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The top 10 offensive linemen heading into 2021 NFL Draft


The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his top 10 offensive linemen in this year’s NFL draft, based on evaluations and conversations with people around the league:

  1. OT Penei Sewell, Oregon, 6-5, 331 lbs.: Three first-round tackles played well as Day One starters last season — and Sewell would’ve been picked ahead of all of them. Powerful upper body and nimble feet. One sack allowed on 1,376 career snaps.
  2. OT/OG Rashawn Slater, Northwestern, 6-4, 304 lbs.: Some say he should move to guard because he has short arms and the athleticism to pull. He says he’s the best tackle in the draft. That perceived slight should only add to his nastiness.
  3. OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC, 6-5, 308 lbs.: Played left tackle last season but is considered a future All-Pro guard, maybe closer to Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff than Hall of Fame-track Quenton Nelson. Wins with his hands.
  4. OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, 6-5, 322 lbs.: Only one FBS scholarship offer out of high school. Smooth technique throughout his career at left tackle (35 starts) and answered some questions about his inconsistent effort in 2020.
  5. OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 317 lbs.: Prototypical NFL frame with good tape at the four non-center positions (mostly right tackle). Wouldn’t win the Combine Olympics because of short arms, but handles a bull rush.
  6. OT/OG Jalen Mayfield, Michigan, 6-5, 326 lbs.: Played in just 18 games, including two last season, so this is a pick based on potential. You can’t teach his toughness, but he is going to need to be taught some fundamentals.
  7. OT Dillon Raduz, North Dakota State, 6-4, 301 lbs.: Played under an increased spotlight because of quarterback Trey Lance. Better run-blocker than pass-protector but earned Practice Player of the Week honors at the Senior Bowl.
  8. C Landon Dickerson, Alabama, 6-6, 333 lbs.: Rimington Trophy winner as the best center in the nation in his one season after transferring from Florida State. Advanced-level technique but coming off an ACL injury in SEC title game.
  9. OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame 6-6, 302 lbs.: Three-year starter at left tackle, following in the footsteps of Mike McGlinchey, Ronnie Stanley and Zack Martin since 2010. Considered a safe second-round pick who will be a longtime starter.
  10. OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State, 6-4, 315 lbs: Grandson of Hall of Famer Willie Davis, Wyatt often is described as a “people-mover.” Could really shine in a power-based rushing attack, but he’s almost too eager for contact as plays develop.

Late Riser

OT Sam Cosmi, Texas, 6-6, 314 lbs.: Scouts say he moves like a big tight end (he scored a catch-and-run touchdown) in open space. Critics say he is penalized too often and is too reliant on technique to physically dominate.

Falling Fast

OT James Hudson, Cincinnati, 6-5, 310 lbs.: Began his career as a defensive lineman at Michigan, but the transfer and position change both worked out. Some bad lower-body habits that will require extra one-on-one coaching.

Small-School Wonder

C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-3, 320: It seems a NCAA Division III offensive lineman stands out at the Senior Bowl and becomes a Day 2 pick every year. Scouts love his toughness, work ethic and textbook low center of gravity.

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