Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg has look of a solid pro
Leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, which begins April 29, Yahoo Sports will count down our leading 100 total potential customers. We’ll count them down in groups of 5 for Nos. 100-51, followed by more thorough reports on our leading 50 gamers, with aid from our searching assistant, Liam Blutman. We book the right to make modifications to gamers’ grades and assessments based upon injury updates, pro-day exercises or late-arriving details from NFL groups.
Previous possibility rankings: Nos. 100-96 | 95-91 | 90-86 | 85-81 | 80-76 | 75-71 | 70-66 | 65-61 | 60-56 | 55-51
50. Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg
6-foot-6, 306 pounds
Yahoo Sports draft grade: 5.88 — prospective starter
TL;DR searching report: Exceptionally strong, reputable left tackle who may never ever be unique in the NFL, however he’s nearly ensured to begin and be great
Games enjoyed: Duke (2020), Florida State (2020), Pitt (2020), Alabama (2020)
The skinny: A 4-star Competitors hire (No. 198 nationally), Eichenberg declined Ohio State’s scholarship deal (which he got as a high-school freshman) to head to South Bend. After redshirting in 2016, he saw time in 5 video games (45 snaps) as a backup left deal with behind 2018 first-rounder Mike McGlinchey. Eichenberg then went on to begin every video game over the next 3 seasons at left deal with. As a redshirt senior in 2020, he was called second-team AP All-America and first-team All-ACC, was an Outland Prize finalist, and ACC coaches called him the Jacobs Obstructing Prize winner (provided to the leading lineman in the conference). Eichenberg accepted an invite to the 2021 Senior citizen Bowl however chose not to get involved.
Upside: Experienced — three-year starter who didn’t miss out on a video game over that stretch. Won over scouts and OL coaches when he went back to the field versus Florida State in 2020 after having his eye poked — it was almost inflamed shut, however he returned and made his complete allocation tough-guy points.
Battle-tested versus some quality pass rushes. Utilized to the huge phase — appeared in 2 championship game and one championship game. Was most likely the Irish’s finest OL in the semifinals playoff loss to Alabama. Has actually held up the long-standing left deal with custom for the Irish well — from Zack Martin to Ronnie Stanley to Mike McGlinchey to Eichenberg.
Strong essential base. Looks NFL-ready with his quality pass sets and exceptional run-blocking strategy. Gets fast depth in pass defense however mindful not to overset. Tidy feet and great balance.
Keeps his feet square underneath him and flexes and mirrors well. Hand work is mainly great. Client and wise with great timing on his punches. Gains utilize and turns protectors where they don’t wish to go.
Lateral-movement abilities are much better than promoted. Relatively light on his feet. Able to get to the 2nd level and leave into area on screens and draws. Great body control who can strike moving targets easily. No sacks enabled the previous 2 seasons. Asked to sustain blocks longer with run-around QB (Ian Book) who had among the greatest time-to-throw numbers in college football.
More power in his frame than you’d believe for a taller, leaner lineman. Plays with great drive and utilize and works his legs through contact. Skilled run blocker who takes wise angles and can flush bodies out of the method. Strong seal blocker and really efficient on tandem blocks.
Exceptionally constant. Strong play character — psychologically hard. Peaceful however driven. Severe, wise, devoted gamer. High flooring as a possibility.
Drawback: Regular qualities. Not an unique or vibrant professional athlete — not the exact same quality specimen athletically as his ND left deal with predecessors. Hardly 300 pounds and might be checked more vs. NFL strength. Absence of elite length (much shorter wingspan) will harm him sometimes versus long-arm rush relocations. Healing speed is simply appropriate.
Will quit ground as pass blocker. Can get worked back in the pocket and up into QB’s face. Margins diminish at the next level vs. edge speed and might be taxed till he captures up with NFL rushes. Here’s an associate versus Pitt’s Rashad Weaver, who beats Eichenberg’s hands at first and navigates him for a near sack:
Can do a much better job of knocking protectors’ arms to maximize much better passing windows. Typical block sustain — grip strength looks doing not have.
Two-hand puncher who attempted to bench press protectors — requires to work hands individually much better. Will lunge excessive and leave balance. Can get worked over with inside counters — lets a lot of rushes cross his face.
Charges (11 flags in 2019) have actually been a problem sometimes. Was really reluctant early in his profession — did not have that killer impulse. Can be excessively technical sometimes and too worried with making project mistakes. Requirements to let it rip a bit more sometimes (although he was much better at this in 2020).
Has actually just played left deal with in college video games, however some groups see him more as a right deal with. High flooring as a possibility, however ceiling isn’t as high as numerous other deals with in this class.
Best-suited location: Eichenberg suits any kind of run video game and might be attempted at either deal with area. (Some groups even have actually subjugated the concept of moving him to protect.) He may have some humbling minutes early as a pass protector till he gets ready to the speed of the league, however Eichenberg simply has the look of a 10-year strong professional anywhere he winds up. He’s a scheme-independent, high-floor possibility who may never ever reach Pro Bowl level.
Did you understand: Liam’s bro, Tommy, is a linebacker for Ohio State who has actually played in 3 video games over 2 seasons.
Gamer compensation: Ryan Ramczyk, however not rather as gifted.
Anticipated draft variety: 2nd round
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