Two-way lineman as a Tennessee prep. As a true freshman in 2010, started 8 of 12 games played, including five at center, three at left guard. Started 7 of 9 games played in 2011 -- first six starts came at center, then moved to left guard against Alabama before he was benched in favor of freshman Marcus Jackson. Started all 24 games at center 2012-13.
Agile enough to slide and cut off penetrators. Good arm length for the position. Able to extend. Has played some guard. Quick to the second level. Is intelligent and sets protections. Has been an experienced, durable four-year starter in the Southeastern Conference.
Deficient core strength. Limited push and power. Stiff lower body. Inconsistent leverage and contact balance -- overextends, falls off blocks and gets tossed aside. Not a finisher. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 22 times at the combine.
Stiff-legged, underpowered, bump-and-steer zone blocker who will struggle to match up against the size and power of NFL defensive tackles. Best chance to stick will be as a swing interior backup in a slide-protection scheme. Left-hander who snaps right-handed and gun-snaps left-handed.