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The Other Guys: 2021 NFL Draft Day 2-3 Offensive Tackle Prospects

Analyzing several offensive tackle prospects who could be available for the Bears on Day 2 or 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Brady Christensen NFL Draft
Photo: BYUfootball/Twitter

In honor of NFL Draft week, I will be putting a Chicago Bears-focused spotlight on a specific position of need each day, focusing on a handful of Day 2 and Day 3 prospects. Because first-round-caliber players get analyzed to death, I am going to focus on guys who are expected to come off the board beyond the first round. I am not going to take a look at QB’s, as I have already put an article out on scouting this draft’s QB’s, which can be found HERE.

We are going to start off with the Bears’ second biggest need after the QB position, offensive tackle. Information on each prospect is summarized from multiple sources, including:

Walker Little

Walker Little NFL Draft
Photo: gostanford.com

Pre-College:

Little was born in Houston, Texas. Prior to high school, he played multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. He played running back and linebacker until the eighth grade, when he was moved to offensive tackle. Just one year after making the switch to offensive tackle, he was starting for his high school varsity team as a freshman. During his sophomore year, he helped lead the program to a state title. Little started at left tackle all four years of high school and earned all-conference honors in each of his final three years.

As a senior, he was named team captain and awarded team MVP. This is all the more impressive as his high school team included 2021 draft prospects such as DT Marvin Wilson, WR Jaylen Waddle, and WR Jhamon Ausbon. Coming out of high school, Little was rated a five-star recruit as the #3 offensive tackle in the country.

2017 (True Freshman):

Little played in nine games as a true freshman, starting six of them. He was the first true freshman to start at left tackle for Stanford since Kirk Chambers in 2000, and he was named co-recipient of the PAC-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year as well being named an honorable mention All PAC-12. ESPN named Little to their Freshman All-American team.

2018 (Sophomore):

Little started every game at left tackle in 2018. He was named first-team All PAC-12 for the season and also earned honorable mention for the PAC-12 All-Academic team. During this season, Stanford QB KJ Costello finished with the second-most passing yards in school history.

2019 (Junior):

Little was recognized as a member of the PAC-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll. In the first game of the season, he suffered a torn ACL, which ended his season.

2020 (Senior):

Prior to the season, Little was named to the Outlander Trophy watch list, Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 watch list, preseason All-America second (2) and fourth (1) team, and the preseason All-PAC-12 first (1) and second (1) team by various publications. Little opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. In 2021, he became a member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Personal:

  • Graduated with Communications degree in 2020
  • Walker’s father played college baseball at Texas Tech University
  • Grandfather played college football (OL) at Rice, and in the NFL for the New York Giants
  • Great-Uncle played college football (OL) at Texas A&M, and in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts
  • Is ¼ Jamaican from his maternal grandmother
Via https://relativeathleticscores.com/2021/01/23/2021-draft-class-ras/

Strengths:

  • Big fluid mover with high football IQ
  • Good frame with proportionate body and length
  • Plays with plus balance and agility
  • Shows vision and recovery quickness vs. spins and swipes, with ability to redirect inside
  • Technique consistently improved every year
  • Aware versus blitzes and twists
  • Tough and competitive demeanor
  • Mature prospect with strong leadership skills

Weaknesses:

  • Hot and cold with punch timing
  • Core strength concerns
  • Competes as a run blocker, but gets more push than drive
  • Over relies on outside foot, leaving inside open
  • Tendency to get out over his skis
  • Injury history (shoulder 2018, ACL 2019)

Brady Christensen

Brady Christensen NFL Draft
Photo: BYUfootball/Twitter

Pre-College:

Christensen grew up in a suburb of Salt Lake City. In high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football. He experienced a six-inch growth spurt his sophomore year and became a two-way starter in football his junior year at right tackle and defensive end. He earned first-team All-State honors his junior year and senior year at right tackle. He also hit .404 his senior year in baseball.

He was a two-star offensive guard recruit and the #145 guard recruit in the country. After signing with BYU in a late signing scenario, he went on a two-year mission to New Zealand with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2015–2016:

Mission to New Zealand

2017 (Redshirt):

Served on scout team

2018 (RS Freshman):

Christensen played and started in all 13 games at left tackle. He was nominated as a Freshman All-American.

2019 (RS Sophomore):

Christensen once again played and started in all 13 games at left tackle. He was nominated to Phil Steele’s All-Independent second team and named to Outland Trophy watch list.

2020 (RS Junior):

Christensen played and started in all 12 games at left tackle. He was nominated as a consensus All-American. Coaching staff graded him at 92% overall and 98% in pass pro. His position coach noted that Christensen is the best pass blocker he has ever coached, including Frank Ragnow (per Brandon Thorn of Trench Warfare).

Personal:

  • Married his wife in 2018 and had a son in 2021
  • Majored in accounting
Via https://relativeathleticscores.com/2021/01/23/2021-draft-class-ras/

Strengths:

  • Good combination of size, strength, and football IQ
  • Smooth in pass pro, with athletic feet and coordinated base
  • Excellent patience with precise hand striking and usage
  • Refined as a zone run-blocker
  • Active eyes, stays ready to find work
  • Strong upper body with a moldable frame

 Weaknesses:

  • Scheme helped him in pass pro with extensive use of PA, RPOs, tight end help, and rollouts
  • May struggle with athletic pass rushers
  • Shorter than ideal arms lead to giving up chest to long arm pass rush
  • Finds himself late in adjusting to inside moves
  • Can struggle in space and must improve angles on the move
  • Doesn’t have the pop in his hands to overwhelm in run game
  • Played only left tackle in college

Stone Forsythe

Stone Forsythe NFL Draft
Photo: CBS Sports

Pre-College:

Stone was born in the Orlando area. He started playing Pop Warner at 11 years old. In his freshman year of high school, he was playing on the varsity squad. He played both left tackle and right tackle in high school, earning second-team all-state at right tackle as a junior. His senior year, he moved to left tackle and earned third team all-state honors while helping the school to their deepest playoff run in school history (semi-finals). He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, and ranked as the 82nd tackle prospect in his class.

2016 (Redshirt): N/A

2017 (RS Freshman):

Forsythe started the final two games of the season at right tackle.

2018 (RS Sophomore):

Forsythe played in all 13 games but only started one contest. His lone start was at right tackle against Charleston Southern. He spent time at both guard and tackle throughout the year. Florida’s offensive line only allowed 18 sacks in 2018. Stone also served as a key player on the special teams units.

2019 (RS Junior):

Forsythe started all 13 games at left tackle. Florida achieved the 16th-ranked passing attack in the country. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2020 (RS Senior):

Forsythe started all 12 games at left tackle, protecting the blind side for Heisman finalist Kyle Trask, as the Gators led the nation in passing yards per game. Stone was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Personal:

  • Father played OL at Kent State and UCF, played in the NFL for the Bengals, and also in NFL Europe and the Arena League (Orlando Predators 1998 under HC Jay Gruden; Milwaukee Mustangs 1999 under HC Rick Frazier)
  • Major was not listed
Via https://relativeathleticscores.com/2021/01/23/2021-draft-class-ras/

Strengths:

  • Large frame with evenly distributed mass
  • Impressed vs. Ojulari in 2020 tape vs. Georgia
  • Smooth and controlled in pass sets
  • Gets a wide base in kickslide
  • Trusts his technique to maintain edge integrity
  • Relies on length and size to recover
  • Ability to recognize twists and simulated pressures
  • Positional flexibility, experience left and right

Weaknesses:

  • Wide and wandering hands
  • Inconsistent with leverage
  • Struggles to sit and reset anchor
  • Leans into down blocks instead of driving feet
  • More finesse than power, doesn’t show nastiness/grit

Tommy Doyle

Tommy Doyle NFL Draft
Photo: miamiredhawks.com

Pre-College:

Doyle grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs. He was a standout in hockey, winning three youth state championships. He played hockey into high school but outgrew the sport and switched to football his sophomore year. He tried his hand at linebacker before switching to defensive end as a junior, leading the team in sacks his senior year. He also started at right tackle as a senior, despite preferring the defensive side of the ball. He also served as a team captain.

Doyle was a three-star recruit out of high school and was ranked the 129th tackle in his class. He hoped to play for Minnesota in the Big Ten, but the offers never came. He received mostly FCS offers and three FBS offers, eventually choosing Miami (OH).

2016 (Redshirt):

Doyle missed his first season at Miami with a torn labrum.

2017 (RS Freshman):

Doyle saw action in five games and started four of them. He missed seven games due to a foot injury.

2018 (RS Sophomore):

Doyle started ten games at right tackle. He helped Miami rush for 160 yards per game, and the offense allowed only 20 sacks all season. Doyle missed the final two games of the season due to a leg injury.

2019 (RS Junior):

Doyle started all 13 games at left tackle and was named first-team All-MAC. The offense allowed only two sacks per game on the season. Doyle was named one of the team’s Offensive Power Players of the Year as well as being named to the Academic All-MAC team.

2020 (RS Senior):

Doyle played and started in all three games at left tackle (the season only included three games due to the COVID-shortened season). Despite the shortened season, Doyle was named first-team All-MAC and named to the Academic All-MAC team.

Personal:

  • Graduated with degree in Marketing in 2020
  • Father played college baseball at Minnesota
  • Mother played college volleyball at Minnesota
Via https://relativeathleticscores.com/2021/01/23/2021-draft-class-ras/

Strengths:

  • Tall, big frame, projectable length
  • Shows athleticism in his hips and feet in his kickslide
  • Movement skills to execute cut off blocks
  • Plays a physical brand of football, strong at POA
  • Competitive demeanor with unforced aggression, overwhelms with strength
  • Positional flexibility, having experience left, right, inside, and outside

Weaknesses:

  • Struggles with play height in hips and knee bend in pass pro
  • Can struggle with long arm rush
  • Inconsistent body, upper and lower half on different spectrums
  • Average contact balance, too much time on the ground
  • Lacks efficiency in combo blocks
  • Pass pro needs development
  • Injury history (labrum 2016, foot 2017, leg 2018)

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