HERO Sports is counting down the days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, by featuring the best player in the FBS at each jersey number, from 99-1. Each day, from May 18 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one article showcasing the best player whose jersey number matches the number of days remaining.
No. 60 Andre Dillard
Washington State – OT
One hundred and twenty-seven offensive tackles were ranked ahead of Andre Dillard in the 2014 recruiting class. Not one offensive tackle is ranked ahead of him as a pass-blocker entering this season.
Of all returning FBS tackles, Washington State's blind-side protector had the highest pass-blocking grade (90.8) in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus. Better than PFF All-American Dalton Risner and better than highly rated 2019 draft prospects Jonah Williams and Michael Deiter. Dillard also had a pass-blocking efficiency of 99.8 percent, sixth among all 2018 draft-eligible linemen.
“I don’t really look at specific accolades to go towards,” the all-conference tackle said in April. “My main goal is to be better than I was before each and every day, practice and every game. But I am shooting high this year.”
Dillard is the best No. 60 in college football and, like Willams and Deiter, a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.