The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Christian Darrisaw 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Christian Darrisaw Background
Position: Offensive Tackle
Size: 6-foot-5, 314 pounds
2020 stats: First Team All-ACC
Darrisaw made an imediate impact for the Hokies, making his career a long and good one. Now he is off to the 2021 NFL Draft.
Out of high school, Darrisaw was a three-star prospect who chose to go to Virginia Tech. He saw the field right away and made an impact at left tackle. The Hokies went 6-7 that year with help of Darrisaw. The next season, Darrisaw continued playing well and made some All-ACC teams. Virginia Tech went 8-5 before losing in the Belk Bowl to Kentucky. For 2020, Darrisaw was a First Team All-ACC performer and Virginia Tech went 5-5 on the season.
After performing well for three seasons, Darrisaw decided it was time to move to the next level. He is currently projected to be selected late in the first round or early in the second.
Darrisaw has good size and length for an offensive tackle. He stands 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds, which is above the threshold to be considered for a tackle in the NFL. His length should also check out when measured. He uses his length well in pass blocking specifically to keep rushers at bay.
For his size, Darrisaw has great mobility and flexibility. He has the ability to bend his body and isn’t stiff, which helps him protect the edge against pass rushers. Darrisaw gets off the line quickly, showing good burst, and is able to cover space quickly. This helps him stay in front of pass rushers and get to the second level on running plays well.
He’s both a good pass and run blocker for different reasons. His movement and length helps him be adept at pass blocking. This is what will make him a valuable left tackle. He run blocks well by executing his assignments well and getting in the way of defenders, moreso than driving them away.
Darrisaw needs to show he can play with a better motor. He can coast on a lot of plays and doesn’t finish them well. If he can play through the whistle, it would help open up bigger plays for his team. There is a lot of potential for him if his motor matches his athleticism.
With a better motor, Darrisaw also needs to play with better physicality. This starts with playing through the whistle and always looking for work. He can also work on moving defenders when run blocking and finishing plays off well. Darrisaw has good strength, but he needs to utilize it more and physically dominate his opponents more.
At times, Darrisaw can be fooled by a defense. He can be late to pickup blitzers and rushers who are trying to stunt or twist. Even in one on one situations, he can be set up by outside-in moves and inside-out moves. An NFL offensive line coach will need to work with him on his awareness and how defenses may choose to attack him.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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