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#244: 2021 Dash To The Draft (Interior OL with Jacob Infante)

1. The consensus top interior OL prospect in this class is Alijah Vera-Tucker from USC. We discussed him on our OT special, and Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com said he doesn’t see a place at tackle for Vera-Tucker at the pro level. When it comes to his prospects at guard, Dane Brugler believes Alijah Vera-Tucker has Pro Bowl potential. Would it surprise you if Vera-Tucker becomes the best guard in the NFL not named Quenton Nelson within the next 2-4 years?

2. Arguably the biggest riser up draft boards since January has been the man with the coolest midriff in America, Quinn Meinerz, center out of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Today, Daniel Jeremiah released his third Top 50 list, and he had Meinerz at 44. And this draft journey, at least so far, gives me flashbacks to when another small-school guard who, like Meinerz, saw his stock begin to skyrocket after dominating at the Senior Bowl. That small-school guard I’m talking about is Ali Marpet, currently with the Bucs and arguably a top 5 player at his position. Are you bullish on Quinn Meinerz, and if so, can you see him achieving similar success in the pro game as Ali Marpet?

3.  Landon Dickerson of Alabama is another prospect with rock solid game tape, yet a medical history that’s very troublesome. He started out at Florida State in 2016, and missed 25 of 38 games over three seasons down there. After transferring to Alabama, he started 24 straight games until tearing his ACL in the 2020 SEC Championship game. Since it is harder than ever for NFL clubs to obtain accurate medical information due to COVID-19, how far do you see Dickerson falling, and when at the earliest does his talent warrant consideration?

4. In 2019, there was a lot of first-round buzz surrounding Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey, yet he decided to return to school for his senior year. Then, we saw his draft stock fall during the season, yet it has come back up a bit in recent weeks, as evidenced by him cracking the top-50 in Dane Brugler’s latest rankings. Do you think Creed Humphrey made the wrong decision (and potentially lose money) by returning to school?

5. One of the fascinating things about not only this iOL class, but this OL class in general, is the amount of position versatility and varied projections when it comes to several prospects. Three prospects we discussed on the last show: Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood, Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins, and Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield, are seen as better fits at guard by several. How do you like the chances of each of those guys to succeed at guard if need be?

6. Buy or Sell

-Wyatt Davis: Buy

-Deonte Brown: Sell

-Jackson Carman: Buy

-Trey Smith: Sell

-Ben Cleveland: Sell

-Aaron Banks: Buy

-Josh Myers: Buy

-Kendrick Green: Buy

-Michael Menet: Sell

7.  Best Team Fits

-Alijah Vera-Tucker: Vikings, Chargers

-Landon Dickerson: Dolphins

-Quinn Meinerz: Titans

-Creed Humphrey: Dolphins

-Wyatt Davis: Vikings, Lions

-Deonte Brown: Bengals

-Jackson Carman: Packers

-Trey Smith: Seahawks

-Ben Cleveland: Cowboys

-Aaron Banks: 49ers

-Josh Myers: Steelers

-Kendrick Green: Buccaneers, Bengals

-Michael Menet:

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