Photo of Kyle Friend
Grade
5.25 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 305LBS. Weight

Overview

Along with teammate Tyler Matakevich, Friend was the first three-time team captain in the program's history. Friend was a first-team All-AAC selection in 2015.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 5.08 seconds
Vertical: 28 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 6 inches
Short shuttle: 4.89 seconds
3-cone: 7.48 seconds
Bench press: 41 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Cinder block of power and toughness. Commands the locker room and was named a team captain for three straight years. Possesses impressive upper body power to jolt blitzers trying to sneak the A­-gap on him. Uses wide, balanced base in pass sets and can anchor down against power. Has recorded 46 bench reps in off­season program. Athletic and able to get out and find targets to hit in screen game. Has feet for reach blocks. Combos up to second block with timing and fluidity.

Weaknesses

Squatty with extremely short arms. Has feet for early advantage as run blocker, but lack of length prevents securing blocks against more talented opponents. Is a one position only player on next level. Gets caught leaning and can be whipped by good arm­-over.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

A.Q. Shipley

Bottom Line

Friend's leadership and toughness are necessary traits for the center spot and his power creates some "wow" moments on tape. Friend has a shot to make a roster due to his body control and strength, but he lacks traits to fall back on if he can’t win with power against bigger competition.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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