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Jeff Byers (C)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    301 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    USC
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Overview

Byers has played a lot of football at USC and has started at both guard and center, which will be a plus at the next level in that he has position versatility. He is a tough, try-hard type of blocker who will fight and scratch to try and get the job done. He is not always efficient with his footwork and will take too many steps when coming out on the pull or when releasing to get out to the second level. He is quick to recognize stunts and games up front and will make the quick decision without hesitation. He does a good job of getting a fit with his hands and has enough hand pop and strength to control his opponent's pads and steer him away from the lane. He is the kind of lineman coaches love but has too many holes, physically, to be a sure-fire player over the long term.


Strengths

Byers has good initial quickness and does the film work to quickly recognize blitzes and stunts. Has an effective punch and uses his hands to move his man out of a running lane. Hard worker who lives for contact and has a bit of a mean streak.

Weaknesses

Does not have the lateral agility or overall athleticism to stay with defensive linemen at the next level. Takes too many false steps and struggles when pulling and making blocks in space. Not a great knee-bender and loses leverage too often. Has had multiple hip surgeries.

Grade

2.1

 
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