Finding Broncos: Scouting UCLA Offensive Tackle Conor McDermott

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel returns to break down an intriguing offensive tackle prospect from UCLA. But is Conor McDermott a Broncos fit?

Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, UCLA Bruins

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 307 pounds

Arms: 34-¾ inches

Hands: 11 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 5.18 seconds

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

Broad Jump: 105 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.52 seconds*

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.58 seconds*

* Top performer

Medical History





Athletic tackle who towers over others on the field. Experience in pro-style system. Generates enough pop on initial contact to stun defenders.

Can cut block effectively and consistently. Keeps his hands ready. Easy and quick kick slide.


No lower body strength. Plays too upright. Core strength isn’t close to what teams want. Bull rushers control McDermott from the start.

Low success rate with his punch. Doesn’t trust himself. Defenders beat him by getting into his body.


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McDermott has some tools to work with, but his ceiling is as a backup swing tackle. Coaches will have a lot of work cut out for them as they groom him.

Whichever team ends up with McDermott has to get him into the weight room early and get him in there often. He has no place in a power scheme.

Fit With The Broncos 

McDermott shouldn’t be put into a power scheme, or be used with power concepts. He works better when able to use his athleticism. The fact he can play in a power scheme should rule Denver out, who are switching to a predominately power scheme.

Draft Grade: Sixth round

Where He Goes: Fourth round

Insider's Take: Per source, McDermott, like many others in this class, will get over-drafted due to his height. However, McDermott doesn’t have the length some of these other tall guys have and has less to work with.  

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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