10. Jon Runyan, Sr. Michigan
The Jon Runyan tradition at Michigan continues with the younger one making his own name. The 6-7, 310-pound veteran was a force in his junior season, earning All-Big Ten honors as a rock at left tackle. It’s going to be a great line overall with Runyan the top pass protector.
– 2019 Michigan Preview
9. Liam Eichenberg, Sr. Notre Dame
The pro guys might like a little more bulk, but the 6-6, 305-pound senior is more than fine for what the Irish want to do. He has quickly gone from a decent reserve to a fantastic starter, getting the job at left tackle last season and owning it. It’s going to be an under-the-radar good line, and Eichenberg’s emergence in his second year as a starter is a main reason.
– 2019 Notre Dame Preview
8. Trey Smith, Sr. Tennessee
Is he healthy enough? Apparently so. the NFL talent has been fighting through a blood clotting problem, but he’s expected to be back to grow back into the star of the Vol line. When he’s back up to speed, the 6-6, 337-pounder has the talent to transform the offense as an anchor of a blocker.
– 2019 Tennessee Preview
7. Prince Tega Wanogho, Sr. Auburn
One of the best pro tackles prospects coming into the season, it’ll be up to the 6-7, 305-pound All-SEC blocker to be one of the biggest keys to the revamped offense. He’s a true left tackle who can move, drive block, and be a leader for an O in need of them.
– 2019 Auburn Preview
CFN Preseason Third Team All-America Offensive Tackles
6. Alex Leatherwood, Jr. Alabama
Next. After spending last year at right guard, the 6-6, 310-pounder will get the first call at a left tackle spot that Alabama has made into a glamor position. The one-time super-recruit was great on the interior, but he was brought in to eventually take over on the outside. The athleticism is there to become a top pass blocker to go along with his blasting run blocking skills.
– 2019 Alabama Preview
5. Trey Adams, Sr. Washington
If he can be back to his 2016 form, he might just be the best offensive tackle in college football. The massive 6-8, 306-pounder hasn’t been able to stay healthy, suffering a knee and back injuries that kept him out for almost all of the last two seasons. Looking to regain his form, he has first round NFL talent if he can play close to 100%.
– 2019 Washington Preview
CFN Preseason Second Team All-America Offensive Tackles
4. Tristan Wirfs, Jr. Iowa
Not all that bad as a true freshman, the 6-5, 322-pound tackle was excellent. As a sophomore, he turned into a rock at right tackle showing off his upside. With his size and feet, he could be a great one on the left side, but that’s filled for now. Iowa will have to settle for having a future NFL starter working on the right side.
– 2019 Iowa Preview
3. Walker Little, Jr. Stanford
The Cardinal loaded up on elite offensive line talent over the last few years, and the 6-7, 313-pound Little has risen up into the best of the bunch. Going into his third year as the starting left tackle, the superstar recruit has more than played up to the hype and potential coming off an All-Pac-12 season. Next year, he’ll be preparing to be some NFL team’s franchise left tackle.
– 2019 Stanford Preview
CFN Preseason First Team All-America Offensive Tackles
2. Alaric Jackson, Jr. Iowa
Last year, Iowa had an amazing tight end twosome of TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant. This year the stars are at tackle, with Tristan Wirfs on one side, and the 6-6, 320-pound Jackson on the left. The All-Big Ten performer has first round talent and upside with the ideal frame, athleticism, and pass protection skills.
– 2019 Iowa Preview
1. Andrew Thomas, Jr. Georgia
Here’s the answer to this question: what happens if the team with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft doesn’t need a quarterback? If someone doesn’t require Tua Tagovailoa’s services, it either 1) trades out or 2) just takes the 6-5, 320-pound best offensive lineman in college football. In his third year as a starter, it’s salary drive time at left tackle.
– 2019 Georgia Preview