More Green Bay Packers OT draft coverage with NDSU Bizon standout Dillon Radunz
Dillon Radunz, #75, NDSU Left Tackle in 2018 and 2019 (played one game in 2020):
Perhaps one of the most interesting tackles for the Green Bay Packers in the 2021 NFL Draft, Dillon Radunz was a great left tackle for a North Dakota State Bizon (NOT Bison, there’s a difference) team that also has another great player in the draft of Trey Lance. Radunz was trusted to protect Lance’s blindspot, and did so effectively.
Radunz has appeared in 33 games and started 32, all of those coming at left tackle for the Bizon. He allowed just three sacks in the 2018 season and zero allowed in 2019.
At the 2021 Senior Bowl, Radunz measured in at 6’5 5/8, 304 pounds and an 80 1/4″ wingspan. Radunz’ wingspan ranked 17th overall for all lineman who measured at the senior bowl, while he was 20th in overall weight.
Pro Football Focus is very high on Dillon Radunz, as they have him as their 5th best OT in the 2021 NFL Draft:
2021 NFL Draft OT rankings
1. Penei Sewell, Oregon
2. Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
3. Christian Darrisaw, VA Tech
4. Teven Jenkins, OK State
5. Dillon Radunz, NDSU
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 19, 2021
Dillon Radunz is a player in the trenches that has some scratching their head and wondering where he should play in the NFL. Some say he belongs on the inside, yet the potential to continue playing on the outside is still there. If there’s any word you’re sick of seeing in these articles, it’s probably versatility.
Well, I’m not going to let up in this article, because versatility is what Radunz could bring to the table for the Green Bay Packers. So, let’s dive in.
Radunz is a player very quick off of the line in both run and passing situations, and although he might be on the lighter side in terms of his weight he still holds his own in pass protection and is able to showcase some of his strength.
The former Bizon also has some good strength overall, especially for a player who isn’t very large for his position. In one of his first plays at the senior bowl, he’s able to knock down his defender to allow the first down conversion.
Overall, Radunz has very sound footwork. He doesn’t take long strides which allows himself to adjust and stay square to his defender.
In his practice reps at the senior bowl, Radunz lined up both as a tackle and a guard, which could have the Green Bay Packers licking their lips. While he has only given up three sacks his past two full seasons, he is still willing to take reps in other areas to show off his full skillset.
While Radunz had some good reps at the senior bowl, both in practice and the game, he also had some rough patches. Though not many.
One of the biggest things I gathered after observing his one-on-one practice reps was his habit of leaning a little too far forward while engaged in pass pro.
Radunz would look to learn forward in some reps, which would then make him lose balance and his ability to recover his block.
Dillon Radunz had some shaky reps at left tackle at times, but as he put more work in, the more he ascended and showed why he deserves to be in the conversation of being one of the better tackles in this draft.
Overall, Radunz has some great upsides in terms of his technique, sound footwork, and his strength. He had his issues at the senior bowl, but as he got going he was constantly improving on his reps. This simply could have been him getting adjusted to some of the competition. It wasn’t every day that Radunz was battling in the trenches with NFL Draft-projected players in his time at NDSU.
Radunz’s fluid movement and apparent positional versatility could prove to be enticing to the Green Bay Packers at some point in the draft. His small shortcomings are correctable
Size might be a concern in the short term but for a team like the Green Bay Packers, whose mantra is to draft and develop, Radunz definitely fits the profile of a player that can become an NFL success.