Photo of Ted Karras
Drafted By: Patriots
5.16 ?

Draft Analysis:

Karras is a blue-collar overachiever who lacks the physical tools to crack a starting lineup. He'll outwork most guys but he's a depth addition to a line that had its warts last year. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 307LBS. Weight


Talk about a football family -- seven members of the Karras clan have played Big Ten football, and four of them went on to the NFL, including the late Pro Bowler Alex Karras, who is Ted's great uncle. Growing up around the game certainly aided his development as a player, but name recognition isn't why he's on this list. The 2014 and 2015 honorable mention All-Big Ten pick has been a starter for the Illini since arriving on campus, although he missed the final four games of his junior season with a torn left ACL and MCL. Karras bounced back to start all 12 games, playing quite well, as a senior.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 5.28 seconds
Vertical: 26 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 10 inches
Short shuttle: 4.71 seconds
3-cone: 8.13 seconds
Bench press: 32 reps of 225 pounds



Four-year starter at right guard. Uses brute upper body strength to get defenders turned and sealed. Drops a hammer on down blocks to knock running lanes open. Effective power in small spaces. Adequate hand placement, but generally keeps them inside. Gritty demeanor on the field. Quality pass sets with a heavy-­handed punch. Rare football lineage as the seventh member of the Karras family to play in the Big Ten. Intensity on game day is legendary. Penalized just twice over the last two seasons. Decent body control.


Plays with stiffness in his lower half, and his lack of functional knee­ bend will always limit his leverage and blocking range. Usually not the low man as base blocker. Unable to sit down and change directions effectively in space. Execution of second level blocks is below par. Has issues sustaining blocks when moving laterally. Susceptible to an occasional bull rush.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Karras is limited by his lack of functional athleticism, but his technique combined with moderate body control gives him a chance to fight for a roster spot with a power-­based running game looking for tough guys.
-Lance Zierlein
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