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2021 NFL Draft Top 5 Interior Offensive Lineman

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The 2021 NFL Draft is now one day away and it’s time for my final top 5 rankings of the interior offensive lineman of the draft class after going through them here at Game On Wisconsin.

This interior offensive lineman class might not have the top 10-15 prospect that other years do, but this is still a talented and deep class. There is a chance you won’t hear a name called on Thursday night or maybe one towards the end of day 1, but come day 2, you should hear the names start to roll off in rapid fire mode and it’s fairly likely the Green Bay Packers are one of those teams to select a name.

1. Landon Dickerson

Now known for his cartwheels that he was seen doing at the Alabama Pro Day, Landon Dickerson may come as a surprise to a lot at the number 1 spot, but I think it’s the right call. Dickerson is a massive and extremely versatile player who seems like strength would be his biggest asset, and it still might be, but when you look at his intelligence and how he handles situational problems it is right there with the strength.

Dickerson doesn’t really have any weaknesses in his game other than a few small things to work on like his footwork speed, but the real concern is health. With 2 ACL injuries and 2 serious ankles injuries as well, this is the reason most people wouldn’t put Dickerson at the 1 spot, which is a reasonable thought.

His health is a major concern for me as well, but when he is healthy, he is the clear-cut number 1 guy for me and the way he stands out in film only backs it up. Most likely no matter where he will be selected in this draft, if he can stay healthy, he will be an absolute steal value wise.

2. Creed Humphrey

Creed Humphrey would be most people’s pick to be in the number 1 spot on these rankings and it’s not hard to see why. Humphreys is a complete package, he comes with strength, brains, health, vision, and athleticism. He’s a guy who just does pretty much everything right and still has room to improve too.

On the flip side, Humphrey is a strange prospect when talking about athleticism and skill. He ended up with a 10.00 RAS which is very impressive but it didn’t translate to the film always. He has struggled in the past with efficiently climbing to the second level and blocking linebackers, speed rushers have given him issues, and he has also seen a few struggles pulling.

At the end up of it all, Humphrey is a great prospect and he has a healthy history that could likely get him drafted over anyone on this list. He and Dickerson have very similar strengths and weaknesses but I don’t think Humphrey backed it up as much as Dickerson and that’s why he’s my number 2 guy.

3. Wyatt Davis

Wyatt Davis has been a bright spot on a talented Ohio State offensive line for a while now. He has a good functional strength and pairs it with good not great athleticism. His technical skills aren’t always consistent but when they are on he is a wall no defender can get through

He tends to struggle with balance and pad height and ended up on the ground after plays too often. Davis also has too improve his lateral agility and get more accurate at blocking linebackers in the second level.

If it wasn’t for his recent knee injury, Davis could easily be a day 1 starter for a lot of teams, but now he gets the chance to work on his fine-tuning. Despite still being injured, Davis is still loaded with potential and should hear his name called early on Day 2.

4. Josh Myers

Josh Myers served as a backup for a while early on in his college career but he finally got his shot and he made the most of it. Myers can be a versatile lineman in the NFL, he has a good amount of strength but where he really thrives is his intelligence and his technical skills. The leverage he uses really makes this apparent and I would put his technical skills on par with almost any other interior lineman of this draft class.

Myers has good lateral abilities, he just lacks the burst and athleticism to put them to good use. Myers also tends to play too boxy but this only becomes an issue in the second level and against the occasional speed rusher.

Myers has a very high floor and should be a decent long-term player, but at this point, his ceiling is lower than others on this list unless significant overhauls are done to his body. He still should hear his name called early-to-halfway through day 2 since he is a low risk prospect.

5. Trey Smith

Trey Smith is a 4-year starter and has played multiple positions with Tennessee. He is coming into the draft as one of, if not, the strongest interior linemen of the draft class. He has good athleticism and his hands pack a mean and accurate punch. Smith’s mental part of his game is very underrated as well.

The blood clot issue that almost ended his career is a red flag to watch still, even if he played 2 years after the incident. He also struggles with bend and his anticipation off of the snap. Smith has good foot speed but he keeps them stationary too often and has to keep them moving.

Honorable Mention:

Alijah Vera-Tucker gets an honorable mention because he is still technically listed as a tackle despite almost all projections saying he will be a guard in the NFL. Vera-Tucker would have made it on as the number one spot for a number of reasons.

Physically he has all of the tools, he’s strong, athletic, technically sound and accurate, a quick processor, and quick feet. Vera-Tucker, like some of the other prospects, does everything right but slightly better.

Vera-Tucker has good health and the consistent film to back up his profiles and scouting that put him above others, and honestly there isn’t much he doesn’t have. He will occasionally not finish blocks and he can sometimes be pushed back into the pocket when his pad level gets high off of the snap.

If Vera-Tucker does indeed head back to play guard in the NFL, he will be projected as the top interior lineman. No matter where he plays, he still should hear his name called halfway-to-later on day 1 of the draft.

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