NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings typically happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Well, WalterFootball.com usually has a good list, but with the state of the world as it is, it has become a tad tougher to find those tea leaves.
So far, teams have had access to players at the Senior Bowl and through Zoom Meetings. Therefore, I am going to profile players you should know and who the Ravens could select in the 2021 draft. Next up is Notre Dame offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 302 pounds
Strengths: Three-year starter at Notre Dame (38 consecutive starts); did not allow a sack in the last two years; has a solid base (very technically sound); terrific at using his hands; excels in the run game; high football IQ; very strong at the point of attack and rarely is outmuscled; plays with excellent balance.
Areas For Improvement: Speed rushers could give him some issues at the NFL level — his feet are slow at times. If pass rushers come directly at him, he is strong enough and good enough with his hands to fend them off, but if rushers try to go around him, they could have some success. Again, he did not give up a sack in two years, so take that for what it’s worth. He’s also not the best overall athlete, so some will peg him as a right tackle.
Other Notes: In 2020, Eichenberg was a Sporting News first-team All-American. He was also a finalist for Outland Trophy and the winner of the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
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Draft Projection: Late first to mid-second is Eichenberg’s range. It’s going to come down to how a team sees him. Is he a left or right tackle at the NFL level? Though he only played left tackle at Notre Dame, some teams may view him as a right tackle. Regardless, he did well against top college competition. If the Ravens trade Orlando Brown Jr. before the draft, Eichenberg could come in and start from Day One.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics