It was a rough day for right tackles across the league. First, Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt went down with an injury early and had to be carted off the field against the Buccaneers. Unfortunately, it quickly came out that Loadholt had suffered a torn Achilles, which will effectively end his 2015-16 season.
Then it was Demar Dotson of the Buccaneers who went down. Dotson is one of the top starting right tackles in the league, but he left late in the half with a left knee injury. Dotson was playing longer than expected as the Buccaneers were trying to give Winston more time with the starters.
Finally, Chiefs right tackle Jeff Allen, who was only named the starting right tackle recently, left the game with a knee injury and was declared out for the game by Kansas City.
Darius Hamilton, DL (senior): Hamilton was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and has NFL pedigree (his dad Keith Hamilton was an All-Pro with the New York Giants). He played defensive tackle, but he’s undersized for the position (6’3, 255 pounds) and would likely have to move to defensive end in the NFL. Due to his size, he’s limited strength-wise, but he uses his quickness to beat bigger offensive linemen. He could be an intriguing prospect for certain teams because of his versatility.
Christian Hackenberg, QB (junior): Hackenberg has been projected as an NFL draft pick from the day he set foot on campus. He throws an excellent deep ball and has the arm strength to put the ball anywhere he wants. He can fit the ball into extremely tight windows and puts ferocious velocity on his passes. Last season was a struggle for Hack. Disappointing offensive line play, coupled with an extremely green receiving corps, forced him to play on the run for most of the season. His numbers took a hit as a result and his accuracy began to falter as time went on. Hack looked like his old self in the Pinstripe Bowl, after a few weeks off.