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Nicolas Petit-Frere

OT Ohio State 6-5 316 JR #78


ARM LENGTH: 33 5/8”//HAND SIZE: 10 ¾”//40YD: 5.14 (80%)//10YD: 1.77 (84%)
VJ: 24 ½” (19%)//BJ: 8’07” (56%)//BP: 24 (65%)//SS: 4.85 (36%)//3C: 7.85 (52%)

Projection: Developmental OT with some raw tools to mold, but will likely only ever be a starter in an RPO heavy offense playing Wide Zone, and even then he will be a guy you’re constantly looking to replace. Draft Projection: Round 3 ~

Ravens Fit: Likely not a guy on the Ravens radar. They do need a developmental OT, as an insurance against Ronnie Stanley and Juwuan James’ injury concerns but Petit-Frere is not it. He can’t finish as a Gap blocker so is likely only a Zone scheme fit. He has some interesting raw tools to work with but there are so many areas for him to work on, some that just won’t be easily fixable. He’s play strength deficient so is not a candidate to move inside and the final death knell for him on the Ravens board for OT: lack of length.

Overall Fit 2/5

Pass Protection

He has really good initial quickness, gets out of his stance quickly and with some explosion to him. He is a good athlete overall with this explosion and good foot speed. He has efficient feet and gets to his set-point quickly. In 45 and jump sets, he can use his excellent lateral quickness and foot speed to good effect in short spaces, can mirror efficiently with the OL on a variety of moves. When he can’t stay as square to the line of scrimmage In vertical sets, his hip fluidity must come into it more when facing different types of moves. He can over-set and is too slow to open his hips to react to the inside move. He has good athleticism but the lack of hip fluidity and processing to aid his reactive athleticism really hurts him in these scenarios. Savvy rushers with a plan can set him up to the outside and come back to the inside with relative ease and by-pass him, He doesn’t see the inside move coming from far enough away and so can’t get his hips oiled in time.

This is also a problem when facing more exotic pressure packages, he accounts for the potential outside blitzer too long and so can’t come back to the inside quickly enough to help shut down other rushers. He has good timing and placement on the inside strike but he’s over-reliant on it, and more intelligent rushers with good hand usage themselves can negate it. When they do, he doesn’t have the craftiness in his hands to recover and re-latch, often leaving him susceptible to being turned and beaten around the outside. His inside hand steer move is too frequently deployed and rushers with good bend and pad level can also avoid the inside strike. He can reset his feet and stalemate when challenged with a power rush by those with adequate play strength, but any rusher who plays with leverage can shock him backwards and he struggles to reset and drop anchor.

Run Blocking

He’s equally quick out of his stance as a run-blocker. He stands up quickly though and could play with a better pad level. On the front-side of Wide Zone blocks, he works well with the Guard and can time his release to the second level effectively. When working with advantageous angles, he can position for the second level block and fit and finish against defenders in space.

As a back-side cut-off guy when he’s chasing either an off-ball Linebacker in the B gap or a 3 technique, he cannot position for the block. His positioning on Gap blocks is better and he fits well but he struggles to sustain enough and doesn’t have the play strength to make the block functional. Can’t drive anyone around at the POA.

Tools to develop as an OT – good foot speed, some explosion to him. Savvy pass-rushers with good UOH can develop a three-way go on him. Works well in OZ in tandem with G.

2 Year Starter at OT (LT & RT)

Toughness 3
Intelligence 3
Versatility 2
Grit 3
Scheme 2

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