Bond's pure size makes him stand out on the field, even on a North Carolina offensive line including multiple future NFL players. The nickname "Tree Top" also shows you how his teammates feel about his intimidating size. In fact, coaches thought he got too big after the 2011 Independence Bowl, weighing in at 372 pounds. He dropped to the 330 area for his senior year, a much better weight for him to maintain.
He was a top 20 offensive line prospect nationally from North Carolina, and made his mark as a true freshman for his home-state team. Bond played every game in 2009, getting his first start at right guard in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Pittsburgh. He got three starts at that spot in 13 games played as a sophomore, and then locked down the right guard permanently for the following two seasons.
Tall, long lineman with good overall girth. Has the length to prevent tackles from reaching the quarterback, has quick enough feet to mirror and can widen to anchor. Shows good mobility for his size once he gets his body in motion, often pulling and leading runs downfield. Overpowers linebackers directly in his path, very tough to get off his block once engaged. Powerful when balanced on drive blocks, keeps his legs churning to push the pile. Flashes attitude to take his man away from piles as the whistle blows.
Height and tendency to play with high pad level cause him to give ground at times, especially when he's slow to get his hands up. Defenders can get their hands into his chest and pop off to make plays at the line. Leans and bends at the waist, relying on his length to push away defenders instead of moving his sometimes-heavy feet. Must prove he can come off the ball quick and low, tends to raise up on contact to allow opponents to slip past him. Pass pro awareness in inconsistent, will fail to keep his eyes moving to find late blitzers. Can be out-quicked in space, as well as defenders attacking plays before he gets his body moving behind the line off the snap.
A massive man even among one of the biggest lines in college football, Bonds size alone gives him a chance to be a late round draft pick. He got too big after his first year as a starter in 2011 (372 pounds), but dropped to the 330-pound range for this senior year.
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.