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Combine Results

Grade
4.9 ?
  • 5.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.89 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 315LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Theaker was an All-State pick in Michigan, but couldn't get more than passing glances from MAC schools. He took the scholarship offer from WSU, and hasn't looked back. He redshirted in 2011, then played in 10 games (starting one) at right tackle the following season. Theaker played in all 11 games as a sophomore, starting two at right tackle, before sliding over to the starting spot at right guard in nine of 10 games in 2013 (with one start at RT). He was a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection as a junior, starting five games at right guard and then moving to right tackle because of injuries along the line. Theaker missed the 2015 season after having back surgery, but bounced back as the team's new starting left tackle last fall. He was named to the Associated Press' Little All-American squad after the season, while also receiving first-team all-conference and GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year awards.

Analysis

Strengths

Good overall size for a move inside. Has started at both tackle spots and at right guard. Fairly light on his feet when mirroring in pass protection. Teams may view him as an emergency tackle option in case of injury. Has decent upper body strength. Does a good job of approaching his block under control and framing it up at the point of attack.

Weaknesses

Doesn't unlock hips when drive blocking. Plays with an elevated pad level. Unable to bend and move laterally well enough to get his reach blocks taken care of. Plays with inconsistent base width that affects his contact balance. Needs to operate with better angles to improve his block security. Loses track of hand placement allowing them to slide outside the frame.

Draft Projection

PFA

Bottom Line

Theaker has the necessary physical dimensions to move from tackle to guard, but his lack of bend and inability to play with leverage and hip torque could derail his chances of sticking on a roster.
-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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