NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah published his second mock draft of the 2020 NFL Draft season on Monday and it’s pretty clear he has a very high opinion on this year’s offensive tackle class.
Jeremiah has four offensive tackles coming off the board in the first 10 picks, including Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs at No. 4 overall to the New York Giants.
Wirfs may have been the biggest winner at the 2020 NFL Combine. He measured in at 6-5, 320 pounds and ran an astonishing 4.86 40-yard dash. His 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10’1″ broad jump were jaw-dropping. After beginning his Combine week as a player some scouts suggested should kick inside to guard, his elite athleticism now has him rated as arguably the most appealing tackle prospect in the draft and the first one off the board in Jeremiah’s mock draft.
Jeremiah continues his run on offensive tackles at No. 6 overall with the Los Angeles Chargers’ selection of Louisville’s Mekhi Becton.
The phrase ‘dancing bear’ is often used to describe offensive and defensive linemen, but there may never have been a prospect who better fits that description than Becton, who at 6-7, 364 pounds was a marvel to watch run the 40-yard dash. He clocked a shockingly good 5.10 and looked scary good while running it. He still needs some technical refinement, but there just aren’t many dudes walking this planet with his physical make-up and athleticism.
Alabama’s Jedrick Wills (No. 8, Arizona Cardinals) and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas (No. 10, Cleveland Browns) are the other two offensive tackles in Jeremiah’s top 10, and both represent immediate starters and massive upgrades for two teams desperate to find blindside protectors for their young franchise quarterbacks.
Wills was considered the top offensive tackle in the class at the start of the week, while Thomas was atop many analysts’ position rankings at the start of the season. Their stock hasn’t slipped as much as the other guys’ stock has risen; this year’s group of tackles is just that good.
For the rest of Jeremiah’s mock draft, click here.