East OT – Carter Warren, Pittsburgh (6-5, 325)
The offensive tackle class is still a little hazy, especially with Penn State’s Olu Fashanu electing to return to the Nittany Lions. Just a few hours southwest of Fashanu, Pittsburgh’s Carter Warren quietly had an impressive year for the Panthers and a big week in Vegas could help his case for being a top-10 offensive tackle in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The sixth-year senior started 39 games at left tackle for Pitt, but an injury limited him to just four this season. Prior to getting hurt, Warren looked like one of the best offensive linemen in the country and a likely top-150 pick.
Warren is a power merchant with his size and it translates to the run game where he has no trouble mauling defensive linemen out of gaps and finishing through the whistle. He also possesses surprising quickness that helps him work to the second level to seal off linebackers.
As a pass protector, Warren took major strides this season showing he could reach landmarks and lean on his anchor and hand placement when dealing with pass rushers. One-on-ones at the Shrine Bowl will be crucial for Warren to prove he has the footwork and lateral agility to hold up in pass pro against different types of rushers at the next level.