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Grade
5.45 ?
  • 5.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 98.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 317LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Two-time second-team All-ACC selection (2012-13). 2013: Second-team All-ACC selection after starting all 13 games at left tackle. 2012: Second-team All-ACC pick after starting all 13 games at left tackle. 2011: Played in 13 games and made 10 starts at left guard and left tackle. 2010: Played in 10 games. 2009: Redshirted.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size with very long arms and big hands. Quick out of his stance. Knee bender with good balance and body control. Solid base. Places his hands inside and can pop and recoil. Strong-handed puncher with good grip strength once he latches on. Athletic, efficient mover. Light on his feet to step to the second level or pull. Can maneuver and throw his hips in the hole. Climbs to the second level. Three-year starter who played tackle (two-time first-team All-ACC at LT). Held his own against Jadeveon Clowney without help. Team captain.

Weaknesses

Power element missing. Limited hip snap -- not a road-grading mauler. Susceptible to bull rush when he sets tall. Could stand to improve lateral slide and inside punch to shut down strong inside moves. Inconsistent second-level sustain. Is better with simple assignments and effectiveness wanes in space. Can do a better job playing with his head on a swivel. Still learning what it means to prepare like a pro.

Bottom Line

Strong-bodied, dependable gap blocker who played left tackle in college but will likely slide inside in the pros. Showed improvement as a senior and has the potential to be a long-term fixture at left guard. Ability to play tackle in a pinch adds to value.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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