One of the best positions in the 2024 NFL Draft is offensive tackle. This position is led by two prospects who should be taken in the top ten picks in Olumuyiwa Fashanu and Joe Alt. Overall, I have five tackles with first round grades and eight players with either a first or second round grade.
In addition to this year’s group having plenty of top-end talent, the position also has plenty of depth. Overall a total of 22 prospects carry a draftable grade which would tie for the second most players drafted at this position since 2014. A couple of sleepers in this group include North Carolina State's Anthony Belton and South Dakota State's Garret Greenfield.
2024 NFL Draft offensive tackle class ranking No. 1-4
1. Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State: Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu has all the tools to be an All-Pro left tackle. To start with he is an elite pass blocker, who gave up zero sacks last year. He can excel in this area due to his quick feet which helps him mirror even the fastest pass rushers he will see at the next level. He also has good length coming in at 6-foot-6 which helps him keep defenders from getting into his body. In addition, he plays with a high football intelligence which helps him quickly diagnose who to block, and not be fooled by line stunts. While Fashanu is a better pass blocker than run blocker, he still will be one of the better tackles at this in the NFL. His most impressive trait here is his strength which allows him to control his defender once he gets his hands on him. NFL coaches will likely work with him on firing off the ball with a lower pad level and finishing his blocks. Draft Grade: First Round
2. Joe Alt, Notre Dame: Another offensive tackle who should be a top-ten pick is Notre Dame’s Joe Alt. Alt is one of the more refined tackles in the 2024 NFL Draft playing with great technique as run and pass blocker. Along with his impressive technique, he has ideal length at 6-foot-8 and plays with good pad level and flexibility despite being so massive. He is also one of the more well-rounded tackles in this year’s class. In 2022 he was named Pro Football Focuse's top graded run blocker and when it comes to pass blocking he is rarely beaten around the edge and also has the strength to hold up vs. the bull rush. Yet another trait that stands out with Alt is how physically he plays and how he consistently blocks through the echo of the whistle. Draft Grade: First Round
3. Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma: An offensive tackle in the 2024 NFL Draft that I love is Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton. He has elite athletic ability especially for someone 6-foot-7 and 328 pounds. This athletic ability shows up in both the run and pass game. As a run blocker he easily gets to the second level, and has no problem carrying out the wide reach block. In the passing game he has the quick feet and agility to keep up with the most athletic defenders he will see at the next level. In addition, to his impressive movement skills he also plays with good overall strength. The area scouts will likely have concerns with him is that he is still raw, having only started one year at Oklahoma. This lack of playing time shows up in his technique especially when it comes to his footwork. He also needs to show more of a mean strength and do a better job of burring his defender. Draft Grade: First Round
"He's got all the ability in the world. He’s one of the most talented guys I've ever seen, and we've had some pretty talented guys come through here. So, it's just experience, you know, he's matured, he's approaching it the right way."- OU coach Bill Bedenbaugh on Tyler Guyton
4. J.C. Latham, Alabama: Teams looking for a day one starter at right tackle will like what they find in Alabama’s J.C. Lathman. Latham is one of the better run blockers in the 2024 NFL Draft averaging 3.2 knockdown blocks a game. In this area his 6-foot-6 360 pound size allows him to control his defender at the point of attack and he also has impressive strength in his hands. He has also pilled up some pretty impressive stats as a pass blocker only giving up four sacks in the last two years. A couple of areas he can improve at the next level is hand placement although he did better in that area this year after picking up ten penalties in 2022. He also will lunge block at times when run blocking due to poor footwork. Draft Grade: First Round