The tools are there for Eichenberg to be a quality starting tackle in the pros
Notre Dame has been an offensive line factory in recent seasons so Liam Eichenberg is sure to draw plenty of interest in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. He makes the most of his length and agility and his three years starting for the Fighting Irish will help him make the transition to the next level. There may be some growing pains early, but in the right system, Eichenberg should a reliable tackle.
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Liam Eichenberg Draft Profile
College: Notre Dame
Eichenberg combines ideal length and quick feet, and he’s battle-tested after three seasons as the left tackle for a Notre Dame program that’s been an O-line factory. He’s a patient, nimble mover who can mirror against quickness, and his long arms give him some margin for error against speed, as he’s able to push pass rushers beyond the pocket. In the run game, he shows a good feel on combo blocks and consistently finishes at the second level; his athleticism allows him to thrive getting out into space on outside-zone runs.
He was more of a finesse player at the collegiate level, and that won’t hold up against NFL competition. As a pass protector, he’s more about positioning and playing angles to catch pass rushers, rather than standing them up with a violent punch. His ability to win at the point of attack in the run game at the next level is also a question mark — inconsistent mechanics have a lot to do with it.
The tools are there for Eichenberg to be a quality starting tackle, but he’ll have much more appeal to pass-happy offenses as an athletic pass protector with functional strength questions.
Final Grade: 2nd round