NFL 2021 Draft Prospects: Part IV: Linemen

John Turner

Now we discuss the Big Dudes in the Trenches. Gotta have good fat boys if you want to win at the next level. The artists formerly known as the Washington Redskins won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks but they had The Hogs. The 2007 Patriots won all but one game with Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Steve Neal, and Nick Kaczur. With Anthony Munoz and company the Cincinnati Bengals ran for over 2000 yards each season from 1985 to 1990. Someone at the NFL archives should strip the rushing title from Emmitt Smith and hand it over to The Great Wall of Dallas. Art Shell and Highway 63 himself Gene Upshaw helped John Madden and The Autumn Wind simply Just Win Baby. Back to back Super Bowl runs by Denver were pretty much led by Mark Schlereth, Tom Nalen, and company. So as you can see, there’s been no shortage of great line play on some of the best teams ever assembled. The do everything from making running lanes a little wider for running backs to give quarterbacks just a little bit more time to throw, allowing for better accuracy and more yards per carry.

For the last 10 years we’ve seen on average 13 linemen go in the 1st round each year. Of course it’s not only the offensive lines that that are responsible for all the Ws. This year we saw the Washington Football Team win their division with a 7-9 record and many like myself would argue that it was the quartet of 1st rounders in Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, and Chase Young that led the charge. The Fearsome Foursome had two guys that now have golden jackets in Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen. The New York Sack Exchange with Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko. Ed Jones and Randy White have to get some credit for The Doomsday Defense. How good was that late 80s to early 90s Eagles defense without Jerome Brown, Mike Pitts, Clyde Simmons, and Reggie White? From The Purple People Eaters, to The Steel Curtain, to The Monsters of Midway there’s nearly a dozen of Hall of Famers to choose from and about a half dozen Lombardis and nine Super Bowl appearances.

So now let’s take the opportunity to dive right in to the trenches, shall we?

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Penei Sewell didn’t play this past season for the Oregon Ducks since he opted out. However there’s no question he was far and away the highest ranked prospect for this draft based off his 2019 campaign alone. His strength is in pass protection so anyone needing a guy on the blind side drafting near the top isn’t likely to pass on the guy as he is about as close to elite in that category as one can be entering the draft. Bengals anyone?

Christian Darrisaw has been a mammoth at left tackle for the Virginia Tech Hokies the last two seasons. He’s got size and strong movement capabilities. He should be a day one starter at left tackle for whoever picks him… ahem Washington. Alijah Vera-Tucker is another player who has shot up the draft board with his strong play at left tackle however due to his size and strength it’s likely we see him moved to gaurd. Samuel Cosmi, Jalen Mayfield, and Alex Leatherwood are some other guys I’d look to remember the names of as I believe most will become very wealthy men at the next level. There’s been an average of 4 offensive tackles taken each season in the 1st round the last 10 years, and I don’t think 2021 will buck that trend.

Penei SewellOT6’6″330Oregon
Christian DarrisawOT6’5″314Virginia Tech
Teven JenkinsOT6’6½”320Oklahoma State
Samuel CosmiOT6’7″313Texas
Spencer BrownOT6’7½”319Northern Iowa
Dillon RadunzOT6’5″299North Dakota State
Walker LittleOT6’7″315Stanford
Jalen MayfieldOT6’5″319Michigan
Liam EichenbergOT6’5½”305Notre Dame
Josh BallOT6’7⅝”304Marshall
Greg EilandOT6’8½”339Mississippi State
Myron CunninghamOT6’7½”299Arkansas
Brenden JaimesOT6’5″330Nebraska

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Wyatt Davis is coming out of Ohio State. If our memory serves us correctly, they’ve produced a ton of yards from the running game the last few years, so it shouldn’t be a shock to see him at the top of most draft boards. He is going to be an absolute mauler in the run game at the next level. Deonte Brown is a big bad man. Looking to run the guard trap… look no further. He’s not exactly the guy you ask to pull for the Counter Trey but he’s going to win the battle of Power O 10/10.

Wyatt DavisOG6’3½”315Ohio State
Trey SmithOG6’5″333Tennessee
Alijah Vera-TuckerOG6’4″315USC
Alex LeatherwoodOG6’4⅝”313Alabama
Tommy DoyleOG6’7½”320Miami (OH)
Kayode AwosikaOG6’4″309Buffalo
Deonte BrownOG6’2⅝”360Alabama
Dareuan ParkerOG6’4″330Mississippi State
Scott LashleyOG6’6″308Mississippi State
LaQuinston SharpOG6’3″315Mississippi State
Jack AndersonOG6’5″320Texas Tech
Zion JohnsonOG6’3½”304Boston College
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Rashawn SlaterC6’4⅛”308Northwestern
Landon DickersonC6’5⅜”344Alabama
Creed HumphreyC6’4″315Oklahoma
Josh MyersC6’5″312Ohio State
Michal MenetC6’4″309Penn State
Jimmy MorrisseyC6’2½”304Pittsburgh
Doug KramerC6’2″308Illinois

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Gregory Rousseau is almost a lock to be the first pass rusher off the board. He had 15.5 sacks in 2019 and it’s a damn shame we didn’t get to see him in 2020. The fact that he played receiver and safety in high school tells me I totally expect him to be the new Mike Vrable. Oh, and his teammate Jaelan Phillips ain’t bad either.

Gregory RousseauDE6’7″253Miami90
Joe TryonDE6’5″252Washington89
Jaelan PhillipsDE6’5″266Miami88
Kwity PayeDE6’3″270Michigan87
Carlos Basham JrDE6’3½”274Wake Forest86
Patrick Jones IIDE6’4½”264Pittsburgh85
Aidan HutchinsonDE6’6″269Michigan81
Adetokunbo OgundejiDE6’4″255Notre Dame79
Daelin HayesDE6’3¼”266Notre Dame77
Rashad WeaverDE6’5½”274Pittsburgh74
Payton TurnerDE6’5½”289Houston71
Xavier ThomasDE6’2″265Clemson68
Dayo OdeyingboDE6’5¼”279Vanderbilt67
Shaka ToneyDE6’3″244Penn State59
William Bradley-KingDE6’3¾”254Baylor58
Tariqious TisdaleDE6’5½”294Ole Miss49
Quincy RocheDE6’3″239Miami48
Marquiss SpencerDE6’4½”289Mississippi State30
Chauncey GolstonDE6’5″274Iowa30
Malik HerringDE6’3½”284Georgia30

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Christian Barmore… Alabama… power, power, and more power. Say hello to the next poor man’s Aaron Donald. This guy is 3 Technique city. Daviyon Nixon out of Iowa isn’t exactly what I’d consider a participation trophy either.

Daviyon NixonDT6’3″305Iowa
Christian BarmoreDT6’5″310Alabama
Levi OnwuzurikeDT6’3½”294Washington
Jaylen TwymanDT6’2″290Pittsburgh
Osa OdighizuwaDT6’2½”279UCLA
Jay TufeleDT6’2½”305USC
Tyler ShelvinDT6’3″346LSU
Marvin WilsonDT6’3¾”310Florida State
LaBryan RayDT6’4½”292Alabama
Quinton BohannaDT6’5″364Kentucky
Devonte WyattDT6’3″324Georgia
Forrest MerrillDT6’0⅝”349Arkansas State
Austin FaoliuDT6’2¾”292Oregon
Matthew ButlerDT6’4″294Tennessee

Does your team need a fat boy or two? It’s A Football World, we’re all just passing through.

Next up: Linebackers and Secondary

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