Photo of Mark Asper
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 6
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 178

Combine Results

Grade
57.7 ?
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: The Bills add a big, physical blocker in Asper. He flashes the ability to move defenders off the ball, but he is at his best when working at angles.

  • 6'6" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 319LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Asper shifted between the guard and tackle positions at Oregon as team needs dictated, playing as a guard in his senior year. All teams will love his athletic ability and experience playing in space in the Oregon spread-option attack. But he missed school for two years while on a religious mission, and potential employers will be split about his relatively advanced age (27). Some will see it as a sign of maturity, while others will fear he is already well into his prime. Regardless, Asper would fit well as either a tackle or a guard on a team that utilizes a heavy zone-blocking scheme, where drive-blocking and fitting on second-level players is key. Look for him to be taken in one of the middle rounds; he should be a viable starter relatively soon.

Analysis

Strengths

Asper is an athletic mover who can easily fit onto blocks on the second level. He is a versatile offensive lineman who has experience playing well in space. He understands the angles to take to get to the second level, and plays with urgency once he gets there. He is mature, able to play to his strengths to keep his man in front of him, allowing him to work his quick feet. He is an excellent wall-off blocker, which comes from working in Oregon's zone-blocking scheme.

Weaknesses

Oregon uses a very unique zone-blocking scheme. Linemen need to be athletic but aren't required to sustain for long periods of time. Asper has shown the ability to sustain, but he might have to adjust as a pro. Again, some teams might also see his age as a detriment.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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