Draft Profile: Matt Lentz

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel breaks down the draft prospects of this year's departing Wolverines. The focus of this report is OL, Matt Lentz

Matt Lentz
Offensive Guard
Projected As: Offensive Guard
5th Year Senior
6’5, 320

Testing: Michigan Pro Day
5.3 Forty Yard Dash
4.88 Short Shuttle
7.98 Three Cone
23-inch Vertical
7 ft 8 in. Broad Jump
36 Power Lifts

Workout Comments:
The 40 yard dash time is about average for a player his size. His short shuttle and three cone times won’t help and could be improved. Thirty-six power lifts is a very good number, but it comes as no surprise for Lentz. He was always known as a workout warrior and it really contributed to his excellent upper body strength. Weighing in at 320 puts him a few pounds above his playing weight in 2005.

Lentz is a classic Michigan lineman that loves to play rough and is tough as nails. He was a three year starter and two time All-Conference nominee at Michigan, and is a very hard worker that has the mindset to succeed in the NFL. Lentz has a well built frame; pushing 6’6, and has long, massive arms. He has a very good upper body strength and is able to jam defenders at the snap of the ball. Uses his large hands well, keeps them inside and gets into defenders bodies. Opposing defenders have a tough time shedding his blocks. Lentz is at his best in a small area and has a road grading attitude.

The number one downside to Lentz is mobility. He often struggles in space, has trouble locating proper blocks on the move, and doesn’t consistently reach the second level. He Will lunge at defenders and loses positioning too often. Not a natural knee bender and relies too much on his upper body. He doesn’t play with a strong lower base which will cause problems with bigger two gap tackles. He has limited upside.

Much like Adam Stenavich, Lentz will not offer value to a zone blocking team because of his lack of mobility. A power blocking team that won’t require him to play much in space will find value in him as a backup guard. As of right now, scouts are projecting him as a 7th round or free agent player.

NFL Comparison:
Grey Ruegamer-New York Giants
Artis Hicks-Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Compton-Jacksonville Jaguars

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