NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bobby Hart

Projecting the former Seminole offensive lineman at the next level

Overview

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 and 2014.

Scouting Report

Strengths

Better feet than most guards, which allowed him to play RT in college. Big bubble and natural power in his hips. Can roll his hips with power as a run blocker. Solid run blocker and projects as a mauler at the guard position with development. Very young (turned 20 in Aug, 2014) and lots of time to develop. Well schooled under Rick Trickett and is coachable.

Weaknesses

Not a tackle prospect though he played there in college. Overweight and generally soft-bodied. Limited bend and stiff through the lower body. At tackle, struggled to get width and depth in his pass set as a tackle and had difficulty maintaining his angles against good speed rushers, who were able to get to his outside shoulder. Showed a vulnerability to push-pull pass rush moves that take advantage of his tendency to stop his feet and overextend in pass protection. Balance and fundamentals in pass production need improvement.

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 in 2013.) 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.

Combine/Pro Day Results

Combine/Pro Day Results

Ht

Wt

Arm

Hd

40y

10y

Bench

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6’5

329

33

10 1/8

5.67*

22*

27*

7’11*

5.07*

8.08*

Hart’s athletic numbers did nothing to move the needle, as they confirmed the athletic limitations observable on tape. He definitely needs to develop in his first few years and would probably be best served to drop about ten pounds while focusing on lower body explosiveness and flexibility.

He had a fairly average showing in position drills at pro day.

Floor/Ceiling

On the high end, Hart could be a decade-plus starter at guard in the NFL and an above average player at that position, particularly as a run blocker where he flashes power. He has a marginally higher ceiling than former teammate Josue Matias, for example, simply because he has better natural feet.

On the low end, without significant work developing as an athlete and as a technician, he could become a utility backup for a few seasons before washing out of the league.

Overall

Hart is a late-round prospect with above-average starter potential at the guard position, but his pro team will need to put him on a quality S&C program to get him further developed athletically.

Grade: 8.98—5.25 (Quality backup with starter potential).

Draft Prediction

Range: 6th or 7th round

I expect Hart to be off the board sometime in the sixth round as a team banks on their ability to develop the young 20-year-old into a mauler at the guard position within a couple years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Patriots, who were very pleased with Bryan Stork last season, use one of their late-round picks on this developmental prospect.

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