PFF's top-15 offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft
With the tackle-needy teams seemingly growing year after year, they’re finally in luck. Five guys are likely to end up in the first round with a few more possible to sneak in the back. Jonah Williams is unquestionably our top guy after three years of superb grading at Alabama, although some may see him as a guard. The No. 2 spot on the list is more hotly contested, but Andre Dillard’s NCAA leading pass-blocking grade gets the nod. Jawaan Taylor, Dalton Risner and Cody Ford round out the likely first rounders and all have excelled in the PFF grading system.
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1. OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Alabama left tackle was the second-highest graded tackle in the nation despite facing stout SEC competition and allowed only 12 pressures.
2. OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Dillard had the highest pass-protection grade of any starting tackle in the country at 94.0 this past season.
3. OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Taylor came into his own on the right side for Florida this past season and finished with the third-highest run-blocking grade among starting Power-5 tackles.
4. OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Risner started all four seasons at Kansas State, and his lowest single-season grade was 87.9 overall.
5. OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
In Ford’s lone season as a starter, he allowed all of seven pressures all season long and didn’t allow a sack until the playoffs.
6. OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
Over the past two seasons, Little allowed all of 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps.
7. OT Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
The four-year starter had pass protection grades above 87.0 every season of his career.
8. OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Howard held up very well in his time against FBS competition, pitching a shutout on 38 pass-blocking snaps against Auburn this past season. He also had the highest win rate of any tackle in the 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl.
9. OT Chuma Edoga, USC
Edoga is slightly built and needs to add more muscle to his frame, but he is already stingy in pass protection. He allowed four pressures all last season.
10. OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
McGary stands an imposing 6-foot-7 and has rare athleticism for a man his size. He has some of the most dominant reps in the run game of any tackle in this class.
11. OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
A torn quad might hurt his draft stock, but Cajuste is one of college football’s most accomplished pass protectors. On 885 pass-blocking snaps the past two seasons, he allowed only 25 pressures.
12. OT Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
Allowing just 20 total pressures across his 441 pass-blocking snaps in 2018, Evans earned an impressive 78.2 pass-blocking grade playing left tackle for Oklahoma. He earned 76.8 and 86.2 overall grades playing right tackle in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
13. OT Isaiah Prince, Ohio State
Ohio State’s Prince allowed earned the fifth-best run-blocking grade (79.7) among offensive tackles with at least 400 offensive snaps played in 2018.
14. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
Skule earned a 74.1 overall grade and a 79.7 pass-blocking grade with Vandy a year ago, but he struggled in the run game a bit. He earned just a 69.7 run-blocking grade in 2018, ranking tied for 28th in the class.
15. OT William Sweet, UNC
Anchored by his impressive 87.5 pass-blocking grade, Sweet finished the 2018 season ranked sixth in overall grade (81.2) among FBS tackles entering the 2019 NFL Draft with 400-plus offensive snaps played a year ago.