OWINGS, Md. -- Northern (Owings, Md.) hosted North Point (Waldorf, Md.) in a regular-season ending SMAC battle Nov. 4. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout Northern 2018 offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan , a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder with early offers from Maryland; Ohio State; WVU: Penn State; Va Tech and Temple.
Our take on his game is below, while an interview can be seen above:
Duncan has fundamental areas to improve, but his size and skill-set suggest a potential high-level FBS tackle. Should he continue to progress, Duncan could have his pick of schools by this time next year.
Physically, Duncan is a legitimate 6-6, 300 pounds. He has a long, well-built frame with little bad weight, but room to add on more mass. Duncan also possesses a wide, stout base, pole-length arms and large hands.
At the snap, Duncan flashes a fast first step as he rapidly enters his stance. He's rather sudden for a big man, seamlessly shifting his weight and moving his feet.
When run blocking, Duncan's athleticism is apparent. He instantly engages his man and shows the ability to slip to the second level.
Duncan can finish a linebacker off too. He has solid strength for a high school junior and can flatten some defenders.
Additionally, Duncan is nimble and deft working through traffic, and looks natural maneuvering out in space. He also runs well down the line, proving he can pull.
For a prospect his size, his speed stands out, Duncan running alongside players much smaller than him. He's adept at getting out in front of his backs, locating linebackers and then sealing them off out on the edge.
In pass pro, Duncan sets up correctly and displays solid form. He slides well, can anchor, and has enough athleticism to readjust to quick-twitch edge rushers. He's able to guide ends past the quarterback and cut off blitzers who attempt to shoot through the "A" gap. Plus, Duncan is strong enough to stalemate defenders who come at him with a bull rush.
To improve, Duncan mainly needs to hone his technique. He tends to come off the ball a little high, so he has to work on his knee bend first and foremost. As a result, sometimes Duncan strikes high instead of underneath and inside the pads.
Also, Duncan doesn't always gain extension when engaging a block. He has long arms and strong hands, but he has to consistently get his arms out and throw up his hands even quicker. In addition, Duncan has to make sure he keeps his feet driving after contact.
Next, we'd like to see Duncan generate even more point-of-attack power. That will come as he improves his leverage, hand quickness and hand placement, but in general we'd really like to see him drive his man off the ball.
It follows that we want to see Duncan become a consistent finisher too. At his size, he should be able to put defenders on their backs and record pancakes.
In pass protection, Duncan has to develop a more consistent punch. Sometimes his strike will be off, and at others he'll lunge for blocks. He has to learn to stay patient, sit back and maintain form.
Lastly, he's going to have to keep working on his reads and blitz pickups. At the college level, Duncan must be able to quickly read and react to extra rushers.