Teams looking for an offensive tackle with all the tools needed to succeed should focus on Jalen Mayfield in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. A nimble mover for his size, Mayfield is more polished and ready to contribute as a run blocker but the potential for him to become a well-rounded tackle is why he could go as early as the first round.
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Jalen Mayfield Draft Profile
Mayfield has a prototypical blend of size and movement skills, and he started to put it all together last season. He’s a nimble mover at 320 pounds, and his athleticism shows up in the run game, where he can win at the point of attack or when getting out into space. He plays with a mean streak and will finish off blocks consistently. His functional strength shows up when he’s battling in the phone booth — he rarely gives ground to defenders. While he’s still a work in progress as a pass protector, the tools are there. He has the quick feet to beat speed to the spot and plays with natural balance in his set.
A lack of consistency in pass protection is an issue. Mayfield often looks unnatural as a pass protector, reaching and lunging instead of trusting his feet and technique and squaring up. He has issues against speed that will only get worse against NFL talent.
He might not be trustworthy protecting on an island early on, and there will likely be teams that like him better inside. His tools are worth taking a shot on, and his ceiling is that of a quality starter at tackle.