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  • 6'4" Height
  • 313LBS. Weight

Overview

One of the team's most important players, Robert Felton's versatility on the offensive line was invaluable for the Razorbacks. He earned starting assignments at all four guard and tackle positions.

"When they (NFL scouts) come in and talk to us and ask those questions, they're taking notes going, 'Versatility and unselfish,' " former Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson said. "That's what it's all about. Robert Felton is willing to play, whatever it takes. He'll play hurt. Those are things that factor in because those guys, you pay them a lot of money. They've got to be able to go play and be able to withstand some pain."

Felton is well-liked by his teammates and he is known for his outgoing nature, keeping everyone "loose" with his funny and charismatic nature, but he is also one of the team's brightest players. Already he earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology and is a few credits shy of a third in Communications.

A tireless worker in the weight room and on the practice field, his keen grasp of the playbook and knowledge of the game allowed the coaches to switch his assignments even during the flow of the game.

Felton's abilities allow him to switch positions and his attitude doesn't hurt. "I'll play anywhere," he said. "If that's where the team needs me, it's where I'll be. Who doesn't want to stick in one spot? But if that's my role on the team to play everywhere, that's my role."

Not only is Felton coachable, he is capable of snapping and he's agile at 328 pounds and shows off his agility by doing cartwheels. That agility has NFL scouts interested in allowing Felton the opportunity to play at the pro level.

At Cypress Creek High School, Felton was a three-year starter at offensive tackle, following in the footsteps of NFL linemen Sam Adams, Dan Neil and Josh Williams, who all starred at the school. He was rated the 54th-best player by Heartland Recruiting and rated the 39th-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com. Max Emfinger Recruiting ranked him as the 23rd-best offensive tackle in the prep ranks and he was also named to the Prep Star All-Region IV team.

Felton enrolled at Arkansas in 2003, turning down scholarship offers from Arizona, Wisconsin and Kansas. He spent the season on the scout team, working tirelessly in the weight room to improve his overall strength. In 2004, he saw limited action in the team's first five games, but when injuries depleted the front wall, he was more than capable of filling the void.

That year, he played in nine of 11 games, earning a starting nod in the Hogs' final five games. He started the season as an offensive guard, but was switched to offensive tackle after injuries to left tackle Tony Ugoh and right tackle Zac Tubbs. He started the Georgia game for Ugoh at left tackle and then started the final four contests at right tackle after Tubbs was injured and lost for the season. He finished the season with 41 knockdowns, including 32 in his final five contests.

As a sophomore, Felton started all 11 games at right tackle, posting 45 knockdowns while grading 82% for blocking consistency. He led the way for the Razorbacks' SEC-leading rushing attack that ranked 12th in the nation with an average of 216.9 rushing yards per game.

In 2006, Felton started 13 of the team's 14 contests at right offensive guard. He delivered 57 knockdowns and received an 84% blocking grade. He was part of an offensive front that finished second in the nation in sacks allowed per game (0.64), yielding only nine sacks for the season. The Arkansas front wall that cleared the way for the SEC-leading and the nation's fourth-best rushing attack averaging 228.5 yards per game.

Felton started the team's first 11 games at right guard before shifting to left tackle for the Razorbacks' final three games. He graded a career-high 85.7% with 51 knockdowns, earning second-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference accolades. He opened huge holes for a rushing attack that led the SEC and ranked fourth nationally, allowing 286.54 yards per game on the ground while the offense averaged 450.0 total yards per contest.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Has a thick frame with good arm length, wide hips and waist, thick thighs and calves and room to carry additional bulk without the extra weight affecting his quickness...Versatile player with starting experience at four position (both guard and tackle slots) and can also handle deep-snapping chores...Has developed into a very physical drive blocker, using his hands with force to widen rush lanes...Not explosive, but shows good anchor and hand punch to maintain position (best when working in-line, as he looks marginal cutting off in the second level)...Uses his size to lean and push the defender off the ball, as he is not an explosive hip roller, but he can generate good straight-line leg drive and a strong punch to shock and jolt...Has made marked improvement creating movement off the ball and squares his shoulders and keeps his hands inside the framework to widen the rush lanes...Uses his hands and body mostly in attempts to wall off, showing the strength to dominate in straight-ahead blocking...Has only adequate flexibility, but possesses good balance to adjust to defenders when he keeps his feet in front of him...Patient blocker when it comes to sitting and waiting for the bull rush...Plays with good awareness to twists and games and has a wide base that defenders have problems getting around in pass protection...Might need help with the speedy edge rushers due to slow feet when playing tackle, but is conscious not to get his feet spread too wide apart when protecting the pocket from the guard position...Does a better job of positioning his feet in the short area than in the second level. Negatives: Lacks the quickness and needs to show better aggression getting out in front to locate second-level defenders (nastier blocking in-line than he is on the move)...Needs to work on his initial step off the line, as his feet seem to stop when making contact...Had problems hearing the snap count in 2007, resulting in seven false starts...Struggles to seal vs. the "seven" technique, as he takes poor pursuit angles in attempts to get position...Not used much on pulls and traps due to a lack of foot speed...Marginal second-level blocker, as he looks sluggish moving his feet and tends to get up on his toes when having to run, causing him to have balance issues...Is well-liked in the locker room, but he is an "Eddie Haskell" type at times and this causes disruption on the practice field...Has stiff hips and poor change-of-direction agility, causing problems when he has to redirect and mirror vs. edge rushers...Gets overextended and loses position when he fails to sink his weight and bring his feet in attempts to sustain. Compares To: JASON BROWN-Baltimore...Felton is a versatile lineman, but because of limited change-of-direction agility, he will be better served playing guard at the next level. He has a strong hand punch and creates movement off the snap working to widen and sustain the rush lane. Felton struggles to mirror vs. speedy edge rushers and will overextend and lunge at defenders when his hands get outside his frame. He does a better job with his feet on running plays between the tackles and does a good job of getting hand placement when taking on twists and games. With his ability to play a variety of positions, along with his ability to snap in an emergency, he is definitely a player that patient coaching could see develop into a decent pro starter down the line.
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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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