After many years in the 2010s of mostly disappointing, uninspiring offensive line draft classes, the NFL is being treated with a fine collection of blockers for a second-consecutive draft in 2021. And not just the top-tier prospects.
Similar to the 2020 class with names like Dolphins guard Solomon Kindley, Patriots do-it-all blocker Michael Onwenu, and Steelers interior lineman Kevin Dotson, the 2021 offensive line class has a few undervalued blockers likely available on Day 3 of the draft.
The linemen below have quality starter capabilities.
Nebraska OT Brenden Jaimes
Best traits: Athleticism, pass-blocking prowess
Jaimes is a highly athletic, well-balanced offensive tackle with loads of experience. He made 40 consecutive starts, a tremendous feat which includes nine starts as a true freshman in 2017. Jaimes has a leg up on the vast majority of offensive tackle prospects because he's a rare prospect who's better vertically setting than quick setting defensive ends. What that means is he's more impressive kick-sliding backward, like we typically see in pass protection, as opposed to asserting his will quickly after the snap on a pass play.
All that represents a fine blocker foundation. But Jaimes also brings super-active hands to the field. He's rarely beaten by a pass-rushing move because he's constantly resetting his hands, which blends awesomely with impressive natural balance. Because Jaimes is so athletically gifted, he can play with so much patience. His arms are a tick short and there's ample room to add more weight to his frame. He'll need to do that in the NFL. He legitimately has All-Pro upside.
Texas A&M OT/OG Dan Moore
Best traits: Power/athleticism combination
Moore is a big, very long, deceptively athletic left tackle with three years of starting experience in the SEC. He made 36 starts for the Aggies -- that's the type of experience teams and NFL draft analysts want to see from an offensive line prospect.