Where do Pitts, Chase and Sewell stack up?
Quarterbacks and pass catchers. Those position groups appear poised to dominate the top of this week’s NFL Draft.
In Todd McShay’s final 350-player big board, he has Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase as top-three players with Penei Sewell rounding out the top five and BYU QB Zach Wilson sandwiched in-between them all.
Only five offensive linemen ended up in McShay’s top 30. Here are the linemen that ended up between 30-69.
- 33. Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
- 39. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
- 45. Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama
- 60. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
- 61. Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater
- 62. Walker Little, OT, Stanford
- 66. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Seeing both Leatherwood and Cosmi ranked this low is a bit surprising. Leatherwood seems to have a good chance of sneaking into the first round, and Cosmi is ranked as an early second-rounder by most analysts.
Both players figure to be targets for the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round. Other names like Eichenberg, Radunz, Dickerson and Little were name-dropped by Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, so there could be interest from the Bengals in those players.
One thing seems to be for certain: offensive linemen will heavily populate the second and third rounds of the draft. That’s music to the Bengals’ ears.
fwiw, these are the linemen lapham name-dropped as notable non-first round options in order:
— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) April 26, 2021