The offensive tackle (OT, T) is a position of the offensive
line, left and right. Like other
offensive linemen, the tackle’s job is to protect the quarterback, to block and
to physically keep defenders away from the offensive player who has the
football. The term "tackle" is
a vestige of an earlier era of football in which the same players played both
offense and defense.
A tackle is the strong position on the offensive line. They power their blocks with quick steps and
maneuverability. The tackles are mostly in charge of the outside protection. If
the tight end goes out for a pass, the tackle must cover everyone that his guard does not, plus whoever the tight end
is not covering. Usually they defend against defensive
ends. In the league, offensive tackles often measure over 6’ 4” in and
over 300 lbs.
According to Sports Illustrated football journalist Paul
"Dr. Z" Zimmerman, offensive tackles consistently achieve the
highest scores, relative to the other positional groups, on the Wonderlic
Test, with an average of 26. The Wonderlic is taken before the draft to
assess each player's aptitude for learning and problem solving; a score of 26
is estimated to correspond with an IQ of 112.