2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: OT Edition (4/9/24)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL Prospect Rankings: OT Edition.

Player Comp = *(Playstyle Not Career Projection)

*[Scheme Strength/Ideal Position]

1.) Joe Alt – 6’9″ 321 lbs. (Andrew Whitworth)

Alt has long arms. He’s a fluid/finesse type of OT. Attempts to establish inside hands. Athletic enough laterally and to get to the second level. He’s assignment sound and disciplined. He doesn’t have to be a finished product. His ceiling is even higher with NFL coaching.

He’s not much of a people mover. Didn’t see a consistent mean streak on tape. Leans into defenders as opposed to anchoring. Waist bender. Needs to get quicker with his pass sets and angles. Had lower gap scheme grades. Gave up more hurries than you’d like.

Overall Alt is the type of prospect that dominated collegiate competition with sheer GOD-given ability and genetics. The projection here is what happens when he gets NFL coaching and is put through an NFL weight training program? Odds are he’s going to get even better. [Zone/LT]

2.) Olu Fashanu – 6’6″ 312 lbs. (Christian Darrisaw)

Fashanu has good pass set quickness. Exceptional lateral movement. Anchors instead of leaning into defenders. No sacks given up. Displays proper hand placement, punch/pop, and grip. Assignment sound and disciplined. High ceiling prospect with NFL coaching.

He can be susceptible to inside moves especially when he’s in a three point stance. Not a people mover in the run game. On the ground more than you’d like. Takes awhile getting to the second level thus effecting his ability to influence the game there.

Fashanu’s stock is mysteriously dropping for whatever reason. Prospect fatigue, hand size, BIG10 competition? Who knows? But one thing is for certain, Fashanu has earned the right to be in the OT1 conversation. He’s close to maxed out physically but mentally and technique wise he has a lot to gain. And this is coming from someone who believes he’s the most pro ready tackle in the draft. So the arrow should be pointing up for him. And when he gets that NFL coaching, his game will translate just fine. [Zone-Gap/LT]

3.) Taliese Fuaga – 6’6″ 324 lbs. (Kaleb McGary)

One of the first things you notice about Fuanga is his massive size. He’s nasty and physical. Old school RT. He can people move and displace once he gets ahold of defenders. No sacks given up. Guard flexibility.

He lunges and oversets sometimes. Doesn’t pick up on pass rush tendencies fast enough. Plays too high. Slow pass sets and footwork needs improvement.

Fuaga is a starting guard right now if a team sees him that way. He’ll have growing pains vs. elite athletes at tackle early in his career. That is a common theme with 90% of tackles in any draft by the way. He’s a traditional right tackle in my opinion that has road grader/mauler attributes. [Zone-gap/RT-G]

4.) JC Latham – 6’6″ 342 lbs. (Cam Robinson)

Latham is a strong independent striker. Tosses defenders around. Good footwork for his size. Went up against SEC level competition. Has guard traits as well. Played guard in 2021.

His weight may concern teams. Conditioning, priorities and athleticism.

Concluding Tier 1, Latham has been a draft cycle riser in the media. Almost exclusively considered a mid round to later round pick. Now, Latham has surpassed Fashanu and is in the mix with Alt and Fuaga for being the 1st OT taken in the Top 10 picks of the draft.

If you’re playing the versatility/ceiling game, then yes, Latham is a viable candidate to be taken in that range. But if you’re asking him to come in and start day one and be a 10 year bookend, temper your expectations. I think he’s versatile and will be a good pro and a great example of why tiered lists exist. It’s all subjective and team environment centric for the most part. [Zone-gap/RT-g]

5.) Amarius Mims – 6’8″ 340 lbs. (Dawand Jones)

Mims has excellent baseline traits. Pass set- Strike-Anchor ability. Meaning he fluidly gets to his landmark, punches the defender and has the proper leverage to keep defenders at bay. Pass protection. More gap scheme inclined. High ceiling prospect.

Low zone scheme scores. Which usually (not always) indicates a lack of movement skills or, at the very least, blocking assignment identification on the move. He needs to hold his ground and restablish the line of scrimmage better on his side of the line.

I have Mims as the tackle prospect outside of Alt with the highest ceiling if he puts it all together with body development and coaching. Patrick Paul will have something to say about that but that’s what the player-coach relationship is, development. Boom or bust, Mims will be a developmental piece to start, with high upside. [Gap-zone/RT]

6.) Javon Foster – 6’6″ 313 lbs. (Cameron Fleming)

Foster has the fundamental tools to work with as a professional offensive tackle. He has elite zone scheme grades. Possesses the size and strength to deal with power. Has enough athleticism to seal off quicker defenders. Has the experience and guile to adapt to stunts, games and pass rusher technique.

His pass set footwork is lacking refinement. Narrow alignment and improper landmark angles. Shows some stiffness athletically.

Foster’s experience versus SEC level talent at practice and in game is an asset to his evaluation. He is a tackle that is incredibly underrated and is worth a Top 100 selection and worthy of being selected as early as in the 2nd round. Knowing tackles take awhile to develop, using a first round pick as opposed to signing a veteran can be a delayed return on investment. I think Foster is the guy you get mid-2nd round to 4th round value for a RD1 or RD2 talent. [Zone/LT-RT]

7.) Patrick Paul – 6’8″ 331 lbs. (Jawaan Taylor)

Paul has excellent baseline traits. Can run block. Even better at pass blocking. Plays with attitude and nastiness. High ceiling prospect.

Average grades in zone and gap schemes. Hand placement/usage is inconsistent. He’s a raw prospect with athletic upside.

Paul is a player that’s easy to like as a developmental offensive tackle. There are concerns about whether his production came from high effort bullying of lesser competition or actual transferable skill. I think it’s the latter but I don’t think it happens as fast as some think. Overall in two seasons he could be a steal. [zone-gap/LT-RT]

8.) Troy Fautanu – 6’4″ 317 lbs. (Matt Feiler)

Fautanu is quick and agile in pass sets. Excellent pass pro grades. Very athletic for the position. I think he can play both tackle positions and guard.

Overall size and run block grades are less than ideal but improvable. Level of competition is relevant as well.

Concluding Tier 2, Fautanu’s stock has risen since the combine, as it should. He could easily be in Tier 1 based off of his versatility alone. But I’m ranking him purely as a tackle. He’ll excel in zone schemes that utilize his athleticism, but consistently going up against power players may be a concern early on. Give this bottom line summary an arrow pointing up next to Fautanu’s name because he’ll be viewed as a valuable asset to a lot of NFL franchises. [Zone-gap/LT-RT-G]

9.) Jordan Morgan – 6’5″ 311 lbs. (Chris Hubbard)

Morgan quickly kick steps and gets into his pass set. Good arm length. Has some positional versatility. I think he can play both tackle spots and guard.

His hand placement needs some fine tuning. It’s inconsistent. Technique overall is backyard playground. He must improve his play strength.

He’s an overall raw prospect who played against questionable level of competition. Much like with all of these tackles NFL coaching and role discovery will be important to clearly define what he is at the next level. [Zone-gap/RT-LT-G]

10.) Tyler Guyton – 6’8″ 322 lbs. (Andrus Peat)

Guyton is very athletic for his size. Impressive grip strength. Has good movement skills. Workable traits.

He didn’t grade well schematically. Slighly better in gap schemes than zone. Plays too upright. Bad run block grades. Average to below average in pass pro. Plays sloppy and disinterested at times.

Guyton is a two to three year project. He has skills that are coveted by a lot of NFL talent evaluators. I heard one say he may be the best out of all the tackles. That assessment may come into fruition but not without a significant overhaul in development. [gap-zone/RT]

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