Many prospects who missed the entire 2012 season are seniors that were not a medical redshirt season. Faulk is the exception, choosing to leave LSU as a junior despite not seeing the field in 2012 after suffering a right knee injury in late August. The massive left tackle likely projects to the right side int he NFL, but there are flashes of athletic footwork due to his background as a defensive end and center on the basketball court.
After redshirting the 2009 season, Faulk played in 11 games with two starts at right tackle in his freshman season. Starting the final two contests put him in a position to take the lead role in 2011, but on the left side. He ended up starting 13 of 14 games after making the switch during spring practice. Faulk was expected to continue that starting streak in 2012, but the right knee injury which occurred during practice leading up to the Washington game. Faulk does carry a second team All-SEC title to his name, which was awarded after the 2011 season.
Looks for contact through his hands. Even with poor technique, he wins with it. That can go a long way, tough to question if it is consistent. Does adjust hands to try and regain position. Gives his all to make the block happen, even if it requires him to extend. Can move defenders just by leaning on them.
Heavy feet and tight hips. Leads to poor posture. When mirroring laterally, hands go all over the place, flailing, has balance issues. Gets jolted and shuffles back with head down. Doesn't get a consistent inside latch. On the ground too often, waist bender versus counter moves. Doesn't get enough push for his size when run blocking. Struggles to recover.
Adding on to the question of his health after missing the entire 2012 season, teams will likely project Faulk to the right side in the NFL. The LSU product's biggest issue is his lack of flexibility and ability to anchor to reset. Still, offensive linemen have won with poor technique in the past, so Faulk definitely has a chance. A mid to late third day selection appears to be in his future.
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.