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
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

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.

2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule: TV channel, live stream info, NFL schedule

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The 2022 NFL Football season is finally back in session. This Sunday night features a match-up between Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers vs Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. NBC and Peacock have got you covered with access to this week’s game as well as every Sunday Night Football game this season. See below for the complete 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule and find out how to live stream every game on Peacock.

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This year’s Sunday Night Football coverage will feature Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Melissa Stark on the sidelines. Live coverage begins every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America with the talented group of Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio, and Matthew Berry. Berry, a fantasy football industry pioneer, will also appear on Peacock’s exclusive NFL post-game show, Sunday Night Football Final.

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Football Night in America will also feature a weekly segment hosted by Simms and sports betting and Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – 49ers at Broncos

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Chiefs at Buccaneers

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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How to watch San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos: TV, live stream info, preview for Sunday Night Football game

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It’s the San Francisco 49ers vs the Denver Broncos this Sunday, September 25 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock with Football Night in America. See below for additional information on how to watch the game.

Starting this week, Football Night in America will feature a weekly segment hosted by former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and sports betting and fantasy pioneer Matthew Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

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Be sure to start your NFL Sunday with Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Football Pregame show beginning at 11 AM ET on Peacock and the NFL on NBC YouTube channel.

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San Francisco 49ers

After falling 19-10 in their season opener against the Chicago Bears, The San Francisco 49ers (1-1) bounced back in week 2 with a dominant 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday afternoon. However, the team lost starting QB Trey Lance in the process. Lance, who went 3rd overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, was carted off the field in the 1st quarter with a broken ankle that will require season-ending surgery. Jimmy Garoppolo is now back in the starting spot after the 49ers spent the majority of this offseason trying to trade him. San Francisco gave Garoppolo permission to seek a trade in July but ended up restructuring his contract with the intent of keeping him as the backup behind Lance.

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Garoppolo finished 13-of-21 for 154 passing yards with 1 passing touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown in Sunday’s win. While he was proud of his performance, Garappolo said the win was bittersweet.

“It felt good to be back out there. I feel terrible for Trey. I’ve been on that side of it. This league is tough.” Garoppolo told reporters at 49ersWebzone.com. “Everyone has their share of injuries but that sucks for him. I feel bad for him but he’s our brother and we’ll pick him up. . . . I’m comfortable here. The players, the scheme, all that stuff, the locker room, I’m comfortable. I’m familiar with it. I’m not saying I knew this was going to happen but I was ready for this in case it did happen and just want to take advantage of the opportunity.”

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Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos (1-1) picked up their first victory of the season last Sunday with an ugly 16-9 win over the Houston Texans. The Broncos’ offense struggled for most of the game and first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett once again received criticism and even boos from the crowd for some questionable plays. Hackett, the former offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers (2019-2021) under Matt LaFleur, told reporters after the game that he will work to make his playcalling more efficient.

“I think I just need to be sure I clean up exactly what I’m hearing, where I’m going with, and make sure I’m on the same page for Russ. I think that will make us more efficient. ”

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Wilson finished 14-of-31 passes for 219 yards, with one touchdown, one interception, and three sacks in Sunday’s win. The 9-time Pro-Bowler and 2014 Super Bowl Champion signed a 5-year, $245 million extension with the Broncos earlier this month making him the second highest paid player in the league in terms of average annual salary ($49M). The franchise is hoping the veteran QB can help lead the Broncos to their first playoff appearance since 2015.

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How to watch the San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos:

  • Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
  • When: Sunday, September 25
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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