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Outside of a loaded wide receiver group, the offensive tackle class is the deepest position in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

If you don't believe me, believe former NFL general manager and NBC Sports Washington analyst Charley Casserly. He thinks there are at least four tackles that should go in the top 15 of this year's draft. 

With plenty of tackle-needy teams selecting in the top 15, including the Cardinals, Browns, Jets and Buccaneers, there's a good shot Casserly's prediction comes to pass. 

First, Casserly outlined a physical freak coming out of Louisville. 

Mekhi Becton - Louisville

Becton has a rare combination of size and skill, standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 370 pounds. He ran a 5.1 40-yard dash at the combine, and according to Casserly, has exceptional feet in pass protection. 

"The guy's got the feet of a ballerina," Casserly said. "He can block the outside rush as a left tackle, he can knock you off the football and just engulf you as a run blocker. A top-five pick in any draft."

Becton is mocked to the Browns at No. 10 overall in our latest mock draft and should be a day-one starter for whoever picks him. 

Jedrick Wills - Alabama

Even though Wills spent most of his time playing at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, many draft pundits believe he has the skill set to make the transition to left tackle. 

Even so, for a right tackle to project as a top-15 pick, it speaks to how good Willis is. 

 

"Plays right tackle, but I think he has the feet to be a left tackle," he said. "But as a right tackle I like his balance, his ability to adjust and play in space."

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Andrew Thomas - Georgia

Thomas was the best player on a dominant Georgia offensive line, showcasing strong technique in both the pass and running game as a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. 

Casserly's favorite aspect of Thomas' game? His 36-inch arms. 

"You want that arm length," he said. "A lot of success in pass blocking comes from size and arm length. Doesn't knock people off the ball at the level of [Mecton and Willis], that's why I've got [Thomas] third."

Tristan Wirfs - Iowa

Casserly is a big fan of Wirfs and is confident enough in his technique to say he's better than former fifth overall pick Brandon Scherff.

However, Wirfs' best bet at becoming a Pro Bowl player could be moving to the inside of the line as Scherff did. 

"Better offensive tackle coming out of college than Brandon Scherff," he said. "Can he play tackle in the NFL? I'm not sure he can handle the speed of the outside rush. He can certainly go into guard and be a Pro Bowl guard."

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