Summers-Gavin (parents are Robert Gavin and Sally Summers) is as anonymous to many college football fans not living on the West Coast as former teammate Mitchell Schwartz – and hopes to rise as high in the draft during his senior season as Schwartz, who wound up a second round by the Cleveland Browns last April. Though Summers-Gavin may not go quite that high because he projects inside in the NFL, teams are very interested in the versatility he’s shown during his career in Berkeley.
His arrival on campus was delayed a year due to injury, and then he redshirted the 2008 season. But once he got onto the field, Summers-Gavin made an impression. He started eight games at left guard, earning Freshman All-American recognition and the team’s award for being the Most Valuable Freshman on offense. A pre-season right knee injury limited him to a reserve role over the first two months of 2010, but he got back into the starting line-up for the final four games back at his left guard spot. As a junior, Summers-Gavin moved to the right tackle spot to protect the blind side of lefty quarterback Zach Maynard. The honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick started all 13 games and played the most snaps of any offensive player.
Competitive performer who projects inside in the NFL. Very effective zone blocker and mobile enough to pull in front of plays and trap effectively, getting into his target and getting an angle while engaged if needed. Smooth and quick from his stance or down-block when moving to linebackers, sustains through the whistle by extending his arms and moving his feet. Good hustle downfield if plays break into the open field. Plays with a wide base and leverage against larger nose tackles, doesn’t give ground against their bull rushes. Agile cut-blocker for quick throws and to take out defenders on whom he can’t get his hands. Gets under the skin of defenders with his persistence.
Not the bulkiest interior player, good technique helps him stay strong when inside may have troubles against veteran NFL tackles. Gets too aggressive on occasion, lunging towards his man and overrunning targets in space. His lack of quick-twitch movement and length are exposed when facing elite rushers outside, though his effort usually gets him around the edge.
Summers-Gavin moved from left guard to right tackle in 2011 to protect lefty quarterback Zach Maynard’s blind side and team up with Cleveland 2012 second-round pick, Mitchell Schwartz. The technician has a long competitive streak allowing him to make such a switch, although his size might cause NFL teams to project him as a better fit starting inside in a zone scheme.
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.