Darrisaw played himself into the first round last season
Somewhat of a late bloomer, Christian Darrisaw is expected to go early in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. The Virginia Tech offensive tackle really came into his own last season and should not have to wait too long to hear his name called when the first round commences on April 29.
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Christian Darrisaw Draft Profile
College: Virginia Tech
A three-year starter at left tackle for the Hokies, Darrisaw started to harness his power and natural twitch last season. He’s at his best in the run game, where he generates push and typically manhandles opponents at the point of attack. He rarely misses his target when he climbs to the second level. He shows an excellent understanding of angles in the run game, with the quick feet to get to where he needs to be. He made a leap as a pass protector between his sophomore and junior seasons, playing with much better balance when sliding back in protection.
Virginia Tech’s offense was run-heavy, and Darrisaw still needs some polish as a pass protector. His movements aren’t always coordinated between his upper and lower body, ultimately causing him to sacrifice power in his hands. He’ll have some issues with speed-to-power early on. Overall, he’s much more comfortable attacking as a run blocker than retreating as a protector.
Darrisaw still might be scratching the surface, and he could ultimately need some help as a rookie. But he’s a difference-maker in the run game, and the natural traits are there for him to become a quality pass protector.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
(Top photo courtesy of hokiesports.com)