Photo of B.J. Finney

Combine Results

Grade
5.39 ?
  • 5.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 24.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 318LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Former walk-on and four-year starter with 52 consecutive starts. First offensive lineman in school history to be voted a team captain three times. First-team All-Big 12 as a junior and sophomore after being honorable mention as a freshman. In 2014, named Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-Big 12. Selected to Rimington Trophy Watch List each of the last three seasons, and was finalist for the honor in 2014. Redshirted in 2010. In high school, helped team to state championship in 2007 and was first-team all-state in 2008 and 2009. Lettered four years in wrestling, finishing second in state as a junior and won state as a senior. Avid movie watcher and played in East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Former walk-on who became a four-year starter and three-time captain. Was a wrestler in high school and shows clear understanding of leverage at the point of attack. Sturdy, NFL-ready build. Is able to use defender's momentum against him to help create blocking lanes. Very sticky hands and strong core. Uses good hand placement combined with core strength and balance to win his snaps. Makes strong commitment to power-stepping and shutting down gap shooters. Allowed just 2.5 sacks over four years. Can mirror with a well-timed punch in pass protection and looks for work when uncovered.

Weaknesses

Short arms. Will give up ground and create a shallow pocket when longer defenders get into him at the snap. Can get too straight-legged as a blocker and it could limit his effectiveness against twists and delayed, A-gap blitzers. Average snap-to-step quickness and can struggle when asked to block linebackers on the move. Below-average change of direction as second-level stalker.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"I'm worried about his change of direction, and his legs getting too stiff after a couple of years in the pros. I see him as a good backup or very average center." -- NFC North scout

"What you see is what you get. Plays hard and is reliable. I don't know if he's great at any one thing, but he's solid at most of them." -- NFC offensive line coach

NFL Comparison

Corey Linsley

Bottom Line

Some evaluators will get caught up on Finney's lack of athleticism, but his hand strength, body composure and ability to stymie athletic interior players with power should not be discounted. These traits will have NFL offensive-line coaches giving him a plug-and-play starting grade.
-Lance Zierlein
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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