Gosder Cherilus   #78 T

Height: 6-7   Weight: 316   Age: 30

Born: 6/28/1984 Haiti

College: Boston College

Experience: 7th season

High School: Somerville HS [MA]

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Combine 2008

Combine
Stats:

  • 40 Yard Dash5.21 Secs

Strengths

Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame with excellent arm length, large, strong hands, a huge wingspan and room on his frame to carry at least another 25 pounds of bulk without having it impact his quickness...Has good muscle mass throughout, showing broad shoulders and a thick chest, along with good thickness in his thighs and calves...Mauler-type who works best with other blockers around him to compensate for poor change-of-direction agility...At his best when asked to collapse the interior defensive line and widen the rush lanes...Works hard to finish and has a strong anchor, showing patience to let defenders come to him...Has the straight-forward burst to get into the second level, doing an adequate job to bend at the knees and torque...Has good pulling speed in the short area and plays with true aggression...Communicates well with his guards and tight ends and shows good alertness on the field...Intelligent athlete who will not have problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field...Regarded by the coaching staff as the team's most important player and takes pride in his leadership role, taking younger blockers under his wing...Tough player who works hard to finish and responds well to hard coaching, especially when challenged, and is motivated to work on the little techniques in his game...Has the ability to gain advantage on a defender lined up over his head, coming off the snap with his long arms extending to lock on and control his man...Pops up quickly after the snap to get into his run blocks with good urgency and shows enough thrust to surprise a lethargic defender...Despite his upper-body strength, he is adequate shooting his hands with force, but he knows how to use his reach and bulk to generate good initial pop...Once he gets into position and gets his hands on the defender, he does a good job of sustaining his block and eliminating his opponent from the play, but needs to shoot those hands with better consistency...Has the lower-body power and long arms to widen the rush lane and when he keeps his pads down, he is much more effective getting movement at the point of attack...Breaks down well as a run blocker, especially on down blocks, using his leg drive to push the defender out of the holes...Has a good anchor in pass protection but lacks the agility to get out and handle edge moves...Possesses rare arm length and will generally win one-on-one battles once he locks on to his opponent with his big mitts, as he uses his hands with authority in tight quarters but will lunge or get his hands outside his frame when having to isolate vs. edge rushers. Negatives: Needs help in pass protection, as he gets his feet too wide at times and this causes him to struggle to recover vs. quick-twitch defensive linemen...Possesses only adequate initial quickness and questionable change-of-direction agility, as he appears too stiff in his hips to fluidly redirect...Has the raw power to jolt the defender with his hand punch, but is too inconsistent using it, preferring to keep his man at bay with his long reach rather than attack him...Needs to extend through his hips and explode more often coming off the snap...Susceptible to explosive edge rushers, despite his timed speed, as he fails to generate the hip snap needed to mirror...Possesses good pulling speed, but shows only adequate balance and body control when adjusting at the second level...Displays marginal footwork in pass protection, stepping behind himself and giving up ground to defenders too often, as he tends to lunge with his head...Has a strong hand punch, but lacks hand quickness and technique, showing inconsistent placement (defenders can slip off his blocks with good cross-face or counter moves)...Slow to kick-slide and shows only adequate ability in this area...Needs to concentrate better on the field, as he is prone to mental lapses that lead to a slew of costly penalties. Compares To: CORNELL GREEN-Oakland...Cherilus is a classic mauler who excels on down and drive blocks as a run blocker, but he proved in 2007 that he lacks the lateral agility and kick-slide to handle speed moves on the outside and will be a better fit at right tackle or inside at guard. He is not fluid enough to maintain position and mirror from left tackle. He has incredibly long reach and large hands and hits with good pop, but he is inconsistent shooting those hands and needs to be more active or it will negate one of his better assets. Struggled quite a bit with the snap count as a senior, resulting in a slew of penalties. If judged on what he did at right tackle in 2006, he will be an early-round pick.

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