Photo of AUSTIN CORBETT
Grade
5.62 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 305LBS. Weight

Overview

Corbett struggled to stay on the field in high school due to knee injuries, but his senior year was good enough to earn walk-on interest from his hometown University of Nevada. After redshirting in 2013, he stepped in to start 12 games at left tackle, taking over for second-round NFL Draft pick Joel Bitonio. Corbett was named a team captain as a sophomore in 2015 and garnered honorable mention All-Mountain West honors after starting every game at left tackle. Corbett started every game at left tackle again (though like Bitonio, his NFL future is as a hard-nosed but athletic guard) as a junior, playing well enough to gain second-team all-conference from league coaches. Corbett's brother, Garrett, played on the offensive line at San Diego State.

Analysis

Strengths

Fires hands with force and purpose in both run game and in pass protection. Initial punch is meant to send a message. Above average football intelligence. Understands his job and plays with good instincts and awareness against twists. Makes assignment adjustments quickly when faced with late, pre-snap movement by defenders. Plays with adequate lateral quickness and can compete in gaining proper positioning as move blocker. Executes quality cut blocks. Rarely panics with his feet when forced into recovery mode. Usually gets to his work-up targets as combo blocker. Adequate hand placement in pass pro. Considered a team leader and determined worker. Went from walk-on to four-year starter.

Weaknesses

Has only played tackle at Nevada and will have to prove he can make adjustment inside to guard. Lacks quality leverage and leg drive and may struggle to displace strong, interior lineman as base blocker. Allows defenders to slip out of his grasp when his hands placement falters. Hand strength and upper body power could fall below the mark needed for quality recovery against NFL power. Can be a tick late in redirecting his weight against counters. Core strength needs work. Struggles to maintain body control against quality stack and shed edge defenders.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

While there will be several "adequates" on the checklist, teams may be looking for a more definitive strength to his game. Corbett is definitely sharp enough to move inside to guard or center and has good technique, but his average play strength and lack of length may be a concern. He has the size and talent to compete for a guard/center spot.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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