02. | SCHERFF, Brandon (OG) | Iowa | OT | rSr | 06:04.5 | 320 | 4.93Scherff was honored as the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, adding to his accolades with the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best interior lineman. The Hawkeyes’ reliance on their left tackle was evident, as he produced 14 touchdown-resulting blocks for a running game that scored 20 times in 2014. He also delivered 93 knockdowns and allowed just one sack for the year. Eyed by both Washington and Carolina to help solve their desperate needs for a punishing blocker up front, the Iowa prospect appears to have locked up a top-ten draft pick.
He’s equally effective as a drive blocker as he is in pass protection. His 4.93 speed is immediately noticed with his ease of movement and balance attacking edge rushers and riding his opponent away from the pocket.
Scherff has tight end-like knee bend and field awareness as a down field blocker and operating in the trenches, he is well-versed with his hand placement, along with doing an excellent job of delivering a strong punch to rock defenders back on their heels. He is also savvy enough to know how to grab on to his man’s jersey without being penalized. The Hawkeye uses his leg drive well to fire off the snap, showing good hip rotation and surge in short yardage situations. He can generate enough explosiveness to be effective on the short pull. His strength allows him to neutralize the defender’s charge and create movement. When he plays at a proper pad level, he shows the ability to sink his hips and use his lower body to explode into his man.
Scherff could also be utilized as an interior blocker, as he does a nice job of pulling and trapping, reaching and logging. He has the speed to cut off the linebackers when leading through the inside holes and looks very fluid, with good feet adjustment to make solid contact in the open. He is athletic and smooth when moving off the line and has the body control to execute blocks in space. He has very good athleticism to stay up and play the game on his feet. He is very capable of coming off the snap smoothly to pull, something teams require from a potential offensive guard candidate. He has better quickness out of his stance and a first step than any other draft eligible guard, even though he is a collegiate tackle. He also hits his targets well with intent to finish, along with very good agility to kick out or seal with high efficiency.
Scherff consistently gets placement and has the strength to grab and control. With his powerful hand punch, he can stymie a defender in an instant. When making contact, he will usually put the defenders up on their heels. He can generate very good power to shock and jolt when he gets his hands into the defender’s chest. He has improved greatly his recoil and recovery quickness (his hand speed could see him eventually shift to guard or center). His powerful short punch is a dangerous weapon when working in-line.
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07 | OGBUEHI, Cedric (OG) | Texas A&M | OT | rSr | 06:05.0 | 300 | 4.98Prior to the 2014 season, Ogbuehi was a favorite to possibly be the top overall pick in the draft. It’s not like he had a bad senior campaign, but it is obvious that he was pulling a “Jadeveon Clowney” and just going through the paces. Some scouts thought that he was “playing it safe” so he would not get hurt and affect his draft stock. He would have still been a first round talent if he had shown a much more determined attitude during the bowl season and then actually attended the Senior Bowl (rumors had circulating he was going to sit the game out) to upgrade his draft status, but he suffered a knee anterior cruciate tear in the Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia that will require surgery and keep him sidelined until at least the start of NFL training camp (some fear it could see him a PUP candidate for the entire year). The poor play in 2014, combined with the injury will certainly see Scherff and Stanley steamroll over him on the tackle draft pecking order board, along with being overtaken by Stanford’s Andrus Peat. The Rams still have interest in the Aggie and could take him after the opening round.
Hopefully, when he is healthy and reaches the pro ranks, he can reignite the fire he showed in 2013. That year, he showed excellent balance and change of direction flexibility, along with outstanding acceleration when working into the second level. Generally, he plays on his feet well, thanks to superb balance and shows the body control to play and adjust in space and pick up blocks on the move down field. He can slide and readjust to mirror edge rushers in pass protection and also displays the lower body flexibility to drop his pads and anchor firmly vs. stunts and the bull rush. However, in 2014, he struggled with his hand placement and took too many passive swipes rather than punch with authority. Too often, he left his chest exposed, leading to defenders walking him back in the pocket, as he would counter by leaning into the opponent instead of anchoring to sustain (allowed four sacks and seven pressures in 2014).
Ogbuehi is a bit slow with his kick slide at times, and on others, he seems to rush his retreat, which sees quite a few edge rushers just loop around him to pressure the pocket. With his athletic ability, you would hope that he would stay with his blocks longer. He will finish once engaged, but he does not play with great strength or leverage. He can move his feet and swing his hips to position and wall off, but would be even better if he can develop an aggressive nature. His problems occur because he has a tendency to play high in his stance, as this affects his equilibrium as the game progresses. Despite good timed speed, Ogbuehi appears a bit lethargic coming off the snap at times. He does not show the suddenness moving in space and would much rather use his reach to keep defenders at bay rather than fire off the snap and attack with aggression.
The Aggie has quick hands, but lacks much impact with his punch. With his athletic frame and long arms, you would expect him to be quicker getting into position and stay on his blocks longer (more of a one-punch type). He is not the type that will stalk into the second level, or come off the snap with true aggression (seems to go through the motions). He has good lower body thickness, but does not display the strong anchor to handle bull rushers. He is just too inconsistent trying to finish, as his anchor can’t generate the power needed to sustain. With his hip snap, he should be jolting defenders to get movement, but he loses quite a bit of his effectiveness by playing high in his stance.
08 | PEAT, Andrus | Stanford | OT | Jr | 06:06.1 | 312 | 5.28Stanford’s starting offensive line is comprised entirely of juniors, each of whom are part of a recruiting class that was heralded as one of college football’s all-time best at that position. Peat, a consensus preseason All-American, struggled a bit early in the season and his balance issues saw the team struggle to protect the pocket, as Kevin Hogan had his worst season passing for the Cardinal. Peat was charged with four of the front wall’s 22 sacks, as they saw Hogan get dropped in all but the California clash. As a drive blocker, Peat posted 11 touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game (team scored 18 times rushing), as he delivered 76 knockdowns during the regular season. Before the 2014 campaign, the offense had improved from 174.3 yards per game and a total of 23 touchdowns rushing in 2012 to 207.4 yards and 30 scores in 2013 with Peat manning the demanding left tackle spot, where he delivered 20 touchdown-resulting blocks and 123 knockdowns.
The son of former Cardinals and Raiders offensive lineman, Todd Peat, Andrus’ frame is still filling out, but he has massive thigh and calf thickness, long arms, very active hands with a bone-jarring punch. For a big player, he is light on his feet, doing a nice job of mirroring edge rushers, but he does get a bit impatient in his pass set, tending to lunge rather than let the bull rusher come to him when trying to counter inside moves. When he strikes, he does so with a strong hand punch, but he will lose balance on the move (will cross his feet) and has to keep his hands inside his frame with better consistency, as he is prone to overextending. Carolina could be a possibly residence for Peat next year, but the Steelers could also make a run at the Cardinal, if he slips into the mid-first round picture.
14 | SAMBRAILO, Tyler | Colorado State | OT | Sr | 06:05.2 | 317 | 5.27The Rams left tackle is starting to garner first round draft status, as he’s averaged 90% for blocking consistency through 41 career starts. He’s made a rapid climb on those charts since returning from early season injury issues, having played just the first five minutes in the opener vs. Colorado and sitting out vs. Boston College due to a knee sprain. Since his return, he’s recorded 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and 50 knockdowns through nine contests. A vastly underrated talent, Sambrailo graded 89% for blocking consistency and delivered 36 pancake blocks in 2013. He has a tall frame that makes him look leaner than he actually is, but possesses good overall muscle definition, long arms and large hands. He plays with a good base, moving his feet well to stay off the ground and get out in front on traps and pulls. He is a mauler who uses his size to take over blocks and when he stays low in his pads, he can lock on and grind out getting off the snap. He comes off the snap with his back flat, but must do a better job of rolling his hips (his hips are loose, but he just lacks technique).
15 | CANN, A.J. (OC) | South Carolina | OG | Sr | 06:03.1 | 318 | 5.18Cann might go down as the most complete offensive lineman ever produced during Steve Spurrier’s college coaching days. The three-year starter at left guard had his finest season to date in 2014, as the two-time team captain and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice added All-American honors after he delivered 13 touchdown-resulting blocks and 107 knockdowns as a senior. Even with all of his experience as a guard, his incredible field smarts, enough to have called blocking assignments for the team since his sophomore year, could see him shift inside to center at the next level. He has excellent athletic ability, displaying good initial explosion off the line. He is very nimble in the open field, as he gets out on traps and pulls in a hurry, maintaining balance throughout his stride. With his ability to engage defenders in an instant coming off the snap, he might be a better center candidate at the next level, once he gains experience. He shows impressive agility and balance on the move and has the change of direction flexibility to redirect and clear cut back lanes working into the second level. Cann, just the second player in school history to start 50 games for the Gamecocks, is likely to be the first guard selected in the draft. The Patriots are looking for a quality interior blocker and Green Bay and Arizona are also looking for line upgrades early in the draft.
17 | ERVING, Cameron (OG) | Florida State | OT | rSr | 06:05.2 | 304 | 5.16It does not matter where you play Erving, just as long as you have him as one of your eleven guys on the field. While others in this draft class have garnered more attention, if Erving is not the “Perfect Patriot” on draft day, somebody either took a wide receiver for New England or locked Bill Belichick in a closet on draft day. The back-to-back winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Jacobs Blocking Trophy, he is just the fourth FSU player to win the award multiple times. The left tackle at the start of the 2014 campaign, he made the first start of his career at center vs. Miami, helping FSU put up 419 yards of offense and was named ACC Player of the Week for his performance vs. Louisville. He’s recorded 79 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks, to date. Impressive numbers for a player who was actually recruited as a defensive tackle before growing into the league’s top blocker. It has been two years since any opponent has recorded a sack vs. Erving, twice shutting down Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley (no tackles or sacks combined for both contests). He has the best kick slide of any of the top-rated offensive tackles and you can see in his lateral movement why he has so much success on scoop, fold and second level blocks. When he fires off the snap, he will consistently drive his man off the ball and shows very good in-line body control and agility, demonstrating a quick kick slide in pass protection.
18 | DISMUKES, Leland (OG) | Auburn | OC | Sr | 06:03.1 | 296 | 5.27The favorite to win the Rimington Award (nation’s best center) and a finalist for the Outland Trophy, Dismukes goes by the name Reese, among his teammates, but in deference to his mother, his legal name is listed above. By any name, he is a quality snapper with excellent drive blocking skills, but with his short arms (31 ½-inch length), using him as a tackle or guard at the next level is not an option. Still, this zone blocker is very alert to stunts, twists and blitzes. Do not let his adequate size fool you – he is a tough hombre in the Olin Kruetz (ex-Bears) mold. The 2013 Rimington Award finalist posted 124 knockdowns and led all major college centers with a 90% grade for blocking consistency last season, followed by twelve touchdown-resulting blocks and an even 100 knockdowns this year to earn consensus All-American recognition. He plays on his feet well and has the first step needed to chip and seal the linebackers shooting the gaps. He has the upper body strength to neutralize the bull rush and good balance along with proper hand placement, as he is quick to recoil and reset his hands. He has a very good feel for taking angles and comes off the snap low and with a wide base, doing a nice job of maintaining the rush lanes. He’s started every game (49) at Auburn, the second-highest total in school history.
22 | CLEMMINGS, Trevor “TJ” | Pittsburgh | OT | Sr | 06:04.4 | 313 | 5.14While left tackle is regarded as football’s “glamour” position on the front wall, you have to be impressed with the numbers that Clemmings produced this season at right tackle – 20 touchdown-resulting blocks to go with 79 knock-downs. Outside of having fits trying to contain Virginia Tech’s speed rusher Dadi Nicolas, the two-year offensive player earned winning grades for blocking consistency in each of the other eleven contests. He did not begin playing football until his high school junior season, then, saw action in eight games as a reserve defensive end before the Pitt coaches shifted him to the offensive line in 2013. That year, he responded with 66 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks. Even with just two seasons as a starter under his belt, he displays very good overall awareness, showing a clear understanding of his assignments. He does a better-than-average job of picking up blitzes and stunts. He seems sluggish at times establishing his pass pro set and is at his best in shorter sets when he can lock on to defenders and ride them wide. He Is technically sound in the run game and can be very efficient when working in limited space. He’s still inconsistent with his hand placement, but when he keeps them inside his frame, he gets very good success trying to steer and sustain. With his large wingspan, he’s become a highly efficient reach blocker and if he keeps those hands active, he has no problem fending defenders off his chest plate.
27 | DRANGO, Spencer (OG) | Baylor | OT | rJr | 06:04.5 | 315 | 5.10The chances for this left tackle returning to school next year hinges on whether he receives a second round or better grade back from the NFL Advisory Board before underclassmen need to declare. Playing alongside left guard Cyril Richardson as a sophomore helped Drango improve his combo blocking technique. Now, with 34 career starts under his belt, the Outland Trophy semi-finalist received All-American honors in 2014, as he allowed just one sack while posting 16 touchdown-resulting blocks and 31 knockdowns to earn an 88.7% grade for blocking consistency during the regular season. That performance eased concerns by the Bears coaches, as they were wondering how he would fare this season after he missed the final four 2013 games to undergo back surgery. He has proven that he is not only fully recovered, but that he would go on to stake claim to being the elite blocker in the Big Twelve Conference ranks. For a player of his size, he does a great job of surprising the defender with his quick burst off the snap. He stays low in his pads with arms properly extended to gain advantage and comes off the line with strong leg drive. He shows very good overall quick twitch moves out of his stance, both on run and pass plays. He also possesses the nimble feet and stride to gain position and get to his reach point in pass protection.
28 | MATIAS, Josue | Florida State | OG | Sr | 06:04.5 | 328 | 5.28The “big boys” continue to fill up our power ratings charts, and for good reason – the blocking in the NCAA this season has scouts acting like giddy little school kids hoping that their team lands a few of these behemoths to man the trenches. Led by Matias, the FSU offensive line will lose five players to the NFL next year, with the left guard joining center/left tackle Cameron Erving and right guard Tre’ Jackson as projected early round draftees. Matias boasts 42 career starts for the Seminoles, but it was his work in the trenches this season that often bailed the offense out when they stumbled their way to an undefeated regular season. Playing at a steady clip that has produced an 89% grade for blocking consistency in 2014, Matias cleared out rush lanes for ten of the team’s rushing touchdowns. He is a big body type with good arm length, large and strong hands, and a big bubble. He displays the functional initial quickness off the snap to gain advantage and good pop and explosion on contact (must sink his pads to be effective, though). He is a very good position blocker who uses his natural leverage to sustain blocks and while he might be a plodder, he shows the ability to get a good fit and drive the defender off the ball. His leg drive gets him good success to work for position. He is better on the short pull to the front side than when working as a trap blocker off tackle. In the run game, he is a good technician who comes off the ball to position and play with good leverage and hand usage. Clevaland and Kansas City are looking for upgrades at guard. Both team will use the second round to shore up their lines.
29 | ALEXANDER, Vadal | Louisiana State | OG | Jr | 06:05.2 | 342 | 5.46No team has been hard-hit by underclassmen defecting the program for the pro ranks like LSU, and the 2014 roster is expected to have a handful of juniors declaring for the draft. None of them has the ability to sneak into the first round, save for their left guard. Alexander teams with tackle La’el Collins, a certain first rounder, on that side of the line, and that tandem were responsible for 20-of-23 touchdowns recorded by the Tigers ground unit. He graded over 85% for blocking consistency and boasts 69 knockdowns for the regular season. Most scouts that saw this duo in action agree that there might not be a better blocking tandem in college than Collins and Alexander. The junior left guard was relied upon to pave the way for a unit that put much greater emphasis on the running game than in 2013 (team ran for an average of 219.5 yards rushing per game, but just 163.9 yards passing in 2014, compared to 251.0 aerial yards and 202.3 rushing yards in 2013). He possesses an enormous frame and is thickly built and while his top-end speed is below average for the position, he can dominate as a run blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. He also provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. He has the “big mitts” to latch on and stays on his opponent to make sure the defender has no chance to regroup and get back into the play. He is a very good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside, as he can physically remove the defender from the hole. The thing you see on film is that Alexander looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level, always showing good effort downfield. He has good body control and straight-line speed for a player of his size and can easily re-adjust in space to hit the linebacker. The Giants and Eagles are looking for fresh blood at guard. Selections by either team will likely be in the second round.
30 | FLOWERS, Ereck | Miami | OT | Jr | 06:05.1 | 315 | 5.26After starting four games at right tackle as a true freshman, Flowers shifted to the left side, where he’s started every game he’s played in for the Hurricanes during his last two seasons (sat out the 2014 North Carolina clash), despite playing most of this year with nagging knee issues. Scouts feel that the junior is developing into the finest blocker the school has produced since Bryant McKinnie in 2001. Tailback Duke Johnson’s 1,542 yards this season was a major result of Flowers clearing out the rush lanes, as he recorded eight touchdown-resulting blocks with Johnson trailing the blocker (tailback scored ten times this season). Flowers has an explosive burst off the snap and the functional speed needed to get into the second level. He is an aggressive blocker with above average strength and still developing more power. He is very flexible and plays flat-footed, showing no problems redirecting. He demonstrates above average agility in his kick slide, doing a nice job of sinking his hips, dropping his weight and bending his knees while generating enough strength to anchor. His suddenness off the ball allows him to create and hold open the rush lanes. Look for the Panthers and Denver to continue their “due diligence” in gathering information on Flowers, as many scouts feel if his medical records come back clean, he will not be on the draft board after the second round.
32 | KOUANDJIO, Arie-Manuel | Alabama (OT) | OG | rSr | 06:04.6 | 326 | 5.28The Tide features a front wall that could see at least five blockers playing in the NFL next season. While Kouandjio does not come with the “press clippings” that younger brother, 2013 Alabama left tackle, Cyrus, but the versatile linemen decides to stay in school to hone his blocking technique in 2014. Kouandjio did not allow any sacks since making his debut vs. Penn State in 2011. The Tide left guard might have to move to tackle at the pro level, as he shows decent initial quickness and has the ability to change direction, but is very slow-footed when having to work into the second level. He has good body control and balance when stationary, generating good pop coming straight out of his stance and into the defender’s body. With his strong base, few opponents have had any success in pushing him back into the pocket and he is quick to counter the bull rush by generating a bone-jarring hand punch. Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Cleveland are all looking for a big body at left tackle. The Bills are hoping that the Tide blocker slides to the third round, as they hope to reunite the brothers in upstate New York next season.
34 | TURNER, Landon | North Carolina | OG | rJr | 06:04.1 | 320 | 5.32Still regarded as one of the elite drive blockers in college, the 2014 season was not the All-American type of campaign everybody expected Turner to produce. The junior right guard delivered twelve touchdown-resulting blocks, but pass protection was lacking by the front wall, as the UNC offensive line yielded 27 sacks and 42 pressures for an offense that generated 21 turnovers and were charged with three safeties. Since taking over right guard duties from an injured Brennan Williams during the last four games of the 2012 schedule, Turner has averaged slightly over ten (10.12) knock-downs per game through his next 28 starting assignments. He has great strength and leg drive to run through defenders and open rush lanes. His frame is also an asset when he is asked to create movement off the snap, as he comes out of his stance with explosion and active hands to stall the bull rush. He also does a nice job shuffling his feet and protecting the inside when working with his offensive tackle to prevent inside penetration. He has more of a retreat than a fluid kick slide in pass protection, but can cut off the rushers when he keeps his pad level down. Where he got into trouble this year was his inconsistency on traps and pulls. There were times when he struggled to redirect and looks sluggish when having to move laterally. He did do a better job of angling into the second level and improve his running stride, but there were times that he lumbered in the open field and was on the ground quite a bit in space (narrow base and trips over his feet). He has the instincts to locate second level targets, but when he plays tall, he leaves his feet some in attempts to make contact. While he has yet to decide whether to enter the 2015 draft, if he does, teams like the Eagles, Giants, Cleveland and Kansas City will all be on the prowl for a physical guard in the second/third round picture.
51 | JACKSON, Martrevius”Tre” | Florida State | OG | Sr | 06:03.5 | 337 | 5.38The Seminoles will need to replace at least four starters on their offensive line who will be playing in the NFL next season. Cameron Erving and Jackson rank with the best in the draft class at their respective positions, with the right guard receiving All-American honors. Named one of six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy, he was selected Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week three times this season – vs. North Carolina State, Syracuse and Notre Dame. He recorded the top blocking consistency grade among the FSU linemen in nine of 12 games this season, posting an 87.0 percent average with twelve touchdown-resulting blocks. While left tackle Cameron Erving has been hailed for his ability to seal the outside and protect the pocket, many feel that Jackson’s pulling skills and drive blocking were equally important in FSU’s title march. You will find few to argue the fact that at close to 340 pounds, Tre’ moves like a fullback exploding off the snap to widen rush lanes. He has long, well-developed arms and strong hands to shock and jolt on contact. He has the quickness to make reach blocks and knows how to use his size and power to create space and finish blocks. He is quick to get his hands up and push the defender off the line to maintain the rush lane and flashes excellent upper body power to move people out.
52 | #FISHER, Jacob | Oregon | OT | Sr | 06:06.2 | 300 | 5.22The Oregon offensive line has been sorely depleted by injuries that cost the team four of their projected starters at one point. Couple that with a sluggish start to the season by 2013 All-American center Hroniss Grasu and you have to be impressed that the Ducks still managed to score 33 times on the ground behind a running unit that averaged 232.0 yards per game. One of the main reasons was the steady play of their left tackle, who delivered 17 touchdown-resulting blocks and 90 knockdowns to guide the team to an 11-0 record with Fisher in the lineup. The former right tackle took over duties on the left side this season and is regarded as the team’s fastest blocker. With a highly mobile quarterback in Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, Ducks blockers need to have above average foot speed and lateral agility to provide protection for a passer often on the move. Fisher is also very versatile, having started 22 games at right tackle during the 2012-13 schedules. He originally joined the program as a guard. He lacks consistent explosion and drive off the ball, but has good balance and ability to stay on his feet after contact. He flashes a strong hand punch, but while he keeps good position, he needs to add more power in order to drive block with consistency (tries to run his feet, but needs to improve lower strength). In the run game, he stays low in his pads and uses his long arms to get movement and root out the defender. He is very good at reading and reacting to the action in front of him. His foot agility allows him to slide, adjust and maintain position on his man in the short area. He is not the most fluid runner working in space, but has improved his flexibility, body control and sink-ability.
56 | HICKEY, Sean | Syracuse | OT | rSr | 06:05.0 | 300 | 5.09The team’s 3-9 record deprives scouts of seeing Hickey play during the bowl season, but there was little that the left tackle could do about the team’s record that was the result of injuries wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield. He was heavily relied upon by that feeble offense, as he recorded nine touchdown-resulting blocks (team ran for 12 scores) and cleared the way for 1,124 of the 1,742 yards generated by the running corps. He anchored a line that has blocked for four different rushers who have combined for five 100-yard rushing games, boasting 38 consecutive starting assignments to close out his career. One of the strongest athletes in this draft class, he holds the school record by bench pressing 225 pounds 41 times and is the team’s fastest offensive lineman in ten years, timing at 5.09 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Hickey has good foot quickness and flexibility, doing a nice job of moving in the open. He is very effective adjusting on linebackers in the second level and has above average change of direction agility. He might get a bit straight-legged at times, but is rarely late off the snap. He knows how to use his initial burst to position and leverage, and also generates quickness working in space when pulling. The thing you see on film is Hickey’s ability on the backside to scoop and cut off. He looks sharp when uncoiling after the snap and is hardly ever in a position of disadvantage. He is very effective at reaching and sealing seven-techs and has the kick slide to prevent the pass rushers from beating him off the edge.
57 | CLARK, Le’Raven (OG) | Texas Tech | OT | rJr | 06:04.5 | 320 | 5.06With Clark leading the way from his customary left tackle position, the Red Raiders offensive line’s improvements aren’t limited to their actions in the running game this season. Despite compiling a 4-8 record, over a span of six games, the unit allowed only five sacks, the fewest by Tech’s offensive line through six games since giving up just one in that span in 2008. Line coach Lee Hays said Clark, a preseason Lombardi and Outland Trophy watch list candidate, really stepped up this year and has not only added maturity to the unit, but has provided excellent leadership for a young team. Clark has started every since first suiting up for Tech in 2012. He boasts 100 knockdowns this season, chipping in with eleven touch-down-resulting blocks. Clark has quick, nimble feet with good balance and body control playing in the trenches (struggles playing in space). He moves well going forward off the snap and does a nice job of using his frame to pinch the defenders back inside. When he stays low in his pads, he can fire low off the snap with good explosion to gain instant advantage. While not explosive, he is rarely late off the line and is quick to make contact and impact the defender. With those long arms and strong hands, he is very good at gaining advantage on a defender when he flashes suddenness coming off the ball. With a good get-off and proper hand technique, it should put him in the right place to make the block most of the time.
60 | GALLIK, Andrew | Boston College | OC | Sr | 06:02.3 | 301 | 5.25The Rimington Trophy finalist, two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team and 2014 All-American first-team pick made a tremendous impression on scouts this year, jumping up to the second spot at his position on most team draft boards (Auburn’s Reese Dismukes is first). After delivering 14 touchdown-resulting blocks with 73 knockdowns as a junior, the Eagles team captain compiled 112 knockdowns and 19 touchdown-resulting blocks this season, as QB Troy Murphy accounted for 1,079 yards rushing, gaining 751 of those yards behind his center. A model of consistency, his lowest blocking consistency grade during his last 25 games was 85%. The thing you notice on game film is Gallik’s explosive burst coming off the snap, staying at a good pad level. He makes a thud crashing into his man upon contact and consistently stays on his feet. He executes quick adjustments on the move and does a nice job of positioning. He has that hunger you look for in a trap blocker, as he consistently shows determination to hunt down defenders in space. Gallik has good explosion off the ball. When he gets to high in his stance, he can be pushed back, but the Eagle is quick to maintain balance and control. He has good size and above average strength, doing a nice job of using leverage, positioning and technique to match up. He has decent feet and short area quickness, along with the lateral quickness to slide and mirror in pass protection. The senior is very effective at picking up stunts and has good pop and punch, but needs to be more consistent shooting his hands inside his frame (will take some wild swipes). He is at his best when he is uncovered and takes good angles to his blocks. He shows the quickness to reach block and works well with his guards to neutralize the linebackers. He does a good job pulling on trap plays and screens, as he has the speed to easily mirror defenders.
61 | HEGARTY, Matthew | Notre Dame | OG | rJr | 06:04.5 | 300 | 5.02What intrigues the teams the most about Hegarty is his versatility- as he’s started previously at right guard, has garnered playing time at left guard and beat out Nick Martin to take over center duties this year. Old timers see a lot of former Steeler Jeff Hartings in his game, as Hegarty works well on combo blocks with his guards, along with showing good success in one-on-one battles with a defender on his side. He has the lower body strength to anchor and stave off the bigger, more physical nose guard over his head. He does a nice job of hunkering down in his pads more, as his low center of gravity aids him greatly in gaining leverage. He stays firmly in front of nose guards and is very active with his hands to handle stunts and twists. While he will not be confused for being a road grader, when he bends at the knees, he generates more than enough functional strength to stave off the bull rush. With his improved leg drive this season, he has had success in gaining movement and on screens, he shows very good angle concept. To date, he’s posted 70 knockdowns and 11 touchdown-resulting blocks. For a zone blocking line, look for Hegarty to be used as a swingman, but the Saints seem to be doing due diligence on him and other elite centers, as they need a drastic upgrade at the pivot next year.
65 | ROBINSON, Corey (OG) | South Carolina | OT | rSr | 06:07.4 | 341 | 5.36Entering the season, Robinson was making a serious push to be considered first round draft material. He did not have a bad season, in fact, he was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after registered 11 knockdowns vs. Georgia, but he might be a better fit inside, as he struggled vs. the speed rush (allowed five sacks), but he did collected 109 knockdowns with ten touchdown-resulting blocks in 2014. What makes him a better fit inside is that he’s no “dancing bear” at 340-plus pounds and if beaten off the edge, he has no recovery quickness to get back into the play. Along with guard/center A.J. Cann, Robinson gives tailback Mike Davis an outstanding pair of trap blockers for the SC backfield to operate behind. The massive mauler was “just a guy” until he emerged during 2013 fall camp to win the left tackle job. Practicing vs. Jadeveon Clowney every day in practice was perhaps the spark the former defensive tackle needed to put it all together – to the tune of twenty touchdown-resulting blocks and 120 knockdowns last season. Even at his size, he is a gifted athlete who consistently plays on his feet. He shows above average strength to maintain his anchor and is only on the ground when he overextends and lunges at the pass rushers. He’s ideally suited to be a top-notch drive blocker, as he might not be explosive off the snap, but does a very good job of widening the rush lanes and keeps his head on a swivel attacking second level opponents.
69 | HARRISON, Jarvis | Texas A&M | OG | Sr | 06:02.5 | 325 | 5.27The Aggies have sent a pair of early first round offensive tackles to the NFL in the last two drafts (Jake Matthews to Atlanta with the fifth pick in 2014; Luke Joeckel to the Jaguars with 2013’s second choice), but that won’t be the case for any of their front wall blockers this year. However, teams still feel that Harrison has NFL-caliber ability and should be with an NFL team by the mid-rounds. While playing left guard for the Aggies last year, Harrison was bothered by a late season shoulder injury that required surgery after the season. He also suffered a calf injury vs. Duke in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl that would sideline him throughout preseason camps. He did not return to action until the fourth game on the 2014 schedule, but shifted to left tackle after losing his left guard job while out of action. The coaches had planned to have him compete for a starting job anyway, as they became frustrated with his lack of fire and by going through the motions too often as a junior. Harrison is more of a positional run blocker, moving his feet to put himself between the defender and the ball. He does a good job attempting to punch his man in the numbers on traps and pulls, but doesn’t move his feet to sustain the block. In goal-line and short-yardage situations, he gets low and drives forward, and even though he has just average foot quickness moving down the line, he adjusts to oncoming defenders while in motion and gets a hand on hustling linemen to prevent them from getting to the ball.
74 | THOMPSON, Tyrus | Oklahoma | OT | rSr | 06:04.4 | 320 | 5.08In 28 starting assignments, Thompson lined up with the first unit in each of his finaol 26 starts at left tackle. His first two starting assignments came on the right side during his sophomore season. Even though the offense struggled a bit due to injuries in the backfield, Thompson made 12 touchdown-resulting blocks and 79 knockdowns during the 2014 regular season. Thompson joined Daryl Williams in forming one of the top tackle tandems in the major college ranks, as they were hailed as the best bookends in the Big Twelve Conference. The senior carries on the Sooners tradition of producing cat-quick left tackles, a requirement for protecting the quarterback’s blind side. While Williams is more of a finesse-type, Thompson is a power-oriented blocker who has developed an aggressive nature. He is very smooth and sudden coming out of his stance and has above average lateral range. He maintains balance on the move and is very fluid when having to redirect and recover working in-line.
75 | FINNEY, Benjamin “B.J.” | Kansas State | OC | rSr | 06:03.5 | 303 | 5.18KSU always prides itself on having lunch-pail type blockers on their front wall. Finney, a three-year starter and team captain recently became just the second player in school history to receive All-Big Twelve Conference honors four times. He is also the first offensive lineman in school history and fifth player overall to be voted a team captain three times, boasting a string of 50 starting assignments at center. This season, he delivered 12 touchdown-resulting blocks and 84 knockdowns to help the Wildcats rank in the top 30 nationally in 13 offensive categories, including third down conversions (18th; 46.5), time of possession (16th; 32:18) and scoring offense (21st; 36.6). Unwanted coming out of high school, Finney walked on at KSU. The three-time Rimington Award candidate has a solidly-built frame with room to add at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss of quickness. He has good strength and explosive hands to lock on and sustain, along with showing the sudden burst off the snap to establish leverage and position. He stays square in his base and has good lateral agility, doing a nice job in staying centered with his balance to generate good upper body power to pop and shock defenders.
78 | POUTASI, Jeremiah (OG) | Utah | OT | Jr | 06:05.5 | 322 | 5.29Like Devin Smith, Poutasi might have “flown under the radar” where the media is concerned, but many scouts feel that the Utah left tackle might just move into the top two rounds, if he performs well in private workouts back on campus leading up to the draft. Ever since he arrived on campus, the Las Vegas native has dominated, starting 11 games in 2012 to record eight touchdown-resulting blocks on the way to earning All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention. In 2013, he started every game, alternating between left tackle and guard, as he produced 45 knockdowns. Named a team co-captain for 2014, he allowed just three sacks while registering 16 touchdown-resulting blocks to garner second-team All-Pac 12 accolades.
Poutasi has good straight-line speed and upper body strength to lock on and sustain, but struggles when asked to change direction, he lacks flexibility in his hips to smoothly redirect. He is more of the type who waits for the defender to come into his body rather than fire off the snap to generate contact, but he uses his size well to cover up the defender working on the line. He uses his hand placement to lock on and sustain and knows how to utilize his body mass to occupy space and gain advantage.
The Utes junior flashes good hand strength in his surge off the ball and has the leg drive to push the pile. He might lack ideal hip roll, but his lower body power lets him drive people off the ball and he knows how to use his frame to occupy and wall off the defender. Once he gets his hands on an opponent, the battle is quickly over.
Poutasi is very good at creating and sustaining a rush lane, but lacks balance and foot speed to be effective leading blocks into the second level. He has the hand strength and explosion to finish consistently when allowed to stay at the line of scrimmage. He is a physical drive blocker with the reach to keep defenders off his body. He is not going to mirror moves with his feet when operating in space, lacking ideal hip snap, but is a powerful straight-line blocker.
Poutasi consistently shocks and jolts the pass rusher coming off the snap. He uses his strength and size to lock on, steer and wall off the opponent. He did a very good job of showing patience in 2014, letting the defender attack him rather than try to lunge into the blocks (would fall off too much doing this). On the move, he is prone to taking false steps and crossing his feet, causing him to lose balance. However, on the line, he plays with a wide base and shows alertness, making it hard for the bull rusher to push him back.
79 | SMITH, Donovan | Penn State | OT | rJr | 06:04.5 | 322 | 5.12Even though he started in each of his three seasons at State College, few scouts expected Smith to declare for the 2015 draft. The left tackle has had a few “dings” that prevented him from playing an entire schedule, though – missing two contests due to a high ankle sprain in 2012, but he did earn nine starting assignments at left tackle. In 2013, he started eleven times, posting 12 touchdown-resulting blocks on the way to receiving All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention. The new coaching staff refused to reveal the reason an injured Smith did not play vs. Maryland and Indiana, but he managed to record 51 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks during his 11 2014 appearances.
Smith has the valid balance and agility needed to consistently play on his feet. He shows some explosion coming off the snap and is fluid with his lateral slide. While he plays on his feet, he labors when having to move in space. The Nittany Lion has a better straight-ahead burst than when moving laterally. He looks a little stiff redirecting to his right (better flowing left) and is best working at the line of scrimmage, making him a possible better fit as a guard.
Smith follows through with his hand punch and is quick to get his hands placed in front to lock on and steer. His outstanding punch works better when he leaves the ground to deliver. One thing you notice on film is that he’s very physical in his play. He does a good job of getting his body positioned to lean into the defender, knowing how to torque his body and push with his shoulders or grab with his hands to steer. He also shows the strength to finish his blocks, having recently recorded a 400-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat. When working in space, he will struggle to redirect. When he hits his landmarks, he is explosive. Sometimes, he will overextend and lose body position, but is athletic enough to recover.
80 | GORDON, Dillon (OT) | Louisiana State | TE | Jr | 06:04.1 | 296 | 4.74The junior has yet to declare for the draft, but if he does, he will have to realize that he might be asked to change positions. Blessed with impressive speed for a player his size, his size is the reason scouts think that he will be groomed to play on the offensive line at the next level. He’s started 25 games since joining the LSU varsity in 2012, but as a pass catcher, his only production came when he pulled down six balls for 88 yards in 2013.
Gordon will consistently position and wall off the defender, showing above average leg drive and lateral agility to sustain when blocking in-line. He faces up with size and power when blocking down field. He will stalk, wall off and finish with lots of power behind his hand jolt. He seems to be a punishing blocker on the move and might be a better fit as an offensive lineman at the next level.
Even though he has had limited opportunities as a pass catcher, Gordon releases cleanly off the line, using his size and reach to keep defenders at bay. He is very active with his hands and has the power to run through the jam. He has good eyes reading the zone and does a nice job of sitting down in the soft spots. He shows only adequate foot speed in his route. While he does not have a sudden burst on his release, he runs with a normal stride once he gets into his patterns.
81 | RIGSBEE, Jordan (OC) | California | OG | rJr | 06:03.6 | 310 | 5.32Rated one of the top 25 incoming freshmen in 2011, a 9-27 record during Rigsbee’s three seasons with the Cal Bears could see him make the decision to enter the pro ranks in 2015 rather than return to college. Coached by his father, Craig, at Pleasant Valley HS, Craig is currently the director of athletics at Butte College. The red-shirt junior eased into the starting lineup at left guard for four games and then to center for eight more to earn his first varsity letter in 2012, playing alongside his brother, Tyler, the left tackle, on the Cal front wall. He was one of only four Cal players to start every game in 2013, posting nine touchdown-resulting blocks and 80 knockdowns from the left guard slot.
One of the few bright spots on the 1-11 team last year, Rigsbee can shift his weight effortlessly and his hips allow him to explode into defenders on contact. As a junior, he shifted to right tackle, adding 75 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks to help the team improve to a 5-7 record after finishing 1-11 the previous season.
Rigsbee is a good athlete with above average quickness, agility and body control. He is a versatile athlete who can play a variety of roles on the line, but might be best suited inside, where his hand placement, quickness and kick slide could be more valuable. He shows good aggression and consistency in his play and has functional strength. He also demonstrates good feet and balance.
Rigsbee shows the ability to be quick out of stance and into the defender. He has a good initial step to gain advantage and very good hip strike and suddenness (rarely late at the X’s). He plays with a solid base with good lateral quickness in the short areas. He has the balance and feet to slide and shuffle with effectiveness. He does a good job of picking up stunts, but will sometimes overextend, lunge and lose his balance. He plays with good base, balance and body control when working in space.
The Cal Bear is effective at changing direction, but needs to do a better job of seeking out secondary targets on the move. He can generate good pop in his explosion off the ball and shows the leg drive needed to work and finish. The thing I like about him here is his ability to roll his hips on blocks, as it helps him generate more pop and explosion.
He shows good ability to wall off and screen, thanks to rolling his hips on contact. He does a good job pulling to trap block, as he knows how to stay low to get movement. He can sometimes get a little too high in his stance, which results in him getting pushed back through the holes he tries to develop for the running back. When he keeps his back flat, knees bent and shows flexibility in his ankles, he can do an effective job of mauling defenders at the line.
82 | THEUS, John | Georgia | OT | Jr | 06:05.5 | 313 | 5.28The Bulldogs have traditionally joined LSU and Alabama in flooding the draft with underclassmen and with the expected staff changes occurring on campus, the left tackle might be the next Georgia starter to declare for the 2015 draft. An impressive athlete who was a standout track performer during his prep days, Theus has had the pleasure of joining the organization and playing on the team with his older brother, Nathan, the last three years. Nathan handles snapping duties for the Bulldogs.
The five-star recruit has more than lived up to expectations after taking over right tackle duties as a freshman. With 22 starts under his belt, he shifted to the more demanding left side in 2014. While he might weigh just 313, he possesses an impressive-looking frame that appears bulkier than the scale indicates. He possesses the loose hip, lower body flexibility and valid quickness of a tight end, coming off the snap with very good explosion. He shows good footwork and the ability to recover when he gets out of position. He can fire off the ball on run blocks, showing very good hip roll in this area. With added bulk, he could develop into a tough road grader that buries the defender into the ground.
John was thrust right into the trenches, starting all fourteen games on the 2012 schedule at right tackle, becoming the first true freshman to start at tackle during his debut for Georgia in school annals. He was part of the front wall that helped UGA rank second in the league in passing in 2013, posting 48 knock-downs. Having added over 20 pounds to his frame, Theus garnered All-SEC honors in 2014. He had 79 knockdowns and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks to lead a ground unit that averaged over 255 yards per game.
Theus shows good initial quickness to engage and reach his pass set point. He plays on his feet with good balance, but needs to show better lower body flexibility when redirecting. He has good mobility to stay with his man, but you would like to see him finish better and show more aggression. He gets into his blocks quickly, thanks to above average knee bend and his natural foot quickness. He can be sudden out of his stance and quickly fits into his blocks. Even when he is late off the snap, he shows good adjustment skills on the move (very good leading on outside sweeps). He has good initial quickness to slide, drop back and anchor in one-on-one confrontations with edge rushers (struggles vs. the bull rush).
Theus shows a good thrust to get into space and is a decent position blocker when he gets in front of his opponent. When he uses his hands properly, he can turn and drive off a defender on running plays. He is able to gain position quickly off the snap and use his body to wall when leading on outside runs. He is comfortable making adjustments in space and uses his body well to turn and drive out a defender, but would be much better if he had the strong hand punch and placement to control. He shows decent lower body flexibility and proper knee bend to strike on the move and has the long arms to punch and separate (needs to improve his power, though, as he lacks grip strength).
85 | MARTIN, Nick (OG) | Notre Dame | OC | rJr | 06:04.1 | 295 | 5.30The leader of a front wall that allowed only eight sacks (second lowest in the nation) last year, Martin anchored the middle for the first eleven games, missing the final two contests after he suffered a significant knee injury vs. BYU. He was still recovering during the 2014 offseason camps, but he was ready to play by the start of the season, joining the first unit at center for the first three contests. Named a season-long captain at the end of fall camp, he shifted to left guard for the final ten games, moving to that spot before the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27). That marked first career start at any other position than center.
The Irish blocker has fairly broad shoulders with good chest and arm definition, but appears to look leaner than you would expect from a center. He is quite effective widening and maintaining the rush lanes working between the tackles. He is capable of taking proper steps off the snap and striking with his hands on the rise to position on contact. He works well in unison with his guards and when he bends at the knees, he gets the good base to mirror vs. slower opponents. He has a thick upper body frame with wide waist and hips, good bubble, thigh thighs and calves and a squat build that can carry at least another fifteen pounds without any loss in quickness.
Martin’s move to guard was mostly the result of his greatly improved balance on the move, which is evident by his ability to land on second level defenders. He will struggle with balance when he gets his base too narrow, but he shows good consistency in attempts to seal and wall off while working in unison with his guards, showing good ease-of-movement playing in space. When he gets position on a defender, he knows how to use his mass and hand punch to shock and jolt. He is especially effective at gaining movement when he has an angle on people and works hard to maintain position and get movement at the point of attack.
88 | SHELL, Brandon | South Carolina | OT | rJr | 06:05.2 | 323 | 5.14With Shell at right tackle, Corey Robinson at left tackle and A.J. Cann at left guard, the Gamecocks had three All-SEC performers that garnered All-American honors on their front wall. You can easily recognize his football pedigree, as his great uncle is Hall of Famer Art Shell. The youngster was red-shirted as a freshman after he suffered a shoulder injury that limited him to four snaps vs. East Carolina in 2011. He started ten times in 2012, making his first unit debut at left tackle vs. Vanderbilt before spending three contests with the second unit adjusting to life as a nine-game starter on the right side. In 2013, the All-SEC choice had 12 touchdown-resulting blocks while starting every game at right tackle. He continued to man the right side, along with being named the team’s Outstanding Weight Room Performer for 2014, delivering 65 knockdowns and 11 touchdown-resulting blocks.
Shell generates good hip snap and shows good consistency in reaching and sealing the seven-tech. He has good recovery balance and is rarely on the ground, even when he comes out of his stance too high, as he has enough athletic ability to maneuver in tight areas. He is also quick to position and can force the chase route when he works his hips, and when he keeps his pad level down, he is good at scooping.
The junior demonstrates good balance and body control, as well as quickness to readjust and he generally plays on his feet. He might lack the hip snap to generate movement, but he is light on his feet for a player his size. He will go through stretches where he reaches and seals the seven-tech, but then all of a sudden, he gets beaten off the edge, making him a better fit at his current position than as a left tackle candidate. He is rarely on the ground, for even when he comes out of his stance too high, he has enough athletic ability to maneuver in tight areas. He is quick to position and when he opens his hips and stays active with his hands, he can screen and turn the defender. He can force the chase route, but must learn to work his hips better.
There are times where Shell will over-set in pass protection, but has the foot balance to recover and also shows the functional speed and athletic ability to climb to the second level. He has just adequate knee bend to strike vs. move-oriented pass rushers, but somehow manages to adjust to moving targets.
89 | SMITH, Jacob (OG) | Louisville | OC | rSr | 06:03.2 | 306 | 5.32A model of consistency, Smith recently set the school record by starting 51 games. He was the first player in Cardinals history to earn FWAA All-American honors as a freshman, starting all year at right guard, where he had 64 knock-downs. A flu-like illness prevented him from playing vs. Florida in the Sugar Bowl, but the All-Big East guard had 13 touchdown-resulting blocks for a running unit that scored 23 times in 2012. The recipient of the Offensive Grinder Award in 2013, Smith earned All-Big East Conference first-team honors during his first season at center, helping UL average 460.8 yards per game. One of three seniors on the front wall in 2014, Smith received All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition at center, posting 63 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks.
Smith shows excellent initial quickness and good hand placement. He is very light on his feet for a center and uses his timed speed to compensate for strength issues. Even with his acceleration, he does lunge and over-extend when getting into his second level blocks, though. Still, he moves well, showing balance, flexibility and lateral agility on running plays. He lacks ideal lower body strength, relying more on his quickness, short area burst and angles to block. With his foot speed, you would think that he could shift his weight for balance in pass protection, but while he has good knee bend, he will revert to bending at the waist too often. When he does bend his knees properly, he has enough burst to get to the second level with ease.
Smith might bend at the waist more than you would like to see in the open field, but his lateral agility is one of his better assets, along with his field awareness. He displays a good lateral slide that allows him to pick up defenders sneaking through the gaps (best taking on defenders playing over his side than over his head). He can slide with ease in either direction, but lacks lower body strength to anchor. He does a nice job of playing over his feet and staying under control when sliding in pass protection, but will get a little reckless and lunge into his blocks when he thinks he might not make impact quick enough on running plays.
94 | BROWN, Trenton (OG) | Florida | OT | Sr | 06:08.2 | 361 | 5.48The right tackle is a certain candidate to move inside to guard at the next level. He has a massive frame, with a huge bubble, wide waist and hips, but he lacks the low pad level and acceleration to get out front on second level blocks. Because of his size, he gets too narrow in his base and crosses his feet when trying to adjust when working in space, failing to cut off the linebackers at the next level. Even though he lacks explosion off the ball, he knows how to use his body mass and above average strength to move defenders off the snap. When playing in a zone blocking offense, he does a good job of working defenders on angles. When he locks on to a defender, he is quick to control and stalemate his man. He uses his hands well to keep defenders off his body and has the hand power to latch on, pull and jerk his man away from the ball.
The massive blocker spent two years at Georgia Military College after leaving high school, joining the UF program in 2013, as he went on to start the final five contests at right tackle. With Mike Summers taking over as the Gators’ line coach in 2014, Brown was suddenly out of a job, forced to serve as the front wall’s “sixth man” while filling in at both right guard and tackle, in addition to being utilized in the team’s “Jumbo” package (short yardage situations).
96 | TOMLINSON, Laken | Duke | OG | rSr | 06:02.6 | 320 | 5.29The three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference right guard has established himself as the best pass protector among league blockers, as he was credited with 121 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2013, adding 124 more knockdowns to go with 14 touchdown-resulting blocks as a senior. He boasts a string of 39 consecutive starts that has spanned 2,981 offensive snaps. He also excels in the weight room, as he has the top power clean (347 pounds) and back squat (540 pounds) on the offensive line.
Tomlinson plays flat-footed and generates a strong anchor and power base. He uses his hands well to catch the defender and is quick to recover vs. counter moves. He displays good consistency in attempts to seal and wall off while working in unison with his center, showing good ease-of-movement playing in space. When he gets position on a defender, he knows how to use his mass and hand punch to shock and jolt.
Tomlinson shows the loose hips and strong hand strike on contact to dominate the defender. He is a very good screen-&-wall off type who works hard to finish. He can punish his man when hitting and driving off his initial step and is a fine road grader who can drop his weight and drive through his blocks, thanks to above average leg strength. He is very good at using his hands to lock on and has a keen understanding for positioning. He has very good balance on the move, which is evident by his ability to land on second level defenders.
The Duke blocker demonstrates good cover-up ability. He is a strong finisher once he engages a defender and does a good job of playing on his feet. He seems to be more comfortable blocking in tight quarters or on short pulls than when going long distances, as he does not have great sustained speed, though. He does show good balance and body control to take good angles in attempts to neutralize second level defenders.
104 | MATTHEWS, Mike | Texas A&M | OC | Jr | 06:02.1 | 285 | 5.12Matthews’ family is well established in NFL lore, with his father and uncle both All-Pro performers, along with his dad, Bruce, receiving Hall of Fame honors after a 19-year career as an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Brice is currently an assistant coach at Tennessee. Mike’s older brother, Kevin, was the starting center for Texas A&M (2008-09) and another brother, Jake, started at offensive tackle for the Aggies and was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft by Atlanta.
With all that pedigree, one would expect Matthews to strongly consider leaving school a year early for the NFL, but the school has been mysteriously quiet in regards to a late season injury suffered by the ten-game starter that prevented the center from appearing in the Aggies’ last three contests. That lost time could make Matthews’ decision on his future to be another year at College Station than in an NFL trench. He had appeared in seven games as a reserve in 2012 before taking over snapping chores in 2013, posting 69 knockdowns as the team threw for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns. In ten contests this year, he added 60 knockdowns, but was part of a front wall that yielded 25 sacks for an offense that averaged just under 40 pass attempts per game.
Matthews shows good initial quickness and hand placement, but despite his timed speed, he does not have enough acceleration and sustained speed to get into the second level. He moves well, showing balance, flexibility and lateral agility on running plays. He lacks ideal bulk and upper body strength, relying more on his short area burst and angles to block. He shows a sudden burst coming off the ball to gain advantage. The thing you notice is that he can snap and get his hands up and into defender immediately. He has a quick first step and set up. He has the athletic agility and balance to keep his feet vs. the bull rush.
Matthews has the leg base and balance to be effective on the pull. He has enough speed to mirror the pass rusher’s moves and finishes with aggression and power. What he lacks is the foot speed to sustain working in space and he allows the transfer too often.
The Aggie has made good strides in his pass protection, showing the best hand usage of any collegiate center. While he lacks the upper body strength to anchor down vs. most defensive tackles, his technique, positioning and hand placement helps him in preventing the pass rushers from taking the short route to the quarterback. When he gives the defender a soft shoulder, he will struggle to lock out.
105 | WILLIAMS, Daryl | Oklahoma | OT | Sr | 06:05.1 | 327 | 4.97Much like fellow Sooners offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson, Williams is a very athletic blocker with excellent open field quickness, making him one of the best at pulling from the tackle position in the college game. He is fluid in his kick slide and has very good quickness out of his stance to lock on and control vs. a lethargic defender. Even when he is occasionally late off the snap, he shows the pad level and balance, keeping his hands inside his frame while working to gain advantage. He has good suddenness working into the second level, demonstrating the alertness in the passing game to slide his feet and mirror edge rushers with no wasted motion.
After first appearing in nine games as a reserve tackle during his true freshman season in 2011, Williams started the first ten games on the 2012 schedule before missing three contests with a knee injury. He lined up at right tackle for the first 12 games on the 2013 schedule before moving to left tackle for the Sugar Bowl clash vs. Alabama. He earned second-team All-Big Twelve Conference honors after posting 60 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks as a junior. In 2014, Williams remained at right tackle all season, as the All-Big Twelve first-team choice and squad captain collected 91 knockdowns and led the way on 11 touchdown-resulting runs.
Williams has a big frame that is still developing and could add another fifteen pounds of bulk. He is high cut, with a thick chest, good arm length and long legs. Much like former Sooners offensive tackle, Lane Johnson, Williams has very good quickness for a player his size and can consistently clock under 5.0 in the 40-yard dash. He shows good agility coming out of his stance and the low pad level with good hip snap to change direction fluidly when redirecting in pass protection. Because of his foot speed, he shows good ability to play in space. He plays with good knee bend and flexibility for a player his height. He is a solid leverage player with the ability to play with a wide base.
Williams has the lateral movement and feet to do a stellar job moving on pulls and traps and getting into the second level It is rare to see him overextend, especially conscious of keeping his feet on the move. He demonstrates good balance and it is rare to see him over-extend on the play. He is very effective at playing on his feet and uses his hands well to lock on and control the defender, thanks to playing with a wide base. He needs to get stronger, but you will always see him bring his feet and it is rare to see him lunge on the play. He just does a solid job of sticking and staying with his man, as he works hard to finish once engaged. With his low pad level, he is effective at generating the functional leg drive needed to plow a smaller defender into the ground.
107 | MILLER, John | Louisville | OG | Sr | 06:02.5 | 321 | 5.33With Miller, Jamon Brown and Jake Smith on the front wall, the Cardinals knew that the pocket’s blind side was well-protected the last two seasons. Miller posted eleven touchdown blocks for a unit that averaged 460.8 yards per game last year. As a senior, the left guard earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention, as he opened the rush lanes used for 12 touchdown runs by Cardinal ball carriers in 2014.
Miller possesses adequate-to-good height and shows enough room on his fame to add 10-to-15 more pounds. He shows good awareness in pass protection and a good job working on double teams, while still keeping his head up to find stunts/blitzes. He has the upper-body strength to jar defenders with initial contact. He shows urgency to maintain good separation once locked on when protecting the pocket and gives great effort as a run blocker.
Miller lacks good timed speed and loose hips, but somehow manages to work his way down the line well to get position blocking vs. the inside rush. He works well in unison with his guards and shows much better force behind his initial surge when working in-line. He is a combative type in the trenches and when he keeps his hands inside his frame, he shows very good recoil agility. When he rolls his hips, he is adequate getting movement and taking advantage. He drives his feet on contact and uses his hands like dangerous weapons.
Miller hits the defender with good force in pass protection and when he plays flat-footed (gets in trouble when he rises on his heels), he keeps his feet under him to beat the bull rush. He has better field vision and awareness on pass plays, doing a nice job of locating blitzes and stunts. His lack of explosion moving out to the edge sees him have constant struggles vs. the speed rush though.
108 | TUERK, Max (OG) | Southern California | OC | Jr | 06:05.5 | 285 | 5.12With Marcus Martin leaving for the NFL, the Trojans were expected to move Tuerk, a 20-game starter with experience at left and right tackle, along with left guard, to the pivot. He went on to earn All-Pac 12 Conference first-team honors and received the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award after he delivered 77 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks during the regular season schedule (bowl figures were not available at press time).
With his incredibly quick burst off the snap, active hands and ability to call all the blocking assignments up front, Tuerk has all the makings of being USC’s best center and certainly the most versatile offensive lineman in college since the heydays of Don Mosebar, who also played all only the Trojans’ front wall (1979-82) before a 13-year All-Pro career with the Oakland Raiders (1983-95). What separates him from most center prospects is his good understanding of angles and positioning. He is a productive blocker in-line whose balance and leverage allows him to quickly get in the way of a defender.
As a center, Tuerk has made steady improvement getting off the snap quickly. Earlier in his career, he was late at times coming off the ball. During the last two off-seasons, he worked hard to improve his flexibility. He plays at a much better pad level than he did in the past and is capable of generating good explosion to work in the short area. When he is sudden coming out of his stance, he consistently gains advantage. He has a strong initial thrust to generate movement off the line. He has that quick initial step needed to get into blocking position and enough short area speed to make the reach block.
Coming off the snap, Tuerk is quick to get his hands into the defender’s chest. He shows urgency coming off the ball and knows how to use his hand punch to jolt and shock his opponent. He does not hesitate to recognize twists and games. Tuerk has above average strength, which he knows how to utilize to exhibit sudden force on his initial charge off the ball. He will punch and pop the defender in pass protection and is a “fire off the ball” run blocker. If he gets under his man’s jersey, he has the hand power to lock on and wall off.
The team’s system does not utilize him much on pulls and traps, but this does not mean he is not capable of performing well in this area. Some scouts say that he fails to locate defenders quickly when working in space, but from reviewing game tapes, I found Tuerk to play with good knee bend. He is consistently staying over his feet and generates good body control and impressive leg drive. He comes off the snap with functional quickness and shows good balance on the move. When asked to trap, he does a good job on the pull and is capable of logging off the edge.
113 | MASON, Shaquille (OG) | Georgia Tech | OC | Sr | 06:01.1 | 311 | 5.27Even though he started at right guard, the USA Today first-team All-American might be a better fit as a center in the NFL, reminding a lot of scouts of former Falcon Todd McClure for his squat frame, above average lateral agility and quick hands. Mason was a valuable reserve as a true freshman, but started at right guard vs. Utah in the 2011 Sun Bowl. He moved into the starting lineup at right guard for the final 12 games on the 2012 schedule, as he posted 52 knockdowns and seven touchdown-resulting blocks.
Mason was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Duke and North Carolina) in consecutive 2013 September appearances as the right guard delivered 103 knockdowns to help the Yellow Jackets rank sixth in the nation in rushing offense. Two more Lineman of the Week honors came his way in 2014, as Mason had 105 knockdowns, 13 touchdown-resulting blocks and led a front wall that led the ACC and ranked third in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (0.77 pg).
Mason does a nice job of playing on his feet and maintaining balance. He shows good body control with some quickness to get through to the second level. Despite lacking ideal speed, he can get out of his stance and adjust on defenders working in the second level. Even for a player of his girth, he can bend his knees and play at a good pad level to prevent defenders from attacking his feet.
Mason has good natural balance, which allows him to play with his feet underneath him in pass protection. When he gets position on his man, he will sustain and finish. His strong leg base and arm strength keeps the defenses constantly aware of his abilities. Even though he does not have great speed, he will flash aggression with his hands into the defensive tackle and has more than enough pop and strength to consistently put his opponents on their backs. The thing that really stands out when you watch film of Mason is his exceptional strength. He exhibits sudden force with his hand punch and while he will not win foot races in the second level, he’s can maintain his balance and strike into his defenders in the short area. His problem arises when he starts to lose his stamina late in games, as he will revert to leaning and pushing rather than gaining position.
114 | MARZ, Tyler | Wisconsin | OT | rJr | 06:05.1 | 321 | 5.34It was a bit of a down year for Marz, as the left tackle still received All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention and did post 54 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks, but five of the 13 sacks allowed by the Badgers in 2014 came from around the left edge. He had taken over the position in 2013 and contributed to an offensive line that paved the way for UW’s offense to set school records for total offense (480.8 yards per game), rushing yards (3,689) and rushing average (6.62 yards per carry) that season. The Badgers also posted the third-best scoring mark in school history by averaging 34.8 points per game.
Marz is an adequate athlete who has decent balance, but lacks quickness and agility for a left tackle and is better suited for the right side. He can slide and adjust to the defender in the short area, but he needs to improve his overall footwork moving down the line and into the second level. For a player of his size, you would expect him to be more of a mauler than a finesse player. He has good natural strength, but can be driven off his base. He shows decent initial explosion, but is more of a road grader type.
Marz gets some power behind his hand punch, but needs to strike with more force. He can move well off the line to gain advantage, but lacks the foot speed to get into the second level quickly on pulls and traps. He does struggle with speed and quickness, as he does not have the athletic agility to mirror. He compensates for adequate lateral agility by staying low in his pads in order to sink and slide better.
In the running game, the Badgers left tackle does not come off the ball real well, but has decent pop with good strength to control if he can get his hands on the defender. He is more of a road grader, compensating for a lack of sustain speed with good leg strength. He shows adequate pass set quickness for a left tackle, but lacks the feet and lateral movement for that position. However, as a potential right side tackle, he has the long arms to extend and can use his body more efficiently to anchor and hold off the pass rusher.
115 | DECKER, Taylor | Ohio State | OT | Jr | 06:06.1 | 315 | 5.17The starter at left tackle ever since the season opener in 2013, Decker has already been named to the Associated Press’ All-Bowl team, even though the Buckeyes still have to meet Oregon for the national title. The emerging talent has been steadfast in telling scouts that he plans to return to school in 2015, but he has a record for changing his mind in the past. Coming from a military family, he was expecting to follow his father and brothers and join the armed services after high school, but a recruit that saw him play at Butler High during his junior year convinced him that he can play major college football.
In March, 2011, Decker committed to attend Notre Dame, but when Urban Meyer took over the Ohio State program, he “liberated” the big blocker and brought him back to his home state as a prized Buckeye recruit. Decker joined the team in March, 2012 and participated in spring drills. He played in every game during the Buckeyes’ undefeated season, seeing most of his action on special teams. In 2013 he started every game at left tackle, delivering 90 knockdowns for a team that set school records for scoring (637), touchdowns (87) and scoring passes (38). Named an All-Big Ten pick, both on the field and in the class room, he has been credited with 109 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks heading into the title clash this year. Even though the team has had to change quarterbacks three times in 2014, they have scored 630 points, recording 76 touchdowns while averaging 509.7 yards per game, including 262.2 rushing.
Decker’s frame continues to develop bulk and strength. He has a lot of similarities to the Titans’ Michael Roos with his outstanding size and wingspan. He shows a good anchor and balance in his base when he keeps his pads down. He can locate, reach and adjust on linebackers working into the second level (made nine down field blocks in 2014). He has good natural strength and the ability to knock defenders off the ball coming out of his stance with arms extended. When he stays low in his pads, he creates movement and uses his body mass to lean into and get underneath the defender to sustain.
Decker plays with a good center and base, moving his feet well to stay off the ground and get out in front on traps and pulls. He is a mauler who will use his size to take over blocks and when he stays low in his pads, he can lock on and grind out getting off the snap. He comes off the snap with his back flat, but needs to do a better job of rolling his hips (his hips are loose, but he just lacks technique). With his strength, he has developed good confidence that his hand punch can dominate and drive the defender off the line of scrimmage, but there are times where he will revert to grabbing in attempts to steer the defender. Even during times when he might overextend, he has the balance to recover. He can pivot to adjust to the speed rush and will maintain balance on the move. He has functional straight-line movement working in space and keeps his head on a swivel, doing a nice job of redirecting to a moving target.
116 | SHEAD, Adam | Oklahoma | OG | rSr | 06:03.1 | 316 | 5.34Medical tests at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will play a very important role in where Shead goes on draft day. He suffered a knee injury in the 2014 season finale vs. Oklahoma State that kept him on the sidelines for the Russell Athletic Bowl tilt vs. Clemson. The four-star recruit had red-shirted as a freshman in 2010, but started five contests at left guard the following year, registering 62 knockdowns. He remained the Sooners’ starter at left guard throughout the 2012 schedule, collecting nine touchdown-resulting blocks.
Shead started the first ten games at left guard during his junior campaign before a nagging back injury sidelined him for the final three contests. His limited mobility also saw his production slip, as he posted 27 knockdowns and just four touchdown-resulting blocks. Before he hurt his knee in 2014, the All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick was having a nice bounce-back season, recording 82 knockdowns and a dozen touchdown-resulting blocks to help the offense average 268.8 yards per game rushing during games the red-shirt senior appeared in.
Shead’s strong leg drive allows him to be an effective drive blocker, even if he does not have good hip snap to turn and generate movement (residual from his 2013 back issues). He is able to jar defenders when he gets a clean hand punch and when he plays with a wide base, he is able to anchor vs. the bull rush (must not get up on his heels in order to be effective here). He is at his best working in a phone booth and while he has good experience in pass protection, he is a more effective run blocker. If he drops his pads and keeps his hands inside his frame, he does a good job of finishing in one-on-one battles.
The Sooner does need to get better fits on the ground game (bad pad level), for despite his upper body power, he will revert to positioning and turning the defender rather than driving through. But, he will do a good job of using his upper body power to clear rush lanes. He tends to fall off some blocks while on the move and is inconsistent adjusting. As a senior, he showed some improvement in attempts to roll his hips (too inconsistent still), as this allowed him to put more force behind his blocks working in-line.
Shead generally shows good hand placement, but it would be even more effective if he was quicker extending and reaching with them. He needs to be more consistent keeping his hands inside his frame, as when he leaves his chest exposed, he is slow to recoil and prevent the defender from locking on and jerking him to the ground. Still, he has a very strong hand punch, and is more that a “one shot” type who does a decent job of resetting his hands quick enough on counter moves.
117 | SALT, Visesio “Junior” | Utah | OG | Sr | 06:02.2 | 322 | 5.24Salt was a prized defensive tackle recruit, but after he missed the 2012 season when he suffered a foot fracture in August camp, he was shifted to the offensive line, making his debut as the starting right guard in 2013. He had an acting part in the 2008 movie “Forever Strong” before enrolling at Mt. San Antonio College. He was a grey-shirt in 2009, but during his next two seasons, he earned All-California honors as an offensive guard, adding All-American accolades in 2011. During his time recovering from his broken foot in 2012, Salt was shifted back to the offensive line after he had won a starting job at weak-side defensive tackle during fall camp.
Salt appeared in 849 snaps while starting every game at right guard for the Utes in 2013. He was credited with 25 key blocks/knockdowns and five touchdown-resulting blocks. Salt was shifted to left guard during 2014 fall camp, returning to the team after missing spring drills with a hand injury. He started seven of the team’s first eight games (all except for UCLA) on the left side and later started at right guard vs. Arizona, but was limited to 542 plays, delivering 23 knockdowns with three touchdown-resulting blocks.
Salt does a good job using his natural strength and mass to simply de-cleat defenders that get in his way, using his size with great effectiveness to gain advantage. He is not a typical big man who will lean into a defender and occupy space. He comes off the snap at a good pad level and shows very good knee bend and hip flexibility. For a player of his size, Salt shows above average quickness off the ball. He comes off the snap low, getting a strong push in the process. Even when he gets high in his stance, he can still generate good initial quickness. You can see flashes of good knee bend, as his feet get out in front of his body properly. He has above average lateral quickness The thing you notice on film is his ability to adjust and wheel out to stop an edge rusher in his tracks.
Salt makes good contact, but will sometimes extend and lose his balance. When he stays on his feet, he generates a good kick to his lateral slide. He can ride the defender off the play when he plays flat-footed. He is a massive blocker with very good initial explosion. He does flash better leverage and knee bend than most linemen his size. This allows him to generate good pop and he also plays with a lot of nastiness. He is a powerful down blocker, but needs to do a better job of getting through blocks on cut-offs. He simply mauls defenders at the goal-line (70% of his touchdown-resulting blocks have come in goal line situations). He is a good flat-back drive blocker whose power allows him to get movement at the point of attack and when he gets a fit, he keeps it well.
120 | HAEG, Joseph “Joe” | North Dakota State | OT | Jr | 06:05.1 | 302 | 5.09NHL goalies might be grateful that Haeg took a better liking to football than his first love – hockey. A prep standout in the sport, those net-minders would have had frequent nightmares if the 300-pound blocker decided to lace on the skates. As it stands, scouts are eagerly awaiting the consensus All-American’s decision whether to stay in school or enter the 2015 draft. After he red-shirted in 2011, Haeg took over right tackle chores for the Bison in 2012, collecting 74 knockdowns with 11 touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that averaged 31.4 points per game. The next year, he started 14 games, missing the Ferris State clash with a high ankle sprain. He produced 98 knockdowns and was one of the main reasons the NDSU ground game piled up a school record 3,860 yards and featured a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. In 2014, he shifted to left tackle, simply dominating the action in the trenches. His 154 knockdowns lead the FCS ranks and he’s accounted for 23 touchdown-resulting blocks entering FCS national title play. He currently boasts a 91% grade for blocking consistency, with one game left on the calendar.
Haeg shows the agility and balance to make plays into the second level and shows good lower body flexibility in attempts to change direction. He has excellent open field acceleration, moving well and adjusting easily while taking angles to neutralize the linebackers. He is an above average knee bender who can recover on the rare occasions that he waist bends. He has very good quickness and movement ability to mirror edge rushers. He plays on his feet with very good balance and body control, doing a nice job of adjusting and picking up defenders in space. He is also a solid leverage player who can slide and sustain.
Haeg is a solid walk-off drive blocker who moves with ease getting into the second level. He plays with natural strength, but will need to increase his bulk to withstand the rigors in the trenches as an NFL player. He has the power to move the pile and drives block with leverage, but could be exceptional here with added bulk. He drives off the snap hard, as he demonstrates the leg drive and feet to stay on his blocks and sustain. He is a good in-line blocker, possessing a wide base as he runs his feet well. He is good at sustaining and is developing a nice feel for blocking angles (still learning technique, but is responding quickly). He is effective when asked to wall off and screen. He brings power to his game when driving for movement and will generally finish. He has the good footwork to stay on his feet on the move and can handle the switch-off well when working in combination with his guard.
125 | DOUGLAS, Jamil | Arizona State | OG | rSr | 06:04.4 | 301 | 5.30Back in 2010, Douglas’ football career almost came to an end before it started. Along with former teammate Lee Adams, they were caught on video stealing an Xbox and laptops from another player’s dorm room. Douglas, who played a lesser role in the crime, was suspended while Adams was dismissed from the team by then-coach Dennis Erickson. There was community service for Douglas after a reduced sentence, but no jail time. It was a hard road back to earning his spot on the team and the trust of his teammates.
Four years later, Douglas already has his degree in criminal justice, and recently earned his master’s in liberal studies. He’s been honored as a Pac-12 Conference All-Academic performer, a second-team all-conference player, and tallied 64 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks from the left guard position in 2013. That marked his second season in the lineup at that spot, having posted 50 knockdowns during the 2012 campaign.
Douglas took over the demanding left tackle position for the Sun Devils as a senior, extending his starting streak to 40 games. He received All-Pac 12 Conference first-team honors in 2014, as his 114 knockdowns are the most for any tackle in the league. He also contributed 12 touchdown-resulting blocks from the trenches.
Douglas has good quickness off the ball to gain position in-line, but when he gets too upright in his running stride, he has to rely more on his angles than acceleration to work into the second level. He is much quicker out of his stance blocking for the ground game than getting out on the edge to provide pass protection. He is inconsistent with his hip snap, making him look sluggish moving laterally.
When Douglas plays low in his pads, he generates good power to root out the defender, but will struggle when the lineman tries to take a side on him. He is more of a positional blocker than a mauler, but with his initial step, he does a decent job of gaining position coming off the snap, as he has the savvy to use his long arms and body to wall off vs. the smaller defensive ends. He needs to improve his leg drive to widen and maintain the rush lanes longer, and also has to roll his hips better to screen and wall off.
131 | VITABILE, Brandon | Northwestern | OC | rSr | 06:02.4 | 300 | 5.20After red-shirting as a freshman, Vitabile was determined that he would do anything he could to contribute as a varsity member in 2011. His stellar performance in spring and fall camps saw him unseat Ben Burkett for the center position with the first unit. He would not relinquish that position until he played his final game as a Wildcat vs. Illinois in the 2014 season finale. Named to the Rimington Award Watch List (nation’s top center) as a sophomore, he helped the team rank fourth in the Big Ten Conference with an average of 225.5 yards per game rushing in 2012.
Named team co-captain as a junior, he provided 63 knockdowns and 11 touchdown-resulting blocks, protecting the team’s co-starters at quarterback, as Northwestern completed 63.1% of their passes last season. Again serving as squad captain in 2014, Vitabile entered his final campaign having already graduated with a degree in Economics, as he became just the fourth player in school annals to earn Scholar-Athlete honors from the National Football Foundation.
He posted 63 knockdowns with ten touchdown-resulting blocks, paving the way for tailback Justin Jackson picking up 1,100 yards on the ground.
Vitabile shows adequate suddenness and initial quickness to gain advantage. He has a good short power step, but labors some when he has to get out and lead on sweeps and screens. He appears to be a little bowlegged in his stance, which allows him to stay low in his stance while maintaining good leg base. Still, he has enough strength and athletic ability for the position. He may lack timed speed, but shows good body control attacking the line of scrimmage. He is best working in the short area, as he does not have the explosion to lead on sweeps. He struggles when asked to pull and work in space.
Vitabile is a tough kid who plays smart, and has enough foot quickness to engage the defender in the short area.
When he gets high in his stance on the move, he tends to lose balance, causing him to struggle when he tries to adjust and recover. He is best in zone schemes, as he has the ability to stay between the defender and the quarterback, but he struggles to mirror and can not cut off penetration. He does show a good pass set, but lacks a good anchor when going one on one. He is more of a base blocker, but at times, he gets beat with a strong club move.
When Vitabile sinks his hips, it allows him to deliver his lower body strength to anchor up and sustain. He also has improved his ability to stay on feet. He has the ability to pull in the short area. He will locate and attack at the line, but will over-extend and lose position when he tries to block on the move. He stays on his feet with the short running game, showing better base, balance and power than when on the move. He is more comfortable working in the short areas, as he has marginal speed to get out of the gate and into the second level. He flashes decent finishing ability thanks to his hand placement and jolt.
132 | FELICIANO, Jonathan | Miami (OC) | OG | rSr | 06:04.5 | 324 | 5.32The fact that Feliciano could run, let alone play football, should be regarded as a minor miracle. He was born breech and with a foot deformity that required braces, or “magic shoes,” as his mother called them. For two years, he wore the braces. Doctors told Alicia Feliciano that her son would never play sports. She told the doctors they would be wrong. She spent hours pulling on his legs, willing them to work, massaging his feet until her hands hurt. As a child, his mother struggled to “put food on the table.” During his days at Florida Western High, his house was condemned during his junior season and he had to rely upon friends for shelter. On days he would be too proud to ask for help, he would just sneak back into the soon to be demolished resident that had no electric or water.
Feliciano would dream of playing for Miami during those lonely days. A three-star 285-pound recruit, he was forced to sit out the 2010 season with the Hurricanes to get himself into better shape when he tipped the scales at over 330 pounds. Determined to prove the coaches right for awarding him a scholarship, he emerged from 2012 fall camp as the starting left guard, registering 58 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks for a team that averaged 440.2 yards per game.
In 2013, Feliciano’s ability to play a variety of roles proved invaluable, as he started eleven times at left guard and twice at right tackle, finishing with 78 knockdowns to anchor a line that saw the Hurricanes generate 425.8 yards per game in total offense. As a senior, the All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice opened the season at left guard, staying there for three games before shifting to right tackle vs. Duke. He returned to left tackle four games later vs. North Carolina, manning that position for his final five appearances. He would lead the front wall with an 86% grade for blocking, as he made 93 knockdowns and produced a “baker’s dozen” touchdown-resulting blocks. He had at least seven pancakes in nine contests, as the team gained at least 400 yards in each of those games.
When first watching game film on Feliciano, you immediately see that he is relentless, playing with a mean streak and determined to finish his blocks. He shows excellent upper body strength and above-average lower body strength. The more space he’s in, the less effective he becomes, making him a better prospect as a guard rather than handling edge rushers as a left tackle. He has decent lateral mobility and can pull around center when asked to trap, but due to his foot issues as a child, he struggles when forced to change directions quickly.
Feliciano keeps his head on a swivel and looks to help out when no pass rushers come into his area. He does a good job of adjusting to line stunts and when combo blocking up to the second level, he can slide in time to pick up linebackers at the second level. He doesn’t do a great job of sinking hips, but plays with a wide base and rarely gives ground to bull rushers. He lacks ideal initial quickness and would struggle to prevent edge rushers from turning the corner if asked to line up at tackle in the NFL, though. As a drive blocker, he no longer takes too many false steps, but quickness can give him problems, even though he generates solid hand placement to do an adequate job of getting under the defenders’ pads and driving his legs once in position.
133 | #HUMPHRIES, D.J. | Florida | OT | Jr | 06:05.1 | 298 | 4.97Humphries’ version of “will I stay, or will I go” finally had an answer when the oft-injured left tackle finally admitted in early January that he would be the fourth underclassman to bolt from the Florida program to enter the 2015 draft. The four-star prospect had his third-straight season dealing with injuries, as he suffered a chipped bone in his ankle during the 2014 season opener vs. Eastern Michigan that sidelined him for the next two games. He returned to record seven touchdown-resulting blocks and 33 knockdowns.
Humphries was also one of a slew of Gators to finish the 2013 campaign on the sidelines, as the left tackle played in just the first seven games before suffering a right knee medial collateral ligament injury prior to the Georgia clash. The only blocker to grade at least 80% for consistency in every game he played in for Florida in 2013, the junior needs to develop more bulk on his frame. He had enrolled at UF in January 2012 to participate in spring practice, but missed a good portion of the off-season dealing with knee MCL issues.
As a true freshman, he appeared in all 12 games, starting three (South Carolina, Missouri, and Louisiana–Lafayette). He graded out at 80 percent or better six times, including 100 percent vs. Texas A&M and Tennessee en route to earning Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team and Sporting News Freshman All-American accolades.
Humphries has above average foot quickness and body control, as he can change direction and redirect working in-line, but lacks explosion when having to get to the second level. He knows how to come off the snap quickly and when he gets his hands up, he will generally lock on and sustain. He has the leg drive to pop on contact, but needs more strength in order to gain movement vs. the larger defenders.
The Gator junior is a well-proportioned left tackle with strong arms and hands. He has above average lower-body strength, as well, and flashes a mean streak. He has functional initial quickness when moving forward, playing with adequate leverage while staying balanced. However, he is not an elite athlete for the position - the more space he’s in the less effective his play becomes. He has had great experience at college football’s highest level (20 starts in 30 games at left tackle), but he’s still a work in progress. He generally knows his assignments, but will be late picking up the blitz at times, as he occasionally seems to be thinking rather than reacting.
Humphries uses his long arms and strong hands to force rushers wide. He plays with a wide base and is very effective anchoring vs. the bull rush. He will occasionally mix in a very effective cut-block. However, he lacks ideal quickness in his deep set and will have trouble vs. elite speed rushers in the NFL. As a drive blocker, he is thickly built with a wide base, taking solid angles, as he has the ability to win the battle once locked on. He works to sustain, driving his legs to get a good surge, but his range as a second-level blocker is not ideal.
136 | BROWN, Jamon (OG) | Louisville | OT | Sr | 06:04.5 | 341 | 5.44Entering the 2013 season, Brown was regarded as a player who was technically raw, showing inconsistency throughout the 2012 schedule at right tackle. One year later, the All-AAC first-team pick finally saw his prototypical athleticism shine through, as the coaches wisely took advantage of his height and long arms to shift him to the more demanding left tackle spot. He made 93 knockdowns and allowed just two sacks as the Cardinals alternated three tail-backs that averaged 149.4 yards per game behind the senior’s blocking.
Brown also earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He began his career with nine appearances, eight coming on offense, with a lone start at strong-side guard vs. North Carolina in 2011, a season where he began his career playing defensive tackle vs. Murray State. He emerged as the team’s starting right tackle in 2012, posting 66 knockdowns for a unit that averaged 296.1 yards per game passing.
Despite his large frame, Brown has an excellent first step on the kick slide, setting up for pass protection quickly. He takes proper angles on the slide to prevent wide rushes, as does a nice job of getting his feet up and down well, consistently mirroring his man on outside or inside rush moves. Smaller ends have little chance of staying upright vs. Brown, who is very adept at extending his arms to throw his man off balance if he senses any let-up.
The Cardinal has gone from adequate-to-good with his field awareness, thanks to gaining reps at left tackle, as he seemed more comfortable picking up blitzes and stunts the second half of the 2014 schedule. He’s the type of player who finds his assignment as a second-level run blocker, and the type that will provide help to the inside blockers when he can. He knows how to hand off defenders when flowing to one side as a zone blocker.
You have to be impressed by his toughness, as Brown works to the whistle and plays with a mean streak. He has a mauler mentality in the run game and in pass protection he plays with great balance, mirror-and-slide ability and awareness. While his feet are a notch below elite, but he gets set quickly in pass protection and is capable of consistently getting set wide and shutting down the perimeter vs. speed rushers. He has long arms and big hands, which he uses well to keep separation and sustain. As a drive blocker, he takes solid angles and shows good initial pop. He has long arms and a strong upper body to control defenders. He’s big and shows above-average strength as a drive blocker, consistently reaching the second level on time and shows the ability to hit the moving target. The only knock is that he occasionally struggles to lock on and sustain, which can be rectified with better hand usage in most instances.
138 | BRENDEL, Jake (OG) | UCLA | OC | rJr | 06:03.5 | 295 | 4.96After redshirting his initial year at UCLA, the then 265-pound Brendel became a fixture at center after spring practice and started all 14 games for the Bruins in 2012. He was named first-team Freshman All-American after he collected nine touchdown-resulting blocks with 54 knockdowns and had allowed just two sacks. Named team co-captain as a red-shirt sophomore, he delivered 71 more knockdowns while posting ten touchdown-resulting blocks in 2013.
Brendel garnered All-Pac 12 Conference second-team recognition and received first-team Academic All-Pac 12 honors for the third-straight year, despite missing the 2014 season opener with a left knee sprain that he suffered midway through August camp. His replacement in the Virginia contest gave up three of the five sacks generated by the Cavaliers that day. He returned to yield two of the four sacks in the Memphis clash, but opponents posted just two more sacks vs. the center the rest of the year (team gave up 40 sacks in 2014), as he recovered to make 60 knockdowns and grade 84% for blocking consistency.
Brendel has above-average range for a center with his size and the frame to get even bigger in time. He plays with a mean streak and stays in position once locked on. He shows adequate but not great lower body strength and doesn’t deliver a violent initial punch. He lacks ideal lateral mobility and struggles to adjust to moving targets in space, but does an outstanding job of selling screens. He keeps his head up, but doesn’t show ideal awareness in pass protection, as there are times when he over-commits and he has some problems picking up delayed stunts/blitzes.
The red-shirt junior shows sound footwork and works hard to stay in front of defender, but appears to be too mechanical and he struggles to change directions quickly. He also plays a bit high and gives too much ground to bull rushers. The Bruin is also too slow getting hands up after the snap and could have problems keeping one-gap defensive tackles out of the backfield.
In run blocking, Brendel’s timed speed is fast enough to see him turn the corner when asked to pull and he gets down field quickly on screens, but he also plays with a narrow base and loses balance at times. He rarely takes false steps, getting adequate hand placement, but his feet are active once in position. He is not the type who will deliver a violent initial punch and he isn’t going to drive many nose tackles off the ball, though.
142 | LEFELD, Eric | Cincinnati | OT | rSr | 06:05.2 | 309 | 5.06Having earned All-Big East Conference honors as a sophomore, Lefeld was the only player to receive unanimous All-American Athletic Conference first-team accolades in both 2013 and 2014, becoming the first Bearcat to garner post-season recognition three times in a career since offensive tackle Jason Fabani (1995-97). Having been recruited as a defensive tackle, Lefeld was converted to the offensive line early in his freshman year. He was so impressive in practices, that the staff inserted him into the lineup at right tackle for the final seven games on the 2011 schedule. He delivered 43 knockdowns and helped UC compile a 10-3 record.
Lefeld shifted to left tackle as a sophomore, as the All-Big East first-team pick had 89 knockdowns and an 85% grade for blocking consistency, as he had multiple touchdown-resulting blocks in seven contests to guide an offense that averaged 430.8 yards per game in 2012. As a junior, Lefeld received Outland Trophy consideration as he led a front wall that allowed only 12 sacks in 2013. He had 103 knockdowns, an 86% blocking grade and led the charge as the Bearcats rolled up 482.3 yards per game. His 109 knockdowns led the AAC in 2014, providing outstanding pass protection (did not allow a sack) from the left tackle spot to help UC average 300.2 passing yards per game.
Lefeld is a physical blocker with above average athletic ability. He has a smooth burst off the line and shows very good knee bend. He is a quiet sort that goes about his job, but you would like to see a more aggressive attitude. The thing you notice on film is his body control and hip snap on the move. Even with his big body, he is capable of keeping his feet and maintaining balance to kick and slide to movement. One thing you notice on film is that despite a lack of sustained speed, he has the initial quickness to reach or cutoff. He gets off the snap on time and can unwind out of his stance, but plays too high, resulting in lost explosion or power.
Lefeld stays square in his base and has fluid lateral agility, which he uses effectively to mirror the edge rusher. He works well down the line and shows ease of movement when attempting to redirect. He shows good balance in his base, stays on his feet and is rarely on the ground. Even when he gets a little high in his stance, it is hard to bring him down. He sometimes plays with a narrow base, but can bend his knees and get good fits. When he gets high in his stance, he gets too top heavy, making him open to up and under moves.
Pass protection is one of his better assets. Lefeld takes good angles, slides his base and his size has proven to hard for a pass rusher to get around. He is a sound pass protector who takes good sets and has made good strides in flashing a decent punch. He has the foot speed to get to an edge rusher, as he does a nice job of setting his base and dropping his weight. He can use his hands adequately to create separation and control. He can also slide and adjust to movement, but when he gets too high, he has trouble with the faster edge rusher
143 | MYERS, Robert (OG) | Tennessee State | OT | rSr | 06:05.1 | 310 | 5.27While most team regard Myers as a right tackle prospect, his move inside to right guard in 2014 seems to have improved his draft status greatly, as he has developed an excellent feel for traps and pulls. He spent his freshman season learning college blocking schemes behind Justin Ridgeway at right tackle, taking over the position the next year, delivering 31 knockdowns for the 2012 schedule. In 2013, the second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference choice recorded 52 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks. His pass protection skills allowed TSU to pass for 26 touchdowns and have only four interceptions.
In his only season at right guard, Myers received All-American and All-OVC recognition, thanks to a league-best 114 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks. The young front wall relied upon the senior, as he did not allow any sacks and guided a unit that also held the opponent sack-less in each of the team’s final four contests. The only Tiger to start every game in 2014, he closed out his career with 35 starting assignment, but received the honor of becoming the school’s 25th player to accept an invitation to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl.
Myers is a road grader with adequate foot quickness, but displays a strong anchor and good hand usage to stave off the edge rushers. He shows just average foot quickness past the line of scrimmage and struggles at times maintaining his speed when trying to pull and get out in front. It is rare to see him play tall in his stance or be on the ground much, but he has marginal change of direction agility and will have problems mirroring speedy edge rushers at the next level, unless he can stun them with his above average hand punch first. He gets a bit lazy and slows his feet when having to move long distances, but in the trenches, he is very hard to move out or push back into the pocket.
Myers can get too straight-legged and tall in his stance, but with his hand punch, he will work to stun and jolt. He has enough balance to slide his feet and adjust to interior rushers, but must improve his hip snap if he hopes to handle the blitz pick-up and adjustments in the NFL. He does a good job of keeping his feet flat on the ground to hold leverage, but does not look pretty when having to redirect. Even when he gets too high in his stance, defenders still can’t walk him back due to his anchor (all four sacks given up over the last two years came off the edge rush). As a guard, he has more aggressive cut blocking ability, decent knee bend, a strong and powerful hand punch and good hand placement. He is best working near the line, as he has trouble pass blocking in space.
Myers uses his bulk and strength to generate movement. If moved to guard permanently at the next level, he has enough initial quickness to drive, steer and sustain. He shows a wide leg base and good balance in the short area. He will tend to fall off blocks when redirecting to the edge (lack of lateral agility), but when planting inside, he can wheel his hips and control the defensive tackles.
144 | FLOWERS, Sedrick | Texas | OG | rJr | 06:02.6 | 312 | 5.04Relegated to mostly duties with the special team units during his first two years at Texas, Flowers emerged as a punishing blocker after taking over left guard duties in 2014. He appeared in five games, including three on the offensive line during his red-shirt freshman campaign in 2012. He was a member of the second unit throughout the 2013 regular season schedule before earning his first career start, stepping into the lineup at left guard vs. Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. The offense’s only bright spot in that 30-7 loss, his 43 knockdowns for the season were the most for any back-up lineman in the Big Twelve Conference. This season, he added 68 knockdowns, eight touchdown-resulting blocks and an 83.6% grade for blocking consistency, stepping up play in the second half to help the team average 162.8 yards per game rushing for their final eight appearances.
One of the fastest blockers in the league, he demonstrates good body control and the strength to anchor at the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t give much ground, thanks to his balance, quick feet and agility which allow him to gain a sudden advantage coming off the snap. He does a good job blocking and banging defenders around vs. plays right in front of him and shows no hesitation when he has to run and change direction. He shows good lateral quickness to slide and mirror defenders. He has the agility and balance to quickly work down the line of scrimmage. He shows a strong base and good balance to gain position.
Flowers also does a good job blocking and banging defenders around vs. plays right in front of him. He shows no hesitation when he has to run and change direction. He has good balance, but at times, will cut and lose balance in space, as he tends to get too high in his stance. He generates above average pop and explosion. He has adequate leg strength at the point of attack and good explosiveness coming off the snap. He gets better movement in the short area than when working in space, as he tends to lunge and get too narrow in his base when on the move.
The Longhorn fights and competes to stay on his blocks. He will do a good job of using his upper body power to clear rush lanes, but he tends to fall off some blocks while on the move. He has a good pass set and quick feet to anchor. When he stays low in his pads, he shows a good base and leg drive to sustain, but will overextend when blocking in space. He does a good job of sinking his hips to anchor and mirror in the short area.
150 | MANCZ, Greg (OG) | Toledo | OC | Sr | 06:04.6 | 300 | 5.08After three seasons manning one offensive guard position, Mancz shifted to center for his final season and enjoyed a campaign filled with “firsts.” Despite missing three games and seeing limited action in two others because of a left knee bruise, he became the first Rocket to earn All-American honors since Eric Page was named honorable mention by Sports Illustrated in 2011. He was the first UT offensive lineman to make either first- or second-team All-American on one of the five major All-America teams since Dan Bukovich made the Associated Press first-team in 1938.
Mancz won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, given annually to the best player in the Mid-American Conference, becoming the first offensive lineman to win the award in its 33-year history. The only other Rockets to win the Vern Smith Award were tailback Wasean Tait (1995) and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (2005/co-winner).
Mancz received Freshman All-American honors after he started all year at right guard in 2011, posting 80 knockdowns for a unit that led the MAC in scoring (42.2 ppg) and ranked 10th nationally in total offense (481.3 ypg). He added All-MAC honors in 2012, as the right guard graded 86% for an offense that generated 445.2 yards per game. As a junior, he started the first three games at right tackle before moving back to guard, leading a front wall that allowed only six sacks, the fewest in the nation for the 2013 schedule. In ten games, he registered 95 knockdowns, grading over 90% in eight of those games to help the team average 486.3 yards per game during regular season action.
Mancz has good athletic ability, change of direction skills and lateral movement. The thing you notice on film is his acceleration getting into the second level on screens and pulls. He generates explosion off the snap thanks to his timed speed. He has the ability to drive the defensive tackles off the line of scrimmage, as he has the lower body strength to generate good pop. He also has the power behind his hand punch to jolt the defender.
As a pass blocker, Mancz is quick in his set, showing functional slide ability. He generates a strong anchor on stunts and it is rare for even multiple defenders to have much success in trying to walk him back into the pocket. He is best when using his feet and body control vs. the more athletic pass rusher. His hand usage allows him to get inside the defender to sustain.
The Rocket center is a very effective incline blocker, showing the quickness to get position and the ability to sustain when he works with his guards on combo blocks. He is equally effective getting a stalemate and creating movement, thanks to his lower body power). He is quick to position, can reach, come off combo blocks and get to the second level. His timed speed and weight room production translate to the football field, as his leg drive is consistent and he can easily generate sudden movement.
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