Photo of Josh Dworaczyk
Grade
53.2 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'6" Height
  • 300LBS. Weight

Overview

Whether in a game or just one of a long string of spring or fall practices, Dworaczyk (pronounced Duh-ross-ic) has filled in wherever his coaches ask him to line up on the offensive line. Though he’s best suited as a guard in the NFL, the Louisiana native has handled duties at both tackle spots and even in the pivot during his six years at LSU. That’s right, six years – the NCAA granted him the extra year of eligibility after he missed the entire 2011 with a knee injury suffered in fall camp. Despite the injury, however, scouts like that versatility, as well as his size and toughness, and that might be enough to give him late-round grades next April.

Considered the top offensive line prospect coming out of Louisiana in 2007, Dworaczyk was a no-brainer to go to LSU. He played 12 games as a reserve as a redshirt freshman, often used as a blocking tight end in short-yardage situations. The following year he stepped into the starting line-up at left guard for all 13 games, and then did the same in 2010. While out of action during 2011, he served as a player-coach for the team’s offensive line.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall, versatile lineman. Keeps working even when beaten, does not give up, stays close and even attached. Long first step when run blocking. Makes sure to consistently use hands and extend arms in pass protection. Frequently looks to help out others when pass blocking, left arm contacts edge rusher then crashes inside. Understands quick throws and blocks accordingly. Recognizes when defensive lineman is slanting away from him and picks up the new rusher. Best int he running game when asked to crash a shoulder. Has tape at left tackle and guard.

Weaknesses

High pad level out of his stance. Loses on first contact versus inside move, lets his face be crossed, results in waist bending. Lacks a strong base to support run blocking. A lot of his weight is in his core, lacks thickness in the lower body and is only average up top. Hunched over too much when moving forward. Keeps contact against inside move nut can’t keep up with the speed to turn the corner and especially not bend. Arms barely get to his waist, length may be an issue. Goes to the ground when attempting to deliver the final blow. Struggles on an island.

NFL Comparison

David Arkin

Bottom Line

A Louisiana native who was considered the top offensive line prospect in the state coming out of high school, Dworaczyk was a two-year starter at left guard for the Tigers before losing his 2011 season due to a knee injury suffered in fall camp. He’s filled in at every position on the line during practices over his career, giving the team versatility in a talent-rich line and making himself a potential value in the late rounds of the 2013 draft for some NFL team.
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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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