A prized center recruit that ended up taking over for Rashawn Slater at left tackle, Skoronski is a polished pass protector and a technician in the run game. If he fell to 13 there are no questions about his talent, just about where he would play.
A former top center recruit, Skoronski stepped in and started at left tackle for Northwestern as a freshman after Rashawn Slater opted out. He held down that spot for three years and established himself as one of the best lineman in all of college football.
The first thing that jumps out in his game is how consistent and explosive Skoronski is getting into his pass sets. He is a true master of his craft from a technique standpoint, perfectly syncing his base with his hands as a blocker. This allows him to redirect and recover throughout the opposition’s rush.
He trusts his overall strength, rarely bending his waist or ducking his head as he fully unlocks the power in his hips. The only time I truly saw him challenged by speed to power was against Lukas Van Ness in 2021.
Where Skoronski becomes a difficult projection at the next level is if his lack of length will hurt him playing tackle. He has 32 1/4” arms, which are in just the 4th percentile of testers at tackle. For many NFL teams, this would not pass their arm length threshold and would lead to a move inside. I think he can hold up at tackle, but has possesses an enticing All-Pro ceiling at guard.
In the run game, he plays with an urgency on the move to eliminate linebackers. He’s experienced in both zone and gap blocking schemes and he has the power to drive block defenders off the ball.
Overall, Skoronski is battled tested against NFL level talent and answered the bell. He has a model of consistency on tape that not many offensive line prospects can bring to the table. A lot of the conversations around him remind me of Alijah Vera-Tucker’s pre-draft process.
When you’re floor is a high end interior player and your ceiling is franchise tackle, it’s easy to land as a top 5-10 player in the draft.