The 2018 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2019 NFL Draft prospects: Offensive tackles.
Trey Adams, Washington
Adams generated some NFL Draft buzz last season but is back again with Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin to try to win the title. The senior is 6-foot-8 and 327 pounds, which is a great build for an NFL offensive tackle.
In his time at Washington, Adams has helped clear holes for Gaskin, who has three straight seasons of over 1,300 rushing yards. He has also protected Browning, allowing him to put up big numbers and win the 2016 Pac-12 offensive player of the year. Adams was a key component of the team for the past two seasons, one of which resulted in a College Football Playoff appearance, the other finished with a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
WIth a good last season at Washington, Adams could be the first tackle off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
Wisconsin lost Ryan Ramczyk in the 2017 NFL Draft and replaced him with Deiter. Deiter played well last season and now the 6-foot-6, 328-pound product will have a lot more NFL eyes on him.
The Badgers had a star freshman in Jonathan Taylor, who burst onto the scene with a lot of help from his offensive line. Taylor rushed for 1,977 yards on 6.6 yards per rush. Deiter has also helped Alex Hornibrook and the passing game progress but Wisconsin is mostly focused on running the football.
Deiter only has one year of good experience at left tackle. If he wants to be an early draft pick, Deiter will have to play solidly again this season.
Andre Dillard, Washington State
Dillard is another tackle who could have gone pro after last season but decided to play one more year of college football. He is 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds making him on the shorter side for a tackle in the NFL.
If a team wants an offensive tackle that has a lot of experience pass blocking, Dillard might be their guy. He plays in the Air Raid offense at Washington State and has helped protect Luke Falk the last few seasons. Dillard does have some experience run blocking as well and has also played on some of the most successful Washington State teams in recent memory.
He is a solid prospect but may have to move inside in the NFL, due to lack of height and length.
Greg Little, Ole Miss
Ole Miss has lost some players due to the current trouble they find themselves in with the NCAA but Little elected to stay. He was a highly-touted recruit who stands 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds.
The Rebels had Laremy Tunsil starting at left tackle. Little started from day one and ended up replacing Tunsil at left tackle when Tunsil was unable to play and then left for the NFL Draft. He has protected Shea Patterson in the past and now will protect Jordan Ta’amu.
Little looks like a player that could be a cornerstone of a franchise for years to come. With a good season he could end up atop teams’ wish lists at the tackle position.
Jonah Williams, Alabama
Williams has been a key player on Alabama for a few years now and already has a National Championship to his name. The junior is 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds.
He has collected all types of accolades in his first two years in Tuscaloosa. When he steps in between the lines he is a great run blocker who has helped produce a great rushing attack over the last few seasons. He has also coped with blocking differently for a scrambling running back behind him, whether it was Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagoviala.
Being able to start from his freshman year at Alabama is no small feat. If he continues his progression this season, he will add to an already talented offensive tackle class for the 2019 NFL Draft.