3. Alex Leatherwood, OL
It may surprise you to see an offensive lineman this high on the list, but I can’t stress enough how much I think Nate Davis and Isaiah Wilson need to be pushed at right guard and right tackle.
Nate Davis finished strong and I think he has the ability to be a good guard in the NFL, but he also had some glaring weaknesses as a pass protector and when his assignment wasn’t right in front of him, he wasn’t as consistent in the run game as I would have liked.
I think Wilson is going to have a lot of struggles early in his career because his technique isn’t good and he has some really bad habits that he has to learn how to overcome. That is going to be a tough ask for a guy who isn’t going to get as much hands-on training as he normally would during an offseason.
Leatherwood has made starts at guard and tackle in games for the National Championship, and not many people can say that. With 35 starts under his belt including 28 in the last two years, Leatherwood is someone who you can plug and play on the offensive line and if not then you have one of the best backups in the NFL.
Again, this team is built to run the ball, so OL and RB have to be deep. Speaking of RBs…