Film Study: David Hedelin

Breaking down what to like about the newest Michigan State commitment, a Swedish offensive tackle from a junior college in California.

Michigan State picked up a commitment from a JUCO offensive tackle David Hedelin on Sunday.

The native of Sweden brings the Spartans a big player at a position of need.

Spartan Digest takes a look at what to like about the latest MSU commit:

The good: Hedelin brings great athleticism to the table with his 6-foot-5, 285-pound frame. He is quick in his backpedal and uses his hands well and blocks effectively when his technique is sound.

He is quick to get to the second level in his blocks, too, and brings power downfield with his quickness and strength. In that he brings flashes of Fou Fonoti for MSU, who does a great job of getting downfield in run blocking.

He does well in run blocking with a solid base and keeps his shoulders square and clears out space well.

The bad: He hasn't played a lot of football yet. He played four years in Sweden, then came to the United States to play football last June and picked it up at City College of San Francisco.

He said the biggest adjustment was the quickness of everyone he was playing against, but with two seasons under his belt to adjust, he seems to have it down on film. The next step will be adjusting to the speed of high-level BCS football at Michigan State.

The other thing on film that you notice is when Hedelin backs up too quickly is he plays high because he doesn't engage as quickly. That is something he will have to shore up.

JCfootball.com's Scott Eklund broke down Hedelin's game for Spartan Digest and here is what he had to say:

"David hasn't played much football, so he's really raw, but that just means his ceiling is pretty darn high. He's naturally strong and he's got great feet. When he sticks with his technique, he's terrific and almost impossible to get push on. He tends to take too big of a first step on his pass drop, so he can get himself a little off-balance at times, but that doesn't happen that often. His biggest struggles have been with bull-rushers as he's athletic to get out on speed rushers who try to get the edge. Because his technique is still raw, he can play a little too high and that allows bull-rushers to get under his pads and that's where he runs into problems. That is easily correctable though. Overall, of the top JUCO offensive tackles out there, he could have the biggest upside just because of he's so raw, but he possesses all of the tools to be an All-Conference type in before he leaves Michigan State."


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