2. Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
Ohio State’s Nicholas Petit-Frere is one of the more versatile tackles in this year's class. He has spent extensive time at both the left and right tackle positions and has played well when on the field.
This past season, Petit-Frere served as the primary left tackle for Ohio State. In the previous two seasons, he was solidified on the right side. In all, he has logged 747 snaps at left tackle and 846 at right tackle.
These past two seasons have served as a time for Petit-Frere to step into a bigger role. He made steps in progression in all areas of his game. He finished the 2021 season with a run-blocking grade of 84.3 and an offensive grade of 78.5, both career-highs for him.
While playing 1,593 offensive plays for Ohio State, Petit-Frere has been solid whenever he is on the field. Over his career, he has allowed 36 total pressures. This is made up of just three total sacks, eight quarterback hits, and 25 hurries.
With last season being his first year at left tackle, Petit-Frere did struggle more than he did when he was on the right side. He let up a career-high 26 total pressures, with 22 of them being hurries.
When watching Petit-Frere, you can see a talented player who can play extremely well one week and struggle heavily the next week. These inconsistencies will hurt him at the next level if he cant figure out how to steadily perform against the elite talent opposite of him.
These inconsistencies were put on full display throughout last season. Over the final three weeks of the season, Petit-Frere faced two of this year's most elite edge rushers. In both these games, he delivered two very different performances.
In week 11, Ohio State went up against George Karlaftis and Purdue. Petit-Frere posted an overall grade of 91.3 according to PFF. This was the single highest grade that he recorded over the 2021 season. In this game, he played a total of 70 total snaps with all of them coming at left tackle. He also kept a virtually clean left side of the field, recording grades of 90+ in both run blocking and total offense. It was the best performance of his final season and showed just how good he can be.
Two weeks later, he faced Aiden Hutchinson and Michigan. This final game served as arguably his worst performance of the season. He played 54 snaps at left tackle and 27 at right tackle. He allowed a season-high eight pressures and posted a pass-blocking grade of 7.7.
Given time, Petit-Frere can become a solid tackle, at either spot. But it is worth noting that he has had a fair share of highs and lows. If you can unlock his full potential, he can become a great player at the next level, it may just take time.