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SNS 2024 Combine Review - Offensive Line (OT / IOL)


(Tyler Guyton / OT / Oklahoma)


The 2024 NFL Draft has one of the best and deepest groups of OL the NFL has seen in decades. There are approximately 12-14 starting OTs in this draft and nearly as many future starting IOL, especially centers, in the 2024 NFL Draft. SNS breaks down the fourth day of the NFL Scouting Combine – OTs and IOL.


 

OT

Top of the Class


There are at least six OTs who figure to be first round picks in April’s draft with 12 different prospects who could warrant first round consideration. There are several potential starters who need development but could become reliable performers if they go to the right team.


 

Troy Fautanu / Washington

6036 / 317 / 9.4” Hands / 34.4” Arms / 81.4” Wingspan

5.01 40 / 1.71 10-yard split / 32.5” vertical / 9’5” broad jump

Fautanu is a fantastic athlete with very light feet, loose hips, and great agility. He excelled during on-field drills where his movement skills were featured and he looked the most at ease amongst top OT prospects in this draft. Fautanu may be moved inside to OG where his athleticism can really shine. Regardless, expect the Husky OL to be drafted in round one next month.


 

Joe Alt / Notre Dame

6085 / 321 / 10” Hands / 34.2” Arms / 82.6” Wingspan

5.05 40 / 1.73 10-yard split / 28” vertical / 9’4” broad jump

Alt, the son of former NFL All Pro OT John, is an excellent athlete with prototypical size and length every team wants protecting their QB’s blind side. A former TE, Alt, moved well and has an easy kick slide. He looks locked into a Top 10 pick in April.


 

Olumuyima Fashanu / Penn State

6060 / 312 / 8.4” Hands / 34” Arms / 82.4” Wingspan

5.11 40 / 1.77 10-yard split / 32” vertical / 9’1” broad jump

Fashanu did not get a chance to work out after pulling up injured after his first 40 run. Fashanu would have likely been a first round choice last year if he had entered the draft and remains a first round level prospect this year. He has great length and is difficult to beat with either speed or power due to his bend and agility. The Nittany Lion should get drafted in the first 20 picks in April.


 

Taliese Fuaga / Oregon State

6056 / 324 / 10.1” Hands / 33.1” Arms / 80.5” Wingspan

5.13 40 / 1.77 10-yard split / 32” vertical / 9’3” broad jump

The most powerful and consistent run blocking OT in this class, Fuaga answered any questions about his ability to man OLT with his technically proficient performance on Sunday afternoon. Fuaga’s playing style is similar to Penei Sewell (Lions) and looks like a future All Pro. Fuaga should be off the board in the Top 15 picks in April.


 

Tyler Guyton / Oklahoma

6076 / 322 / 10.2” Hands / 34.2” Arms / 82.2” Wingspan

5.19 40 / 1.76 10-yard split / 34.5” vertical / 8’11” broad jump

Guyton, a transfer from TCU where he enrolled as a TE, is raw and may not be ready to contribute as a starter immediately as a rookie. But damn, his upside is huge. The Sooner is a natural athlete with great flexibility and movement skills. He is a bit high cut, does not bend well (especially when tired), and has some difficulty handling twists and stunts. No OT, perhaps no prospect in this draft, has the ceiling of Guyton. He looks locked into late round one in Detroit next month.


 

JC Latham / Alabama

6052 / 342 / 11” Hands / 35.1” Arms / 84.3” Wingspan

Did not conduct any timed or measured drills (40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, etc.)

There is no prospect in this OT class that has SNS more divided than the Alabama ORT. Latham has elite physical characteristics including huge hands and a large wingspan. He moved well during on field drills and most scouts have fallen in love with his potential. But his game tape is inconsistent. He chews up defenders on the edge in the run game but is exposed by speed off the corner in the passing game. Latham will be drafted in the first round – whether or not he is actually worth it at this point is another issue all together.


 

Amarius Mims / Georgia

6076 / 340 / 11.2” Hands / 36.2” Arms / 86.6” Wingspan

5.07 40 / 1.78 10-yard split / 25.5” vertical / 9’3” broad jump

Mims is a physical freak with size, length, mammoth hands, and surprisingly light feet and promising pass protection ability. However, he lacks a lot of playing experience and lost the opportunity to work out on Sunday when he was injured during his second 40 attempt. Georgia pro day will be huge for the Bulldog ORT. Expect him to not fall out of the first round the last weekend in April.


 

Jordan Morgan / Arizona

6050 / 311 / 10.7” Hands / 32.7” Arms / 81.3” Wingspan

5.05 40 / 1.70 10-yard split / 28” vertical / 9’2” broad jump

Morgan had a quietly productive day in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon – and virtually no one noticed. The Wildcat has enough size and is a quality athlete with two years of starting experience at OLT. It would be hard to imagine Morgan falling out of the first round next month.


 

 

OT Mid-Rounders – Developmental Prospects with Starting Potential


There are several mid-round, developmental prospects with enough athletic ability, experience, and upside to be drafted on Saturday (day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft). None of these prospects are “sure things” but they all have traits and attributes that could lead them to becoming starting OTs in a season or two of development.


 

Frank Crum / Wyoming

6082 / 313 / 10.4” Hands / 33.7” Arms / 82” Wingspan

4.94 40 / 1.69 10-yard split / 31.5” vertical / 9’6” broad jump

Crum has three years of starting experience at Wyoming with plenty of experience on both sides of the line. Crum ran the second fastest 40, with the fastest 10-yard split time, of any OL who ran on Sunday afternoon. The Wyoming Cowboy has ideal length with enough athleticism to play OLT in the NFL. Crum could go off the board as early as late second round in Detroit next month.


 

Garret Greenfield / South Dakota State

6056 / 311 / 9.6” Hands / 34.4” Arms / 83.1” Wingspan

5.22 40 / 1.77 10-yard split / 38.5” vertical / 9’5” broad jump

South Dakota State has supplanted North Dakota State as the preeminent program in the FCS and the quality of the offensive line play has been a major reason why. Greenfield (and his teammate IOL Mason McCormick, who was also at the combine on Sunday) is an SEC-level OL who turned down NIL money to stay with the Jackrabbits, and looks like a potential starting OT after a season or two of NFL experience. The Jackrabbit OT set an NFL Combine OL record 38.5” vertical jump on Sunday.  Greenfield should be off the board early in the fourth round in April.


 

Roger Rosengarten / Washington

6053 / 308 / 9.5” Hands / 33.4” Arms / 80.3” Wingspan

4.92 40 / 1.73 10-yard split / 30” vertical / 9’5” broad jump

The fastest OL in Indianapolis on Sunday was the Husky ORT. Rosengarten was tasked with protecting lefty QB Michael Penix’s blindside the last two years and projects as an OLT in the NFL. He is technically solid, has the desired length and movement skills, and looks like a future starter. Rosengarten should be drafted on day 3 in Detroit.



 

Blake Fisher / Notre Dame

6056 / 310 / 10” Hands / 34.6” Arms / 83” Wingspan

5.2 40 / 1.82 10-yard split / 38” vertical

Fisher was a 5-star recruit who surprisingly left school a year early when he was going to slide over to OLT next year. He may have been the best OT prospect for the 2025 NFL Draft, if he had stayed in South Bend. Fisher has only played ORT at Notre Dame but looks like he has the size and length to excel at either OT spot. Fisher should be off the board by the end of the fifth round the last weekend in April.

 

 

IOL


Although the OTs are getting the bulk of attention, the IOL in this draft are a diverse and talented group of prospects who fit man and zone blocking schemes. Additionally, many have the versatility to man multiple positions – an important consideration when most NFL teams carry only seven or eight OL on game days.


 

Guards


Graham Barton / Duke

6053 / 313 / 9.3” Hands / 32.7” Arms / 79.6” Wingspan

29.5” vertical / 9’0” broad jump

Barton was a multi-year starting OLT in the ACC and has the ability and talent to stay on the edge in pass protection. Barton has an extremely high football IQ with the natural attributes desired for guard, and even center. Barton carries a Top 50 grade and should go off the board by early second round in April.


 

Cooper Beebe / Kansas State

6032 / 322 / 31.4” Arms / 78.1” Wingspan

5.01 40 / 1.75 10-yard split / 27.5” vertical / 9’1” broad jump

Beebe came into the combine as SNS’ #1 ranked IOL prospect and did little to change that perception of his standing on Sunday. Beebe lacks ideal arm length but that is a minor issue when you consider his strength, power, tenacity, and technique and how he can unroot IDL off the LOS like few prospects can. The Wildcat moves well and looks like he can lead on both short and long pulls at the NFL level. Beebe will be off the board in the Top 50 picks in April.


 

Christian Haynes / Connecticut

6026 / 317 / 33.4” Arms / 79.6” Wingspan

5.03 40 / 1.75 10-yard split / 33” vertical / 8’6” broad jump

Haynes has remarkable reliability and durability as a three-year starter and two time All-American at UCONN. His body may look sloppy but his performances are not – he’s a technician who comes to battle and relishes contact and physicality. Haynes has only played ORG in his college career but he looks to have the size, length, and athleticism to handle either OG spot, or slide out to ORT in a pinch. Haynes has first round value but could slip to the third round. Regardless, he should start early in his NFL career.


 

 

Centers


The 2024 NFL Draft has a diverse and talented group of centers who look like future starters or valuable back-ups. Two of these centers are potential first round picks (Frazier, Powers-Johnson) while several others will be drafted later during the weekend but still look like long-term NFL starters.


 

Zach Frazier / West Virginia

6025 / 313 / 10.7” Hands / 32.2” Arms / 78.4” Wingspan

Did not conduct any timed or measured drills (40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, etc.)

Frazier got injured in his last game in Morgantown and was not supposed to work out until his pro day. But on Sunday, although he was not able to run or jump, he still participated in drills. And although he clearly was not fully healthy, he moved well and showed a grittiness and toughness just by participating. Frazier is experienced, has ideal size, and was dominating at times in the Big 12. If Frazier can run and jump by his pro day, he may get drafted in round one.


 

Jackson Powers-Johnson / Oregon

6033 / 328 / 32.2” Arms / 78.1” Wingspan

32” vertical / 8’8” broad jump

JPJ is the most powerful and dominating run blocking center in this class. He’s big, powerful, and plays with a nasty mean streak. The Duck is virtually impossible to bull rush when he anchors and sinks his hips. JPJ could stand to lose some weight to aid his agility but he has rare power and promising leadership chops. JPJ should be a Top 35 pick next month.


 

Tanor Bortolini / Wisconsin

6042 / 303 / 10” Hands / 31.1” Arms / 77.5” Wingspan

4.94 40 / 1.69 10-yard split / 32.5” vertical / 9’4” broad jump

Bortolini has steadily improved throughout his career in Madison and has become one of the safest IOL prospects in this draft. The Badger pulls easily and has great mobility. He also has significantly improved in his ability to handle power and size on his nose. Bortolini’s stock is quickly rising. He may get drafted in the second round in April.


 

Dylan McMahon / North Carolina State

6033 / 299 / 9.3” Hands / 33” Arms / 75.1” Wingspan

5.10 40 / 9.3” Hands / 33” vertical / 9’7” Wingspan

The most athletic and quick center in attendance in Indianapolis on Sunday was the Wolfpack pivot man. McMahon lacks some desired size and girth and can be over powered at the POA at times. But he is smart, a leader, and a very good athlete. The competition is deep in this class but McMahon should be drafted early on the third day of the NFL Draft.


 

Drake Nugent / Michigan

6014 / 298 / 9” Hands / 33” Arms / 78.1” Wingspan

5.23 40 / 1.83 10-yard split / 29.5” vertical / 8’5” broad jump

In total, 18 Wolverines participated in combine activities this week in Indianapolis (a new record) and no Wolverine did more to improve his draft standing than Nugent. The transfer from Stanford is a tough and smart leader who made the line calls for Michigan this last season. On Sunday during on field workouts, Nugent displayed good movement skills while maintaining his balance and looked like the technician that played on Saturdays last fall. Nugent has worked his way into the mid rounds of the draft in April.



(Frank Crum / OT / Wyoming)


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