Top 10 offensive tackles Washington Football Team could add in 2021 NFL Draft

Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown (via The Des Moines Register).
Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown (via The Des Moines Register). /

10. Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa

According to Kent Lee Platte’s Relative Athletic Score measure (RAS), Spencer Brown is one of the most athletic tackles in NFL Draft history. He measured at 6-foot-8, 311 pounds and posted a 4.94 in the 40-yard dash while also posting an absurd 6.96-second time in the 3-cone drill.

If those numbers and Brown’s size don’t have you drooling over the possibility of adding him as a developmental tackle, I don’t know what will.

Aside from his testing numbers, Brown has shown a solid skillset on tape at the FCS level. His athletic ability shows up in his explosiveness off the line and he does a great job getting to his man because of that. He routinely uses his bigger frame to envelop smaller players and as a result, he did an excellent job opening up running lanes for his backs.

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Additionally, Brown has solid hands and generates power when he makes his block. Once he engages, it’s hard for players to shake free, especially if he’s coming downhill on them.

Brown plays very hard and he certainly can be described as a willing blocker. His biggest issue is that he’s raw. He didn’t play the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic but still got a chance to play at the Senior Bowl. While there, his athletic ability was on display, but he had trouble staying with higher-level talents.

At the next level, Brown will need to work on his technique and footwork to become a starter. It would behoove him to add some extra weight to his massive 6-foot-8 frame as well, as that could afford him a better chance to deal with some of the more powerful NFL pass rushers.

Washington could consider adding Brown on Day 2 as a swing tackle with immense upside. He has a similar frame to Cornelius Lucas, but Brown’s potential at this point in his career is higher than that of Lucas. Brown may be better suited to man the right tackle spot, but with Morgan Moses entering the final year of his contract, Brown could be added as a potential heir apparent there if the team likes his skillset enough.

Given how well John Matsko did with the talent Washington had last year, going after Brown could work. He’s not as sure of a thing as some of the other guys on this list, but the upside is there, and you can’t coach size and athleticism.

That said, Washington may want someone who can fight for a starting job this year. If that’s the case, then Brown probably wouldn’t fit the bill. That’s why he checks in at No. 10 on this list.