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Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
5.42 ?
  • 5.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 98.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He will be on PUP list all year long; like a redshirt year. And like Marcus Lattimore last year, a luxury pick for San Francisco." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 317LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

South Carolina native. Tore his ACL as a high school senior in 2008. Redshirted in 2009. Appeared in 10 games as a reserve in 2010. Took over the left guard spot in Week 4 in 2011 and started 10 of 13 games played (nine at left guard, one at left tackle). Yielded start to David Smith against South Carolina. Started all 26 games at left tackle 2012-13. Team captain tallied 98 knockdowns in his career. Tore his ACL while working out for the Saints in April.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size with very long arms and big hands. Quick out of his stance. Knee bender with good balance and body control. Solid base. Places his hands inside and can pop and recoil. Strong-handed puncher with good grip strength once he latches on. Athletic, efficient mover. Light on his feet to step to the second level or pull. Can maneuver and throw his hips in the hole. Climbs to the second level. Three-year starter who played tackle (two-time first-team All-ACC at LT). Held his own against Jadeveon Clowney without help.

Weaknesses

Power element missing. Limited hip snap -- not a road-grading mauler. Susceptible to bull rush when he sets tall. Could stand to improve lateral slide and inside punch to shut down strong inside moves. Inconsistent second-level sustain. Is better with simple assignments and effectiveness wanes in space. Can do a better job playing with his head on a swivel. Still learning what it means to prepare like a pro.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Bottom Line

Strong-bodied, dependable gap blocker who played left tackle in college but will likely slide inside in the pros. Showed improvement as a senior and has the potential to be a long-term fixture at left guard. Ability to play tackle in a pinch adds to value.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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