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Grade
5.16 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 296LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Highly recruited out of suburban Indianapolis -- chose UNC over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others. Enrolled early and took ownership of the left tackle position as a true freshman in 2010 -- played all 13 games, starting the final 12, and graded out at 83 percent with 33 knockdowns. Started all 13 games in '11 and graded out at 88 percent. Started all 11 games played in '12, grading out at nearly 90 percent. Did not play against Idaho (undisclosed injury). Had offseason shoulder surgery. In '13, started all 13 games before suffering a broken left fibula against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl -- did not work out at NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good size. Smart and instinctive -- understands angles. Good leg drive as a run blocker -- is tough and aggressive. Competes hard and flashes some nastiness. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Alert to see the blitz and feel stunts and switch off blocks. Experienced, four-year starter. Works hard and the game is very important to him.

Weaknesses

Average athletic ability and agility. Tends to lunge, bend at the waist and get overextended. Is heavy-footed and struggles to adjust to quick, inside counters. Gets jarred, knocked off balance and at times collapsed and lifted off the ground by power-leverage rushers. Tends to shoot his hands wide of his target in pass protection and will give up the edge. Is late to reach the second level and connect in space. Has a fast metabolism and some trouble maintaining weight. Tied for the lightest offensive lineman at the combine and pro-day results were marginal at best, posting a poor 40 time (5.61 seconds) and vertical jump (22 inches).

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

A wide-bodied, overachieving, college left tackle more ideally suited for the right side in the pros. Is football smart, gritty and competitive enough to battle for a job, but would be an ideal backup swing tackle on a strong offensive line and might even benefit from kicking inside where he'd have help on each side. Lack of foot quickness, agility and lower-body explosion could be restricting.
-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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