Offensive lineman do not get enough credit. Let’s face it, we always showcase star players and guys who score touchdowns but we do not talk about the big men up front. The guys who make it all possible to get in the end zone. Well I wanted to focus on a couple small school offensive lineman, who really caught our eye over the past couple years and who we expect to shine this year. There are tons to list, but I want to focus on a few guys I feel will be top tier guys and some sleepers.
Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State – Let’s face it the big guy stands at 6090 and is built like a house. He is not fat or sloppy, he is a former basketball guy with great footwork and length. He is one of the best offensive lineman in the entire 2020 NFL Draft, and I feel he will fly up draft boards over the next couple months.
Kevin Hall, OL, Alcorn State – Hall is a mammoth of a man as well. He stands at 6060 and weights 290 pounds. He is in great football shape and is a 1st team All-American for a reason. He blocked for a team that ranked 8th in the nation in rushing with 291.4 yards a game. Hall has blocked for two 1,000 yard rushers in his career.
Hunter Watts, OL, Central Arkansas – Central Arkansas deserves to be talked about all month after beating FBS opponent Western Kentucky, and one of the main reasons they won is because Big #77 was a dog against the WKU pass rushers. The 6080, 320 pound offensive tackle from San Antonio has NFL written all over him. Remember his name.
Andrew Dickinson, OL, Findlay – We are going to keep it going down. Let’s talk about a D2 prospect that will get a shot in the NFL. Dickinson is an OG at the next level but man is he a solid blocker. The starting guard has started in almost every game since entering college in 2015, after sitting a year. He is an All-American with a mean streak. He is a straight mauler and a player I love on film. Both he and his teammate Logan Bailey will bring NFL teams in. He has ability and is a solid player.
Tyler Weterrings, OL, Emory & College – Let’s not just talk about FCS prospects, let’s thrown in some small schools you have never heard about. Weterrings has been the starting left tackle since his Freshman year for the Wasps. He stands at 6080 and weighs 300 pounds. I am a fan of Weterrings and believe he can play at the next level. He will need a little work as his level of competition is a little weak, but I feel he can hold his own against the big dogs. We are talking about a D3 prospect here, but D3 lineman usually do not look like this kid. He should be at a bigger school, someone dropped the ball when recruiting.
Josh Brown, OL, College of Idaho – Yes, I went to the NAIA. I have to because this kid is a true sleeper. The 6070, 305 pound transfer from Western Oregon is a big boy and a multi sport athlete. He is a discus thrower in track and the kid is good. His record mark in the discus throw is 46.47, 46.73 in the hammer toss and 14.07 in the shot put. This kid is a little raw, but he is athletic. He deserves a shot for sure.
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