By John Kaufman and Chandler Adams
NFL Draft Analysts
@ClevelandSpyder and @Chandler Adamss
An NFL offensive line is kinda like your car. When it starts up every day and it runs just fine, you tend to take that for granted. But when it breaks down, it affects your family, your job, your bank account, everything. So if your NFL franchise happens to be driving a broken-down jalopy, don’t worry. The 2020 offensive line class will have you back on the road in no time.
Along with this year’s wide receiver prospects, this offensive tackle class is absolutely loaded at the top. Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs and Mekhi Becton legitimately could all be selected in the top ten of the upcoming draft. And while it might be a bit of a longshot for that to happen, exactly zero people would be surprised if it did.
The interior offensive line prospects are well-regarded, too. Although there is no Quenton Nelson-caliber prospect in this class, it is a solid group with some surprising depth.
Here are our personal OT and Interior OL rankings. As you go through our lists, be sure to listen to our podcast in which we talked through each position group and went through the bright spots and shortcomings for each prospect. Click below to hear our thoughts on each player.
*NOTE ABOUT JOHN’S OT RANKING UPDATES:
On the podcast (recorded on Feb 6), John’s Offensive Tackle rankings were:
2. Tristan Wirfs
3. Jedrick Wills
After more film study, John moved Wills ahead of Wirfs because Wills is simply a more polished prospect who rarely is off-balance, who almost never gets beat by defensive line stunts, and who is simply a more polished, NFL-ready prospect. While Wirfs’ athleticism is something to marvel at, he does need more refinement with regards to technique and fundamentals, but his ceiling is as high as anyone’s in the draft.
**NOTE – not talked about on the podcast
John Kaufman and Chandler Adams
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