Sits really high in his stance, main reason why bull rushes are so effective against him

Superb footwork, gets to his landmarks on time and reacts well to counter moves

Not a mauler, won't take someone out of their gap to open run lanes

Solid handfighting and hand strike ability to stun defenders


Tyler is this year's Darnell Wright. His pass pro is fantastic, but he leaves something to be desired in the run game. Between his athleticism, hand strength, and awesome footwork, I have a strong feeling a coach will be able to tap into his skillset, making him a good enough run blocker to compete at the next level.

 

Pro Comp: Jawaan Taylor


5. JC Latham - Alabama

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Low center of gravity, impressive for a guy with massive legs

Leans forward too much when angle blocking, fell on his face a few times

Looks to hand fight in pass pro rather than extend and grab, great hand accuracy and violence

Arms and really wide when blocking, exposes his chest to long arms and two-gap punches

Will drive you into the turf and finish blocks, BDE

Struggles against blitzes and stunts, looks like he's trying to do too much

Hands and footwork are constantly in sync, helps him dominate defenders


Overall, JC was better than I expected. He's super violent and isn't afraid to drive guys into the dirt. He does need to play more upright sometimes and use his legs to his advantage, and that showed against Michigan. I think it was just a one-off bad game, he should do well at the next level.

 

Pro Comp: Mike Onwenu


4. Olu Fashanu - Penn State

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Incredibly strong upper body, very tough to beat once he gets his hands on you

Has a tendency to stop feet on contact, struggles in run game at times

Solid against stunts, does a good job of passing off defenders to other linemen

Despite having long legs, he takes short steps in pass pro, gets beat with speed

Good run blocker, can drive guys out of gaps if he's got them square

Isn't great against speed to power style rushes, gets delivered to his QB's lap

Great recovery by sitting low into his base and getting his feet under him


Olu is a really polished pass protector with smooth footwork despite having short steps at times. He's a decent enough run blocker to move guys out of their gaps, and he picks up stunts better than any tackle in this class. He does need to run his feet on contact and get deeper in his pass set, but those are fixable.

 

Pro Comp: Andrus Peat


3. Taliese Fuaga - Oregon State

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Incredibly athletic, gets to his landmarks quickly in pass pro

Will lose to inside pass rush moves because he gets to his spot so quick

One of the best second level blockers in this class, stonewalls flowing LBs

Didn't have the easiest time moving bigger guys out of their gap

Excels in outside zone blocking schemes, can get out in space and reach defenders

Hands get swiped off too easily, mainly due to lack of upper body strength

Fantastic in pass pro for the most part, handles athletic edge rushers with ease


Taliese has some impressive tape. He has all of the athletic tools to be an anchor on the right side of the line in today's NFL, he just needs to get stronger and/or more confident with his upper half. If he can let himself maul people instead of being technical at times, he can be awesome at the next level.

 

Pro Comp: Donald Penn


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2. Troy Fautanu - Washington

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

The most fundamental blocker in this class, blocks by the book and at a high level

Doesn't have the strength to overpower guys on outside run plays

Great footwork overall, can get out in space and work with any type of rusher in pass pro

Does leave his chest exposed quite a bit, will struggle against stronger edge defenders and bull rushes

Finishes plays, looks to drive his man into the dirt or give a hard chip before the whistle blows

Hand fighting could be better, doesn't react to counter moves well

Can take any pass set, gets vertical with speed and lateral with aggresiveness


Troy will be a starting tackle in the NFL due to his technical skills, fundamentals, and athleticism. He will need to get a bit stronger to handle the bigger and more powerful linemen, but I think having a good foundation with his form will help him get to where he needs to be.

 

Pro Comp: Garrett Bolles

 

1. Joe Alt - Notre Dame

What They Do Well

What Could Limit Them

Surprisingly fast footwork for a guy his size, constantly works his feet throughout the rep

Leans forward a ton in pass pro, tries to use his long arms rather than trusting his leg power

Superb run blocker, especially when getting to second level

Gets his hands swiped off easily, doesn't punch and reset

Devastating down block in the run game, almost unbeatable

Struggles against long arms and bull rushes, doesn't hunker back down

Top end athleticism to block in any scheme


Joe Alt is the clear OT1 in this class and for good reason. He has a massive frame at over 6'8 and 320 pounds, unbelieve athletic ability that shows up on film and with his 9.93 RAS, and he's a nasty run blocker and decent pass protector. He should improve with the pass game with NFL coaching, and his background in a pro-style scheme puts him ahead of everyone else in this class.

 

Pro Comp: Kolton Miller


Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame Athletics

 

Final Notes:


Some big fellas who just missed the cut were Garret Greenfield, Kiran Amegadije, and Walter Rouse. All three have decent tape, but need to show more polish on a down to down basis.


Join me next week as we round out the PRR series with the best edge defenders and quarterbacks in this class, as well as "my guys" for this class!

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