NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the top 5 offensive tackles, prospects in the draft

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The NFL Draft is finally here, and there are several big names on the market that are poised to not only turn around certain franchises, but ring in a new generation of football. So let’s answer who the top NFL draft offensive tackles might be this year.

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There are several standout offensive tackles available this year, and the top five alone have the potential to carry a team’s offensive line. Here are the top five tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to Rotoworld’s Thor Nygard.

1. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Tristan Wirfs
(Rotoworld Mock Draft)

Wirfs’ strength has always been prominent, as the hometown hero was not only a standout OL during his time at Mount Vernon High School, but he was also a two-time state champion in shot put and discus throw and a champion wrestler. After his shot-put championship in his sophomore year, he received offers from Iowa and Iowa State and committed to Iowa as a four-star recruit in his junior year.

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The Iowa native became the first true freshman to start for the Hawkeyes in the Kirk Ferentz era, starting eight of 10 games, with seven of those being at right tackle. The following year, he bounced back from a suspension in the 2018 season opener to receive honorable All-Big Ten notice after being a dominant presence over 12 games on the right side, working in tandem with Alaric Jackson. In 2019, he built on his performance, playing 13 games (10 at right tackle) and was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a 2019 second-team AP All-American.

At 6-5, 320 pounds, Wirfs’ size and strength makes him dominant at the OT position, as his work in the weight room translates easily to his strength on the field. He can throw anyone back with force and also has the speed and stealth to keep up with his opponents, as well as large arms and hands that can put anyone on their backs. Not only that, he’s versatile in the fact that he can play either side with ease.

He does, however, have to expand his overall play and ability and make the most of all of his attributes, while also working on his positioning, but is the NFL draft top offensive tackle.

2. Andrew Thomas, Georgia

NFL draft top offensive tackles: Andrew Thomas
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Another outstanding selection, Thomas slid down a bit in regards to his 40-yard time at the Combine, but in all respect, he is perhaps one of the tackles that is most likely to hit the ground running at the NFL level.

A five-star recruit from Georgia’s Pace Academy, transitioning to the NCAA was nothing for Thomas, who started all 15 games for the Bulldogs in his freshman year. There was no drop-off in his playing ability, as he received numerous Freshman All-American accolades for his performance. And when it came to switching from right tackle to left tackle in his sophomore year, he again was able to adapt without issue to the change, starting 13 games and being named a second-team AP All-American, while receiving first-team All-SEC honors. He then earned first-team all-conference accolades in 2019 and was named a first-team AP All-American for his performance at left tackle in 2019.

Over the course of his NCAA career, he missed just two games: one in 2018 due to an ankle injury, and another to prepare for the NFL draft in 2019.

The 6-5, 315-pound OT is arguably the most ready for the NFL. His competitive drive and quickness makes him incredibly hard to play against, and he’s incredibly aware of what’s going on around him. Not only that, he can recover and redirect on the fly, and has the size and speed to never let his guard down.

However, there is room for improvement when it comes to footwork and perfecting his technique if he wants to fulfill expectations as an elite NFL tackle.

3. Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

NFL draft top offensive tackles: Jedrick Wills
(Rotoworld Mock Draft)

Over his football career, high expectations have never been out of reach for Jedrick Wills Jr. The Lexington, Kent. native went to the Alabama as a five-star prospect and was a standout player from the get-go with the Tide. He played in 11 games in his freshman season, and he was able to take the starting job at right tackle in 2018 when veteran Matt Womack went down with injury. After that, he went from a reliable player to one of the most dominant All-American OTs, leading him to be receive first-team All-SEC and second-team AP ALL-American accolades in 2019.

Standing at 6-4, 312 pounds, Wills isn’t the typical size, he makes up for it with quickness and different approaches to shut down defenders, and out of all the OTs available, he probably packs the biggest punch. He’s able to move well and has great agility, which allows him to transition fluidly and be a strong body mover. He’s also able to control the tempo of play and has quick feet and hands that will benefit him moving forward.

He does, however, need to be able to hold his own and not let pressure to be one step ahead of his opponents control his movements, as this can lead to overextending and wrong reads, while giving the defense the ability to beat him and get past him.

While he isn’t the typical tackle, Wills will certainly be a major asset at the NFL level.

4. Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Mekhi Becton
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Becton made headlines with an impressive showing at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in just 5.10 seconds. That’s what got him on the radar of multiple teams, but his skill, size and ability at OT is what has turned him into one of the top tackle prospects available.

In high school, Becton was a major asset in helping Highland Springs capture back-to-back state championships before he went to Louisville as a four-star recruit. Standing at 6-7, 364 pounds, Becton had no problem stepping in immediately, starting 10 games at right tackle for the Cardinals before switching to left tackle for 10 games in his sophomore year, playing just two on the right side. At left tackle through 11 starts in 2019, Becton received numerous accolades and praise for his performance, including first-team All-ACC honors.

Like Thomas, Becton is likely to make an impact immediately at the NFL level, mainly due to his size and 7-foot wingspan. He’s monstrous and a force to be reckoned with, able to easily handle blocking duties. He’s able to throw his weight around and knock kick-outs off their feet, but his skill goes beyond his size; in fact, it’s his positioning that adds to his ability at tackle, especially when protecting the inside post.

There are some issues that come with size, though, especially when it comes to his quickness and staying aware of his surroundings, while also maintaining control over the field and working on his pass-pro performance.

5. Josh Jones, Houston

Josh Jones
(Rotoworld Mock Draft)

Having grown up in Richmond, Texas, Jones played both basketball and football for George Bush high school and was originally committed to play for Oklahoma State heading into his senior year. However, when he saw that Houston coach Tom Herman was taking players from around the area, the three-star recruit de-committed before National Signing Day and decided to play for the Cougars.

After redshirting as a freshman, Josh Jones made his debut as a starting left tackle in 13 games the following year. Even after Herman left, Jones stuck with the Cougars, starting 10 games at left tackle as a sophomore. An outstanding protector of the blind side, Jones received second-team all-conference accolades his senior year, even though he only started the first nine games of the season before falling victim to a knee injury.

The 6-5, 319-pound Jones is a work in progress and one of the most promising OT prospects available. He still has ways to go, but with development and time at the NFL level, he can emerge as a strong starting left tackle.

Jones is highly coachable, has a long reach and his quickness, mobility and competitive nature makes him a force on the field. He’s also able to improve his play as time goes on and has plenty of upside and room for growth, while he is also able to adapt to situations and move fluidly and smoothly.

He does have to work on better utilizing his arm length and body control, as well as cleaning up his footwork and angles.

Super Bowl food 2023: Appetizer, entrée, and dessert ideas for Super Bowl LVII inspired by the Eagles and Chiefs

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As the countdown continues toward Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are getting their game plans set. But while they go over their plays, the rest of America goes over their menus in preparation for the big day. When it comes to the Super Bowl, everything is always the best — the best teams, the best performers and, of course, the best food.

But how can you impress your party in the kitchen while showing support for your favorite team? Let’s take a look at some iconic food from each of the Super Bowl team cities to prepare for Super Bowl LVII.

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Philadelphia Super Bowl food

Crabfries

Why have plain old fries when you could have crabfries? That’s exactly what Pete Ciarrocchi, the CEO of the legendary Philadelphia restaurant Chickie and Pete’s, said one day when creating this intriguing concoction.

While the name may be misleading, crabfries do not contain any actual crab, but rather a blend of spices and Old Bay seasoning that allow the dish to take on a subtle seafood flavor. Topped with a creamy, cheesy dipping sauce, the crinkle-cut fries are sure to take your taste buds to the next level.

Cheesesteak sloppy joes

It simply isn’t Philly without a cheesesteak. Keep it casual in your kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday with Katie Lee Biegel’s Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes, an easy way to rep the Birds.

Can’t get enough of the cheesesteak? Bring some more Philly specials to the table with this cheesesteak dip, the perfect way to amp up your appetizer game and leave party guests feeling like they just took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

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Water ice

Is the action of the game heating up? Cool down with a classic Philly treat, water ice. First originating in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in 1984, the icy dessert is now sold in over 600 stores nationwide. The original Rita’s Water Ice shop, however, still remains open for business.

You can even show a little extra passion for the Birds by whipping up this green apple variation, sure to leave you refreshed and ready for the Lombardi.

Kansas City Super Bowl food

Cheese slippers

If you’re looking for a classy, yet authentic appetizer to bring to the table, there’s no better fit than the cheese slipper. This ciabatta loaf baked with melty cheeses and topped with seasonal vegetables and herbs has Kansas City natives hooked.

While the bread is typically baked to perfection by local shops, test your own skill level with this gourmet slipper bread recipe that you can complete with the mouth-watering toppings of your choice.

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BBQ burnt ends

It’s rare to hear the words Kansas City without barbeque following short after. If you’re looking to impress your guests with your Super Bowl food spread, get out to the grill and start showing off.

While many cities in America know how to cook up some excellent BBQ, the combination of the sweet flavors and mouth-watering sauce has made Kansas City a hub for barbeque lovers for decades.

BBQ burnt ends, while a bit time-consuming, are  well worth a little elbow grease. The dish is also one of the few in Kansas City with a distinct origin story. The meal first found its creation at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, a legendary African American restaurant in KC. Bryant originally made the burnt ends from the trimmings of pork belly, but since then, BBQ lovers have made incredible bites out of many styles of meat.

And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, try fixing up some classic Kansas City sides to pair with your entrée to perfection.

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Chiefs chocolate chip cookies

While there is no specific dessert that defines the Heart of America, you can still show your Kansas City pride with these ever-colorful Chiefs chocolate chip cookies.

Make sure to have your food dye handy, because the red and yellow hue of these cookies are sure to show everyone whose side you are on.

Or, if you’re feeling artistic, design an eye-catching Chiefs jersey out of the fan-favorite rice krispie treats. Whether you make Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce or Chris Jones, you’ll have the tastiest Super Bowl jerseys around.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2023 – Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs:

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How to watch Super Bowl 2023: TV channel, live stream info, start time, halftime show, and more

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Super Bowl 2023 takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM ET at State Farm Stadium–home of the Arizona Cardinals–in Glendale, Arizona as Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles will look to win their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs make their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four seasons.

Not only will the match up feature two top seeds for the first time since 2017, but Super Bowl 2023 will be especially monumental because this is the first time that two Black quarterbacks will face each other in the league’s biggest game of the year.

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Super Bowl 2023 will be nothing short of exciting, see below for additional information on how to watch/live stream the game as well as answers to all your frequently asked questions.

How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 – Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs

  • Date: Sunday, February 12
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Network: Fox

Who is playing in Super Bowl 2023?

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Who is the home team in Super Bowl 2023 and how is it determined?

The Philadelphia Eagles are the home team in Super Bowl 2023. The designated home team alternates each year between the NFC and AFC champions. If it is as odd-numbered Super Bowl, the NFC team is the designated home team. If it as even-numbered Super Bowl, the AFC team is the designated home team.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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Who is performing the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023?

It was announced in September, that international popstar, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rihanna will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023.

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Why does the NFL use Roman numerals?

AFL and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt proposed using Roman numerals for each Super Bowl to add pomp and gravitas to the game. Roman numerals were, unsurprisingly, used in ancient Rome as a number system. I stands for 1, V for 5, X for 10, L for 50 and C for 100. That’s right: In 2066, get ready for Super Bowl C.

Super Bowl V was the first to use Roman numerals. They were retroactively added to the Super Bowl II to IV logos and have been used each year since⁠ until 2016. For Super Bowl L, or 50, the NFL tried out 73 different logos before breaking down and using a plain old “50.”

The Roman numerals for this year’s big game, Super Bowl 57, are LVII.

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How many Super Bowls have the Eagles won in franchise history?

The Eagles have won just one Super Bowl title in franchise history, however, Super Bowl LVII will be their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

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How many Super Bowls have the Chiefs won in franchise history?

The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls in franchise history (1969 and 2019). Super Bowl LVII will be the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl appearance.

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Who was the first Black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl?

Doug Williams was the first Black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. Williams, a product of Grambling State–a historically Black university–achieved the milestone on January 31, 1988 in Super Bowl XXII as the QB for Washington.

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