Notre Dame Football: Where will Irish prospects land in 2021 NFL Draft?

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No. 55. Liam Eichenberg. player. Pick Analysis. OT. 2. 55. Scouting Report

While both Liam Eichenberg and Aaron Banks appear to be locks to hear their names called in the first half of the draft, it is the former’s status as a tackle that will likely drive him up draft boards. While Eichenberg’s days as a left tackle may be limited in the NFL, he is a solid run blocker with the traits to make a solid career on the right side of the line.

While he may not have the NFL career touted by predecessors Ronnie Stanley and Mike McGlinchey, simply being tied to those names is sure to fall in his favor. Notre Dame’s success along the O-line in recent years has caught some eyes across the league, due in part to the development of future hall-of-famer Quenton Nelson’s development.

Eichenberg could end up landing in a profitable situation should it be the Pittsburgh Steelers who call his name on draft night. With a hole at left tackle, all signs point to the Steelers either bringing back veteran Alejandro Villanueva or addressing the vacancy through the draft. Should the latter be their method of choice, Eichenberg at No. 55 would be a more than suitable target.

Should Eichenberg make his way to Pittsburgh, there’s a possibility that he ends up with the opportunity to take snaps at the most prestigious position across the o-line. A second-round pick might not be exactly what Steelers management had in mind to address a hole at tackle, but the NFL rarely gives you what you wish for. At No. 55, you can do much worse than Liam Eichenberg.