Christian DiLauro

Illinois

Prospect Info

College
Illinois
Hometown
Class
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Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
300 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.40
Priority free agent
How We Grade

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DiLauro's father (Matt) and uncle (Joe) played football at the University of Toledo, but his path took him to Urbana- Champaign after a high school career that was capped by honorable mention All-Northeast Ohio honors. As a redshirt freshman, DiLauro was a regular contributor, starting seven times at what would be his home for four years, right tackle. He started all 12 games at that position in 2015 and 2016.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
PFA
Overview
Long-legged swing tackle candidate with good foot quickness and athletic ability, but a poor anchor that may prevent him from handling an NFL bullrush. DiLauro has experience at both tackle spots and handled a start at guard this season so he offers roster flexibility, but unless he gets much stronger, making a roster will be a challenge. He could become a candidate for time on a practice squad while he hits the weights.
Strengths
  • Started for three-and-a-half years with experience at both tackle positions
  • Will play on both left and right side during each game
  • Plays with fluid movement
  • Plus change of direction ability
  • Can get into pull blocks and lateral blocks with decent quickness
  • Does not half-step into cut blocks using good landmarks and bringing down his targets
  • Continues to work his feet after contact to mirror and keep blocks centered
  • Has necessary instincts to read defensive line games in pass protection
  • Able to slide inside with initial twist and then redirect to mirror looping tackle or blitzer coming around the corner
  • Keeps his head out of pass pro on most reps
  • May offer guard value
Weaknesses
  • High-cut with long, thin legs
  • High hips don't generate enough bend to create functional pad level
  • Plays with a narrow base as a drive blocker
  • Balance and body control is slightly below average
  • Rarely plays with desired leverage as a drive blocker
  • Landing points for down blocks and double teams are too high
  • Lacks play strength to handle NFL challenges on his edge
  • Will open up almost completely perpendicular by his second kick slide against wide rush angles
  • Has poor anchor
  • Gives substantial ground against speed-to-power rusher
  • Far too many reps when he's walked back into the pocket
  • Needs to throw his punch with more conviction
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league