IOL Oklahoma 6-5 318 JR #54
GRADE: 81 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: (IOL) NR
ARM LENGTH: 34 7/8”//HAND SIZE: 8 7/8”//40YD: 5.30 (58%)//10YD: 1.82 (67%)
VJ: 23 ½” (15%)//BJ: 8’06” (62%)//BP: ( %)//SS: 4.78 (56%)//3C: 7.94 (53%)
Projection: Could develop into a starting Guard in a heavier Gap scheme, can be scheme diverse as pass protector. Draft Projection: Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: Hayes is a good pass protector and is more of a fit with a team as a more regular Gap blocker than Zone blocker. However the Ravens will need development from him in some key areas. He can’t just pull for the Ravens as he did so often at Oklahoma because of his fitting deficiency as a Down and Drive blocker – the Ravens need that to get fixed for him to be a starter that they don’t have to hide. He also needs to work on his pad level; the Ravens cannot allow pressure up the middle for Lamar so his anchor needs to improve. Would add to the competition for the LG spot but would probably lose in year one.
Overall Fit 3/5
Solid set quickness to get out of his stance. He has efficient feet and does move smoothly to his landmarks with a good base. He is a good jump-setter, gets his hands on quickly and uses his extensive length to manage the time and space he has as a pass protector. In jump, 45 and vertical sets he has very good hand placement, timing and power. Once he gets his hands on you it can be very difficult to disengage from him given his length and latch strength. He works this hand placement, timing and strength with both independent hands and his two handed strike. When using independent hands he can use his upper body strength and length to control the rep, whether it be with his inside or outside strike. When he gets two hands on you, it’s over. His big strength when vertical setting is his hand timing. He’s crafty with his hands too, so when he’s facing interior rushers with good processing and counters, he’s able to stay engaged. He uses his length to maximize his margin for error.
However, those rushers with a good plan, who are able to set him up for inside moves can have some joy against him because of his pad level, and therefore play strength when facing down bull rushes and speed to power moves. Against those DL with solid play strength he can reset his feet and re-anchor but can be challenged again because his lower pad level doesn’t last as he stands up again. When facing a long-arm move that is well placed and sustained from a rusher playing with consistent leverage, he can be raised up and walked backwards without resetting. His anchor, which is only adequate will be tested at the next level and he will need to work on his pad level to be more consistent in this area. He is a solid processor and passes of stunts and twists, as well as reacting effectively to counters. He has good physical toughness and competitiveness and goes looking for work regularly.
He is a good Gap blocker on double teams, a solid puller but an only adequate blocker on Down and Drive blocks. He works well in tandem with others on DBLs, with good timing to release to the second level as the drive man. He pulled a lot at Oklahoma and while he has plenty of pop in the impact he makes, he doesn’t effectively fit his blocks as a puller, he needs to keep his head out of the block, consequently he was an inconsistent finisher as a puller. He fit the block better at the second level.
He did not fit his blocks at all well as a Down and Drive blocker, his pad level deficiency came back into it in this phase of the game but he also struggled with strike zone recognition and therefore hand placement. He moves fine on a pre-determined path as a puller but when he has to engage reactive athleticism in space or move faster in a straight line, he can be found wanting, not an effective space blocker because of this positioning deficiency.
Good pass protection, great hand timing, latch strength and hand placement – uses length well. Anchor can be challenged, pad level is high, solid puller but fitting deficiency.
3 Year Starter at LG