After a few years within the 2010s of largely disappointing, uninspiring offensive line draft lessons, the NFL is being handled with a fantastic assortment of blockers for a second-consecutive draft in 2021. And never simply the top-tier prospects.
Just like the 2020 class with names like Dolphins guard Solomon Kindley, Patriots do-it-all blocker Michael Onwenu, and Steelers inside lineman Kevin Dotson, the 2021 offensive line class has just a few undervalued blockers seemingly out there on Day 3 of the draft.
The linemen under have high quality starter capabilities.
Nebraska OT Brenden Jaimes
Finest traits: Athleticism, pass-blocking prowess
Jaimes is a extremely athletic, well-balanced offensive deal with with a great deal of expertise. He made 40 consecutive begins, an incredible feat which incorporates 9 begins as a real freshman in 2017. Jaimes has a leg up on the overwhelming majority of offensive deal with prospects as a result of he is a uncommon prospect who’s higher vertically setting than fast setting defensive ends. What meaning is he is extra spectacular kick-sliding backward, like we usually see in move safety, versus asserting his will rapidly after the snap on a move play.
All that represents a fantastic blocker basis. However Jaimes additionally brings super-active palms to the sector. He is not often overwhelmed by a pass-rushing transfer as a result of he is consistently resetting his palms, which blends awesomely with spectacular pure stability. As a result of Jaimes is so athletically gifted, he can play with a lot persistence. His arms are a tick brief and there is ample room so as to add extra weight to his body. He’ll want to try this within the NFL. He legitimately has All-Professional upside.Texas A&M OT/OG Dan Moore
Finest traits: Energy/athleticism mixture
Moore is an enormous, very lengthy, deceptively athletic left deal with with three years of beginning expertise within the SEC. He made 36 begins for the Aggies — that is the kind of expertise groups and NFL draft analysts wish to see from an offensive line prospect. He anchors in opposition to bull rushes properly, not stunning for being a cumbersome, power-based blocker. What’s fascinating about Moore — he can recuperate if initially overwhelmed. That is uncommon for an almost 6-foot-6, 310-pound blocker with a thick decrease half.
He is persistently late or inaccurate together with his punches, however he carries sufficient mass and pure energy to reset or end the play with a win even when it is ugly. Plus, he is one other blocker with higher-end stability, very important for a trench participant to reach the NFL. Is he tremendous twitchy? No. However Moore acquired out on leads or in entrance of screens on varied events at Texas A&M and did not look noticeably awkward. I even assume he has attraction as a mashing guard prospect.
Stanford OC Drew Dalman
Finest traits: Explosion, stability
For zone-blocking groups, Dalman must be a goal. He is an explosive, technically sound, agility-based heart and performs with critical go off the snap. Dalman flies to the second degree and executed quite a lot of blocks very properly at Stanford. As soon as he locks on, the play’s over. Herculean grip energy. His solely detrimental pass-blocking reps come attributable to size or weight deficiencies.
Pertaining to the latter — Dalman was routinely pushed again whereas enjoying within the Pac-12, so defending NFL bull rushes might be fairly a problem early on within the execs. Nevertheless, I like how Dalman hangs on for pricey life to make the ability rush waste as a lot time as potential. With extra sand in his pants, the 22-game starter could be a high quality starter within the NFL.
South Carolina OG Sardarius Hutcherson
Finest traits: Brute energy, short-area quickness
Of all of those prospects, I am most shocked Hutcherson hasn’t producing considerably extra draft buzz. He began 39 video games at South Carolina, and even began at left deal with for many of 2019, a sound indication coaches trusted him athletically. And at guard, Hutcherson is dynamic off the snap. Plus, he is a brawler with the mass and complete physique energy to regulate defensive linemen on the level of assault for the run sport or in move safety.
On occasion, Hutcherson will get pushed backward. On the whole, he grows roots and anchors in opposition to energy gamers. Like others on this record, his movie is not flawless, however he possesses the flexibility to recuperate because of his size and inherent twitch. Hutcherson is over 6-3 and 320 kilos with almost 33-inch arms, incredible measurement for a guard prospect. He is springy and efficient attending to the second degree and would not play uncontrolled there, so he’ll carry run-game worth too. Hutcherson is the mid-round guard who’ll be beginning — and thriving — early in his NFL profession.
Texas A&M OT/OG Carson Inexperienced
Finest traits: First-step quickness, hand work
One other Aggie with a hefty resume, together with 39 begins, with 4 coming as a real freshman in 2017. Inexperienced is the extra athletic, extra refined model of his teammate, Dan Moore. The pace at which he fires out of his stance creates a fantastic first impression. Inexperienced has the quicks to slip inside in opposition to counters. Plus he is 6-6 and 320 with 34 1/2-inch arms. Whereas not a grip-strength specialist, he is all the time trying to reset in opposition to superior rushers.
The clear weak point to his sport is that energy is missing, and that is not an enormous concern as a result of a 12 months in an NFL weight room may eradicate that weak point. It is apparent Inexperienced was well-coached in school as a result of he makes use of a superb straight arm and persistently performs with a crouched, balanced base. Inexperienced completely has starter upside.