2006 Draft Preview: OG Kevin Boothe

Seahawks.NET's Scott Eklund finishes his look at the guards available in this year's NFL Draft by taking a look at a player from an Ivy League school -- not really the hotbed of NFL talent. Cornell's Kevin Boothe is a player moving up draft boards as the draft steadily approaches and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see him taken late on day one of the Draft.

5. Kevin Boothe, OG Cornell 6-4, 315 (5.4)

NFL Comparison – Vince Manuwai, Jacksonville Jaguars

Overview –

Raised his stock with an excellent week at the East-West Shrine Game. Is versatile enough to play tackle at the next level, but many project him as a guard in the NFL. A three-time All-Ivy League selection. Has a nasty attitude and finishes his blocks well. Boothe is a sleeper that is steadily moving his way up the draft boards.

Run-blocking –

Is an aggressive and powerful run-blocker that has the ability and attitude to finish blocks. Road-grader that may have trouble getting to the second level of the defense because of his lack of speed. Relatively quick and agile for a man his size.

Pass-blocking –

Packs a powerful initial punch and engulfs bull-rushers with his size. Long arms and quick feet allow him to mirror pass-rushers and keep them at bay. Lacks experience against top competition.

Roster impact on Seattle –

Boothe's lack of ideal competition is probably going to be a red-flag for some teams. The Hawks would be able to allow him to sit for a year while learning the system. He is an excellent pass-blocker already and that bodes well for his ability to fit into the Hawks' system.

Final Analysis –

Durability is the main concern with Boothe. He's had multiple hand and ankle injuries in high school and college. He's improved his strength and conditioning and scouts love his attitude and athleticism. Probably an early second day selection, but some have him projected at the end of the day one.

Best of the rest

6. Jason Spitz, C/OG Louisville 6-3, 313 (5.4)

Can play the pivot or guard at the next level. Great size and good speed. Very tough competitor. Uses his hands well and is a very good run blocker. Pass blocking isn't his strength, but he is smart and picks up stunts and blitzes well. Possible third round selection, but many have him projected as a fourth-rounder right now.

7. Will Allen, OG Texas 6-5, 320 (5.25)

Excels in pass-protection and has adequate speed and quickness to be a good run-blocker. Durability concerns make him a risk early, but teams have started to project him as a late day one or early day two selection.

8. Rob Sims, OG Ohio State 6-2, 320 (5.25)

Very quick feet and strong hands. Sims understands fundamentals and how to use angles when run-blocking. Works hard and finishes blocks. Concerns with Sims are his lack of agility and the fact that he is not in good shape. Has a lot of work to do. Earning fourth round grades at this point.

9. Adam Stenavich, OG Michigan 6-4, 315 (5.3)

Has good size and strength. Great body control, balance and impressive footwork. Efficient in pass-blocking, but can struggle in run-blocking against bigger interior defensive lineman. Has been a tackle at the college level, but projects as a guard in the NFL. Versatility will elevate his stock. Projected as an early day two selection.

10. Mark Setterstrom, OG Minnesota 6-3, 313 (5.43)

Very strong upper body and understands technique and how to use angles. Gets set quickly in pass-protection and picks up blitzes and stunts well. Doesn't possess a big frame and may not be able to add more bulk. Probably a solid backup for most teams considering him. Late day two projection at this point.

11. Tony Tella, OG Miami
12. Jahri Evans, OG Bloomsburg
13. Matt Lentz, OG Michigan
14. Robin Meadow, OG Washington
15. Rob Smith, OG Tennessee

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.

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