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Luke Fortner

IOL Kentucky 6-4 307 SR #79


ARM LENGTH: 33 1/8”//HAND SIZE: 10”//40YD: 5.21 (75%)//10YD: 1.77 (86%)
VJ: 24” (19%)//BJ: 8’06” (62%)//BP: 31 (90%)//SS: 4.95 (26%)//3C: 7.75 (75%)

Projection: Potential Starting C in a heavier ZBS. Needs a lower pad level to be more than a guy you start but are always looking to replace. Draft Projection: Day 3 ~

Ravens Fit: When you first watch him, his potential as a Down blocker is intriguing but a positioning deficiency as a Drive blocker and his general lack of sustain and finish to his run blocking will likely leave the Ravens less than impressed. He’s shown he can be versatile and he plays with a good level of intelligence necessary for the Ravens pivot. He can be a good pass protector too but is weakness there also doesn’t line up with the Ravens needs from a C as he can be challenged by pocket-pushers and the Ravens need a clean interior pocket for Lamar to be at his best. Will be a starter in the league, just for someone else.

Overall Fit 2/5

Pass Protection

Good pass protector. Fires out of his stance and gets his hands on quickly after snapping the ball. In jump sets he can get out a little too quickly and doesn’t bring his feet with him consistently but in 45 and vertical sets he uses his excellent movement skills and foot speed, maintaining a wide base to mirror all types of pass rusher. He can maintain the half-man relationship with even the most explosive interior rushers in college. He has excellent hand placement and timing when using independent hands. He could work with better latch strength but he makes up for this by being savvy with his hands. He can re-fit his hands and get back on when the DL works a counter to disengage. His two-hand strike is not over-used but his hand placement can be a little off when he does deploy it. His inside hand will often land too wide to be effective and he has to work to stay square.

Pad level can be a problem for him, he keeps a wide base but his limited bend, especially in ankle flexion can cause challenges. If faced with a bull rush from a DL inside who plays with good play strength and is a genuine pocket pusher, he can struggle to reset his feet and re-anchor. He has great processing and ability to adjust to stunts and twists. He quickly identifies pressure packages and shuts down speed to power from even the best blitzing LBs in college. He works well in tandem with his line-mates. He could sustain his blocks for longer in pass protection, he can throttle effort down towards the end of a play but before it’s over.

Run Blocking

He is a solid run blocker. He has good initial quickness out of his stance on all types of block. He excels in space due to his good foot speed and acceleration. He locates well at the second level and has enough lateral agility and reactive athleticism to stick blocks. As a reach blocker he can get the outside shoulder of a 1/2 technique with help and pin him inside. He has remarkable upper body strength to make this work. Against 3 techniques who don’t play with good play strength he will get on them and while he won’t make the outside shoulder, he will roll his hips on contact and get enough movement for the RB to make him right.

Otherwise, with Zone blocks and Gap blocks, pad level continues to be a problem, he gets too high. While the block is initially made functional, his lack of leverage opens the door for DTs to two-gap against him and tackle the runner in either gap. As a Gap blocker he has excellent positioning and fit for Down Blocks, he can finish even when playing with less leverage because the positioning and fit is so good that even the strongest DL will be finished. As a Drive blocker his Drive step is too short and it leaves him with too much to do to fit the block without over-balancing. On double teams, he has excellent timing and decision-making to release to the second level and works well as the post man too.

Very good core strength, quick feet and works well with independent hands. Pad level is a problem in both pass pro and run blocking. Works well in space, not as a Drive blocker.

3 Year Starter at G & C
INJURY: Missed 2 G with ankle injury (SR-2020)

Toughness 3
Intelligence 4
Versatility 3
Grit 2
Scheme 2

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