2020 NFL draft positional breakdown: Offensive tackle

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Every day leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, we’ll be taking a look at this draft class by position. We’ll highlight a few players who will fit the Eagles and separate them into three categories based on where they’re likely to get drafted. 

We already looked at tight ends, receivers, linebackers, running backs and cornerbacks

Up today: Offensive tackles 

At 21

Joshua Jones, Houston, 6-5, 319 

We won’t spend too much time at the top of the draft because after the Eagles traded up to take Andre Dillard in the first round last year, it’s very unlikely they’ll draft another offensive tackle this early in 2020. But Jones might be the best at the position when the Eagles are on the clock after at least four go before him. Jones was a four-year starter at UH, but still isn’t a finished product. But he has good athleticism for his body size and with refined technique can be a good starter in the NFL. 

In the middle 

Prince Tega-Wanogho, Auburn, 6-5, 308 

The Nigerian-born Tega-Wanagho didn’t begin playing football until high school and didn’t begin playing offensive line until college. He eventually started 32 games at Auburn, but he’s still a work in progress. But the former basketball player is an impressive athlete and has the traits to be a great player. A knee injury/surgery prevented him from working out at the combine, so there’s a medical question too. 

Ben Bartch, Saint John’s, 6-6, 309 

The jump in competition from a DIII school makes Bartch a hard player to project but the former tight end has the size and athletic profile to be a tackle at the NFL level. Bartch didn’t begin playing OT until 2018 and he has basically put on 100 pounds since then. 

Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas, 6-4, 302 

A four-year starter at Kansas, Adeniji played at tackle on both sides of the line but might be asked by NFL teams to play interior OL at the next level. Versatility isn’t a bad thing. In 2019, he was a first-team All-Big 12 player, Adeniji also tested very well at the combine, where he was well into the 90th percentiles for both jumps and ran a 5.17 time in the 40-yard dash. 

Late-round sleeper(s) 

Alex Taylor, South Carolina State, 6-8, 308 

From the same FCS school that produced Eagles’ DT Javon Hargrave, Taylor is one of the most intriguing OT prospects in this class. A super long and athletic former basketball player, Taylor actually played right tackle at SCSU. Taylor actually went to South Carolina State to play basketball but went back to the football field in 2018 and 2019 and started 22 games. 

Charlie Heck, North Carolina, 6-7, 311 

Heck played in 43 games for the Tar Heels and started 34 both as a left and right tackle. He comes from an NFL pedigree as the son of former first-round OT Andy Heck, who has been the OL coach in Kansas City since 2013. That means Doug Pederson coached with Heck’s father for three seasons, 2013-15. 

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