PFF ranks faculty soccer’s 5 most offensive tackles for the 2021 season
In the 2021 NFL Draft, four offensive tackles were executed in the first round, two of which were within the first 15 picks. With the 2021 college football season just around the corner, Pro Football Focus recently released a list of the top five offensive tackles in all of college football.
The top 5, in order from No. 1 to No. 5, are Thayer Munford from Ohio, Darian Kinnard from Kentucky, Evan Neal from Alabama, Jamaree Salyer from Georgia, and Peter Skoronski from the Northwest. Each player was a former 247Sports Composite four-star recruit or better, with Neal and Salyer both being five-star recruits.
Munford will return to the Buckeyes for a fifth season in 2021, thanks to an extra year granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his time in the state of Ohio, Munford was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit from Massillon, Ohio. He was also the number 28 offensive tackle in the 2017 recruiting class.
“His passport protection was almost flawless in 2020,” wrote Anthony Treash of PFF. “Munford was strong against high quality pass rush sessions like Michigan, Clemson and Alabama and showed tremendous processing speed against stunts and lightning all year round. He only allowed three presses over the course of 264 pass-blocking snaps – none of which was a sack or a punch to quarterback Justin Fields. In return, its allowable pressure rate was half a percentage point lower than any other Power Five device. “
As for Neal, the Crimson Tide star was a 247Sports Composite five-star recruit from Bradenton, Florida. He was also the # 1 offensive tackle in the 2019 recruiting class. In Bleacher Reports 2022 NFL Mock DraftNeal is drafted as No. 4 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Right now, in terms of position, Coach is trying to find the best combination of people out there,” Neal told reporters during a Zoom call this month. “I worked at Right (tackle) last year, my first year at Left Guard. I’m playing a little left (tackle) right now, but nothing is set in stone at the moment. Coach is just trying to find the top five for the field. “
The other five-star recruit on the list is Georgia’s Jamaree Salyer. Salyer came from Atlanta prior to joining the Bulldogs and was the # 1 offensive guard and # 10 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.
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Salyer started nine games with left winger that year and moved to left guard for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, with a few linemen missing in action. Before the 2020 season, Salyer had made two starts and both were on the right track. According to Pro Football Focus, Salyer was the top-rated left tackle in the SEC in 2020 at 88.9. The analytics-based release had it at least 10 points higher than any other left-wing device in the league.