NFTC Breakdown: Kyle Meadows

For Kyle Meadows the 2011 football season is one he rather not think too much about as he missed time on the field due to injury. This past Saturday, Meadows showed up at the NFTC looking to show he's one of the top offensive line prospects in Ohio and the Midwest. Here is our breakdown.

Kyle Meadows High School: Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)

HT: 6-6 | WT: 275 lbs.

Key Offers: Florida State, Kentucky, West Virginia
Could Offer Next: Georgia, Ohio State

College Pledge: Undecided

Projected Positions: Offensive Tackle | Offensive Guard

After showing up early during his sophomore season Kyle Meadows took a step back due to injury during his junior season. However, having seen the Lakota West offensive tackle twice over the past month has given me a more positive feel about his future development.

THE BODY

Early last season Meadows didn't look to be in great physical shape. However, the player that impressed us two years ago looks to be making a comeback as Meadows looks lean and athletic. There is needed work in upper body strength but I find that to be the norm when looking at offensive linemen with long arms on a long frame.

A natural knee bender, Meadows has solid fundamentals and a year in a college strength and conditioning program will do him wonders.

THE FIELD

During drills at the NFTC you can see Meadows has the basic fundamentals down in hand placement and footwork. He has enough athletic ability to play all five line positions if needed but projects as a left tackle.

Meadows shows above average foot quickness and lower body agility to make quick drops backwards while maintaining balance, but his lack of strength prevents him from setting up a strong base to ward off blockers when redirecting his body.

THE FUTURE

Meadows has the typical problems seen from most high school offensive linemen of his build who lack the overall strength in the upper and lower bodies to be dominate. Weakness in the upper body causes Meadows to have a weak hand pop and lower body weakness causes problems when he needs to sit down and anchor his position with brute strength.

All the tools are there and we'll give Meadows the benefit of the doubt as he's coming off an injury that took away a major part of his junior season.

Someone is going to get a high level offensive lineman when the Southwest Ohio native makes his pledge.


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