Teams looking to beef up their defensive line will have plenty of options at tackle to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Christian Barmore. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to the former Alabama standout who was the defensive MVP of this past season's national championship game.
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Christian Barmore Draft Profile
He arrived at Tuscaloosa as an imposing physical specimen, but one who lacked much polish as a football player. Barmore made strides over his three seasons under Nick Saban, though, suggesting that his best football could be in front of him. He’s the prototype as far as physical traits — a broad frame with little in the way of bad weight, plus long arms and powerful hands. He’s an explosive mover, quick off the snap, keeping his pads low, getting into his opponent’s chest and driving blockers into the backfield. He flashes the ability to shoot through gaps as well, with the sturdy contact balance to move through traffic. He increasingly showed a knack for getting his hands into passing lanes when his pass rush was stalled.
He was raw coming into his college career, and he still has a ways to go after only two years on campus. In the pass rush, his game plan often doesn’t extend beyond pushing the blocker back into the quarterback’s lap, which will work less frequently against grown men at the professional level. He has the length, strong hands and upper-body power to do more, but he has yet to show he can harness it. In the run game, he’s sometimes late to locate the ball, getting caught up in battling a blocker or running himself out of the play.
There’s some risk considering he’s far from a finished product; another season or two in Tuscaloosa might have established Barmore as a top-10 pick. His best spot is 3-technique, but he can line up as a nose shade and could be developed further outside as well. A good position coach and a little bit of patience early could unlock his Pro Bowl upside.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round