Position: Offensive tackle

JC Latham

JC Latham is one of the top prospects in the 2021 class for good reason. He has excellent height and length for the tackle position and possesses very good bulk and above-average playing strength. While he is a big prospect, there is still room to further be developed physically with a frame that can support additional good mass.

Against the pass, he doesn’t display a jolting punch at this stage, but he is excellent with his hands. He can quickly punch and gain placement with the upper body strength to lockout and control rushers. He maintains a good base and demonstrates good balance with the ability to stay square and be able to redirect and shut down inside moves. He moves well laterally and can mirror with ease once locked on. He is tough to overpower once he gets his hands on the pass rusher but can work to sink a little better at times to help him anchor against consistently bigger and more powerful rushers.

JC is much more polished against the run as he can deliver a good initial pop. He displays good strength to be able to steer and control defenders when he gets hands-on and when he stays low capable of driving them back. Being still young as an offensive lineman, he needs to continue to watch his pad but he moves very well for his size and can be a strong second-level blocker who takes good angles and locates targets well.

The bottom line is that JC is a long framed lineman who has the skill to be an anchor on an offensive line at the next level. He consistently works to stay with blocks and finish defenders. He comes from a successful high school program that plays elite talent each week. With continued growth and improvement, he should develop into one of the premier tackles in college football.

David Wohlabaugh

Scouting Report (4/10/2020) David Wohlabaugh possesses good height and bulk at this stage. While he needs to work to pack more good mass on his frame, he looks to have a thick, sturdy build and overall size is not an issue. David is a player that has OL DNA with a father who played nine seasons in the NFL and a brother who starts for Duke on the OL.

In pass protection, David displays a good punch and active hands. He demonstrates good knee bend with the ability to stay in front of rushers when he keeps pads down and gets hands on the rusher. He can get a little top-heavy at times and needs to add more mass and strength to help him anchor against power rushers.

Against the run, he displays the ability to get good hand placement and good leg drive can generate a good push. He is a lighter tackle prospect at this stage that moves well and has good range and flashes the ability to adjust and be able to get a hat on moving targets. It is important that he gains weight at a good pace so that he doesn’t lose his foot speed in the process.

You will find plenty of recruits with more bulk at this stage, but few that like to mix it up like David. He is a very physical player who shows excellent effort, toughness and finishing ability to his play.

In a perfect world, the Wildcats will not need him as an early contributor. If he is able to red-shirt that would be very beneficial. If he can take his time and add size without losing his athletic ability he should develop into a force at Kentucky.

Overall, David is a long-framed lineman who has the speed to get downfield and the ability to stay with quicker edge rushers. He has very strong hand use and leg drive that allows him to push defenders around. He displays tenacious demeanor and is more than willing to finish his blocks. He is a prime candidate to pick up his fourth star during his senior season.

Connor Tollison

Scouting Report (4/10/20): Connor Tollison is an excellent prospect with very good height and bulk at this stage with room to still pack on some additional size. When you watch him on film it is easy to see why he has such an impressive offer list that includes Alabama and Oklahoma.

In pass protection, Connor displays a powerful punch and does a nice job of with his hands of striking up and latching on and locking out on the first contact. He can maintain a good base with the ability to stay in front of rushers once locked on. On the rare occasion that he does miss the mark, he flashes the ability to reset and dig in though he needs to watch pad level at times.

Against the run, he flashes the ability to come off with pad level and deliver a pop and roll hips and quickly generate good push. Connor has good lateral quickness to seal edge when footwork is sound and displays the ability to use angles climbing to the second level and cover up targets.

Connor seems to be a nice guy off the field but has some edge to his play and is not afraid to mix-it-up and get physical. He works to stay with blocks and finish and will work downfield and look for someone to hit. He is a versatile line prospect with the ability to transition to the college level as an OT or if needed slide inside. He needs to continue to fill out his frame to adjust to a slightly steeper jump in competition, but big man that will battle and get the job done.

Paul Rodriguez

Paul Rodriguez has excellent height and length for the tackle position at this stage. He possesses very good bulk and demonstrates well above average playing strength, but while he is a big kid there is still room to further be developed physically with a frame that can support additional good mass.

In pass protection, Paul displays a powerful punch and does a nice job with his hands of striking up and latching on and locking out on first contact. He can maintain a good base with the ability to stay in front of rushers once locked on. If he does get to wide and miss the mark, he flashes the ability to reset and dig in.

Against the run, Paul shows the ability to come off with pad level and deliver a pop and roll his hips. When he does, he can generate one of the best pushes you will see in this class. He has good lateral quickness to seal the edge for a player his size. He also shows the ability to use angles climbing to the second level and cover up targets.

Paul is a Prospect with a very high ceiling. He has some edge to his play and is not afraid to mix-it-up and get physical. He works to stay with blocks and finish and will work downfield and look for someone to hit.

He is on the verge of picking up his 4th star. He needs to continue to improve the consistency of his pad level but with continued progress, he will be a strong multi-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Terry Wells

Scouting Report (3/1/2020): Terry Wells is an underrated offensive line prospect with exceptional versatility and skill-set who could play several positions on the OL at the next level. Wells has worked hard in the weight room, and it has shown last season.

In pass protection, he demonstrates the ability to maintain a good base and balance. He flashes good initial quickness and has the size and strength to latch on and control rushers. He displays excellent lateral agility for his size and can lock out and shuffle to stay in front of rushers.

As a run blocker, Wells can rock defenders on initial contact and knock them back. He has good strength that can overwhelm and smother defenders and could become elite in the phone booth. He can quickly and forcefully get into defenders,

On film, Wells immediately recognizes his blocking responsibilities and is dominant at the point of attack and generates a great push in the run game. He also sinks his hips well to defend the bull rush.

Wells will continue to gain good mass and has the frame, strength, and finishing attitude to develop into an excellent college OL.

 

Ty’kieast Crawford

Ty’kieast Crawford is an intriguing prospect with excellent height and length for the tackle position at this stage. He possesses very good bulk and demonstrates well above average playing strength. Few players improved as much as Crawford from his sophomore to junior season.

In pass protection, he flashes a good punch and is active with his hands displaying the ability to gain placement. He needs to watch pad level, but can maintain a good base and mirror once locked on, but could struggle to counter quick moves if he doesn’t win with hands.

Against the run, Does a good job of getting hand placement and can be tough to shake once locked on. He is best in the second level where he can use good angles and get a hat on targets at times with devastating resulting.

I love this young prospect not just because he is capable of dominating opponents at his current level but because he is a hard worker that improves every game. He displays a physical demeanor and some edge to his play and gives the effort to work downfield and will look for someone to hit.

Despite offers from programs like Alabama, he has flown a little under the radar. He has the size and ability to contribute as a guard his freshman season but should develop to a cornerstone left tackle and an early round draft pick.

Broderick Jones

Scouting Report: (7/3/2019) Broderick Jones possesses very good height with good bulk and a big lengthy frame that looks capable of supporting more good mass with further physical development. Broderick flashes good natural strength and is an elite athlete for size. There are players who are more seasoned at this point in their career but he has more upside of any offensive tackle in the 2020 class.

In pass protection, Broderick presents a tough obstacle for pass rushers to try and navigate around with his massive frame and long arms. He has very good initial quickness and flashes a good punch and good balance and lateral mobility to keep defenders in front of him once he gets locked on. Broderick needs to become more consistent with his pad level and work to better sink his hips but can play with wide base and flashes ability to reset feet and slow power rushers.

As a run blocker, Broderick demonstrates the ability to come out of stance low, deliver a nice initial pop and gain leverage. When he gets locked on he is near impossible to beat one-on-one and when he drives his legs he drives the defender back several yards. He can move and redirect well in tight areas. Needs to continue to improve angles, but flashes good range as run blocker and the ability to stay with and finish blocks. 

You could nitpick little things that Broderick needs to improve on but the bottom line is that he will develop to a 1st round draft pick under Sam Pittman. He is a special talent that will anchor the UGA line for multiple years.

Tate Ratledge

Scouting Report: (6/16/2019) Tate possesses excellent height and length for the tackle position and demonstrates well above average playing strength, but while he is a big kid there is still room to further be developed physically with a frame that can support additional good mass.

As a pass blocker, Tate displays a jolting punch and extraordinary hands. He can quickly punch and gain placement with his upper body strength to lock out and control rushers. He consistently maintains a good base and demonstrates good balance with the ability to stay square and be able to redirect and shut down inside moves. He moves well laterally and can mirror with ease once locked on. Tough to overpower once he gets hands on the defender.

Against the run, Tate delivers a good initial pop and displays good strength to be able to steer and control defenders. He consistently rolls hips at contact and has the athleticism to be a strong second level blocker who takes good angles and locates targets well.

Tate has the tools to become a consistent producer at the next level early on. Once he is fully physically matured, he could develop into a first-round draft pick. Although he plays at a smaller school, he should be able to develop into a full-time starter by his sophomore season. The combination of Tate and fellow 2020 class could develop into the most dominant line in college football.

Currently, Tate is ranked as a 4-star by the 247 composite rankings. However, once he competes at the U.S. Army All-American he will likely get the 5th star he deserves.