Continuing our Offensive Tackle profiles for the Green Bay Packers – OT #74 Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame.
One entertaining aspect about the 2021 draft is the depth at offensive tackle. There are plenty of tackles that could be potential impact players on day one of this coming season or great developmental pieces. Liam Eichenberg is one of those players.
Coming out of Notre Dame, the 23-year-old 6’6, 302 pound Senior from Notre Dame had a successful 2020 season where he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top blocker in the ACC) and was a finalist for the Outlander Trophy which goes to the best interior lineman in the nation. Eichenberg was one of two offensive tackles that was a finalist for the award, with the other being Alex Leatherwood of Alabama.
With the Green Bay Packers releasing Rick Wagner on Friday, February 19, It might be safe to say they will be drafting a tackle (or multiple) at some point in 2021. More than likely an earlier round as well. There might be some other needs such as cornerback, however the Green Bay Packers know how important offensive line is in this league.
Eichenberg is a solid tackle all around. He has sound footwork in both pass pro and run-blocking situations and has good strength. He is consistent with rolling his hips into his blocks, and is difficult to move. Bull rushes typically don’t work, even when it’s a linebacker that has a few yards to catch some steam.
Eichenberg’s excellent with anchoring himself against bigger defenders and not allow them to gain much ground on the former Fighting Irish standout.
He also has great knowledge and awareness on defensive stunts as well as pinning defenders along the interior of the line when the ball is ran outside.
Hand placement overall is consistent as he keeps them along the inside of the framework, and he is also excellent with being able to readjust them when an engaged defender is attempting to shed them away.
There isn’t a lot to complain about in Eichenberg, however his lack of speed is somewhat an issue. Where he really struggles with blocking is versus guys with quickness and/or finesse.
The 6’6″ Senior also can have a small tendency to lunge at the waist from time to time.
The play below in particular could be argued that it was just a great play by #11 for Clemson in the ACC title game, but when you’re hailed as one of the most talented lineman of this past season you’re expected to make plays consistently.
Eichenberg could barely get a hand on him.
One more downfall was that Eichenberg was apparently not present at the Reese’s Senior Bowl all week, so we don’t have as much on Eichenberg as we do on others like Leatherwood that was able to go up against many other prospects in the draft.
Liam Eichenberg is a tackle I see being taken shortly after guys like Christian Darrisaw, who is projected to go roughly top-15. Eichenberg is a well-rounded left tackle who could certainly come in day one and start. He has a good balance of skill in pass protection as well as in the run game. He is a strong tackle with good footwork, though he can struggle against speed rushers.
Eichenberg may not be a player available for the Green Bay Packers or a player they necessarily need, but is someone worth talking about. He may not be very quick, but he is a smart and strong player that would be a valuable player to multiple teams in the NFL. I personally find him to be rather valuable.
Eichenberg has what it takes to be a formidable tackle in today’s NFL. He may not be on the Green Bay Packers radar considering they have one of the best left tackle’s in the business, but he’s still a prospect to keep an eye on nonetheless.