Photo of Adam Pankey
Grade
5.1 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 324LBS. Weight

Overview

It's unusual for an offensive lineman to excel in three different positions during his collegiate career. Pankey accomplished that feat, however, after winning second-team All-Big 12 honors at right guard in his senior season. The All-Ohio high school selection redshirted in 2012 and then in played eight games as a reserve in his freshman season with the Mountaineers. Coaches started him at left tackle for all 13 games in 2014, and then started 12 at left guard (missing two due to an ankle injury) as a junior. Versatility to play nearly everywhere on the line will be valued by NFL scouts.

Analysis

Strengths

Has good thickness and functional mass in his calves, hips and bubble. Wide-body who is hard to get around. Has adequate lateral foot quickness in tight quarters. Has the feet to redirect inside against twists and stunts. Able to utilize his size to generate some early push. Has played both guard and tackle. Responsive to defensive line games up front. Plays with some natural anchor and holds up to bull rushers from interior.

Weaknesses

Upright after the snap. Waist-bender with tightness in his knees. Doesn't have athletic ability to factor as a second-level blocker. Must do his work in the phone booth. Unable to consistently get to his blocks when working up. Struggles to mirror and center athletic defensive tackles in pass pro. Uses skip-pull footwork to get into his zone blocking steps. Hand placement is inconsistent and he fails to generate quality arm extension. Body control is below average.

Draft Projection

Round 6-7

Bottom Line

Pankey's girthy frame will appeal to teams looking for a beefy guard, but Pankey's lack of bend and leverage could cause some disappointment if teams are expecting his drive-blocking power to match his size. Pankey can handle basic zone blocks, but combinations and cut-off blocks are unlikely to land consistently enough to make him anything more than a back of the roster backup.
-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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