2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Pick 21
Alex Leatherwood is one of the best offensive linemen in college football and has been successful in playing both tackle and guard at Alabama. Leatherwood is not the most athletic offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft class, but he is a tough and aggressive blocker who consistently gets the job done.
While Leatherwood is not the most fleet of foot, he is always active and looking for work. He consistently plays with proper pad level and shows impressive natural power at the point of attack.
I expect whoever takes Leatherwood in the 2021 NFL Draft will try him out at tackle and see if he can hang. If that works out well, great. It not, he should easily be able to make a smooth transition inside and be a dependable player up front. Whether the Minnesota Vikings would try him out at offensive tackle or not, he would quickly become an important part of their offensive line mix.
2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Pick 22
The Arizona Cardinals faired well in this 2020 NFL season simulation and ended up picking at No. 22 overall in this mock draft. The interior offensive line stands out as a major need for this team and Creed Humphrey is clearly the top player at the position remaining on the board. Humphrey also appears to be an ideal fit for the Cardinals’ offense.
Humphrey is a smart and tough center prospect who consistently plays with tremendous leverage. He is quick off of the ball, always knows where to be and attacks the second level extremely well.
In Humphrey, the Cardinals find themselves a fantastic center prospect who they can build their offensive line around. Their offense is clearly on the right track and snagging Humphrey in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft would undoubtedly be another step in the right direction.