Teams in need of help at offensive tackle are in luck this offseason. The 2020 NFL Draft features a plethora of talented offensive tackles, and Jack Driscoll from Auburn is among those capable of making an impact at the next level.
Prior to starting at Auburn for two years, Driscoll was at UMass. His transition to the SEC was pretty smooth, as he managed to keep his quarterbacks clean for back-to-back seasons against elite competition.
We sat down with Driscoll to discuss his favorite moments from his time at Auburn, his thoughts on Bo Nix’s future with the Tigers and his preparation for the upcoming draft.
Let’s get this interview started.
The Spun: How was the NFL Combine experience and what was your favorite part about it?
Jack Driscoll: My favorite part is that for four-straight days you’re living, talking and breathing football. Everything was about football, which is awesome. Being around the best players in the country and coaches who I hopefully have the opportunity to work with in the future was awesome, and just getting to sit down and picking their brain was great experience.
The big fella can MOVE! 🏃♂️💨@jackdriscoll71 with the 2nd fastest time among offensive linemen!
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 28, 2020
The Spun: Who’s the best defensive player you faced on Saturdays?
JD: We played a bunch of good ones this year, but I would say Jonathan Greenard from Florida was up there. He’s a great edge-rusher and he gave me a great battle all afternoon.
The Spun: What’s the toughest SEC road environment?
JD: I would definitely say Florida. That place was rocking the day we played there, and it was so hard to hear anything the whole game. Credit to their fans, they had that place rocking and it caused a couple of communication issues. They did a great job at that place.
The Spun: What was your favorite win during your time at Auburn?
JD: I would have to say the Iron Bowl from this past season. It was such a back-and-forth game; it was senior night and my last ever game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. To go out with a win like that and knock them out of the College Football Playoff is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. There’s been a bunch of great ones, but I would say that one stuck out the most.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 1, 2019
The Spun: What do you think Auburn needs to do to make the College Football Playoff?
JD: Yeah, I think they’re in a good position this year. I think this past year, there were a couple of games where we started flat and unfortunately had to come back – Florida and Georgia. We kind of dug ourselves in a hole early and had to really fight to come back. I think with pretty much all of the skill position players on offense coming back, they’re in a good position this year. You know, it’s hard at Auburn since we cross over every year with Georgia. On top of getting Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, we’re automatically getting Georgia and – in some years – we’re also getting Florida. We have the hardest schedule in the country, so it’s hard. But I think like you said, this next year and I would say two years is a prime spot where I think Auburn can really make a run at it.
The Spun: Do you think Bo Nix will compete for the Heisman Trophy this fall?
JD: I really think so. Just watching the strides he’s made since he first got here in spring to the time he went under center against Oregon, it was really unbelievable. He’s a guy that we kind of told as an offensive line to be confident and do your thing. As you guys have seen just in one year how special of a player he is. There’s no doubt as he gets more experience under his belt that he’s going to be an absolute problem for opposing defenses in the SEC. And I don’t think there’s any reason why he won’t be in the Heisman race in the next year or two.
The Spun: Your former teammate Jarrett Stidham is projected to be the starter for New England in the post-Tom Brady era. How do you think he’ll perform?
JD: I think he’s going to be awesome. Jarrett is someone that I had the privilege to live with, so I really got to know him and his family well. He’s a great leader and he’s a great quarterback also. I don’t think there’s any reason why the Patriots won’t continue to roll with their dynasty with him under center. He’s smart, he’s got a great arm and he’s a great leader. Replacing someone like Tom Brady is not an easy task, but I think Jarrett is the guy for the job.
— Jack Driscoll (@jackdriscoll71) August 9, 2019
The Spun: What’s the one area of your game you want to improve prior to the draft?
JD: I’m trying to work on my functional strength. It’s something that I think I’ve done a great job doing so far from the beginning of the process and I’ll continue to do it while I’m at home working out. Anytime you can improve on that I’d say it makes you that much more valuable of a player.
The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Jack Driscoll?
JD: You’re getting a dominant player who can play all five positions on the offensive line. If you go back and watch my tape at Auburn, there’s no reason that I shouldn’t be considered one of the top linemen in this draft class. I have the tape to back it up, and the stats to back it up. Any team that gives me an opportunity will not be sorry. I think they’ll be very happy they made that choice. I’m someone that brings the same consistent effort every single day. I lead by example and work my tail off. Like I said, playing five positions makes me that much more valuable. I’m just really excited to get to any team I can and help them win games.
Jack Driscoll career:
1,690 Pass-block snaps
4 QB hits pic.twitter.com/w1ATYwbUxF
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 10, 2020
Driscoll has experience playing offensive tackle with Auburn and offensive guard at UMass, which should make him an intriguing option for any team that needs another offensive lineman.
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