As we approach the start of the college football season we will be releasing our 2022 Preseason All-American team. Two offensive tackles and four honorable mentions were selected and discussed.
Check out our other selections in these links.
The offensive tackles selected are…
OT Peter Skoronski – Northwestern
OT Paris Johnson Jr. – Ohio State
Skoronski returns to the Wildcats after being named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches. He has started in every game in his collegiate career at Northwestern. He was the leader on the offensive line, and helped create run lanes for 1,000 yard rusher Evan Hull.
Skoronski returns as one of the top offensive lineman in the country regardless of position, and could potentially be the second offensive tackle taken from Northwestern in the First Round of the NFL Draft in the last 3 seasons, along with former teammate Rashawn Slater.
Johnson is a former 5-star recruit who has already gained experience at multiple positions along the offensive line in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. After starting all 13 games of the 2021 season at right guard, Johnson is projected to switch positions and become Ohio State’s starting left tackle in 2022. He will be tasked with leading OSU’s line, paving the way for 1,000 yard rusher TreVeyon Henderson, and protecting the blind side for Heisman candidate C.J. Stroud.
OT Jaxson Kirkland – Washington
OT Kadeem Telfort – UAB
OT Blake Freeland – BYU
OT Zion Nelson – Miami
Kirkland, an All-Pac 12 First Team selection, returns for his sixth season and is one of the most experienced left tackles in the country. He has played in 39 games in his career and has started in every one.
Telfort is a massive left tackle who returns to the Blazers with All-CUSA Honorable Mention honors from the 2021 season. He started all 13 games and helped lead the UAB running backs to reach over 2,700 yards rushing last season.
Freeland enters his 5th season as the leader of BYU’s offensive line and hopes to improve his NFL draft stock. After a very successful season last year, he has a lot of momentum heading into the season and has a chance to be an All-American at the end of the season.
Nelson earned the starting left tackle position as a true freshman in 2019 and enters his 4th season as a name to watch. His combination of size, athleticism, and skill are hard to find and if he has another successful year, could hear his name called early in the 2023 NFL Draft.