When I think of the strengths of Tech’s 2019 campaign, the offensive line is not on that list. While there was some modest improvement along the line, the unit as a whole still has a long way to go before being considered a good offensive line, but the addition of Devin Cochran could jumpstart the offensive line’s production.
He brings a prototypical NFL size for a left tackle at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds. I also want to re-share the scouting report our pals at Anchor of Gold shared with us back in January:
“Vanderbilt’s offensive line was a train wreck in 2019, but don’t blame that on Devin Cochran, who performed very well at left tackle while the rest of the line was in flux all season.
“He’s played both tackle spots in his Vanderbilt career, starting at right tackle in 2017 and 2018 before moving to left tackle in 2019 after Justin Skule moved to the NFL, and he’s performed ably at both spots.
“At 6’7” and 317 pounds he has ideal size for the position and good technique. He’s good in both pass protection and in the run game, and looks like a future NFL starter.”
- Tom Stephenson, Anchor of Gold
I believe that Cochran could have a similar effect to that of Shaq Mason in 2014. We learned the next year that the offensive line was not quite as good as it appeared to be, but Mason was the glue that held it all together. I think the rest of the offensive line as a whole has improved, so adding a player of Cochran’s talents could take it to the next level.
That will be even more important this season as the quarterback situation is still kind of a mess. It was last year too, but having a more solidified offensive line will make it a whole lot easier for whoever ends up starting at quarterback.
Having an improved offensive line could also make Tech’s rushing attack even more lethal. Jordan Mason is already a bonafide stud, but add in an improving Jamious Griffin and the potential of Jahmyr Gibbs, and man, it could be a fun season. It all starts up front, though!