Drafted: ROUND: 3 - Pick Number: 69 (TEN)
Draft Profile: BioIn 2018 coming out of high school Nicholas Petit-Frere was the nation’s consensus top-ranked offensive tackle prospect with ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports - all ranking him No. 1 and as a result was a consensus five-star recruit. At the Under Armour All-American Game, he won the lineman strength competition and was a finalist for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award, given to the top African-American high school football player in the country.
Petit-Frere redshirted his freshman year at Ohio State and then played mainly as a backup the following year.
He finally received the starting role in 2020 and never looked back.
Nicholas was named a “champion” six times during the 2020 season, the second most of any offensive player, and was the Player of the Game following a win over Rutgers. Pro Football Focus declared he allowed pressure on just 0.5 percent of Ohio State’s total pass attempts, which led all offensive tackles on Power 5 teams.
During the 2021 season he has continued his dominating play and is now the leader of a talented Ohio unit.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has good footwork and technique. Balanced and agile pass protection set with excellent hand placement.
- A smooth athlete with terrific mobility and footwork, staying light on his feet. Has the lateral range, natural shuffle movements, and lower body quickness to mirror speed rushers.
- Extremely good athlete for the position and good size to operate. Very quick off the line both as a run blocker and pass blocker.
- Has the agility, technique, and size to contribute early in his professional career. Quick, active hands to latch on to defenders.
- Ideal size for the position and can extend his arms out as he wants, combining with his upper body strength.
- Very strong - was the strongest player in the nation in high school
- Versatile - has played both tackle positions
- Is a quality pass blocker and has the speed to contain all but the fastest edge rushers
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Flashes the ability to move his man with his hands but is not always consistent in this area.
- When he does get beat it's often due to his upper body getting over his feet too and he so loses his balance.
- Will play undisciplined at times, especially in space
- Can give up to much space and plays too wide - which results in heavy pressure on the interior line
Scouting Report: SummaryNicholas is one of the top offensive tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft and could be a dominator at the next level. He is equally adept in the running and pass blocking game and has few flaws which can't be overcome with good coaching.
This 2022 offensive line class isn't the best which gives him a great opportunity to slip into the end of the first round - although currently, he looks like a very good second-round prospect with great potential to start early in his NFL career at either left or right tackle.
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