PROS: Easy movement skills for the position and his foot quickness is a major asset when working to mirror rushers. Fluid when working laterally and he has no issues redirecting. Plays with exceptional leverage, keeping his pads low. Love his ability to pivot and hinge. Will be a major asset to his team in terms of getting out in space and connecting with moving targets. Features outstanding range to execute longer pulls. Experienced on an island in five-man protections.
CONS: Lack of core strength and power in his lowers is evident and falls off way too many blocks. Can be a bit frenetic in the run game and get his weight too far forward, making him easy to dispose of. Punches are erratic, with no consistency in terms of timing or placement. Doesn’t build a consistent base and his anchor is easy to compromise by bull rushes. Doesn’t have ideal contact balance or body control at this point. Was rarely dominant in college.
BEST TRAIT - Mobility
WORST TRAIT - Power, Technique
RED FLAGS - Missed 6 games in 2019 for disciplinary reasons
LSU offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles’ mobility, fluidity and experience in five-man protections make him an appealing developmental option for teams that run a spread offense that also likes to get their offensive linemen out in space. With that said, there is major technical development needed with his punch, footwork and the need for added functional strength that is necessary for him to be relied upon on Sunday’s. Charles has an exciting ceiling with improvement but there’s considerable work needed.