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Drafted By: Panthers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 28
  • Overall 92

Combine Results

Grade
5.58 ?
  • 4.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.5 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"That is a solid football player. It surprised he that came out as an early entry into the draft this year. Thought he would have been helped by waited another year." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

New Orleans native. As a high school freshman, was asked to provide depth as a varsity reserve, but refused because he thought he was better than the starters. Separated his shoulder in the first game of his senior season and had surgery after the season. Redshirted in 2011. Played 12 games in '12, starting the final seven at right guard in place of Josh Williford, whose career was cut short by concussions. Started all 13 games at right guard in '13. Suffered an ankle contusion against Auburn, but did not miss any starts. Totaled 115 career knockdowns. Did not perform the shuttles at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a hip flexor injury.

Analysis

Strengths

Good overall body mass. Walls off defenders and generates movement in the run game. Can latch on and keep defenders at bay. Has experience locking horns with NFL-caliber defensive tackles, both in SEC games and practice. Will be a 21-year-old rookie. Registered the best 10-yard split (1.73 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.44 seconds) and the only sub-5-flat 40 time of all guards at the combine.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal length. Has thick hips and a fleshy midsection, which affects his ability to maneuver, position and fit. Ordinary hip snap. Has balance issues. Tends to bend at the waist and let his weight drift over his toes. Body control wanes the farther he travels. Technique needs work.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Turner is a squarely built interior blocker built for road grading, though he has not demonstrated the ability to dominate as a third-year sophomore draft entrant. Could obviously have used another year of college experience, but has size and run-blocking potential in a power-running scheme. Could prove to be a better center than guard and offers swing interior versatility.
-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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