Bobby Hart: To Date
Though initially slated for a redshirt after arriving as a five-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale), Hart started the final nine games of his true freshman season at the tender age of 17 due to the rash of injuries the FSU offensive line experienced in 2010. Hart found himself in Rick Trickett’s doghouse as a sophomore, working primarily at offensive guard behind Tre' Jackson and Josue Matias. Hart made significant strides between his sophomore and junior seasons and started every game at right tackle in 2013.
Hart did struggle against Auburn’s explosive edge rusher Dee Ford in the national championship game, but he was overall a consistent solid presence throughout the year, particularly in the running game.
Hart has become a very big man as his frame has filled out, and he has long arms for his height, which is already good in itself (6’4). He is now around 320 pounds with a very thick bubble and shows much better than average bend, particularly in the running game.
Hart has good feet for his size and is especially quick to the edge in the running game, able to hook defenders and pin them inside. He is a very good combo blocker and can compress the interior defensive line when coming inside. He shows plus ability to get to the second level in the running game and on screen passes and moves more like a man thirty pounds lighter in these scenarios.
Hart’s motor went gone from questionable as a freshman/sophomore to good as a junior. He was generally a dependable player on a play-by-play basis in 2013.
Room for Improvement
For all of his physical gifts, Hart is still more of a natural guard than a tackle. He struggles to get width and depth in his pass set and has had some difficulty maintaining his angle against good speed rushers, who have been able to get to his outside shoulder. He also has shown a vulnerability to push-pull pass rush moves that take advantage of his tendency to stop his feet and overextend in pass protection. He can get significantly better in each of these areas as he has naturally quick enough feet to get there, but his balance and fundamentals still need to improve here.
His hand placement is sloppy at times as he allows his hands to get too low while preparing for the initial punch, sometimes letting the defensive lineman get to his chest first and sapping his power (see, for example, the 11:15 mark of the first quarter vs. Clemson.) This often “feels” more powerful for linemen as it feels like one is really loading up for the blow, but it actually costs power and leverage.
Floor/Ceiling & NFL Potential
If he just progresses at all, Hart is no worse than a mid-round draft choice and should find himself starting at guard in the NFL before too long. At 20 years old, his ceiling is significantly higher than that. Jimbo Fisher has been telling anyone who will listen for the past year that Hart is a first round NFL guard prospect, and he may well be right. Hart’s body has matured, and he has packed on good weight. His weaknesses are largely all things he can improve with more reps and attention to detail. There’s little reason Hart couldn’t wind up a multi-year and very successful starter at several positions on an NFL offensive line.
This is a tough one, as Hart doesn't really have a natural comparison that jumps off the screen to me. I'm going to take a pass here until I can think of someone specific...
Outlook for 2014
Given the fact that he started nine games in 2010, it’s easy to forget how young Hart still is, and that should make improvement even more attainable for the 20-year-old. Hart was already a reliable player in 2013 and should take another step forward in 2014, becoming one of the better linemen in the conference and a key cog in arguably the best offensive line in the nation.