Felger & Mazz Big Board 2020: Tackles for the Patriots in the NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL Draft is still expected to happen on time, which means the Felger & Mazz Big Board is back and more expanded than ever.
This time, considering the guys have a lot of time on their hands, they decided to cover every single position. First they looked at guards and centers, so it’s time to finish off their in-depth analysis of draft prospects on the offensive line.
To continue the 2020 big board season on Tuesday, Felger & Mazz chucked a bunch of markers at draft magazines to predict potential Patriots at the tackle position. Here’s a quick look at the players they hit.
Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
From NFL.com: “The footwork and body control are just OK, but he’s loose-hipped and tremendously athletic with rare recovery ability when beaten. He may never be a plus run blocker, but he should keep improving with additional work and experience. Wanogho’s NFL play may be inconsistent, but his talent and ability to keep rushers off his quarterback is what matters most, and it should make him a long-time starter with development. Very late-comer to the sport, but possesses excellent athletic ability and improving skill-set to handle NFL pass protection on the left side.”
Felger: “‘He has heavy hands’ – again with the effing heavy hands thing.”
Mazz: “Yeah, another overbearing tackle.”
Trey Adams, Washington
From NFL.com: “After watching his 2016 tape in the summer of 2017, I came away believing Adams might be the most talented young tackle in college football. However, a 2017 ACL tear and 2018 back injury have taken several points away from his athletic rating. His pass sets look pretty and he still possesses adequate movement talent, but his struggles to withstand force against his edge as a run blocker and pass protector should be a red flag for most offensive line coaches. Gathering medical info and determining recovery potential will be critical in projecting his pro prospects. He has talent at a priority position, but if he doesn’t get stronger and play much better than his 2019 tape, it will be hard for him to keep a starting job for long.”
Felger: “‘He regained the light feet and body control in 2019 that he’d shown prior to knee and back surgeries.’ Uh-oh, just slipped that one in there.”
Mazz: “No, there’s value there!”
Alex Taylor, South Carolina State
From NFL.com: “Exceptional combination of length and athleticism will have NFL evaluators salivating over Taylor’s potential, but he will need to erase any lingering doubts teams may have about his love and commitment to the game during the draft process. He will come into camp with some technical savvy to work with as a run blocker, but will need to better time his punch and improve his inside-out positioning in order to be ready to handle diversified rush attacks. He has Day 2 talent and could become a starter with additional strength and technique work.”
Felger: “‘He is too easily overwhelmed by bull-rushers when they get into his chest, being forced back in the pocket as if he’s on skates.’ Yeah that’s a HORRIBLE effing write-up there. I don’t want THAT guy.”
Mazz: “If he blows at the leverage game he has no chance of being picked by Belichick. Belichick PREACHES leverage, for crying out loud.”
LISTEN: Felger & Mazz Big Board 2020 – Tackles in the NFL Draft
The Felger & Mazz Big Board continues Thursday, April 9 with the tackle position.