Option 2; St John University offensive tackle Ben Bartch
We had mocked St John’s Red Storm offensive tackle with our Mock Draft 1.0, and do not hesitate to do so again. He is a solid prospect from a small The book on Bartch so far is that he has excellent hands and can keep defenders locked up. He doesn’t bite on defenders feigning blitzess. He is a great size at 6-foot-6 and 308 pounds. That allows him to add some bulk but not slow down for the more agile edge rushers.
While a bit smaller than Whitworth, Bartch converts his smaller size into nimbleness, range, and agility. He quick-steps in pass protection, pulling and resetting his feet too quickly to withstand NFL caliber pass rushers. It worked for him in NCAA because he was just that much stronger than his competition.
He has incredible football IQ, and trains on all defenders around him, completely aware of who his assignment is on each play. He squares off nicely, and his handwork is powerful enough to keep defenders off him and keep the leverage advantage.
A year behind Whitworth will give this solid prospect the time to polish his footwork and ready to take over a year from now.