2021 NFL draft profile: Alabama OL Alex Leatherwood

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Laurie Fitzpatrick
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Alex Leatherwood was a high-school All-American, 1st-team All-American in college, won the Outland Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the country in 2020, and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC’s top offensive lineman.

He’s a well-rounded blocker who has experience at both guard and tackle, with 41 consecutive starts and 48 career games played while blocking for the best offensive line in the country.

Vitals

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Height | 6-5 Weight | 312 Class | Senior

The Good Stuff

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Leatherwood is a wide-base pass protector who can also be a stable run blocker simply because of his size. He has quick feet off the snap, high football IQ where he can pick up stunts with his head on a swivel, and uses his extremely large wingspan to get in the way of any inside rusher. He fits perfectly at guard, but can also play tackle. His size makes him an enormous anchor that any QB will love, in large part because rushers have difficulty getting around him. Leatherwood also has one of the largest wingspans of any offensive line prospect in this class, making him a perfect pass protector and fit for a zone-scheme rushing attack.

Under Contruction

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His overall strength is something that will be improved with time, but on film, we did not see the eagerness to really push guys forward. Patience will be required as he develops, especially as a run blocker.

The Bottom Line

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Leatherwood will be a reliable offensive lineman going forward with a low injury concern. His measurables, play speed, mental processing and versatility across the entire offensive line will make any NFL coach extremely happy.

Projection: Day 2

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