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Grade
5.39 ?
  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 296LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Started in 49 of 50 career games played. Two-time first-team All-ACC pick (2012-13). 2013: Started all 13 games at left tackle. Matched up primarily against Jadaveon Clowney in season opener against South Carolina (Clowney: 0 sacks, 3 tackles). 2012: Started 11 games at left tackle. Missed Idaho game due to injury. 2011: Second-team All-ACC selection after starting all 13 games at left tackle. 2010: Played in all 13 games and started the final 12 at left tackle.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good size. Smart and instinctive -- understands angles. Good leg drive as a run blocker -- is tough and aggressive. Competes hard and flashes some nastiness. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Alert to see the blitz and feel stunts and switch off blocks. Experienced, four-year starter. Works hard and the game is very important to him.

Weaknesses

Average athletic ability and agility. Tends to lunge, bend at the waist and get overextended. Is heavy-footed and struggles to adjust to quick, inside counters. Gets jarred, knocked off balance and at times collapsed and lifted off the ground by power-leverage rushers. Tends to shoot his hands wide of his target in pass protection and will give up the edge. Is late to reach the second level and connect in space. Has a fast metabolism and some trouble maintaining weight.

Bottom Line

A wide-bodied, overachieving, college left tackle more ideally suited for the right side in the pros. Is football smart, gritty and competitive enough to eventually enter a starting lineup, but would be an ideal backup swing tackle on a strong offensive line and might even benefit from kicking inside where he'd have help on each side.
-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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