8 OTs could be 1st-round picks in 2024?

Apparently, it is a good year to need an offensive tackle in the draft. The Arizona Cardinals could be a team that takes advantage of that.

Despite drafting Paris Johnson sixth overall last year, left tackle D.J. Humphries tore his ACL at the end of the season, opening up tackle as an official need in 2024.

They could potentially get a tackle with either one of their first-round picks.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, this might be the best tackle class in years.

The buzz around this year’s offensive tackle class is immense. Veteran agents and scouts are predicting the first round could feature the most tackles in years, surpassing the 2020 class that featured six. From 2021-23, no more than five tackles were selected in any given year. But at least eight names will be in consideration this year, including several who were in Mobile: Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga, Arizona’s Jordan Morgan and Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton.

Several others will be prominent Day 2 picks or could sneak into Day 1. Texas’ Christian Jones and Houston’s Patrick Paul had impressive moments this week at the Senior Bowl. Great offensive line play is scarce in the NFL, but will the supply meet the demand? It looks that way early. 

Whether it is with the fourth pick, with a pick they get after trading down, with the 27th pick or their second-round pick, the Cardinals could land themselves a quality tackle to pair with Johnson for years.

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