Photo of Victor Salako
Grade
4.86 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'6" Height
  • 335LBS. Weight

Overview

A bit overlooked as a high school recruit from Huntsville, Alabama, Salako (suh-LAY-koh) was a great pick-up for the Alabama-Birmingham football program. He started 11 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2013, and all 12 games at the position the following season. Then, UAB cut their program, spreading their talent across the country. Salako ended up at Oklahoma State, where he's lined up every game the past two years at left tackle for the Cowboys. Big 12 coaches voted him second-team all-conference for his play on the blind side in 2016.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses a massive frame with good length to get into defenders. Plays with decent strength in his hands. Able to land a punch and latch on early in the rep. Frame provides him natural power to generate some early movement. Finds his way back inside against counter moves in pass protection. Utilized controlled approach to his target in run game.

Weaknesses

Straight-legged blocker with poor knee bend and overall leg stiffness. Plays out of an unorthodox pre-snap stance and pops straight up. Less a kick-slide that sluggish shuffle in pass sets. Allows defenders to live under his pads and gives initial ground against bull-rushers. Very narrow base as a run blocker and struggles to stay connected to his blocks. Balance is poor.

Draft Projection

UDFA

Bottom Line

Two-year starter at left tackle who utilizes his size and frame to compensate for his athletic deficiencies. Stiffness in lower half prevents him from playing with good balance and leverage in both running and pass blocking. While he has the size that will intrigue teams, his lack of functional athleticism could make it tough to find a long-term fit on the next level.
-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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