Quarterbacks and pass catchers. Those position groups appear poised to dominate the top of this week’s NFL Draft.
In Todd McShay’s final 350-player big board, he has Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase as top-three players with Penei Sewell rounding out the top five and BYU QB Zach Wilson sandwiched in-between them all.
Only five offensive linemen ended up in McShay’s top 30. Here are the linemen that ended up between 30-69.
- 33. Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
- 39. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
- 45. Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama
- 60. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
- 61. Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater
- 62. Walker Little, OT, Stanford
- 66. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Seeing both Leatherwood and Cosmi ranked this low is a bit surprising. Leatherwood seems to have a good chance of sneaking into the first round, and Cosmi is ranked as an early second-rounder by most analysts.
Both players figure to be targets for the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round. Other names like Eichenberg, Radunz, Dickerson and Little were name-dropped by Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, so there could be interest from the Bengals in those players.
One thing seems to be for certain: offensive linemen will heavily populate the second and third rounds of the draft. That’s music to the Bengals’ ears.
fwiw, these are the linemen lapham name-dropped as notable non-first round options in order:— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) April 26, 2021