Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
To be clear, I got this pick as the alternate. But any chance to reunite with my boy Carson Wentz is a dream come true. All of you should know by now how much I supported him while he was here, and was devastated to see him go. Well ... it’s time to give him one last hoorah before we start the 2021 season. Here’s to you, Carson!
If you were like me, you know that the REAL reason Carson Wentz struggled last year was because of the inconsistency of the Eagles’ offensive line. The poor guy was sacked 253 times. I’d argue that every sack and every interception was due to him running for his life. Otherwise, we all know he’s the front runner to the 2017 MVP race caliber player if he could just get some decent protection.
It’s a new day, and Carson Wentz has moved west to Indianapolis. Indy’s offensive line actually performed pretty well in 2020. They were ranked the 7th best offensive line by PFF.
But ... Indy suffered a crushing loss to its top-tier offensive line with left tackle Anthony Castonzo‘s retirement. He had been the eighth-highest-graded left tackle in pass protection over the past three seasons. Bye-bye bodyguard.
So … we don’t want Carson having another miserable season, otherwise those nasty Eagles fans will get their wish of a really high 1st round pick out of us. So … all we gotta do to get him back to MVP form, is protect him. Luckily there’s a monster still left in the draft for us in Christian Darrisaw.
Look regardless of how you feel about my favorite non-Eagle Carson, the Colts need a tackle, and this kid is a beast.
Easy to see why @dpbrugler is hearing 1st Round buzz from VaTech OT Christian Darrisaw.— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 11, 2020
Massive, mauling OT with good quickness/balance - big but not sloppy
I think Chazz Surratt will be seeing him in his nightmares. Darrisaw did some good work on 2nd/3rd levels in loss vs UNC pic.twitter.com/qk7Sk94XLG
He’s a three-year starter at the left tackle position. So he’s not a project like other tackles that are projected as possible guards. He’s exactly what the Colts need, and you would expect him to start his rookie season, which is what you want out of your first-round draft picks. (Howie, take note.)
He’s the definition of a bodyguard. In 2020, on 293 pass-blocking snaps, he allowed no sacks, no hits, and just six hurries.
Christian Darrisaw across 293 pass-blocking snaps last season— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 20, 2021
QB pressures allowed: 6
Sacks: 0 pic.twitter.com/0ztitn2ZZi
What running back wouldn’t want to have this guy in front of him. In 2020, runners who went to Darrisaw’s gap gained 7.7 yards per carry and 3.2 yards before contact.
Highest career run-blocking grade in the 2021 Draft class— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 25, 2021
1. Penei Sewell, Oregon: 94.8
2. Landon Dickerson, Bama: 93.9
3. Brady Christensen, BYU: 91.2
4. Teven Jenkins, OK St: 90.3
5. Christian Darrisaw, VA Tech: 90.2 pic.twitter.com/6TC1Yczb31
In summary, Darrisaw is an excellent fit for a position of need and is a steal this late in the first round. If I’m in need of a left tackle which the colts are, this is the guy I want. He’s got the size, the experience, and the stats to make you feel comfortable writing his name down on that card on draft day.
Christian Darrisaw grade/rank among P5 tackles in 2020:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 9, 2021
PFF Grade - 95.6 (1st)
Run-blocking Grade - 94.5 (1st)
Pass-blocking Grade - 90.8 (1st) pic.twitter.com/iyry9vf6TZ
Now that Carson Wentz has all the protection he needs, with plenty of weapons, coached by the REAL genius behind the 2019 super bowl, we should all expect Wentz to finally be crowned the legitimate NFL MVP for 2021 without an asterisk or almost attached to it. From your biggest fan Carson: Here’s to 75% successful snaps this year, and a 2-15 record!! Or at least 70% and a one-and-done playoff game. But either way, good luck!!
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2021 BGN Mock Draft Order
1) Jaguars (Phoenix X Minimus): QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets (eagles.north.of.the.border): QB Zach Wilson
3) 49ers (I Need a Username): QB Trey Lance
4) Falcons (chewy wellington): OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals (Dr_Horrible): WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins (20Safety_Hazard): TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions (drc242): WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers (wildcatlh): QB Justin Fields
9) Broncos (ItownBallers22): CB Patrick Surtain II
10) Cowboys (Kephas): OT Rashawn Slater
11) Giants (Billmington): WR Jaylen Waddle
12) Eagles (ablesser88): CB Jaycee Horn
13) Chargers (Georgia_eagle): LB Micah Parsons
14) Vikings (Philliesandthebees): OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots (SakPrescott): QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals (Carson Wentzs ACL): CB Greg Newsome II
17) Raiders (dshelton5): LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins (J. Wil): DE Kwity Paye
19) Football Team (Negadelphia Norm): LB Nick Bolton
20) Bears (Happy24): CB Caleb Farley
21) Colts (Fly Like An Eagle): OT Christian Darrisaw
22) Titans (Friendly Neighborhood Philly Fan):
23) Jets (Asap Stocky):
24) Steelers (Gregnado):
25) Jaguars (“Snax”):
26) Browns (gerouxman1956):
27) Ravens (Brendanekstrom):
28) Saints (grantspectations):
29) Packers (Philly_Philly):
30) Bills (doublefry):
31) Chiefs (Leo Bedio):
32) Buccaneers (phuckdallas):
Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected in the 2021 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.
Who should the Indianapolis Colts draft at No. 21?
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OT Samuel Cosmi
DE Kwity Paye
DE Jaelan Phillips
DE Gregory Rousseau
DE Azeez Ojulari
DE Jayson Oweh
CB Greg Newsome II
WR Kadarius Toney
WR Rashod Bateman
DT Christian Barmore
1) Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence
2) Jets: QB Zach Wilson:
3) 49ers: QB Justin Fields
4) Falcons: OT Penei Sewell
5) Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase
6) Dolphins: TE Kyle Pitts
7) Lions: WR DeVonta Smith
8) Panthers: OT Rashawn Slater
9) Broncos: QB Trey Lance
10) Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II
11) Giants: LB Micah Parsons
12) Eagles: WR Jaylen Waddle
13) Chargers: CB Jaycee Horn
14) Vikings: OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
15) Patriots: QB Mac Jones
16) Cardinals: CB Caleb Farley
17) Raiders: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
18) Dolphins: RB Najee Harris
19) Football Team: OT Christian Darrisaw
20) Bears: OT Teven Jenkins