The_Coach: Tristan Wirfs (Iowa)
Standing in at 6’ 5” and 320 lbs, Tristan Wirfs looks more like a ten-year NFL veteran than a rookie prospect when standing in pads and a helmet. He’s a natural athlete who claimed wrestling and track-and-field state championships in high school and moves with the ease of a player with a frame much-smaller than his. It’s probably no surprise to scouts who have seen Wirfs up close that he posted a 4.85 forty-yard dash time at the combine and a 36.5 inch vertical leap, again demonstrating his true ability to move around on the field. He needs to get a bit more violent down the field, but being groomed in a program at Iowa that churns out NFL linemen each and every year, he should project as a long-term starter at the tackle position. He’s a likely top five or ten selection and I believe he’s the most talented offensive lineman in the draft.
Ross Parker: Mekhi Becton (Louisville)
First thing that needs to be said about Becton, he is a MOUNTAIN of a human. Sizing up at 6’ 7” and 369 pounds, Becton is a massive human being. And his size is reflected in the way he plays the game, his film is quite literally a perfect personification of a bulldozer. He uses his insane size and his ridiculous strength to mow down defenders in the run game. He displays surprisingly smooth footwork for a person of his size and combines this with superb flexibility to consistently win in the run game. He is still learning pass blocking sets, and as a result doesn’t display the same violent aggression in his pass protection as he does in run blocking. However, as Becton learns pass protection sets more and more, it shows that his ceiling is sky-high. He quite realistically could become one of the better tackles in the entire NFL. He may need some more refinement and coaching than a player like Jedrick Wills, but his ceiling is enough to make any team drool.
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