2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Stone Forsythe

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Florida offensive tackle Stone Forsythe projects as a viable starting-caliber offensive tackle at the pro level. Forsythe, who is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Ray Forsythe, started the final 25 games of his career with the Florida Gators at left tackle—but he has taken reps on the right side of the line as well and that added flexibility should afford teams more appeal as a potential swing tackle early in his career while he works on some of the finer points of his game. Forsythe brings a smooth cadence to the field and is quite controlled in his pass sets; willing to take depth on his vertical sets and trusting his technique to maintain integrity on the edge or alternatively snap out of his stance to challenge you early at the line of scrimmage. You’d like to see more consistency with his leverage, but he’s a looming frame at 6-foot-8 and there's an inevitability to him playing higher than most defenders at first contact. Fortunately, at 315 pounds, Forsythe does have the natural strength in his frame to sit down on outside pass rushers who look to bull him back into the lap of the quarterback. Ideally, this isn’t a Day 1 starter, but the ceiling is there for Forsythe to make an impact and there’s little reason to think he couldn’t fit in any number of offensive systems across the league regardless of core principles and ideologies. 

Ideal Role: Developmental starting offensive tackle.

Scheme Fit: Pass-heavy offensive attack with consistent launch point from the pocket.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Founder and Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Founder and Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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