Hauptmann had his pick of major college programs after deciding to leave the College of the Canyons after just one season. But instead of going to UCLA, Oregon or Texas, he decided to make his mark on an up-and-coming FIU squad led by revered head coach Mario Cristobal. The graduate of Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles and one-time karate proficient has, indeed, made an impact clear across the country in Miami, as well as making an impression on NFL scouts.
Not only did Hauptmann play football at C.C., but he also threw spot put for the track squad. That natural strength, combined with nice agility, got him onto the field right away for the Panthers; he started 12 games at left tackle that season. Hauptmann then started all 13 games on the blind side in 2011, garnering second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors for his play.
Tough lineman with a thick overall build. Solid pass pro set, has good bend and lateral agility, and can widen and anchor to stay out of the quarterback’s way. Uses powerful arms to control ends trying to bull him off the edge, can reset quickly if his man tries to move him up top. Possesses foot quickness to reach linebackers, block down on five-techs and bounce out to cut off rushing linebackers. Will extend his arms and keep his feet moving to sustain blocks through the whistle to prevent backside pursuit or seal the end of the line. Not satisfied with catching targets, will attack them and stay on the block. Recovers well to hustle back to his man if missing a target at the second level or overextending in pass pro. Moves his feet to take three-techs out of the play on reach blocks. Sees blitzers coming off the edge, will come cut them off if the blocking scheme allows or let the quarterback know he needs to get the ball away fast.
Only average size and length for a tackle, lacks experience at guard at the major college level. Allows his man to get his hands into his chest too often instead of getting his own hands up to gain control. Aggressive style will lead him to overextend at times. Good, but not elite, agility in space, relies on hustle more than pure athleticism. Will need to prove his explosiveness and hand usage coming from a three-point stance, mostly standing up in FIU’s offense.
The junior college transfer chose FIU over more-recognized programs to make his mark, and the 2011 second-team All-Sun Belt pick has certainly accomplished that. Hauptmann isn’t as tall as most scouts prefer in an offensive tackle prospect, but the strength and agility he’s shown as a blind-side starter for the Panthers gives him a chance to make it at the next level.
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.