IOL LSU 6-3 307 SR #70
GRADE: 86 OVR RANK: 45 POS RANK: (IOL) 4
ARM LENGTH: 33 5/8”//HAND SIZE: 10”//40YD: 5.02 (95%)//10YD: 1.68 (99%)
VJ: 20 ½” (2%)//BJ: 8’06” (62%)//BP: ( %)//SS: 4.76 (61%)//3C: 7.81 (68%)
Projection: Solid, early starting Guard who will give you 10 years of solid interior line play if drafted to a Gap scheme and manages to fix his technique in resetting to re-anchor – has the core strength to hold up with that. Draft Projection: Round 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: A great fit for the Ravens, but they probably can’t draft another day 2 Guard so a lot might hinge on whether he can play Center which isn’t certain but he has played both Guard spots. The scheme fit is good as he can control the POA as a Gap blocker and makes the play functional. I like his pass pro too if you can get his anchor right when he’s challenged with speed to power. Not the nastiest guy in the class so not perfect on that front but a good starter for a Gap heavy offense like the Ravens, who might be undervalued by other teams.
Overall Fit 4/5
Good set quickness and moves well laterally for his size. Can mirror very well in vertical and 45 sets. In jump sets he can stay too far back and doesn’t meet the defender, causing him to lunge, nose over toes and becomes susceptible to the quick hands to disengage and an arm-over – in these situations, his natural leverage can be a disadvantage. In vertical or 45 sets though he maintains an effective wide base and moves well laterally and moves efficiently, if not explosively. He has good foot speed and takes advantage of this to maintain the half-man, but he combines this with outstanding use of hands. He has excellent placement, timing and power in his hands. His initial strike can shock the defensive lineman, and if he’s able to get latched, it can be over quickly. He works with independent hands especially well, the placement on his inside strike being a particular highlight.
He can also work a two-handed strike as a change-up. He also has crafty hands and can work well to stay engaged when facing an interior with good hand usage himself. He establishes a solid post foot in vertical sets and can therefore instigate an effective power step when an inside move is set up. He mirrors well in either direction when the pocket is established and looks like the proverbial dancing bear. He processes at a high level, looks for work intelligently – taking over other linemen’s blocks when a delayed blitz comes from the second level. He works extremely well in tandem with other OL on stunts and games, passes off and takes on stunting linemen with ease. A big question mark in his pass protection is his anchor. He has excellent core strength and can deal with straight power, but when a defender playing with leverage, converts speed to power on him, he can struggle to reset his feet and re-anchor, getting bowled over.
Good speed in space but can look cumbersome when he has to be more reactive to more athletic and intelligent second level defenders. More of a linear athlete in space. When he does locate at the second level on space blocks, he can position well, but his fit can be a little off as he doesn’t consistently use his hands but barrels into guys which can mean he doesn’t sustain blocks. While you won’t see any highlight blocks, he will consistently make the block functional if he’s managed to locate. He has good play strength at the point of attack on Gap Blocks and will position, fit and finish consistently.
He has good initial footwork and brings his feet with him with good strike zone recognition. He can roll his hips on contact in close quarters and keep his feet moving on contact to get movement at the point of attack. Again, he won’t be spectacular but will be functional. Weapon as a puller as he hits guys in the mouth and wants contact – good physical toughness. Could position better as post man on DBLs.
Dancing bear with great hand placement, power and timing in pass pro. Needs work on resetting feet to anchor. Controls POA, good puller, can struggle to finish in space
3 Year (SR, JR, SO) Starter at LG/RG