The_Coach: Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
Since starting at tackle as a true freshman in 2017 for Northwestern, Rashawn Slater has been tested by just about every top-level defensive end that’s come through the Big Ten and has made it through still standing. He’s a workhorse type of guy who is very consistent and shows all the signs that he’ll just continue to produce in that monotonous type of “no glitz, no glamor” way that offensive lineman love.
Ross Parker: Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State)
Teven Jenkins is such a fun player because he just loves beating people up on the line. While he is an underwhelming prospect in terms of athleticism, he has worked to build a solid technique to combine with his massive size. In pass protection, he gets set quickly and works to get his hands into defensive linemen. In run blocking, he utilizes his massive size and momentum to turn himself into an effective “finisher” (put defensive players into the ground). He is the type of player that will fight through the whistle and will give you a ton of effort. He has played in several guard spots as well and could benefit from a transition to guard in the league where his athletic deficiencies may be harder to expose. No matter where you play him, Jenkins is the type of hard-nosed player that will bring a physical identity to your offensive line.
John: Landon Dickerson (Alabama)
Dickerson is the best center in the country, and would be a day one pick if he wasn’t recovering from an ACL from late last year. That ACL tear was his second in a career that’s been beset by injuries, but when Dickerson is healthy he’s phenomenal. He’s highly intelligent, and has a frame that will prevent him from getting bowled over by even the best pass rushers. All his injuries will push him down the draft board, but team’s shouldn’t wait too long to take a chance on him. Its a risk, but if he manages to stay healthy he could anchor any line in the league.