5 college left tackles the Carolina Panthers should watch closely in 2021

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Evan Neal – Alabama

There are few offensive linemen heading into the 2021 college football season with more intrigue than Evan Neal. The Alabama standout is a gargantuan presence on the edge whose dominance during the previous campaign at right tackle played a leading role in the Crimson Tide securing yet another convincing national championship under Nick Saban.

Neal has played at guard and on the right-hand side over the last two years. However, with Alex Leatherwood now on the Las Vegas Raiders, he’s projected to become the team’s newest blindside protector during their title defense.

Hopes are high that Neal can be equally as productive with more responsibility on his shoulders. The player’s 6-foot-7, 360-pound frame is matched by athleticism and mobility that is hard to fathom for a man his size.

The Carolina Panthers picked up one Bama lineman this spring when they selected Deonte Brown in the sixth round. And they would be wise to keep a close eye on Neal’s progress throughout the season.

Although some believe Neal might be better suited to the interior at the next level, left tackle is his natural position and this is an area where he is expected to dominate right from the outset.

Neal now has the versatility Carolina loves in their college recruits. But he could be the answer to their prayers at left tackle.