NFTC Position Breakdown: Offensive Line

Hawaii native Fred Ulu-Perry has the best day of the offensive lineman at the Los Angeles NFTC...

Overall, it wasn't a great day for the offensive linemen in the 1on1s.  The defensive line generally got the upper hand in their matchups, thanks to a loaded group.

Still, in the offensive line drills and individual workouts, there were some offensive linemen who stood out more than others.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry almost won the MVP honors a year ago as an underclassmen.  This year, Ulu-Perry was the MVP of the offensive linemen, and he earned it. He's about 6'2, 310 pounds, so he's more than likely a guard at the next level. He only lost one one-on-one rep, and drive blocking is a real strength of his.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral offensive tackle Keenan Walker is the top tackle in the West and completely looks the part. He is long, with a great frame, and generally just a very good body. He showed great footwork during drills, with good quick hands and a nice reach. He still has plenty of room to put on weight and strength, which he's said is a priority for him. He can get bullrushed at times right now, so that should be a focus. He has really natural knee bend, and has good flexibility. His technique is good, but could also use some work. Naturally, though, he's very gifted.


Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James.

Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James was terrific in the early part of the day.  He's a more filled out prospect than Walker, but has the same, or at least similar, level of athleticism. He might have the better flexibility of the two, actually. In SPARQ testing, he was very impressive, running a 4.8 second shuttle, and 5.1 second 40 (both electronically times). He was also the strongest throwing the Power Ball, tossing it a reported 46 feet. He can still clean up his technique, but he was very strong in drills, and when he got his hands on defenders, they were pretty much done.

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde guard Tevita Halalilo had an up and down day. He had a slow start to the one-on-ones that wasn't helped by having to face off against Rasheem Green several times in the early going, but then was better as the day progressed and he got to face off against other, non-freak defensive linemen. He's definitely a guard with his body.  What we liked about Halalilo was his competitiveness.  When he did get beat, he wanted more than anything to get back out there and avenge the loss.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade offensive tackle Bar Milo had probably the second best day of the offensive lineman.  The tackle is down to 278, reportedly, and that has helped his mobility a good deal. He's got a good looking frame, and if he can add good weight to it, the sky is the limit.  He generally won every 1on1, except when going against DL MVP Keisean Lucier-South, but Milo was also the only lineman who put up a fight against Lucier-South.

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde center Jasean Anderson may not be as heralded as Halalilo but had the better day, routinely winning his 1on1s and taking a lot of reps at center.  Anderson has a nasty streak, keeps his feet moving and plays nice and low and was relishing the matchups.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral offensive lineman Ve'ehala Tuihalamaka was offered by Miami just two days before the NFTC and played loose but also played fast and physical.  Tuihalamaka works out with the vaunted Prime Time Polynesian group and it showed in his technique.  He's certainly a guard at the next level but at 320, moved really well.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Zach Robertson was dinged up a bit and slowed on Sunday. He's probably a guard right now, rather than a tackle.  Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Zach Okun had some good moments in the drills and individual work.

Other linemen who had good moments include Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Reno Rosene, Las Vegas (Nev.) tackle Mark Anthony Gacutan, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Clayton Johnston, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Mason Walter and Santa Margarita (Calif.) tackle Austin Maihen.


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