The Baltimore Ravens need better depth at offensive tackle and whether two-time Pro Bowler Orlando Brown Jr. gets traded before or during the draft, they also need a succession plan at right tackle since he only has one more season left on his contract.
This year’s draft class deeper than usual at offensive tackle and Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg is among the best of the bunch. If drafted by the Ravens, he would be an immediate upgrade at swing tackle if Brown Jr. stays put. Once/If Brown Jr. is traded, the Ravens will pair together the two former golden domer starting bookends.
Notre Dame has become an elite offensive line powerhouse over the last decade that churns out All-Pro talent seemingly every year. While he isn’t quite in the class of Stanley, Zack Martin or Quenton Nelson, who have at least one or more First-Team All-Pro selections under their belts, he has the potential to be a starter from day one who will play a decade plus and have a solid career.
Eichenberg redshirted as a true freshman instead of wasting a year of eligibility behind Mike McGlinchey, who was a top 10 pick in 2018 by the the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to become a three-year starter at left tackle for the Fighting Irish.
He was praised as one of the highest graded run-blockers in the entire class who is inconsistent in his pass set but didn’t surrender a single sack over the last two seasons, despite blocking for a quarterback that loves to scramble.
Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg didn’t allow a single sack over the last two seasons— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 12, 2021
He isn’t the prototypical heavy tackle the Ravens typically target and currently have on the roster at 305 pounds, but he is the same height as Stanley at 6-foot-6. His arms are short for a tackle—32.375 inches—but he makes up for it with good footwork, refined fundamentals, sound technique as blocker, and being powerful at the point of attack.
He doesn’t having any experience on the right side but neither did Brown Jr. coming out of college after he had been a four-year starter at Oklahoma. McGlinchey made that transition when he came into the league and has played well, posting an overall PFF grade of over 74 in two of his first three seasons.
Many of the top right tackles in the league predominantly played on the left side in college. Some scouts and evaluators believe that Eichenberg would be better suited on the right side at the next level as well due to athletic limitations.
Every prospect that has played left tackle for Brian Kelly at Notre Dame has gotten taken in the first round of their respective drafts. Eichenberg has the potential to extend that streak even if the Ravens aren’t the team to take him on opening night. A team like the Kansas City Chiefs could take him at 31 but he’s likely going no lower than the early second round.