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2022 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Arizona State OT Kellen Diesch

From now until the 2022 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top 10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today, I’ll be profiling an offensive tackle prospect that transitioned from the SEC to the PAC-12 and has several enticing traits teams look for at the position.

#74 Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State (R-Senior) – 6071, 301lb

Shrine Bowl/Combine Invite


Player Ht/Wt Hand Size Arm Length Wingspan
Kellen Diesch 6’7 1/8”, 301lb 9 1/2” 32 1/4” 78 3/8”
40-Yard Dash 10-Yard Dash Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Broad Jump Vertical Bench Press

* Indicates Pro Day Results

The Good

— Has good size with the height you look for in a prototypical NFL tackle
— Highly athletic player for the position, having the ability to play in the open field on the move
— Has the quickness to make reach blocks, pull to the outside, and climb to the second level
— Movement skills make him a good fit in inside/outside zone running schemes
— Does a good job running hip to hip with guard on double teams
— Footwork in pass protection is smooth and fluid
— Has a strong, inside punch to get into the defender’s torso
— Has good core strength to absorb blocks in pass protection
— Plays with good recognition of games up front, picking up twists and stunts
— Does well with his mirror in his lateral movement to prevent defenders crossing his face

— Has shorter arms compared to his body length
— Needs to fill out his lanky, power forward like frame
— Is a lean tackle prospect that lacks sand in the pants to generate power off the ball as a run blocker
— May struggle anchoring against NFL power rushers who can convert speed to power to knock him off his base
— Has short steps in his kick step, having trouble setting the depth of the pocket
— Footwork can be short and choppy, allowing defenders to get around the corner
— Play strength needs to improve to redirect defenders who beat him around the edge or inside
— Struggles driving out and blowing defenders off the ball with power
— Base tends to narrow when engaged, limiting his effectiveness as a run blocker
—Picks up his fair share of false start and holding penalties


— Redshirt Senior prospect from Trophy Club, TX
— Highly-touted recruit in the 2016 class, earning four-star distinction from all major recruiting services and signed with his in-state school, Texas A&M
— Redshirted his first season on campus in 2016
— Played in one game as a redshirt freshman in 2017
— Played in nine games in 2018 as depth along the offensive line
— Played in 12 games in 2019 where he served as the backup left tackle and playing on special teams
— Decided to move on as a graduate student to Arizona State for the 2020 campaign
— Started all four of the Sun Devils’ games at left tackle in a limited 2020 season and was nominated honorable-mention All-PAC 12 by league coaches
— Started all 13 games on the blindside in 2021 and earned second-team all-conference honors
— Had the highest graded tackle in the PAC-12 according to Pro Football Focus in 2021

Kellen Diesch took the long road to put himself in position to become an NFL prospect this offseason.