27 Nov 2020

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Analytical Case Files: Alex Leatherwood, T/G, Alabama

Welcome to another exciting and fun edition to the Draft Rite ACF featuring Alabama's own Alex Leatherwood!

Hello ladies and gents, welcome to another fun edition of the Draft Rite ACF. Written by yours truly, Brandon T Meyers. For those of you who are just joining us for the first time, this series of articles is almost like a player profile that you’d see on any university/pro athletics or NFL Draft analyst’s website but you get my fun or sometimes not fun hot takes on top of it. Whatever my opinion’s worth, laugh out loud.

Anyways, moving on. Per management request, this issues primary feature as you can see in the title is none other than the Alabama Crimson Tide’s starting offensive tackle and 2018 starting right guard. I had fun watching his film since and like I’ve said in previous editions of this thing, OL don’t get much love in the stat department. Hey! NCAA, NFL, XFL, and other football leagues! Can we please keep tally of pancake blocks at least?! That’s all we’re asking…

Anyways let’s go ahead an move onto the basic’s and notes. Brought to you by the University of Alabama’s athletics website

  • H&W: 6’6″/312lbs
  • Class: Senior
  • High School: Booker T Washington
  • Hometown: Pensacola, FL
  • Freshman(2017):
    • Played in seven games including the CFB Playoff National Championship game.
      • Only allowed one sack, committed no penalties during the CFBPNCG.
  • Sophomore(2018):
    • Made the move to RG and secured the starting position during fall practices.
    • Started all 15 games.
    • Selected ALL-SEC Second Team.
    • Selected as team Offensive player of the week after game vs LSU.
  • Junior(2019):
    • Moved back to LT and secured starting position.
    • AFCA First Team All-American.
    • All-SEC First Team.
    • AP All-SEC Second Team.
    • Athlon, CBS Sports, & The Sporting News Preseason All American.
    • SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for play vs TN.
  • Out of HS:
    • Under Armour All-American.
    • USA Today All-USA Second Team.
    • Rated unanimous 5-star prospect.
    • Rankings:
      • 247Composite: No. 4 overall, No. 1 offensive tackle.
      • Rivals100: No. 4 overall, No 1 offensive tackle.
      • ESPN: No. 8 overall, No. 3 offensive tackle.
      • PrepStar 150: No. 8 overall, No. 2 offensive tackle.
      • Scout 300: No. 9 overall, No. 3 offensive tackle.

Alright! Now that we got that over with, let’s go to my film evaluations. There were 3 games where I got a good feel of how to give my impressions. Vs Ole Miss, @ Auburn, and @ South Carolina. I was really impressed with what I saw and let me tell you there is a good reason why Alabama is usually on top in one way or another, and that reason is the legit offensive line. Now, here comes some of the words I’m gonna speak, or type in this case that’s gonna trigger some of y’all to think “what the fuck is this guy talking about? Is he a potato?” and where my manager is gonna wanna throw hands with me. Let me answer that for you. Yes, sometimes, yes. During two of the games, I legitimately thought they were playing two guards on the left side!

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Mr. Alex Leatherwood had the strength, size, footwork, and quickness you look for in a starting OT, BUUUUUUTTT!!! Some of my favorite guards and some of the other’s I’ve observed that have the elusiveness and flow that he’s shown in all 3 games. The only constructive criticism that I have to really give is stay on the constant hustle if you’re flowing to the next level instead of the OL/DL jog that we’re all notorious for doing.

The best 2020 NFL rookie comparison that I can think of is on the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line. Tyre Phillips. A guy who played Tackle in the college but is currently the RG replacement for retired Marshall Yanda. When I first started watching the game vs Auburn I was low key thinking, holy shit, they have a permanent guard at LT. I was wrong. He’s a two position player. He was covering the edge with poise and strength, making sure the rushers didn’t hit his QB or cleared the way for the outside run. Same with against Ole Miss. But the way he flowed to the second level and hit the double teams, my eyes widened like, why isn’t he in the interior securing inside the box runs/being a lead blocker.

Now I will admit that against SC my impressions were “Ok this is more of the traditional OT play.” Either way this dude is the real deal and can play either position at a high level. Nick Saban got a double edged heavy axe for the OL, and when he goes to the next level, the team that picks him up will be in for a real treat. Fundamentally and talent, he’s everything you’re looking for.

I’m going on little too much here on how awesome this dude is. Lets go ahead and wrap this up and call it a case closed on how he’s a significant key day one pick. I’m gonna be looking to see him create lots more holes and openings for the Bama run game and keep their QB safe from any harm during this weird 2020 season. Hope everyone enjoyed this edition of the Analytical Case Files. Don’t forget to follow us on all forms of social media, sign up for news letters, and for your pro football coverage go check out NZI! Also please join this discussion whether it’s agreements, debates, or just basic questions/comments. Have a great day!

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