The Carolina Panthers organization has high expectations for offensive tackle Greg Little.
Fortunately, high expectations are nothing new for Little. In high school, he was a three-year starter for Dallas-area powerhouse Allen High School. The offensive lineman earned the title of being the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country as he protected the blind side of No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray during his time there, and his dominant play against some of the best defensive linemen in the country earned him a scholarship at Ole Miss.
Once Little arrived on the scene at Ole Miss, he dominated against some of (once again) the best defensive linemen in the country. His consistency and physicality over the next three years arguably proved that he deserved to be a first-round pick. Fortunately for Carolina, that didn’t happen as he fell to the second round.
Take a look at his stats in the following graphic:
Since 2017 – Panthers OT Greg Little allowed a pressure on just 2.8% of his pass blocks – the fourth-best rate in the 2019 class pic.twitter.com/IkzWKGUGDF— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 18, 2019
The Panthers desperately needed a solid tackle who would be able to protect Cam Newton’s backside for the next few years, and Little is seemingly the ideal candidate for that position. While he may only have the fourth-best rate on the list, his competition was significantly better. This makes him even more dangerous as an offensive lineman, and it’s exciting to see how he performs under high expectations yet again this season.
If you have any spare time on this beautiful Sunday morning, feel free to check out this film study/analysis on Little. It may encourage you to feel better about our Panthers and what to look forward to on many beautiful Sundays later this year:
Let us know what you think, y’all!
Will Greg Little live up to his expectations?
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