Blatnick became a full-time starter at defensive end for the first time as a senior. He is slightly slow, but quick off the ball and physical. He excels as a run defender. Because of his edge play and overall strength for his relatively compact size, teams that run a 3-4 scheme could be interested in moving him to linebacker. His versatility could make him a fifth-round pick.
Blatnick is strong, able to jolt linemen at the point of attack, and can hold the edge to keep plays inside. He can set his hips, get his hands extended under a lineman's chin and hold him there until he can shed him and move toward the ball. Blatnick has good lateral movement and burst. He excels at getting tight ends off their routes. Blatnick can hold off linemen and tight ends with one arm while he diagnoses plays, and then shed them.
Blatnick does not look natural when moving in space, which could lead teams to label him a "'tweener" and shy away from trying to convert him to the linebacker spot. He can cover tight ends adequately but struggles to stay with them deep down the field.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
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).
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.
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.
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.