Prospect Profile: Mike Erickson

Mike Erickson School: Nebraska
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 305 40: 4.84 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter originally used at guard before moving to left tackle position as a senior.

Positives: Tough, intelligent lineman best in a small area. Nasty, fights throughout the action and works to mash opponents. Effectively uses blocking angles, quickly picks up assignments and controls opponents once engaged in a block. Patient in pass protection, displays power run blocking, and works his hands throughout the action. Quick kicking out and displays adequate skills on the second level.

Negatives: Lacks flexibility, adjustment and not light on his feet. Marginal footwork sliding laterally and exploited by quick opponents. Stiff in his upper body.

Analysis: Possessing only marginal size and athletic skills, Erickson is a justifiable prospect who's fallen under the radar screens in NFL circles. Struggled at left tackle in Nebraska's new passing system last season yet a viable backup guard in the NFL.

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