Thu, 06 May 2021

Colts 2021 NFL Draft Position Preview: Offensive Tackles

Indianapolis Colts
17 Apr 2021, 17:39 GMT+10

If the Colts look to draft a tackle later this month, they'll have a deep, talented pool of players from which to choose.  JJ Stankevitz Who's available?

Thirty-six players listed as offensive tackles were invited to participate in the NFL's modified 2021 scouting combine, which officially took place at college pro days on various campuses:

Kayode Awosika, Buffalo Josh Ball, Marshall Larry Borom, Missouri Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa Jackson Carman, Clemson Brady Christensen, BYU Sam Cosmi, Texas Jake Curhan, Cal Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech Tommy Doyle, Miami (Ohio) Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame Stone Forsythe, Florida Will Fries, Penn State Carson Green, Texas A&M Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame Drew Himmelman, Illinois State James Hudson, Cincinnati Alaric Jackson, Iowa Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State Robert Jones, Middle Tennessee State Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Walker Little, Stanford Jalen Mayfield, Michigan Dan Moore, Texas A&M Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan Royce Newman, Mississippi Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State Penei Sewell, Oregon Will Sherman, Colorado Rashawn Slater, Northwestern D'Ante Smith, East Carolina Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC Landon Young, Kentucky What do experts think?

The Athletic's Dane Brugler has a whopping 13 tackles ranked in his top 100 players, highlighting the star power and depth of this year's tackle class: Penei Sewell (No. 5), Rashawn Slater (No. 11), Christian Darrisaw (No. 17), Teven Jenkins (No. 24), Sam Cosmi (No. 38), Liam Eichenberg (No. 49), Walker Little (No. 57), Brady Christensen (No. 62), Dillon Radunz (No. 74), James Hudson (No. 83), D'Ante Smith (No. 89), Stone Forsythe (No. 90) and Spencer Brown (No. 100). Additionally, some players who are listed by the NFL as tackles - like Alijah Vera-Tucker (No. 13) and Alex Leatherwood (No. 34) are among the highest ranked players by Brugler.

NFL.com's Charles Davis has five tackles going in the first round of his latest mock draft, including Jenkins to the Colts at No. 21. And CBS Sports' Chris Traposso has eight tackles being picked in the first two rounds of his mock draft.

In our Mock Draft Monday series, we've seen Cosmi, Darrisaw, Leatherwood, Eichenberg, Jenkins and Vera-Tucker all be projected to the Colts at No. 21.

Who's on the Colts?

Longtime starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired in January, while Sam Tevi and Julie'n Davenport were signed as free agents earlier this year. Starting right tackle Braden Smith returns, as reserves Jake Benzinger, Will Holden, Carter O'Donnell and Casey Tucker.

The Colts have drafted three tackles in general manager Chris Ballard's four drafts: Zach Banner (fourth round, 2017), Smith (second round, 2018) and Jackson Barton (seventh round, 2019).

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