Photo of Joel Bitonio
Drafted By: Browns
  • Round 2
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 35

Combine Results

Grade
5.84 ?
  • 4.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Bitonio happens to be one of my favorite players in this draft. If you put tape on of him blocking Anthony Barr of UCLA, he's a first round pick; Bitonio shut Barr down. Barr is a powerful guy. He handled every athletic edge guy he faced. He's quicker than you think, with better feet than people think." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 302LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Prepped in California where he also played basketball and competed in shot put. Redshirted in 2009, earning Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Was a reserve and special-teams contributor in '10 (14 games). Started all 38 games at tackle 2011-13. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders -- nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile -- can play any position on the line. Outstanding personal character and football character -- work ethic, leadership and responsibility are all exemplary. Produced the best 10-yard split (1.69 seconds) and 20-yard split (2.80) of any offensive lineman at the combine.

Weaknesses

Tends to shoot his hands wide and needs to improve placement -- too grabby. Slips off blocks and could stand to play more under control. Operated heavily out of a 2-point stance and might need to get acclimated to playing with his hand in the dirt. Average knee bend in pass protection.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Bottom Line

An undersized college left tackle who projects best to the inside in the pros. Displays the tenacity, leg drive and mean streak that is highly coveted by OL coaches and could drive up his draft status. Could require some initial patience moving inside, yet possesses the skill set, intelligence and desire to successfully convert.
-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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