Big Board Showdown OL Draft Strategy

Welcome to the Big Board Showdown! Seven Rounds. One Champion. We’re going to opening up leagues to everyone soon, but in the meantime we need to get prepped for the 2021 NFL Draft!

This year is going to look a little different than last year. The 2021 version of Big Board Showdown will feature a salary cap. You will have 259 đź’° to spend on creating your roster of 12 players - 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 OL and 4 DEF.

This season, unlike last year, you can pick ANY player you would like …… so long as you fit all 12 players into your budget.

The 2021 Draft is a great if your team is in need of offensive lineman. There are a ton of players within the first three or four rounds that could be long term starters in the NFL. 

So who should you be looking to pick with your one OL spot? We’ve got you covered….

Two Big To Fail

Penei Sewell — Oregon — Projected R1, P8

Sewell, the 2019 Outland Trophy winner, is thought of as one of the best offensive line prospects in a couple of years. At 20 years old he has a ton of upside and could end up being a generational talent like a Jonathan Ogden. He sat out the 2020 season due to COVID concerns. Rumor has it NFL teams are bit concerned with his maturity, but his play on the field at Oregon was spectacular and he plays with a mean streak. He should be a top 10 pick.

Rashawn Slater — Northwestern — Projected R1, P9

Slater is also int he mix to be the first lineman drafted in 2021. He is significantly older than Sewell but is more of a finished product and projects as a potential Pro Bowl tackle. He also sat out the 2020 season due to COVID concerns. 

First Rounders

Alijah Vera-Tucker — USC — Projected R1, P13

Vera-Tucker is an elite inside offensive lineman who should be able to start at guard right away. He would be a perfect fit for a team like the Chargers. 

Christian Darrisaw — Virginia Tech — Projected R1, P19

In a normal draft year Darrisaw could very well be the best offensive tackle prospect in the class. Unfortunately for him he’s going to get knocked down the board because of Sewell and Slater. That being said he is a talent tackle with strong hands and great size. 

Teven Jenkins — Oklahoma State — Projected R1, P21

Jenkins is a versatile and intelligent lineman who played mostly at right tackle at Oklahoma State. He did spend time at every lineman position with the Cowboys and could play at guard or tackle at the NFL level. He is light on his feet with good power. 

Samuel Cosmi — Texas — Projected R1, P31

Cosmi played the last two years at left tackle for Texas, but was a right tackle in high school and as a freshman. He should be able to manage either side in the NFL. Cosmi doesn’t have the ideal size or power for a left tackle, but has incredibly strong hands and dominates in the run game. 

Liam Eichenberg — Notre Dame — Projected R1, P32

Eichenberg started every game the past 3 seasons at left tackle for Notre Dame. He has elite fundamentals and plays under control. He is not as athletic as the rest of the first round tackles but has great hands, technique and football IQ. He may end up playing guard in the NFL.

Down The Line

  • Landon Dickerson — Alabama — Projected R2, P5
  • Jalen Mayfield — Michigan — Projected R2, P12
  • Alex Leatherwood — Alabama — Projected R2, P13
  • Walker Little — Stanford — Projected R2, P15
  • Wyatt Davis— Ohio State — Projected R2, P32
  • Josh Myers— Ohio State — Projected Round 3
  • Trey Smith — Tennessee — Projected Round 3
  • Deonte Brown — Alabama — Projected Round 3

Strategy

The OL position in Big Board Showdown is an interesting one. You only have to fill one spot. So is it a better idea to spend a lot of money and lock in 15 points with Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater? Or should you pick up a cheap option like Tennessee’s Trey Smith and hope that he gets picked earlier than anticipated?

Personally, I like the idea of trying to find value late on the board saving money for other positions. The discrepancy between the top OL and the last OL available in Big Board Showdown isn’t large enough for my taste. 

Enjoy Big Board Showdown and the 2021 NFL Draft. Make sure to finalize your picks before April 29th and good luck!