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TDN Scouting Roundtable: Right Tackle vs Left Tackle

  • The Draft Network
  • July 4, 2020
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It seems like the 2020 NFL Draft just happened, but we move fast here at The Draft Network.

Currently going through summer evaluations for the 2021 NFL Draft class, our scouting team of Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Jordan Reid, and Drae Harris are meeting up every day to converse about prospects, traits, and concepts. New to TDN is a daily scouting roundtable where we go through and identify the most important points of conversation from that day’s discussion.

On Friday, the highlight of the meeting was Harris and Reid quickly discussing the differences and similarities between right and left tackles in today’s NFL.

Here’s a look at the dialogue that took place.

Right Tackle vs. Left Tackle

Reid - “A thing that’s out there right now is that there’s no difference between right tackle and left tackle, but what makes a guy a right tackle only? In the league, what have you seen to be the biggest difference or do you treat it the same?

Harris - “Nowadays, there is starting to be less of a difference between your right and left tackles, because defensive coordinators are so smart that they’re going to put their best pass-rusher on your least effective pass blocker, which is usually your right tackle—who is often heavier, stronger, and better at the point of attack (compared to the left tackle). That’s typically in the past what you think about as a right tackle. Now, coordinators are getting bright, though, so you ideally want interchangeable guys. It’s the same thing at the (safety) position. You want guys now that can do everything with the way the league is changing.”

This theme of versatility, as Harris points out, isn’t just important at tackle, but rather every other position too. Often discussed in our meeting is the phrase “the more you can do” and that certainly applies in this scenario. If you have the flexibility to play on either side, your chances of becoming both a starter and swing tackle increase exponentially, which is something that can’t be understated. Sure, the odd Isaiah Wilson will slip through the cracks and be drafted highly even though they’re limited to a right-side role, but the days of single position players are slowly dwindling.

It’s a “more you can do” league and offensive lineman—as Harris and Reid bring up in their discussion—are at the forefront of the movement.

Players evaluated today:  Antjuan Simmons LB Michigan State, Donnie Corley WR Texas Souther, Cameron McGrone LB Michigan, Shane Simpson RB Towson, Abraham Lucas OT Washington State, Jeremy Rucker TE Ohio State, Keith Taylor CB Washington, Austin Deculus OT LSU, Dimitri Moore LB Vanderbilt

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