The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Liam Eichenberg 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Liam Eichenberg Background
Position: Offensive Tackle
Size: 6-foot-6, 302 pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2020 stats: First Team All-American
Eichenberg spent five years at Notre Dame working on his craft and became a great offensive lineman. With so much experience at the college level, Eichenberg is now heading to the pros.
Out of high school, Eichenberg was one of the top offensive line recruits in the country. He chose to leave the state of Ohio to play for the Fighting Irish in college. In his first year on campus, he didn’t play. For the 2017 season, he got some playing time in five games. In 2018, he was the starting left tackle for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish made the College Football Playoff that year, but lost in the Cotton Bowl. Eichenberg stayed at left tackle for the 2019 season and allowed no sacks. The Fighting Irish won 11 games and the Camping World Bowl to end the season. Eichenberg could have left for the pros, but decided to go back to Notre Dame for one more season and was named an All-American. Notre Dame once again made the College Football Playoff and lost in the semifinal.
After a great college career, Eichenberg has declared for the NFL Draft. He is currently projected to be a second or third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Eichenberg fulfilled his duty as a blindside protector at Notre Dame. He allowed no sacks in his final two years of college football. His form as a pass blocker is also very good, as he has good footwork. He has good kickslides and his good technical ability allows him to be a good pass blocker.
Keeping his pad level low will not be an issue with Eichenberg. He maintains good leverage throughout a play both in pass blocking and run blocking. His ability to have good leverage helps him maintain his power throughout a rep. As they always say, low man wins.
His awareness is also something for NFL teams to note. He has seen it all as a left tackle at Notre Dame with three years of starting experience. Eichenberg knows how pass rushers and an entire defense will attack him. He will be able to pick up blitzers and be able to handle the mental side of the NFL game.
There will be plenty of more athletic tackles at the pro level. Eichenberg doesn’t move the quickest and also isn’t the most flexible. This means that pass rushers who have good burst could give him trouble. He also won’t be able to get to the second level as easily as other players.
Eichenberg struggles against lengthy pass rushers. He needs to work on getting his hands on them earlier in a rep to negate their length. Eichenberg has long enough arms to be able to play tackle and to combat any pass rusher that lines up against him.
He is on the older side for prospects at 23 years old. While this allowed him to gain some valuable experience at Notre Dame, some may view his success late in his career as him being a man going up against boys. Eichenberg looks ready to start from day one, so teams shouldn’t waste any time getting him into the lineup or it will waste some of his best years.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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