OT Northern Iowa 6-7 325 JR #70
GRADE: 90 OVR RANK: 23 POS RANK: (OT) 4
ARM LENGTH: 34 1/8”//HAND SIZE: 10 1/8”//40YD: 4.89 (99%)//10YD: 1.65 (100%)
VJ: 28″ (58%)//BJ: 9’03” (90%)//BP: 28 (88%)//SS: 4.62 (81%)//3C: 7.25 (99%)
Projection: Starting OT in a Man/Gap scheme who will need some help from extra protectors early in his career when facing better edge-rushers while pro coaching brings his strike-zone recognition up to scratch. Draft Projection: Mid-Round 1 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: His toughness/physicality is there for all to see on the game film. There are some technical issues in his pass protection that will need to be cleaned up by the Ravens coaching staff. But his nastiness and sheer strength as a run blocker will be attractive to Gap scheme heavy teams like the Ravens. I’m not sure a projection to Guard is the best idea for him so for the Ravens, he is a RT only – he hasn’t played on the right yet in his career so this would be a projection but you could project him to a solid starting RT after pro coaching/development.
Overall Fit 4/5
In his kickslide, he moves his feet purposefully and with intent, his feet are efficient rather than quick and he can mirror the defender with deliberate steps – definitely more of a slide than pitching his feet up and down too much – he looks smooth. When working a two handed strike in a vertical set, he can use his upper body strength and hand placement to win. His hand timing can be lacking and he can continue to kick too long in vertical sets. He needs to more consistently get to his set point and build his house there against rushers with good plans. In the same vein on jump sets he can be too flat-footed and square up too quickly opening the door to the outside. When working with independent hands his placement on outside strikes is solid and it allows his superior functional strength to come into play and win the rep.
Against rushers with better plans, when he doesn’t see inside moves coming, he can panic and cross his feet to chase them. Against lesser competition when he sees the move coming he can work his efficient feet to power step. He struggles with strike zone recognition on inside strikes and can push the defender too far up the arc and into a place where he can’t recover from, his base becomes too wide at this point and he can lose his leverage. The lack of placement on his inside strike when working with independent hands can mean he struggles with rushers with length, particularly when they deploy effective long arm moves. Against bull-rushers or speed to power rushers he can lose leverage and struggles to reset his feet quickly enough to avoid contact with the QB.
He has excellent fit and finish on gap blocks. On blocks at the line of scrimmage he can use his upper body strength to bend the point of attack to his will and finishes with nasty. His physical toughness and competitiveness are high-level – he will look to finish every block and play through the whistle. He will physically move defenders off their spot on Drive and Angle blocks.
On reach blocks – he can position well with his initial steps and then uses his superior fit and finish ability to close the door on the defenders’ path to the Running Back. On DBLs he works well as the drive man – with good pop in his strike at the first level to help the post man, and as the post man himself, he needs very little help from the drive man to seal the point of attack for the RB. His big deficiency is out in space, when he does manage to position against lesser 2nd level competition, he can come under control well, deploy his fit and finish and play strength to make the block. However he can struggle to position in space against decent competition.
Physical and nasty run blocker who works well at LOS, bends to his will. Struggles to position for space blocks. Efficient feet in pass pro, misses strike-zone with hands
3 Year Starter at LT