Patriots: 8 Potential first-round picks who don’t play quarterback
Tevin Jenkins, T, Oklahoma State
At 6-6 and 320 pounds, Tevin Jenkins is more than a grown man on the offensive line. He’s an all-around dominant tackle, known for his pancake blocks that have helped to spring Chuba Hubbard and company free for the past few seasons. At his size, the ability to stay low and get drive off defenders is a testament to his form. He’s strong in the passing game too, though. Pro Football Focus lists him as only giving four pressures on 211 opportunities pass blocking.
If there is a knock on Jenkins, it’s that he plays on the right side of the offensive line, generally where you keep the weaker tackle or someone who can’t play the left side for some reason. However, Jenkins was clearly the best tackle on Oklahoma State, so it’s hard to figure out why he was over there.
Christian Darrisaw, T, Virginia Tech
Like Jenkins, Christian Darrisaw is a long offensive tackle. In Darrisaw’s case, he’s slightly smaller at 6-5 and 315 pounds. Unlike Jenkins, Darrisaw played left tackle at Virginia Tech, which means his skillset should translate to play left tackle in the NFL, without as long of an adjustment phase.
Darrisaw is strong, with room to get stronger. He didn’t break out as a great offensive lineman until 2020, but that’s only because he had been developing into a devastating blocker. Most importantly, in that time before his breakout, Darrisaw has shown that he’s coachable and isn’t just a guy who is so big that he dominates opponents. He’s also a technique-driven tackle.