Liam Eichenberg NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Liam Eichenberg NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • Aaron Banks
  • Alabama
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Christian Darrisaw
  • Clemson
  • Eichenberg
  • Fighting Irish
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jalen Mayfield
  • Joe Moore Award
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kolton Miller
  • Liam
  • Liam Eichenberg
  • Mike McGlinchey
  • Notre Dame
  • Offensive Line
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Ohio State
  • Outland Trophy
  • Penei Sewell
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Quenton Nelson
  • rashawn slater
  • Robert Hainsey
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Teven Jenkins
  • The Senior Bowl
  • Zach Martin
By Daniel Kitchen April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Liam Eichenberg is a 2021 NFL Draft OT Prospect

Liam Eichenberg is an offensive lineman from Notre Dame and a projected Day 1 or 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Eichenberg has served as the team’s full-time starter at left tackle the last three seasons without missing a game. He made 38 total starts during those three seasons, and appeared in 43 games during his ND career after committing as a 4-star OT over 10+ other offers, including Ohio State and Michigan.

In 2020, Eichenberg started 12 games and played 834 snaps. He did not allow a sack for the second straight season, and gave up only one QB Hit, 14 hurries, and 15 pressures while committing four penalties. Eichenberg was named a consensus All-American that season, and appeared as a finalist for the Outland and Joe Moore Trophies. He was named a first team All-ACC player, and won the conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman. The Irish finished third in the ACC in rushing that season, while allowing the fifth-fewest sacks.

Eichenberg rated as the 11th-best OT in FBS in 2020 by Pro Football Focus (a 20 percent minimum snap filter on), with an 89.9 Offense grade. He was graded the ninth-best Run Blocker (90.1), and the 20th-best Pass Blocker (83.8).

Eichenberg did not allow a sack and gave up only three QB Hits, nine hurries, and 12 pressures in 2019 across 13 games and 845 snaps. He committed a career-high 10 penalties that season, as Notre Dame finished second in rushing and allowed the second-fewest sacks among Independent programs, and appeared on the Joe Moore Watch List. Eichenberg appeared on the Outland Watch List that season.

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In his first season as a starter in 2018, Eichenberg played a career-high 939 snaps while making 13 starts. He allowed the only three sacks of his career, as well as two QB Hits, 18 hurries, and 23 pressures, while committing two penalties. Notre Dame again finished second among Independents in rushing and sacks allowed. He appeared in five games as a backup in 2017.

Eichenberg projects as a Day 1 starter at either tackle spot, and someone who can be an immediate difference-maker in the run game. His mentality and the killer instinct he plays with make him a trend-setter along the line. His strength and proven ability to clear lanes inside or outside let him step right into any team’s ground game as a rookie, and he can be a reliable pass protector against bull rushers using his strength and ability to anchor.

He will need work in defending speed rushers along the edge, and has to improve his ability to stay in front of them and land and retain a firm grip on them to engage and stop their progress. Eichenberg’s arm length will also remain a constant concern. But his strength, mentality, and base of skills displayed at Notre Dame indicate he should be able to stick at tackle at the NFL level, with Pro Bowl upside as soon as the back half of his rookie deal. If he is ever moved inside, his ceiling would jump to an All-Pro level, given his strength and finisher mentality that would shine at guard.

Scouting Capsule

Liam Eichenberg Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At Notre Dame’s Pro Day March 31, Eichenberg measured in at a height of 6061 and a weight of 306 pounds. He had 9 5/8” hands, 32 3/8” arms, and a 79 3/8” wingspan. During his final season with the Fighting Irish, he was listed as 6061, 302.

Eichenberg posted 33 bench reps, an 8’9” broad jump, and a 26.5” vertical at his Pro Day. He ran a 4.58 short shuttle and 7.53 3-Cone, but did not run the 40.

Highlights

Positives

  • Gets up quick off the line, fast feet to get multiple steps in and get back to settle in and brace to anchor.
  • Hands are constantly up and ready to strike. Aggressive throwing punches and engaging, has the strength to retain contact once landed. Few players will break free of his mitts.
  • Uses strength to control one-on-ones in Pass Pro. Has the lower body strength and form to absorb rush and bend back without yielding ground, seeks to land hands to outside shoulders to gain advantage and steer his man.
  • Stamina and footwork to stay reliable on longer plays. Able to stay in front of man as long as needed once engaged. Doesn’t let up until QB has thrown or escaped pocket.
  • Plug-and-play NFL run blocker with his strength. Uses to drive IOL away on doubles off the line, and reliably lands hands to outside shoulders to steer. Can clear monster lanes for inside and outside runs.
  • Has the mindset to be a star along the OL. Plays pissed off and is constantly in search of players to hit. Seeks out contact.
  • Finisher on his blocks, won’t miss the chance to keep driving somebody away, or plant them in the grass.

Weaknesses

  • Struggles against speed rushers in Pass Pro. Doesn’t consistently land firm grasp on player, can be victimized by spin moves or drawn off-balance.
  • Arms would be short even at guard.

NFL Comparison

Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts (2018-Present)

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