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Troy Kropog (OT)
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 309
College: Tulane
Conference: Conference USA
Hometown: Metarie, LA
High School: Rummel
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Selected by: Tennessee Titans
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 35 (135)
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Pick Analysis: Kropog is a great value pick at this point in the draft. He started 36 games in college and loves football. He may struggle against power rushers and needs to build his functional strength. But still, he's a terrific pick at this point in the draft.
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Overview

No other offensive lineman in the league managed to deliver as many touchdown-resulting blocks (18) that Kropog produced during his junior campaign, when running back Matt Forte' ran for 2,127 yards and 23 TDs.


Kropog spent the summer in the training room and added 20 pounds before his senior season. With his 4.83 speed (40-yard dash), he became the complete lineman the team envisioned when he arrived on campus in 2004.


At Archbishop Rummel High School, Kropog garnered both athletic and academic honors. The two-time Beta Honor Roll recipient was an All-District selection on the football field as a senior. A two-year starter at the demanding left offensive tackle position, he was a member of the prestigious Clarion-Herald Elite Catholic Schools squad.


Kropog led the team to the 2003 district championship and a berth in the state quarterfinals and in 2002, he helped Rummel advance to the state semifinals after taking the district crown. The team also captured the district title in 2001.


In addition to football, Kropog lettered in track, where he was a state finalist in the shot put his junior year after winning the district title and finishing second in the regionals. He was also listed in the "Who's Who Among American High School Students" for 2002-03 and was a member of the 2003 All-State Academic squad.


Kropog enrolled at Tulane as a 260-pound freshman in 2004, spending the season on the scout team. He appeared in the squad's first eight games of the 2005 campaign, starting vs. Houston and Marshall at right offensive tackle. He posted 28 knockdowns while seeing action in 304 plays during his first year with the varsity, but sat out the final three contests (shoulder/elbow issues). He also saw brief action on defense, assisting on one tackle.


In 2006, Kropog moved into the starting lineup at left offensive tackle. He was one of the few bright spots for an offense that averaged just 89.9 yards rushing and 320.9 yards in total offense per game. He delivered 73 knockdowns with six touchdown-resulting blocks. He also recorded a solo tackle.


As a junior, Kropog earned All-Conference USA recognition. He started eleven games at left tackle, sitting out the Alabama-Birmingham clash due to a shoulder sprain. Despite the injury, he led the team's down linemen with 89 knockdowns and had fifteen of those blocks down field. His stellar performance in the trenches saw the team rank 20th in the nation in rushing, averaging 201.0 yards per game.


In 2008, Kropog served as one of the team's captains. His added bulk allowed him to anchor the front wall, as he produced 90 knockdowns and led Conference USA offensive linemen with 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and an 87.33% grade for blocking consistency.


High School

Attended Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Jay Roth....Two-year starter at the demanding left offensive tackle position...Member of the prestigious Clarion-Herald Elite Catholic Schools squad, adding All-District X first-team honors as a senior...Led the team to the 2003 Class 5A District X championship and a berth in the state quarter-finals...In 2002, he helped Rummel advance to the state semi-finals after taking the district crown...The team also captured the district title in 2001...In addition to football, Kropog also lettered in track, where he was a state finalist in the shot put his junior year after winning the district title and finishing second in the regional... Two-time Beta Honor Roll recipient...Listed in the "Who's Who Among American High School Students" for 2002-03 and was a member of the 2003 All-State Academic squad.


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Analysis

Positives: Eases out of his stance in pass protection. Good lateral quickness and balance to mirror the defender. Good depth on his kick-step and can accelerate laterally if beaten off the snap. When he uses his hands, can be effective latching on and riding the pass rusher wide. Good burst off the snap to block down and to get to the second level. Flashes agility in space to block on the move. Good effort and surprising straight-line speed to make blocks downfield.


Negatives: Only marginal initial quickness off the snap for pass protection. Often beaten off the snap and has to rely on his kick-step and speed to recover. Marginal upper-body strength to sustain blocks. Absorbs, rather than delivering blows while in pass protection and can be walked back into the pocket. Better blocking on the move than as a drive blocker. A bit thick around the middle. Could struggle with the adjustment in speed at the NFL level.


Injury Report

2005: Did not play in the team's final three games vs. Rice (11/12), Tulsa (11/19) and Southern Mississippi (11/26) due to shoulder and elbow issues.


2006: Started vs. Houston (9/09), despite playing with a high ankle sprain suffered in August camp.


2007: Did not play vs. Alabama-Birmingham (10/13) with a shoulder sprain.


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