June 19, 2018 - Dion Caputi
2019 NFL Draft Preview – Tackles
This year's crop of offensive tackles stands to produce a couple more high-level draft talents than in 2018. Prior to tearing his ACL, Washington's Trey Adams was pegged to be the first edge blocker selected but opted to return to school. He's followed by an impressive pair of SEC underclassmen in Alabama's Jonah Williams and Mississippi's Greg Little - both of whom are primed for the national spotlight. All told, there is a considerably higher amount of blockers with long-term left tackle potential in the 2019 class. 1. Trey Adams, Washington (6'8" 327lbs.) • Adams enters this collegiate season as the most polished and distinguished blocker and would likely have been a first round pick in 2018 despite a torn ACL. Possessing a mammoth frame with the desired length for the edge, if he proves he can overcome his injury it'll be difficult to dethrone him as the top tackle available. [caption id="attachment_80772" align="alignright" width="264"] © Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] 2. Jonah Williams, Alabama (6'5" 301lbs.) • A gifted, physical blocker equally skilled in the pass and run games, Williams took hold of Bama's left tackle as a Sophomore (after starting on the right as a Freshman) and became a pillar for the Tide's offense. He's technically advanced and often initiates at the point of attack first. 3. Greg Little, Ole Miss (6'6" 325lbs.) • Despite his tremendous size, Little is a fine technician with excellent footwork. Terrific at carrying his weight, he gets to the second level quite comfortably in the ground game. Though he could be more physical while engaged with defenders, the dimensions and exciting upside will generate a strong buzz throughout the season. 4. Andre Dillard, Washington State (6'5" 306lbs.) • A 'plus' athlete at left tackle with excellent mobility and lateral movement skills. Dillard's skill set caters to many modern NFL spread offenses and his profile will be of great value to teams who like to pass. Shades of Duane Brown out of Virginia Tech in 2008, though probably with more polish. 5. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin (6'6" 328lbs.) • Uniquely experienced, Deiter has started full seasons at center, guard and tackle. His reps as an interior blocker proved useful as an edge blocker last season and it looks like he could remain there at the next level. He even scored a touchdown against Illinois last season. He enters his Senior campaign with a whopping 41 starts under his belt. The next prototypically polished Badger lineman. Honorable Mention: Calvin Anderson, Texas (6'5" 300lbs.) • Keep an eye on Anderson. Texas landed him as a coveted graduate transfer from Rice despite interest from the likes of Michigan, Auburn and Oklahoma among others. A highly intelligent individual on and off the field, Anderson grades out as an excellent pass blocker and is fully expected to fill the void left by outgoing Connor Williams on the blindside. He's positioned himself well to skyrocket up many draft boards this fall. This is part two of our positional look at the 2019 NFL Draft. Part one was quarterbacks which can be found here.