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Lance Louis (OG)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 303
College: San Diego St.
Conference: Mountain West
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
High School: Landry High
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 37 (246)
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Pick Analysis: Louis is extremely fast and was kind of discovered at his pro day due to his measurables. He ran 4.76 and 4.80 in the 40-yard dash and had 30 reps on the bench press. He'll give the Bears offensive line -- which has lost some depth -- a few reps in practice and a developmental project.
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Overview

One of the top 10 tight end recruits in the country when he came to San Diego, Louis grew into a late-round pick after one season starting at right tackle for the Aztecs.


After starting at the end of his sophomore year at tight end, Louis missed the 2006 season with injury, then played as a reserve at guard in 2007.


His combination of speed and strength impress teams despite his lack of experience on the line. Louis is a bit reminiscent of San Diego Chargers fullback/tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, so some teams may consider using him in a similar role because of his blocking and receiving skills.


High School

Considered one of the top 10 tight end prospects in the country by Rivals.com ... All-Southwest region honoree by SuperPrep as one of the top 40 (No. 32) players in talent-rich Louisiana ... Caught 27 passes for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns and credited with 63 tackles, including nine sacks on the defensive side ... Basketball standout who helped Landry to the state semifinals as a senior.


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Analysis

Positives: Excellent athleticism and straight-line speed for the position. Able to lead running backs into the second level and beyond when pulling across the line. Gives great effort blocking downfield, at times going 30-40 yards across the field to knock out defenders. Plays with a mean streak. Will hit two or three targets in space and will finish open-field blocks by putting his defender on the ground. Underrated strength at the point of attack, and is well-built in the upper body. Moves well laterally, extends his arms and has a solid punch to keep defenders at bay in pass protection. Good explosion from his stance, and stays low to move his man in goal-line situations.


Negatives: Inexperienced as an offensive lineman. Should move inside at the next level as he lacks prototypical height for a tackle. Has gained 35-40 pounds in a little more than a year, and must prove he can maintain 300-plus pounds on his frame. Could gain strength in his lower body if staying on the line. Needs work on his kick-slide and footwork consistency, as he will get beat when relying on his reach and pure athleticism. Overextends occasionally when trying to punch, ending up on the ground too often. Missed all of 2006 with a torn left ACL suffered in spring practice and did not play during the first month of his sophomore season due to injury.


Injury Report

2006: Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the team's second scrimmage of spring drills in 2006. Underwent surgery and missed the entire season.


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