Serritella: 2019 NFL Draft Primer – OL
NFL Draft Scout analyst Ric Serritella has been covering the draft for nearly two decades, gaining a reputation around the league as one of the most dependable resources for insider information. He provides a positional preview of his top five players at each position, along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on come draft weekend!
Top 5 Offensive Line
Andrew Dillard, Washington State – Mike Leach has praised Dillard for being one of the hardest workers and most studious players on the team. He has work to do on his run block fundamentals but his experience, wide frame and athleticism will be highly appealing to NFL teams in search of a true left tackle.
Jonah Williams, Alabama – A self-proclaimed ‘Film Junkie’, Williams possesses a great blend of length and strength, along with light feet, which projects to him remaining a blindside protector in the NFL. His body of work is as impressive and consistent as any offensive line prospect in the 2019 draft class.
Jawaan Taylor, Florida – A versatile starter at Florida, Taylor has excellent length, heavy hands and outstanding range to cover and mirror pass rushers. An immediate impact player as a true freshman, Taylor was a three-year starter for the Gators at both left and right tackle. He has natural ability to stick and move but his god given power and size are certain to have o-line needy teams salivating on draft day.
Cody Ford, Oklahoma – Possesses an excellent combination of size, strength, agility and footwork. He dropped about 10-15 pounds this past season, making the move to right tackle and playing primarily from a two-point stance. There’s a possibility that he can play on the outside at the next level, which could catapult him into round one but he might be best suited to play inside at the next level.
Chris Lindstrom, Boston College – A tremendous grappler who utilizes sound technique, along with an extremely quick first step off the snap of the ball, which allows him to win the initial leverage battle in the trenches most of the time. His footwork is impressive, which allows him to be used in a variety of ways. Lindstrom has started at both right tackle and right guard but projects as guard at the next level.
Small School Sleeper
Devon Johnson, Ferris State – The DIII product is a skinny 338 pounds with a lean frame and plenty of room to bulk up. His tenacious demeanor and chip are traits that pro scouts will love. He had 51 consecutive starts in college until an injury held him out of a playoff game in 2018, a stark contrast to his high school career, where he started just one varsity game. His gargantuan frame and outstanding base strength will allow him to survive at right tackle for a long time in the league because he’s got vice grips for hands.
For expansive player rankings in even more in-depth scouting reports, be sure to download Ric Serritella’s 2019 NFL Draft Bible, available here!