4. Arron Sears, G Tennessee 6-4,330 (5.4)
NFL Comparison - Floyd Womack, Seattle
Played left tackle while at Tennessee, but looks to be a much better guard or right tackle in the NFL. Isn't a great athlete, but handles his opponent, especially while run blocking. Was voted All-SEC by the AP and the conference coaches and has played every position but center. Started 24 games for the Volunteers and has fared well at each position. Isn't a great athlete, but contains his man and gets the job done.
Run Blocking -
Excels in this area, and can do it from any position. Has good power and uses his hands well. Plays with passion and can get to the second level. Has dominated at times, but needs to be more consistent, especially if he intends to play on the outside in the NFL.
Pass Blocking -
Didn't look as good on film, but had a very solid Senior Bowl. His one-on-one drills looked great against the elite players on the field making scouts wonder if he's really a right tackle. Doesn't have very good footwork and will have to get better in this area. Can be beaten by speed rushers, but so can a lot of players.
Draft Projection -
Sears' versatility, size and production will lead to him being higher than he should. His ability to play every position but center makes him one of the most versatile offensive lineman in the Draft and while he's a bit weak in pass pro, he has the ability to get better. I think he's a much better fit inside, but I'm sure many teams will wisely try him at right tackle first. Sears should be gone in Round 2.
Roster Impact for Seattle -
Again, his versatility is such a tremendous asset that there's no doubt he'd earn a roster spot with his ability at offensive tackle alone. But I think his size and strength make him an immediate starter at either guard position, and a solid backup at tackle.
Final Analysis -
If you want an offensive lineman that can do it all, Sears is your guy. His size and strength make him a monster in the running game and he has the potential to play on the outside if his feet get better. Sears should be a solid pro for years to come.
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