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2024 NFL Draft: 12 Offensive Tackle Prospects to Watch

2024 NFL Draft: 12 Offensive Tackle Prospects to Watch

With the college football season approaching, it’s time to take a deeper look at some of the top NFL Draft-eligible players at each position. This will help us assemble an early list of prospects to watch this fall.

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2024 NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Prospects to Watch

Below are 12 Draft-eligible offensive tackles who I’ll be keeping an eye on this coming season.

Joe Alt (Notre Dame)

Joe Alt has been starting at left tackle for the Irish since Week 6 of the 2021 season, and in that span, he has only allowed three sacks, all during his freshman season, while being penalized only twice. He has prototypical size and length at 6’7″, 317 pounds, and the functional strength to control defenders in Notre Dame’s primarily gap-based offense. At this point in the process, many consider him one of the top three tackles in the class. However, it’s possible some teams will view him as a gap-only right tackle, as he doesn’t have ideal lateral quickness and can struggle to line up defenders in space when climbing.

Graham Barton (Duke)

Graham Barton spent his first season with the Blue Devils playing center, recording five starts and 430 snaps, then slid over to left tackle for the past two seasons. He’s shown improvement every year and plays a physical brand of football with good leg drive, working hard to sustain. Duke runs a lot of zone concepts, and he’s got the short-area quickness to line up opponents relatively well. His hand placement and technique allow him to work on an island at times in pass pro, but his lack of ideal size could cause him to eventually slide inside.

Brandon Coleman (TCU)

The Horned Frogs have a reputation for producing massive offensive line prospects, and the 6’6″, 325-pound Brandon Coleman is no exception. He started eight games at left guard in 2021 before taking over the left tackle spot last year and has some experience at right tackle, as well. His technique still needs polish, as he has a tendency to lunge and bend at the waist, to place his hands too widely, and to overcommit with his feet. Still, I’ll be keeping an eye on him to see whether he continues to develop, as he has impressive physical gifts.

Olumuyiwa Fashanu (Penn State)

My top tackle prospect heading into the year, the 6’6″, 308-pound Olumuyiwa Fashanu, looked very polished as a first-year starter last season, with strong fundamentals, a stable anchor and a good understanding of positioning. He’s not the nastiest prospect in the class, but he shows the consistency teams look for in a blindside protector and should be able to step in relatively early in his career. Fashanu would have had a shot at being the first tackle drafted in 2023 and will be in contention for the top spot next year too.

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Blake Fisher (Notre Dame)

Bookending Alt is the 6’6″, 327-pound Blake Fisher, who started at right tackle for the team throughout the 2022 campaign. Fisher struggled in pass protection at times, giving up five sacks on the year. Yet, he has plenty of functional strength to seal and shows above-average foot quickness for his size, so he should appeal to teams looking for a developmental option. This year, I’d like to see Fisher show more consistent commitment to sustaining/finishing snaps and increased knee-bend to compete in the leverage battle.

Javon Foster (Missouri)

One of the more experienced top tackles in the class, Javon Foster, is a fifth-year player with two seasons as a starting left tackle under his belt. He has a thick build but is light on his feet, with the ability to get out in space and execute zone concepts in the run game. Missouri felt confident leaving him on an island against some high-end SEC edge rushers, where he showed adequate lateral quickness. He can be a leaner at times, but I like his active hands, ability to reset and overall work rate, showing consistent effort through the whistle.

J.C. Latham (Alabama)

A five-star recruit who started at right tackle last year, the 6’6″, 326-pound J.C. Latham is considered one of the top tackle prospects in the class. There are conflicting reports on whether he’ll flip to the left this year, but either way, his combination of size, explosiveness out of his stance, competitiveness in the leverage battle and active feet after contact give him high upside in the run game. He didn’t allow a sack last year but was flagged 11 times, occasionally for false starts, while trying to get the jump on a defender. Moving to the left side and limiting penalties could have him in the running for the top tackle drafted.

Amarius Mims (Georgia)

Amarius Mims will hope to follow in the footsteps of Broderick Jones, who played just 438 snaps in 2021 before starting full-time in 2022, landing in the first round. Mims started two games in 2022 and totaled 385 snaps, but the five-star recruit is expected to start full-time this year. At 6’7″, 330 pounds, he has incredible size and carries his weight well, with surprising foot quickness and impressive knee bend. He’s able to get out in space and line up opponents in the run and screen games. He has the agility and length to pass-protect well if he becomes more proactive with his punch.

Jonah Monheim (USC)

Jonah Monheim has played right tackle for over 75% of his college snaps but totaled 286 snaps and three starts at right guard last year as well, playing in Lincoln Riley’s offense, which features a good mix of gap and zone concepts. He’s a bit smaller than many of the prospects on this list at 6’4″, 295, which could cause teams to view him as a guard conversion candidate. He shows the quick feet to execute blocks on the move in the run game, and his impressive competitiveness, lateral quickness and active, accurate hands prevented defenders from recording a single sack on him last season.

Jordan Morgan (Arizona)

Jordan Morgan started at left tackle as a junior but really broke out last season with a much more efficient campaign before sustaining a season-ending ACL tear late in the year. He has prototypical size at 6’6″, 320, and shows a solid grasp of fundamentals, with a wide base, solid knee-bend, active hands, and good placement. He can line up opponents in space, climb to the second level and protect the edge without abandoning his technique. He is an advanced left tackle prospect who could go early if he recovers successfully and replicates the success he had last season.

Jack Nelson (Wisconsin)

With experience at both right guard (2021) and left tackle (2022), Jack Nelson is one of the more versatile linemen in this year’s class. The Badgers primarily run gap concepts with a healthy amount of zone mixed in, and Nelson shows very impressive quickness to pull or climb, especially for a 6’7″, 310-pounder. He plays with active feet, a wide base and a strong motor, working hard through the whistle. At times he can play outside his frame, creating some uncoordinated moments, so being more consistent technically is a priority.

Kingsley Suamataia (BYU)

In his first season at Brigham Young, the 6’6″, 330-pound Kingsley Suamataia, a transfer from Oregon, started the entire season at right tackle, allowing no sacks. With Blake Freeland off to the NFL, he should flip to the left side for 2023. He has active, powerful hands that he fires out with aggression and does a nice job of maintaining his form and playing inside his frame when executing BYU’s zone concepts. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles the transition to the blind side, where he’ll protect new quarterback Kedon Slovis.

Notice any prospects I missed? Feel free to let me know on Twitter @draftexaminer!

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