TDN Staff: Senior Bowl OT Superlatives

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With the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl less than two weeks away, the TDN staff is hard at work studying tape for the upcoming event. As a result, we're able to compile our annual (we did it last year at NDT) Senior Bowl Superlatives pieces on every position group.

Today, we dive into the offensive tackle class, with each evaluator offering their take on which tackle is their top guy coming into the week, who has the most to prove and who is the sleeper out of the group.

Here's the squad:

Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

Kaleb McGary, Washington

Chuma Edoga, USC

Andre Dillard, Washington State

Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

Tytus Howard, Alabama State

Other Senior Bowl Positional Superlatives


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends


Top Prospect: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

Long, powerful and an effective blocker in space. There's a whole lot to like about Cajuste, who can be a smidge tight in the hips at times but otherwise looks the part of a top-50 pick at Left Tackle. The Senior Bowl is rigged against the pass blockers in one on ones, given the amount of space defenders can work with...but I expect Cajuste to perform well anyway.

Most to Prove: Kaleb McGary, Washington

Those same conditions in one on ones can potentially do a lot of damage to McGary's game. He's a player I'm watching closely and want to like, but it's hard to gloss over some of the issues in his game. He can go a long way in easing any concerns about his feet by showing balance and control throughout the week.

Sleeper: Tytus Howard, Alabama State

6-foot-6, 310 pounds and athletic? Yeah, these are the kinds of guys that get coaches' mouths watering throughout the draft process. Howard fits the mold of a middle round target that NFL coaches will be confident that they can milk the most out of.


Top Prospect: Dalton Risner, Kansas State

I don't get the dislike for Risner in some circles. He's not Quenton Nelson, but he's a really good football player with excellent technique, raw power and the ability to move people at the point of attack. I think he'll kick inside at the NFL level and be a long-time starter.

Most to Prove: Kaleb McGary, Washington

I wasn't impressed with McGary's tape at all, finding his frame to be that of a tackle but his footwork not nearly up to par. He has a lot of concerns as an edge protector, and his pad level is too high to be consistently dominant in the run game either. How he handles rushers will be something to watch in Mobile.

Sleeper: Tytus Howard, Alabama State

Howard is highly athletic with good size and some impressive tape against Auburn, his biggest matchup of the season. I want to see more of him to know just how big a sleeper he can be, but tackles with his skills and mentality typically don't last too long on draft weekend.


Top Prospect: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

I'm with Kyle on this one. I think Cajuste is nimble and strong, which is the perfect combination that you would want for a potential left tackle in the NFL. He also has shown this year -- to a fault, at times -- that he has a bit of a mean streak to him, which I think is very needed to play in the trenches.

Most to Prove: Dalton Risner, Kansas State

This one is sort of a trick selection for me, because where I do think that Risner is the best offensive tackle at Mobile, as he would be highest on my board, I have him with the most to prove because he could end up playing multiple positions in the NFL. Risner will get his chance to play at a variety of different spots along the offensive line during Senior Bowl week, and for that reason I'll say he has the most to prove.

Sleeper: Tytus Howard, Alabama State

I put my selections in last for this and I wasn't about to ruin a perfect selection across the board for a sleeper pick. But really, Howard is a very intriguing prospect because he does seem to process things very well. He looks well prepared when engaging with all kinds of rushers, and for that I'm glad we're going to get to see him against some top level edge play at the Senior Bowl.


Top Prospect: Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Risner is a stud! He is powerful, mobile and offers great body control to stay square and win at the point of attack. A versatile prospect, I think he can play all five spots on along the offensive line and offer high-caliber starting upside. Look for him to dominate that week from a variety of spots.

Most to Prove: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

Cajuste isn't perfect but his ceiling is high. His length, power and mobility serve as a terrific foundation to work from and develop, but there are technical improvements needed in terms of set points, weight distribution and his punch. I'm looking for more consistency from Cajuste as he aims to solidify a top-50 status.

Sleeper: Tytus Howard, Alabama State

It's always easy to toss a small school guy into the sleeper category but it fits for Howard. He held his own against Auburn earlier in the season and offers an intriguing blend of size, power and mobility. He has a chance to make a name for himself in Mobile.