The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little will not be active this bowl season and has already declared for the draft.
Position: Offensive Tackle
2018 stats: 12 starts, All-SEC First Team
Size: 6-foot-6, 325 pounds
Little was one of the best players out of high school and has now made the most of his three seasons at Ole Miss. He will be one of the top tackles selected in the 2019 NFL Draft and has gone up against a plethora of good defensive linemen in the SEC.
Since arriving on the Ole Miss campus, Little has started every game. He was a Freshman All-American and made the All-SEC teams in his sophomore and junior seasons. His blocking helped Ole Miss pass for 346.1 yards for game and rush for 164.1 yards per game. The offense scored a lot of points too, averaging 33.9 points per game. He was ranked by NFL.com as the 31st best player in college football before the season started.
The 2019 tackle class is not one of the best in recent memory, but Little is one of the best in the class. His play has warranted him being a first-round pick, if he tests well at his pro day and at the NFL Combine in February.
Little recognizes what the rushers are trying to do and makes adjustments to counteract that almost instantaneously at the snap of the ball. He has great athleticism, which he uses to his advantage. On run plays, Little shows power. He is mobile enough to pull on some plays and to get to the second level on other plays. Little rarely misses an assignment or is the cause of the ball carrier being tackled.
While blocking for the pass, Little drops with good technique and displays solid footwork. He tries to get his hands on defenders early to impede their progress. Little is specifically good against power rushers, but was also solid against speed rushers. He can block defensive ends and even showed the ability to down block on pass plays against defensive tackles.
Little could use more power in his game going forward. He routinely holds off pass rushers, but could win more in the run game with some added muscle and strength. Some plays he can be seen just laying a hand on a defender rather than going after them with all his might. If an NFL team can correct that, Little could be an All-Pro left tackle.
When Little doesn’t get his hands on pass rushers early, they tend to beat him. He needs to attack the defenders rather than waiting for them to make the first move. His passiveness allows too many quarterback pressures.
Little is susceptible to pass-rushing moves that send the player to the inside. His good footwork and mobility allow him to protect the edge, but it’s almost as if he is taken by surprise when someone tries to go to the inside. Players that can spin to the inside or go there directly, could give Little problems.
Projected Draft Range: First round