2021 NFL Draft: Wyatt Davis is a truly elite IOL prospect

2021 NFL Draft prospect, Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect, Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis is an elite-level 2021 NFL Draft prospect.

Taking an offensive guard early is never going be an exciting pick that will fire up a fanbase. That being said, taking the right offensive guard can work in a team’s favor in a big way. Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis is a rare offensive guard prospect who should be on every NFL team’s radar as an early 2021 NFL Draft pick.

Davis could have left as a third-year sophomore after a brilliant 2019 season. In his first full season as a starter, Davis dominated at the right guard position for the Buckeyes, picking up first-team All-Big Ten honors by the coaches and media and first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. After deciding to return to Ohio State for another season, Davis is now in a position to be an extremely early pick in the 2021 NFL Draft next April.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, Davis has more than enough size to battle with big defensive tackles at the next level. He shows an impressive combination of quickness off of the ball and power at the point of attack that will play against any opposing defender.

Davis is an absolute mauler in the run game who consistently pushes defenders back at the point of attack. It does not matter if he is going up against a defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, or whatever, this guy consistently wins with his impressive raw power. His quick and powerful hands consistently dominate on tape and he does a great job of maintaining proper pad level throughout his blocks.

While his power stands out in a big way on tape, do not sleep on this big man’s ability to move. Davis is quick out of his stance and smooth to the second level. He always seems to get to the second-level defender in plenty of time and uses great technique to establish his position and clear out running lanes. With this combination of size, quickness and power, Davis is a true scheme-versatile offensive lineman who could be a massive asset for any NFL team.

Davis is an aggressive run blocker who can physically-manhandle any defender lined up across from him. Typically, when we see these kinds of guys, their aggressiveness will get the best of them, especially when they set up in pass protection. This is not the case with Davis.

He is a patient pass protector who processes blitz and stunts extremely well. He does a nice job of providing help when needed and maintaining his responsibility in pass protection. Davis has quick feet, uses a strong punch to stun opposing pass rushers, and sinks in and anchors at an extremely high level.

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The only real negative in Davis’ game is the lack of value at his position. Teams do not love investing a top 10 pick in an interior offensive lineman, but Davis’ fantastic overall skillset may make him a rare exception. This guy is an absolutely tremendous 2021 NFL Draft prospect who could come in and immediately become one of the best at his position in the entire NFL.