Photo of Joseph Cheek
Grade
5.0 ?
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 295LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Cheek is a legacy prospect for NFL scouts, as his father Louis played four years in the NFL with four teams after being chosen in the eighth round by the Miami Dolphins. Louis also played at A&M, winning three titles in the old Southwest Conference under famed coach Jackie Sherrill. The younger Cheek grew into a starting spot at right guard over the course of the career. He redshirted in 2011, playing in every game on field goal/special teams units, and then played a reserve role in 2013 as Johnny Manziel ran all over the SEC. Cheek finally got his chance in 2014, playing in every game and starting nine at right guard, and then followed that up with a strong year as the full-time starter at the position as a senior.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic guard asked to play in space and at a high rate of speed in Texas A&M's offense. Well-conditioned. Aware and ready against twists, passing blocks off and picking up the incoming. Has experience at both tackle and guard. Shows good timing to secure and climb with combo blocks. Plays with good body control in space and can find moving targets. Father played offensive tackle for four years in the NFL.

Weaknesses

Play strength is a concern. Plays with narrow base and gives ground against power. Contact balance is an issue. Struggles to sustain blocks and won't consistently secure as base-blocker. Is often late with his hands. More likely to catch rather than punch in pass protection. Likely relegated to zone scheme consideration only.

Bottom Line

Cheek is built like a tackle, but played guard at Texas A&M thanks in large part to the outstanding tackle talent that has come through the program. Cheek's lack of play strength could limit his draft prospects as a guard, but his stock could be helped out quite a bit if teams work him out as a tackle and like what they see.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.