There will be a lot of great matchups during the Iron Bowl, but one in particular to watch includes Auburn offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho vs. an Alabama defensive line filled with future NFL linemen.
Wanogho, at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, is considered one of the better offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL draft. He’s currently ranked No. 73 by Fanspeak. Auburn’s other tackle, Jack Driscoll, is also a draftable prospect who will likely be a Day 3 selection.
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But Wanogho has a chance to go relatively high, and his stock could rise even higher with a solid performance against Alabama’s stout defensive line. Defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (No. 19), and edge rushers Anfernee Jennings (No. 34) and Terrell Lewis (29) are all possibilities for Day 1 or Day 2.
It was thought that Wanogho would declare early last year. Instead, he returned for his senior season and has seen his draft stock remain fairly steady. Wanogho is lauded for his size, athleticism and strength.
“The long-armed, fairly athletic left tackle flashes a fast punch and can use his length to keep rushers at bay,” writes Yahoo Sports NFL draft analyst Eric Edholm in his latest prospect report. “Wanogho also has good recovery ability, keeps rushers at bay with varied hand work and has shown he can get up to the second level in the run game and on screens.”
Tega gave up two pressures in 32 pass-block-snaps during last year’s game, according to Pro Football Focus.
However, as Edholm points out, Alabama might turn to the Auburn-Georgia game for insight into attacking Wanogho.
“The Bulldogs’ rushers were waiting for Wanogho’s punch and were able to slip it, getting Wanogho to reach and stall his feet, and win a fair number of individual battles,” Edholm writes, adding that it was one of Wanogho’s “worst pass-blocking games of the season.”
Fanspeak is more bullish on Wanogho’s draft stock, as he also has the Senior Bowl to look forward to. Yahoo Sports, though, currently sees him as a top-100 pick, with the chance to move up to the top 50 by finishing the year strong.
“Scouts have been a bit ambivalent on his projection, citing some questionable football instincts as a big sticking point,” Edholm writes.