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Broncos roster review: offensive tackle Drew Himmelman

Could Drew be the next Alejandro Villanueva?

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Mike Munchak has been really good at finding offensive lineman that he can mold into average to elite players in the NFL. His greatest success was turning Army Ranger and former West Point Tight End, Alejandro Villanueva, into a really good NFL offensive tackle. Villanueva hardly played when he was in college, but Mike Munchak was able to mold him into a two-time Pro Bowl LT who has started every game at LT for the Steelers since 2016 (he signed as a free agent with the Ravens this off-season). Why am I discussing Villanueva? Because he is tall (6-9) just like Drew Himmelman.

Drew played a lot of football in college, unlike Villanueva, but Drew played at the FCS level, like Quinn Meinerz did. The 6-10 Himmelman played four years of college football for the Illinois State Redbirds where he was a fixture at LT for them for three straight seasons. Drew is listed as being 6 foot 10 and 315 pounds. It’s hard to say how Drew would have fared had he been given the chance to face BCS-level defenders. During his career at ISU, the Redbords only played on BCS team, Colorado State. Colorado State is pretty low level BCS.

Since Drew played at the FCS level, there is very little film available.

You can read more about Drew here, here and here.

Drew was named FCS first team All-American along with four other draft eligible offensive lineman for 2021 (five total). Like Drew, none of the others were drafted.