Photo of A.J. Cann
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 3
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 67

Combine Results

5.74 ?
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This kid can play center or guard. He can be an immediate starter. Ultimately, I think he kicks all the way inside and plays center." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 313LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


Full-time, four-year starter for South Carolina with 51 starts at left guard, missing only one start, against Florida, in 2012. In 2014, named first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American. Played in 96.7 percent of team's offensive snaps and voted team captain. In 2013, voted team captain. Three-time SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll honoree. Played both offensive and defensive lines at Bamberg Ehrhardt (S.C.) High School and was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. Rated nation's No. 2 center by Rivals. Took mission trip to Israel prior to 2014 season. Has his degree in African American studies.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 5.47 and 5.46 seconds
Vertical jump: 32 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch
Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds



Comes off the ball with low pad level and plays with good knee bend. Has a thick frame and maintains a wide base. Rarely bull-rushed. Pins defender effectively when down-blocking. Displays natural upper-body strength and powerful hands. Snatches and stays engaged. Consistent inside-hand placement upon strike. Generates push as a drive blocker. Good recognition against twists and keeps head on a swivel in pass pro. Fluid mover in screen game and can make blocks on the move laterally. Disciplined leader who is rarely penalized.


Must improve at gathering himself and engaging target on second level. Catch-and-push pass protector who needs to flash a more authoritative punch rather than lean. Gets weight too far out in front, causing him to lose balance in pass pro. Outside hand can get a little wide. Comes out of stance a tick slow at times and can struggle when asked to change direction against spin moves.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"I see him as a left guard only prospect who overcomes lack of height with athleticism. I like the kid and the player." -- SEC East offensive coach "Nothing about him gets you really excited and nothing about him gets you really down. He's just a steady player and will probably be a 9 or 10 year starter. I'll take that." NFL offensive line coach

NFL Comparison

Ben Grubbs

Bottom Line

Consistent four-year starter for the Gamecocks. He has technique issues that need to be coached up in pass protection, but he also has the talent to improve in that area. Powerful drive-blocker who uses leverage to fire out and generate instant movement in tight spaces. He is best-suited to a power scheme. Cann has the plug-and-play traits that could make him an instant starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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.